Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds
Alcohol Before Bedtime Won't Help Your Sleep, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in five Americans turns to alcohol sometimes to help them fall asleep, but that can lead to sleep problems later in the night, a new study finds. This is because alcohol hampers the brain's system for regulating a person's need for sleep, researchers found. "The prevailing thought was that alcohol promotes sleep by changing a person's circadian rhythm -- the body's built-in 24-hour clock," ...
Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows
Almost Half of U.S. Kids Suffer Traumatic Stress, Study Shows THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research suggests that almost half of U.S. kids experience traumas that can disrupt their development. "This study tells us that adverse childhood experiences are common among U.S. children and, as demonstrated in adult studies, have lifelong impacts that begin early in life," study author Christina Bethell, a professor in the department of population, family and reproductive health at the Johns...
Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds
Almost All U.S. Teens Are Sleep Deprived, Study Finds THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More than 90 percent of American high school students are chronically sleep-deprived, putting their health and academic performance in jeopardy, a new report finds. The study, based on U.S. national data, finds that most teens don't get the minimum 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night that's recommended by standard guidelines. Teenagers do face a number of challenges as they try to get adequate sleep, experts s...
Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful and Cost-Effective, CDC Says
Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful and Cost-Effective, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A national anti-smoking campaign featuring tips from former smokers was highly successful and cost-effective, a new study reports. The 2012 Tips From Former Smokers campaign spent $480 per smoker who quit and $393 per year of life saved, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found. "Our mission is to protect the public health, and the 2012 Tips ads did this by motivating 1.6 mil...
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide
Abnormalities Found in Brains of Young Bipolar Patients Who Try Suicide TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens and young adults who attempted suicide were found to have abnormalities in the frontal areas of their brains, a new study says. Researchers conducted brain scans on 68 participants, aged 14 to 25, with bipolar disorder, a mental illness that causes extreme emotional highs and lows. Of those patients, 26 had attempted suicide. Brain scans were also done on a control group of 45 teens an...
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile?
Are Routine Ultrasounds for Women With Dense Breasts Worthwhile? MONDAY, Dec. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research questions the value of ultrasound screening for women with dense breasts who've had a normal mammogram. Although dense breasts are a known risk factor for breast cancer, this increasingly common strategy doesn't appear to improve survival much but does "substantially" boost costs and false-positive results, researchers found. "Performing ultrasound for all women with dense breasts after...
Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival
Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. The researchers examined the effects that two types of antacids -- proton pump inhibitors and histamine 2 blockers -- had on head and neck cancer patients. More than two-thirds of the nearly 600 patients in the study took one or both types of the antacids after their cancer diagnosis. Acid ...
A Lasting Legacy of Science
A Lasting Legacy of Science TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The Salk polio vaccine trial of 1954 proved a momentous event whose impact is still felt today. On a broad scale, the trial first fundamentally altered the way Americans viewed charities, transforming them from an indulgence catered by a wealthy few into a common cause that could be joined by all. Most of the funding for the trial came from the March of Dimes, which was called the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis back then....
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved
Abuse-Resistant Prescription Painkiller Approved THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Hysingla ER (hydrocodone bitartrate), an abuse-resistant, extended release form of the painkiller hydrocodone (best known as Vicodin). The drug is sanctioned for long-term severe pain that requires daily, around-the-clock treatment. The tablet is difficult to crush, break or dissolve, making it resistant to abuse, the agency said Thursday in a news release. But ...
A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart
A Bad Marriage Burdens an Aging Heart THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A bad marriage increases an older adult's risk of heart trouble, and that's particularly true for women, a new study contends. Researchers examined five years of data from 1,200 married American men and women, aged 57 to 85. People with spouses who were overly critical or demanding were more likely to develop heart disease than those with supportive mates, the researchers from Michigan State University said. They also foun...
Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show
Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study. The findings were published in the December online issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Res...
Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy
Alcohol Taxes May Give Boost to Public Health, Economy TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Some may believe that raising taxes on alcohol products will cost jobs in the service sector, but a new study suggests that's made up for by job creation elsewhere. The findings were to be reported Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association in New Orleans. "Money not spent on alcohol, coupled with the newly raised tax revenues, will be spent on other goods and services which wil...
Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests
Asthma Raises Heart Attack Risk, Research Suggests SUNDAY, Nov. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from asthma who have to take medication every day to control it may face an increased risk of heart attack, new research suggests. And a second study confirms that having active asthma also increases your heart risk. "People with asthma should make an effort to optimally control their asthma symptoms, because proper asthma control not only improves asthma symptoms and quality of life but also re...
Air Pollution May Be Linked to Higher Rates of Kidney Disease
Air Pollution May Be Linked to Higher Rates of Kidney Disease SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Air pollution may be linked to higher rates of chronic kidney disease, new research suggests. A study from the University of Michigan found the prevalence of kidney disease was greater in areas of the United States that have worse air quality. "If air pollution is a risk factor for [kidney disease], the impact is likely to be even greater in countries where pollution levels are much higher than in t...
Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest?
Are Women More Likely to Survive Cardiac Arrest? SATURDAY, Nov. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cardiac arrest is most often fatal, but research is conflicting on whether women have better survival odds than men. In two studies scheduled to be presented Saturday at the American Heart Association's annual meeting in Chicago, researchers reached differing conclusions. One French study, of more than 400,000 cardiac arrest victims, found that women were 11 percent more likely to survive than men even though th...
Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say
Alzheimer's Cases Expected to Double by 2050, Researchers Say FRIDAY, Nov. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of people with Alzheimer's disease in the United States will more than double by 2050 -- a trend driven by the aging baby boomer population, a new study predicts. The cost of caring for these Alzheimer's patients will climb from $307 billion to $1.5 trillion a year by 2050, the researchers estimated. They believe that, 35 years from now, the average annual per-patient cost of the disease wi...
ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey
ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in every five college students abuses prescription stimulants, according to a new survey sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. The survey also found that one in seven non-students of similar age also report abusing stimulant medications. Young adults aged 18 to 25 report using the drugs to help them stay awake, study or improve their work or school performance. The most commonly ...
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients
Acupuncture, Exercise May Ease Pain for Breast Cancer Patients THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Breast cancer patients who experience pain and swelling related to their treatment may find relief in acupuncture and exercise, new research suggests. In one study, acupuncture helped reduce joint pain by up to 40 percent, said study author Dr. Jun Mao, director of the integrative oncology program at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia. And it didn't matter...
Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers?
Are the Lactose Intolerant Safer From Some Cancers? FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who are lactose-intolerant may be less likely to develop certain types of cancer, a new study suggests. And, the researchers suspect the reduced risk may be related to diet. Data for the study included nearly 23,000 people in Sweden with lactose intolerance, as well as members of their families. People with lactose intolerance have difficulty digesting lactose, a sugar found in dairy products, because the...
A 'Purpose in Life' May Extend Yours
A 'Purpose in Life' May Extend Yours FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another study finds that having a sense of meaning and purpose in your life might do more than just give you focus -- it might help you live longer, too. The study, involving more than 9,000 British people averaging 65 years of age, found that those who professed to feeling worthwhile and having a sense of purpose in life were less likely to die during the more than eight years the researchers tracked them. Over the study peri...
Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds
Americans' Fears of Ebola May Be Fading, Poll Finds FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans' fears about Ebola seem to be waning somewhat, though many still believe the virus is a public health threat to the United States, according to a new HealthDay/Harris Poll . The online poll, which surveyed more than 2,000 adults between Oct. 28-30, found that anxiety over Ebola appeared to be declining -- even in the wake of the most recent case, involving an infected doctor in New York City. Just unde...
ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure
ADHD Linked to Expectant Moms' Smog Exposure WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women exposed to air pollution are five times more likely to have children who develop behavior problems related to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a new study reports. A child's risk of ADHD symptoms by age 9 appears to increase dramatically if they were exposed in the womb to high levels of air pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), researchers at Columbia University...
Are Your Heart Symptoms All in Your Head?
Are Your Heart Symptoms All in Your Head? MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly three-quarters of people whose hearts are found to be healthy after being checked for coronary artery disease continue to have persistent symptoms such as chest pain, a new study finds. Did the doctors miss something? Probably not. Examinations for heart disease can worsen a patient's anxiety and trigger these symptoms, according to the report published published Nov. 3 in the online journal Open Heart . The resear...
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests
Almost 1 in 5 Americans Plagued by Constant Pain, Survey Suggests THURSDAY, Oct. 30, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Almost one-fifth of Americans do daily battle with crippling, chronic pain, a large new survey reveals, with the elderly and women struggling the most. The poll of roughly 35,000 American households provides the first snapshot of the pain landscape in the United States, the survey authors said. The bottom line: Significant and debilitating pain that endures for three months or more is now a comm...
After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers
After Breast Cancer, Depression Risk Lingers TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women who survive breast cancer face a higher risk of depression that can linger and require antidepressants, a new study finds. Researchers in Copenhagen looked at data on nearly 2 million Danish women between 1998 and 2011, all of whom were initially free of cancer. During the study period, they found nearly 45,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The risk of having to check into a hospital for severe depre...
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say
Airborne Transmission of Ebola Highly Unlikely, Experts Say THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Riding a bus or an elevator full of sniffles, coughs and sneezes is one of the more unpleasant aspects of the flu season. Those same coughs and sneezes can be downright terrifying these days, given that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has spread a tendril into the United States with the first diagnosed cases in Dallas. But people face no threat from Ebola due to these public sniffles, according to a...
As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study
As Pot Use Rises, Teens' Grades May Fall: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Occasional marijuana use does not appear to affect teens' intelligence or school performance, but heavy marijuana use is associated with slightly lower exam scores, according to a new study. Among more than 2,200 U.K. children who took IQ tests at age 8 and at age 15, marijuana use in the teen years appeared to be associated with lower IQ scores, the researchers said. However, the researchers found a strong link ...
Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey
Americans Show Distrust of Medical Profession in Survey WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are less trusting of the medical profession than people in many other countries -- even though they often like their own doctor, a new report finds. Based on data from an international health care survey, the United States is near the bottom of the list when it comes to public trust in the medical establishment, Harvard researchers report. On the other hand, when asked to rate their own medical...
All U.S. Residents Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked, CDC Says
All U.S. Residents Returning From Ebola-Stricken Countries to Be Tracked, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Public health officials plan to actively monitor all U.S. residents returning home from one of the three Ebola-affected nations in West Africa, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. The new monitoring program, which starts Monday, will require anyone back from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone to check their temperature twice a day and report back da...
Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study
Airport Screening in West Africa Will Curb Ebola's Spread: Study MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If passengers weren't screened before they boarded airplanes in the Ebola-affected countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, three people infected with Ebola would leave on international flights from any of those West African nations every month, a new analysis predicts. The three countries are those hit hardest by the current Ebola outbreak. Screening is currently in place at international ai...
As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds
As U.S. Economy Worsened, Vasectomy Rates Rose, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- During the recent "Great Recession," worries about the cost of raising children in an uncertain job market may have spurred an uptick in vasectomies, a new study suggests. "Despite an unchanged desire for more children, men in relationships reported planning for smaller families," said a team led by Dr. Bobby Najari, a urologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. Najari and colleagues re...
Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes
Athletic Trainers' Group Advises Heart Tests for Young Athletes FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Young athletes should undergo heart screening before they play competitive sports, according to new guidelines released by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). The goal of the guidelines for secondary schools is to prevent sudden cardiac arrest in athletes. Sudden cardiac arrest is often caused by an undetected structural abnormality of the heart, according to a NATA news release. The...
Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola?
Are U.S. Hospitals Prepared for Ebola? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- With two confirmed cases of Ebola contracted by health care workers now being reported at a Dallas hospital, medical centers across the country are scrambling to ensure that their infection-control measures will protect staff and the public. But are staffers at most centers equipped and experienced enough to handle the threat of infection from this largely new and highly lethal virus? Dr. William Fischer spent several mo...
Another Study Links Mediterranean Diet to Better Heart Health
Another Study Links Mediterranean Diet to Better Heart Health TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Following the Mediterranean diet may help reverse a condition known as metabolic syndrome, new research suggests. The study compared a low-fat diet to a Mediterranean diet -- a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, fish and olive oil. The Mediterranean diet was supplemented with either extra nuts or extra virgin olive oil. The Mediterranean diet didn't lower the odds of develo...
Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says
Allergy to Some Metal Implants Linked to Rare Skin Cancer, Study Says TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A rare type of skin cancer has been linked to allergic reactions to metal implants, researchers said. Some patients who have metal devices implanted near the skin may develop chronic skin rashes caused by contact allergies to metals such as nickel, cobalt and chromium. These rashes may lead to an unusual and aggressive form of skin cancer, the researchers said. The study's authors described t...
Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain
Anesthetic During Breast-Removal Surgery May Reduce Long-Term Pain MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Giving a common local anesthetic to women undergoing breast removal surgery -- a mastectomy -- reduces their risk of persistent pain after the procedure, a new study says. More than two-thirds of mastectomy patients experience chronic pain after surgery, which can significantly affect physical activity, physical and mental health, and quality of life. The pain also increases the risk of depressio...
Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half, Study Finds
Anesthesia Complications Drop by Half, Study Finds SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Anesthesia-related complications in the United States have fallen by more than half, while the overall death rate has remained the same, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from more than 3.2 million cases of anesthesia use between 2010 and 2013, and found the rate of complications decreased from 11.8 percent to 4.8 percent. The most common minor complication was nausea and vomiting (nearly 36 perce...
Akynzeo Approved for Side Effects of Chemotherapy
Akynzeo Approved for Side Effects of Chemotherapy FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination drug Akynzeo (netupitant and palonosetron) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat nausea and vomiting among people undergoing chemotherapy, the agency said Friday in a news release. Akynzeo contains a new anti-nausea drug, netupitant, and palonosetron, which was approved to treat nausea and vomiting in 2008. The combination drug's effectiveness was evaluated in two cli...
Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola: Poll
Americans Increasingly Anxious About Ebola: Poll FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- One-quarter of Americans now view Ebola as a major public health threat to the United States, with many saying they'd change their travel plans due to Ebola fears, a new Harris Poll/HealthDay survey reveals. The online poll of more than 2,000 adults, taken between Oct. 2 and 6, finds the number of people seriously concerned about Ebola surging in recent weeks. The number of people who consider Ebola a "major threa...
As Culture Changed, So Did Melanoma Risk, Study Finds
As Culture Changed, So Did Melanoma Risk, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Changing fashions, cultural attitudes and health beliefs have contributed to the rise of deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed various social and economic trends in the United States from the early 1900s to modern times, including clothing styles, social norms and medical practices. They reported their findings in the Oct. 6 issue of the American Journal of Public Health ...
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials in Texas said Thursday that approximately 100 people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now being monitored for symptoms of the often fatal disease. Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the roughly 100 people had either "direct" or "indirect" contact with Duncan. A Liberian national, Duncan arrived in the United Sta...
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas
About 100 People Being Monitored for Ebola in Texas THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Health officials in Texas said Thursday that approximately 100 people who came into contact with Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan are now being monitored for symptoms of the often fatal disease. The updated count came after an announcement Wednesday that Dallas County health officials were monitoring a potential second Ebola patient who had close contact with Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola...
Aerobic Exercise May Boost Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients
Aerobic Exercise May Boost Quality of Life for Dialysis Patients THURSDAY, Oct. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Aerobic exercise may improve the physical and mental health of kidney dialysis patients and may also extend their lives, new research suggests. The study included more than 5,700 kidney failure patients on dialysis who were followed for a median of 1.6 years. Those who did aerobic workouts had fewer symptoms of depression, better health-related quality of life and were 40 percent less likely to di...
A Little Booze Does Get Men Smiling, Study Confirms
A Little Booze Does Get Men Smiling, Study Confirms WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In perhaps one of the happiest studies ever conducted, scientists confirm what many partygoers know: Just add booze and groups of men start smiling. The study, reported this week in the journal Clinical Psychological Science , included more than 700 social drinkers in their 20s. It found that drinking significantly boosted "contagious smiling" in groups consisting solely of men, but did not have the same effe...
American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH Hospital
American Doctor Exposed to Ebola Admitted to NIH Hospital MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Another American doctor exposed to the Ebola virus while working in West Africa was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health in suburban Washington, D.C. The unidentified patient was working at an Ebola treatment unit in Sierra Leone when exposed to the highly lethal virus that has been ravaging four West African nations for months. The patient was admitted to the NIH Clinical C...
Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says
Antibiotic Use Before Age 2 Might Raise Obesity Risk, Study Says MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children who are given broad-spectrum antibiotics before the age of 2 may face a slightly higher risk of becoming obese during childhood, new research suggests. Broad-spectrum antibiotics target a larger number of organisms than narrow-spectrum ones, according to the study. "It is a reason to think about whether you need antibiotics, and which antibiotic you are picking," said lead researcher Dr. ...
ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says
ADHD Can Hamper School Performance as Early as 2nd Grade, Study Says MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder can harm a child's academic performance and social skills as early as the second grade, a new Australian study contends. Children between 6 and 8 years old who were tested and scored high for ADHD symptoms were more likely to get lower grades in elementary school and have trouble fitting in with other kids, compared with children without ADHD, the study...
After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study
After-School Exercise Yields Brain Gains: Study MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Regular daily exercise appears to improve children's attention and multi-tasking skills, according to a new study. Elementary school-age students who participated in an after-school program with plenty of physical activity showed greater improvements in several areas of so-called "executive function" than similar students who did not participate. Executive function refers to a range of mental or "cognitive" skills...
Antitussive Combinations with Analgesics Oral suspension
Antitussive Combinations with Analgesics Oral suspension What is this medicine? ACETAMINOPHEN; CHLORPHENIRAMINE; DEXTROMETHORPHAN; PHENYLEPHRINE (a set a MEE noe fen; klor fen IR a meen; dex troe meth OR fan; fen il EF rin) is a combination of a pain reliever, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, and a decongestant. It is used to treat the aches and pains, cough, fever, congestion, runny nose and sneezing of a cold. This medicine will not treat an infection. How should I use this medicine? Take this m...
Antihistamines Combinations with Analgesics Oral solution
Antihistamines Combinations with Analgesics Oral solution What is this medicine? ACETAMINOPHEN; CHLORPHENIRAMINE; DEXTROMETHORPHAN; PHENYLEPHRINE (a set a MEE noe fen; klor fen IR a meen; dex troe meth OR fan; fen il EF rin) is a combination of a pain reliever, an antihistamine, a cough suppressant, and a decongestant. It is used to treat the aches and pains, cough, fever, congestion, runny nose, and sneezing of a cold. This medicine will not treat an infection. How should I use this medicine? Take this...
Almotriptan Malate Oral tablet
Almotriptan Malate Oral tablet What is this medicine? ALMOTRIPTAN (al moh TRIP tan) is used to treat migraines with or without aura. An aura is a strange feeling or visual disturbance that warns you of an attack. It is not used to prevent migraines. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. This medicine is taken at the first symptoms of a migraine. It is not for everyday use. If your migraine headache returns afte...
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair (Abdominal Aneurysm--Open Repair, AAA Repair, Triple A Repair, Abdominal Aneurysmectomy, Endovascular Aneurysm Repair, EVAR) Procedure overview What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm repair? Location of the Aorta and Arteries in the Human Body (Click to Enlarge) Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) repair is a procedure used to treat an aneurysm (abnormal enlargement) of the abdominal aorta. Repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm may be performed surgically through an open inci...
Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves
Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves What are heart valves? The heart consists of four chambers, two atria (upper chambers) and two ventricles (lower chambers). Blood passes through a valve before leaving each chamber of the heart. The valves prevent the backward flow of blood. Valves are actually flaps (leaflets) that act as one-way inlets for blood coming into a ventricle and one-way outlets for blood leaving a ventricle. Normal valves have three flaps (leaflets), except the mitral valve, which on...
Anatomy of the Respiratory System in Children
Anatomy of the Respiratory System in Children Click Image to Enlarge What is respiration? Respiration is the act of breathing in and breathing out. When you inhale, you take in oxygen. When you exhale, you give off carbon dioxide. What makes up the respiratory system? The respiratory system is made up of the organs involved in the interchanges of gases and consists of the: Nose Mouth Throat (pharynx) Voice box (larynx) Windpipe (trachea) Airways (bronchi) Lungs The upper respiratory tract includes the f...
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)/Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
AIDS, HIV and Pregnancy What is HIV? Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). The virus destroys or weakens the cells of the immune system. A weak immune system reduces the body's ability to fight infections and certain cancers over time. The term "AIDS" means the HIV infection is in its most advanced stages. How is HIV transmitted or spread? Adults and teens most commonly get HIV through sexual activity with someone who already has the virus. Nearly all chil...
Adolescent (13 to 18 Years)
Adolescent (13 to 18 Years) Adolescence is a transition period between childhood and adulthood. It is a stressful developmental period filled with major changes in physical maturity and sexuality, cognitive processes (ways of thinking and thought content), emotional feelings, and relationships with others. Addressing the healthcare needs of this age group requires not only addressing identified health concerns, but also considering the complicated interactions of developmental changes on healthcare need...
Age-Appropriate Speech and Hearing Milestones
Age-Appropriate Speech and Hearing Milestones Hearing develops early in fetal development and is fully functioning at birth. While children respond differently at different stages of growth and development, hearing problems may be suspected in children who are not responding to sounds or who are not developing their language skills appropriately. The following are some age-related guidelines that may help to decide if your child is experiencing hearing problems. It is important to remember that not ever...
Anterior Pituitary Disorders
Anterior Pituitary Disorders The anterior (front) lobe of the pituitary gland makes up 80 percent of the gland's weight. It releases a variety of hormones that affect growth, physical and sexual development, and other endocrine glands. Oversecretion or undersecretion of certain hormones by the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland will cause other endocrine glands to over- or underproduce certain hormones, as well. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding anterior pitu...
Anatomy of the Endocrine System in Children
Anatomy of the Endocrine System in Children The following are integral parts of the endocrine system: Click Image to Enlarge Hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is located in the brain, near the optic chiasm. It secretes hormones that stimulate or suppress the release of hormones in the pituitary gland, in addition to controlling water balance, sleep, temperature, appetite, and blood pressure. Pineal body. The pineal body is located below the corpus callosum, in the middle of the brain. It produces the hormo...
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