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Hospitals Doing Better Job of Promoting Breast-feeding: CDC
Hospitals Doing Better Job of Promoting Breast-feeding: CDC TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. hospitals have made significant improvements to breast-feeding support programs in recent years, providing better help to new mothers, federal health officials reported Tuesday. Nearly twice as many hospitals have adopted most of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding initiative, a global standard for hospital support of breast-feeding before, during and after a new mom's hospital stay, the offi...
Hormone Replacement May Protect Women's Kidneys, Study Suggests
Hormone Replacement May Protect Women's Kidneys, Study Suggests TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormone replacement therapy may be good for a woman's kidneys, a preliminary study suggests. "The risks and benefits of hormone replacement therapy in postmenopausal women are still an area of active debate, and the effect of hormone replacement therapy on the kidney has shown variable results," said study author Dr. Andrea Kattah of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. Her study compared nearly 700 older ...
Health Tip: Boost Energy Without Caffeine
Health Tip: Boost Energy Without Caffeine (HealthDay News) -- When run down, many people reach for an extra cup of coffee. But there are plenty of energy-boosting foods that don't contain caffeine. The National Sleep Foundation recommends eating: Magnesium-rich nuts, such as hazelnuts, cashews or almonds. Iron-rich spinach, which promotes oxygen in the cells and boosts energy. Eggs, including the yolk. They're packed with protein and B vitamins, which help convert food into energy. Edamame, which is ric...
Health Tip: Talking to Your Doctor About Weight
Health Tip: Talking to Your Doctor About Weight (HealthDay News) -- If you're ready to lose weight, a conversation with your doctor is a great place to start. But before you meet, make sure you're fully prepared. The Weight-control Information Network recommends: Creating a list of questions in advance, and bringing pen and paper to your appointment. Bringing a loved one to help you through the appointment. Asking your doctor about your target weight, safe exercise, a healthy eating plan and whether you...
Health Highlights: Oct. 5, 2015
Health Highlights: Oct. 5, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Almost 2 Million Boxes of Cheerios Recalled Almost 2 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios have been recalled by General Mills Inc. because of an incident where wheat might have been introduced into products that were labeled gluten-free. Cereals produced on certain dates in July at the company's Lodi, Calif., plant could trigger reactions in people with whea...
Hispanic, Poor Children May Have Greater Risk of Losing Eye to Cancer
Hispanic, Poor Children May Have Greater Risk of Losing Eye to Cancer MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hispanic and poor children with a rare eye cancer are at somewhat greater risk of losing an eye due to late diagnosis of the disease, a new study shows. The finding suggests that these children have less access to primary care than white children and those from families with higher incomes, researchers said. "Because retinoblastoma is most often diagnosed during well-child visits, the dispariti...
Health Tip: Climate Can Affect Allergies
Health Tip: Climate Can Affect Allergies (HealthDay News) -- Allergies can make the coming of a new season miserable. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains how: Pollen from ragweed and trees tends to ramp up when the nights are cool and days warm. The morning hours tend to be highest for pollen counts. High humidity and high temperatures can promote rapid growth of mold. While rain can help wash away pollen, counts can soar when the rain ends. Days without wind are best for t...
Health Highlights: Oct. 5, 2015
Health Highlights: Oct. 5, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Parasitic Disease Treatment Breakthroughs This year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to three scientists who made breakthroughs in efforts to fight parasitic diseases. Youyou Tu discovered a drug called artemisinin, which has significantly reduced death rates from malaria. William Campbell and Satoshi Omura develope...
Health Tip: Live Better With Asthma
Health Tip: Live Better With Asthma (HealthDay News) -- By keeping your asthma under control and creating a plan for when attacks strike, asthma doesn't have to ruin your health. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute suggests: With help from your doctor, create an asthma action plan. It should include steps for taking medication, and what to do if symptoms worsen. Learn about, and avoid, asthma triggers. Get regular medical checkups. Take medication as prescribed. Practice using inhaled medic...
Higher-Volume Rehab Centers Better for Hip Fracture Recovery: Study
Higher-Volume Rehab Centers Better for Hip Fracture Recovery: Study FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who break a hip receive the best care in skilled nursing facilities with the most experience handling such fractures, a new study suggests. Twenty-five cases a year was the magic number, according to lead author Pedro Gozalo, associate professor of health services, policy and practice at the School of Public Health at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and colleagues. "Even adjusting f...
Health Tip: Teach Kids About Gratitude
Health Tip: Teach Kids About Gratitude (HealthDay News) -- Teaching kids to be thankful for what they have can help make them less selfish. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Surprise children with a gift. It represents something they didn't ask for, rather than something to which they're entitled. It also takes away having to choose between options, and helps relieve the feeling that the child could have selected something better. Talk with your child about things that you are thankful for,...
Health Tip: Squeeze in a 30-Minute Workout
Health Tip: Squeeze in a 30-Minute Workout (HealthDay News) -- Finding 30 minutes each day and the motivation to exercise can be difficult. But if you find ways to make your routine more interesting and enjoyable, you may wind up looking forward to working out. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Plan three 10-minute mini-workouts each day. Aim for one in the morning, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Alternate between walking, stretching and resistance training. Get fit as a fam...
Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2015
Health Highlights: Oct. 2, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: U.S. Senate Passes Revision to Health Care Law The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed legislation aimed at shielding small and medium-sized business from hikes in premiums for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. According to the New York Times , the bill gets rid of a provision of the law that mandated strict and expensive requirements for businesses with betwee...
Height May Be Linked to Increased Cancer Risk, Study Contends
Height May Be Linked to Increased Cancer Risk, Study Contends THURSDAY, Oct. 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A study of more than 5 million Swedish men and women suggests that the taller you are, the greater your risk of cancer. For every 4 additional inches of adult height, the study found that cancer risk was linked to an 18 percent increased cancer risk in women and 11 percent in men. Taller women had a 20 percent greater risk of developing breast cancer, the study reported. And for both men and women, t...
Health Tip: Child Obesity Affects Bones, Muscles and Joints
Health Tip: Child Obesity Affects Bones, Muscles and Joints (HealthDay News) -- Carrying around too much weight can cause lots of problems in children, affecting the muscles, bones and joints. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says potential complications of childhood obesity include: Early arthritis. Bone fractures. Abnormal leg growth. Flat feet. Impaired mobility.
Health Tip: Stay Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy
Health Tip: Stay Fit and Healthy During Pregnancy (HealthDay News) -- It's important to develop healthy habits before and during pregnancy -- and to maintain them once your baby is born. The Weight-control Information Network suggests: If you exercised before pregnancy, speak to your doctor about continuing those habits during pregnancy. If you didn't exercise before pregnancy, speak to your doctor about going for regular walks, or at least taking frequent stretch breaks from prolonged sitting. Get back...
Health Highlights: Oct. 1, 2015
Health Highlights: Oct. 1, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Talk Therapy for Depression Not as Effective as Believed: Study The benefits of talk therapy for depression are overstated, according to researchers. They analyzed 55 studies funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health between 1972 and 2008 and concluded that talk therapy is about 25 percent less effective than previously thought, The New York Times reported. Speci...
Health Tip: Don't Drink and Drive
Health Tip: Don't Drink and Drive (HealthDay News) -- Thousands die each year in alcohol-related car crashes. To avoid becoming another statistic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Make the decision not to drink and drive. Designate an alcohol-free driver before anyone has the first drink, or decide that you'll call a taxi. Don't allow your friends to drink and drive. Stick to a reasonable amount of alcohol. Do not binge drink, and encourage friends to drink in moderation. If ...
Health Highlights: Sept. 30, 2015
Health Highlights: Sept. 30, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Other Foods on Plate Key to Kids' Veggie Intake: Study Other foods on the plate influence whether children eat their vegetables, according to a new study. Texas A&M University researchers looked at nearly 8,500 elementary school students and found that they were much more likely to eat their vegetables if another food on the plate wasn't so delicious that they foc...
Health Tip: What's Behind That Cough?
Health Tip: What's Behind That Cough? (HealthDay News) -- A cough is the body's reaction to an irritant in the airways. The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions possible cough triggers: Allergens, such as dust, dander, pollen or mold. Irritants, such as cigarette smoke or substances with a strong fragrance, such as air fresheners or perfumes. A medical condition, such as the common cold, pneumonia or the flu. A long-term medical condition, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder ...
Higher-Protein Diet May Help Some With Type 2 Diabetes
Higher-Protein Diet May Help Some With Type 2 Diabetes TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 2 diabetes may benefit from a higher-protein diet, but it likely depends on whether or not they have a particular gene related to vitamin D metabolism, new research suggests. The study of overweight adults with type 2 diabetes found that people lost a similar amount of weight over two years whether they followed a high-protein, low-protein, low-fat or high-fat diet. But differences emerged...
Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth
Health Tip: Moistening a Dry Mouth (HealthDay News) -- Dry mouth is a common complaint among seniors, and lack of saliva can increase the risk of cavities and other dental problems. The American Dental Association advises: Use a mouthwash, spray or over-the-counter oral moisturizer. Suck on a sugar-free lozenge or chew sugar-free gum. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your medication if that's what's causing dry mouth. Drink water frequently throughout the day. Run a humidifier at home. Restrict foods...
Health Tip: Things That Affect Your Heart Rate
Health Tip: Things That Affect Your Heart Rate (HealthDay News) -- Knowing your heart rate (pulse) can help keep tabs on your physical fitness, even if you're not an athlete. The American Heart Association says factors that may influence heart rate include: High temperatures and humidity, which can increase heart rate. The position of your body during the first 20 seconds after standing up. Strong emotions. Obesity. Medications. For example, beta blockers commonly taken by cardiac patients may decrease ...
Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2015
Health Highlights: Sept. 29, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ads Linking STDs and Tinder, Grindr Under Fire An ad campaign that links the dating apps Tinder and Grindr with the spread of sexually transmitted diseases is being defended by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The ads that appear on billboards and bus benches in Los Angeles remind people about the risks of casual sex and offer free STD tests, the Associated Press repor...
Health Highlights: Sept. 28, 2015
Health Highlights: Sept. 28, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Too Few Docs Warn Young Adults About Drinking, Smoking, Drug Abuse: Study Doctors warn "deplorably" few young American adults about the dangers of alcohol and drugs or encourage them to reduce their use of the substances, according to a federal government study. The nationwide survey of about 2,100 college students and other young adults found that doctors typically a...
Health Tip: Choosing the Right Bedtime Snack
Health Tip: Choosing the Right Bedtime Snack (HealthDay News) -- It's not easy to fall asleep with a growling belly, so satisfying bedtime hunger becomes important. The National Sleep Foundation suggests these snacks: A handful of almonds with either half a banana or a handful of cherries, which contain the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin. Whole-grain crakcers and peanut butter, which contain complex carbohydrates and tryptophan, a sleep-promoting amino acid. Warm milk, which contains calcium, magnesi...
Health Tip: Keep a Stress Journal
Health Tip: Keep a Stress Journal (HealthDay News) -- Keeping a journal of stressful situations and your responses may help you better cope with the next stressful problem that comes along. The Helpguide.org website recommends logging this information: Possible triggers for your stress. That way you felt, both physically and emotionally, while you were stressed. Your response to each stressful situation. Steps you took to improve each situation.
Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2015
Health Highlights: Sept. 26, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: FDA Approves New Diabetes Treatment A new diabetes treatment was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday. Sold under the brand name Tresiba, the drug is a long-acting insulin product, the agency said in a news release. It is injected once daily and helps control blood sugar levels in people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The FDA also approve...
How to Dispose of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs
How to Dispose of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many people hold on to extra prescription drugs, but saving old medications is unwise, a pharmacist warns. "Medications that are expired have passed their half-life, which leads to them being ineffective," said Kimberly Cimarelli, pharmacy manager at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, in Hershey, Pa. Expired medications can even be dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. Their chemi...
Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist
Health Tip: Visiting the Dentist (HealthDay News) -- Seniors need to see a dentist regularly for a checkup and cleaning. And it's a good idea to bring some information to share with your dentist. The American Dental Association advises that you bring: A written list of your over-the-counter and prescription medications, supplements, herbs and vitamins. A complete list of allergies and other medical conditions. The names and contact info of all of healthcare providers. Information for an emergency contac...
Health Highlights: Sept. 25, 2015
Health Highlights: Sept. 25, 2015 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Dalai Lama Cancels U.S. Visit Due to Health Reasons The Dalai Lama has canceled next month's planned visit to the United States due to health reasons, the University of Colorado said Friday. On Thursday, the Dalai Lama visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for a medical evaluation, the Associated Press reported. Doctors advised the Dalai Lama to "take comple...
Health Tip: Preventing Childhood Obesity
Health Tip: Preventing Childhood Obesity (HealthDay News) -- Parents are wise to be concerned about keeping kids at a healthy weight. Besides making sure kids eat a healthy diet, the American Academy of Pediatrics says you also should: Make sure children get plenty of sleep. Establish a consistent bedtime routine. Restrict screen time to a maximum of two hours per day, allowing more time for play and physical activity. Talk with college-age children about maintaining healthy habits at school. Offer your...
Herpes Simplex Virus Culture and Typing
Herpes Simplex Virus Culture and Typing Does this test have other names? Viral isolation What is this test? This test looks for which type of herpes simplex virus (HSV) is causing your infection. HSV is a common virus that comes in two types: HSV1 and HSV2. Each type of HSV causes a number of health problems. Viral culture is the best test to confirm a herpes simplex infection. HSV1 is more common. It's carried in saliva and typically causes outbreaks of cold sores around the mouth. HSV2 affects the gen...
Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody
Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody Does this test have other names? HSV-1 antibodies, HSV-2 antibodies What is this test? The herpes simplex virus antibodies test is a blood test that screens for the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Culturing a sample from an active outbreak of HSV is the best method to diagnose a current infection. But the herpes simplex virus antibodies test can help identify the recurrence of a previous infection. Why do I need this test? If you suspect that you have herpes but do not have an ...
Hepatitis C Antibody
Hepatitis C Antibody Does this test have other names? Antibody to HCV, anti-HCV What is this test? A hepatitis C antibody test is used to find out if you are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). When your body is infected with a virus, it produces antibodies to fight the virus off. The hepatitis C antibody test looks for antibodies that the body produces in response to the presence of HCV. HCV infects the liver, often causing inflammation and damage. It is more common in developing nations. Why do...
Hemoglobin (Fetal) Does this test have other names? Hemoglobin analysis, hemoglobin electrophoresis What is this test? A fetal hemoglobin test is a blood test that checks the amount of fetal hemoglobin (Hb F) in the blood. Fetal hemoglobin is one of many types of hemoglobin. It is present in high levels in fetuses, but usually drops to trace amounts about six months after birth. If Hb F is at higher than normal levels, it can mean you have thalassemia, myeloid leukemia, or sickle cell anemia. Why do I n...
Hemoglobin C Does this test have other names? Hemoglobin C blood test, hemoglobin electrophoresis, Hgb electrophoresis What is this test? Hemoglobin C is a blood test used to find out if you have hemoglobin C disease, a blood disorder passed on to you from your parents. It causes your red blood cells to have hemoglobin C instead of the hemoglobin A found in most people. In the blood, hemoglobin C forms crystals and makes the blood cells less flexible. This causes your blood to not flow well. Hemoglobin ...
Hemoglobin Does this test have other names? Hb, Hgb, H and H, Hemoglobin and hematocrit What is this test? This is a blood test to find out how much hemoglobin is in your blood. Hemoglobin is the main part of your red blood cells. Hemoglobin is made up of a protein called globin and a compound called heme. Heme consists of iron and a pigment called porphyrin, which gives your blood its red color. Hemoglobin serves the important role of carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide through your blood. If your hemog...
Hematocrit Does this test have other names? HCT, packed cell volume, PCV What is this test? This test measures how much of your blood is made up of red blood cells. Normal blood contains white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and the fluid portion called plasma. The word hematocrit means to separate . In this test, your red blood cells are separated from the rest of your blood so they can be measured. Your hematocrit (HCT) shows whether you have a normal amount of red blood cells, too many, or t...
Helicobacter Pylori Antibody
Helicobacter Pylori Antibody Does this test have other names? H. pylori What is this test? This test measures the levels of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) antibodies in your blood. H. pylori are bacteria that can invade your gut. H. pylori infection is one of the major causes of peptic ulcer disease. This happens when inflammation caused by the bacteria affects the mucus coating of your stomach or duodenum, the first section of your small intestine. This leads to sores called peptic ulcers on this lini...
HCG (Urine) Does this test have other names? Human chorionic gonadotropin urine test, urine pregnancy test What is this test? This test measures the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. When you get pregnant, your body makes HCG. In a healthy pregnancy, the amount of HCG in the blood increases a lot over a short time, usually doubling every two days. HCG can be found in your urine two to three days after it can be measured in your blood. This is often about the same time that you ...
HCG (Blood) Does this test have other names? Human chorionic gonadotropin hormone test, serum pregnancy test What is this test? Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a type of hormone. Both men and women have small amounts of HCG in their body at all times. When a woman is pregnant, her body produces much more HCG than usual. In a healthy pregnancy, the amount of HCG in the blood increases substantially throughout the first three months. This blood test measures how much HCG is in your blood. This test ...
Haptoglobin Does this test have other names? HPT, hemoglobin-binding protein, Hp What is this test? This test measures the level of a protein called haptoglobin in your blood. Haptoglobin is made by your liver. It binds to a type of hemoglobin that's made when red blood cells die. This haptoglobin-hemoglobin complex is removed from your body by your liver. This leads to a low blood level of haptoglobin. The level of haptoglobin in your blood helps your healthcare provider figure out what type of anemia ...
Hypothyroidism in Children
Hypothyroidism in Children Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland does not make enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormone regulates many natural processes of metabolism and growth. Thyroid Gland - Click to Enlarge Congenital hypothyroidism means the condition was present at or before birth. Severe physical and mental developmental delays can occur if congenital hypothyroidism is not identified and treated in a timely matter. Older children may fail to grow properly if any type of hypothyroidism is in...
Hemoglobin E Trait
Hemoglobin E Trait Hemoglobin E trait is a hereditary blood disorder. This means it is inherited from your parents. Facts about hemoglobin E trait Hemoglobin E trait occurs most frequently among people of Southeast Asian descent. Hemoglobin E trait is rare. It happens most often among people with a Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese, or Laotian background. It can also happen in people of Turkish, Asiatic Indian, Chinese, and Filipino descent. Types of hemoglobin E trait If you inherited the hemoglobin E mutati...
Headaches in Early Pregnancy
Headaches in Early Pregnancy Nearly all women have occasional headaches, but having a headache in pregnancy is not fun. And, managing headaches is especially tricky in the first trimester when you should avoid many medicines. Whether your headache is from tension or is a full-blown migraine, there are some things you should know. What causes headaches in pregnancy? The exact cause of a headache isn’t always clear. In the first trimester, changing hormone levels and blood volume may play a role. A dull, ...
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare disease that usually occurs in infants and young children. It may also occur in adults. Children usually inherit the disease. In adults, many different conditions, including infections and cancer, can cause HLH. If you have HLH, your body's defense system, called your immune system, does not work normally. Certain white blood cells — histiocytes and lymphocytes — attack your other blood cells. These abnormal blood cel...
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. If you undergo this therapy, you will enter a special chamber to breathe in pure oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to 3 times higher than average. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function. Facts about hyperbaric oxygen therapy...
Hyperbaric Therapy for CO Poisoning and Decompression Sickness
Hyperbaric Therapy for CO Poisoning and Decompression Sickness Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has helped treat a variety of illnesses. Over the years, research has shown that it can treat many conditions that involve oxygen-starved tissue. You can get hyperbaric oxygen therapy in either a single-person chamber or tube, or a larger chamber that holds several people at a time. The chamber is then pumped full of pure oxygen, and the pressure rises to 2.5 times that of normal air pressure. The FDA has approved t...
How Wounds Heal
How Wounds Heal Most of us take wound healing for granted. If you get a small cut, you may clean and cover it with a bandage, and move on with your life. Yet under that bandage (or in the open air), the body orchestrates a complex cascade of events designed to heal wounds big and small. The basic steps of wound healing are: Stopping the bleeding (hemostasis). When your skin is cut, scraped, or punctured, you usually begin to bleed. Within minutes or even seconds, unless you have a bleeding disorder, blo...
HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions
HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions Skin conditions are common in people with HIV/AIDS. Many, including Kaposi sarcoma, thrush, and herpes, are caused by germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system. That's why they are called "opportunistic" infections. Others, like photodermatitis, may be linked to inflammation caused by an overactive immune system as it revives during antiretroviral drug therapy or due to the drugs themselves. Here are some of the more common skin conditions related to HIV/AIDS. Mo...
Hepatitis B Virus Subtype ADW2 HBSAG Surface Protein antigen Suspension for injection
Hepatitis B Virus Subtype ADW2 HBSAG Surface Protein antigen Suspension for injection What is this medicine? HEPATITIS B VACCINE (hep uh TAHY tis B VAK seen) is a vaccine. It is used to prevent an infection with the hepatitis B virus. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional. A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently. Tal...
Hepatitis A Virus Strain HM175 antigen (Formaldehyde inactivated) Suspension for injection
Hepatitis A Virus Strain HM175 antigen (Formaldehyde inactivated) Suspension for injection What is this medicine? HEPATITIS A VACCINE (hep uh TAHY tis A VAK seen) is a vaccine to protect from an infection with the hepatitis A virus. This vaccine does not contain the live virus. It will not cause a hepatitis infection. This vaccine is also used with immunoglobulin to prevent infection in people who have been exposed to hepatitis A. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection into a musc...
Hydrocortisone, Neomycin, Polymyxin Otic drops, solution
Hydrocortisone, Neomycin, Polymyxin Otic drops, solution What is this medicine? HYDROCORTISONE; NEOMYCIN; and POLYMYXIN B (hye droe KOR ti sone; nee oh MYE sin; pol i MIX in B) is used to treat ear infections. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is only for use in the ears. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Clean your ear of any fluid that can be easily removed. Do not insert any object or swab into the ear canal. Gently warm the bottle by holdin...
Heart Attack: Signs and Symptoms
Heart Attacks Millions of Americans suffer heart attacks every year. Explore what happens during a heart attack and what can be done to minimize the damage.
Holter Monitor (Continuous Electrocardiogram, Continuous ECG, Ambulatory ECG Monitoring) Procedure overview What is a Holter monitor? The Holter monitor is a type of electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) used to monitor the ECG tracing continuously for a period of 24 hours or longer. A standard or "resting" ECG is one of the simplest and fastest procedures used to evaluate the heart. Electrodes (small, plastic patches) are placed at certain locations on the chest and abdomen. When the electrodes are connected ...
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery
Heart Valve Repair or Replacement Surgery (Open Heart Surgery) Procedure overview What is heart valve repair or replacement surgery? Heart valve repair or replacement surgery is a treatment option for valvular heart disease. When heart valves become damaged or diseased, they may not function properly. Conditions which may cause heart valve dysfunction are valvular stenosis and valvular insufficiency (regurgitation). When one (or more) valve(s) becomes stenotic (stiff), the heart muscle must work harder ...
Heart Transplantation Procedure
Heart Transplantation Procedure (Transplant-Heart, Heart Transplant, Cardiac Transplant) Procedure overview What is a heart transplant? A heart transplant is a surgical procedure performed to remove the diseased heart from a patient and replace it with a healthy one from an organ donor. In order to remove the heart from the donor, two or more doctors must declare the donor brain-dead. Before a person can be put on a waiting list for a heart transplant, a doctor makes the determination that this is the b...
Hysteroscopy Procedure Overview What is a hysteroscopy? Hysteroscopy is the visual examination of the canal of the cervix and interior of the uterus using a thin, lighted, flexible tube called a hysteroscope. The device is inserted through the vagina. Hysteroscopy may be used for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The hysteroscope allows for easy visual access to the interior of the cervix and uterus to assess the lining of these structures. Therapeutic maneuvers, such as taking a tissue sample (...
Hysterectomy (Removal of the Uterus) Procedure overview What is a hysterectomy? Click Image to Enlarge Hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. Different portions of the uterus, as well as other organs, may be removed at the same time. The types of hysterectomy include: Total hysterectomy. Includes the removal of the entire uterus, including the fundus (the part of the uterus above the openings of the fallopian tubes) and the cervix, but not the tubes or ovaries. This is the most common type ...
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