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Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age
Menopausal Women at Lower Heart Risk Than Men of Similar Age WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Menopause is commonly considered a risk factor for heart disease, as the protective effect of estrogen declines. However, in a new study, researchers found that postmenopausal women had a lower risk of dying from heart attack than did men of similar ages. "Women have lower cardiovascular disease risk than men, even after menopause," said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Catherine Kim, an associate pr...
Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When 'Opportunistic' Infections Strike
Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When 'Opportunistic' Infections Strike WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years. "The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely," said Dr. Robert Grant, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who reviewed the fi...
Most U.S. Hepatitis C Infections May Be Missed: Study
Most U.S. Hepatitis C Infections May Be Missed: Study TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New cases of hepatitis C are drastically underreported to federal officials, researchers contend in a new study. And they suggested that may be hampering public health efforts to cope with the chronic infection that can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer. The new study found that only one out of 183 Massachusetts residents diagnosed between 2001 and 2011 with acute hepatitis C infection was reported to the U....
Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts
Make CPR, Defibrillator Training Mandatory for High School Graduation: Experts TUESDAY, June 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Far too few Americans are surviving cardiac arrest, and a new report issued Tuesday by a federally appointed panel of experts sets out ways to boost survival rates. One recommendation: Make a working knowledge of CPR and the use of an automated electronic defibrillator (AED) a graduation requirement for all middle- and high-school students. One expert in emergency care applauded the ...
Many Americans Wait Too Long for Needed Health Care: Report
Many Americans Wait Too Long for Needed Health Care: Report MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Health care wait times vary widely across the United States, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). At best, some people receive same-day service. But others aren't so lucky. The report found that some people must wait several months to receive the health care services they need. Delayed access to health care could potentially have negative effects on patients' health and satisf...
Millennials More Accepting of Working Moms Than Past Generations
Millennials More Accepting of Working Moms Than Past Generations MONDAY, June 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young Americans are more accepting of working mothers than previous generations were, a new study finds. The views of millennials -- those born roughly between 1980 and 2000 -- reflect growing gender equality and tolerance in the United States. These attitudes are more consistent with a culture that focuses on individualism rather than adherence to social rules, the researchers said. "This goes aga...
Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey
Many Doctors Underestimate Risks of Prescription Painkillers: Survey FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors who are ill-informed about narcotic painkillers are unintentionally contributing to their misuse, new research suggests. Almost half of 1,000 primary care doctors surveyed in the United States mistakenly believed that abuse-deterrent pills -- those that can't be crushed and snorted or injected -- are less addictive than standard narcotic painkillers (opioids). "Physicians and patients m...
Many More Women Than Men Living to 100
Many More Women Than Men Living to 100 THURSDAY, June 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Men are less likely than women to reach 100, but those who do tend to be healthier than their female peers, a new study finds. Although women are four times more likely than men to hit 100, they are more likely to suffer broken bones or develop more than one chronic health problem, such as incontinence or loss of vision or hearing, the British researchers said. Men had fewer chronic ailments. "We found a surprising number...
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know Millions of Americans develop serious infections each year from drug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria. This type of staph bacteria is known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aur eus (MRSA), although it's resistant to common antibiotics, including penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA infections originally appeared mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. A virulent kind of resistant "staph" has developed outside of health care settings. It's known as community-acq...
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram, MRA) Procedure overview You might be familiar with the testing procedure called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this test, radio waves, a magnetic field, and a computer create a scan of your body parts to look for health problems. Magnetic resonance angiography – also called a magnetic resonance angiogram or MRA – is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels. Unlike a traditional angiogram, which requires in...
Meningococcal Vaccine for Teens
Meningococcal Vaccine for Teens Experts recommend the meningococcal conjugate vaccine for children when they are age 11 or 12. Teens who have not yet had this vaccination also need it. Your child should then have a booster shot at age 16, especially if he or she is at risk for getting meningitis or has a weakened immune system. What is meningococcal disease? Meningococcal disease includes meningitis, a serious infection that can affect the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. This bacterial i...
Methylnaltrexone bromide Solution for injection
Methylnaltrexone bromide Solution for injection What is this medicine? METHYLNALTREXONE (METH il nal TREX one) is used to treat constipation caused by opioids (pain medicine). Immediately tell your health care professional if you stop taking your opioid pain medicine. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give ...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Transdermal Patch - 9 hour
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Transdermal Patch - 9 hour What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Apply the patch to dry, smooth skin on the hip. Alternate hips each day. Avoid injured, irritated, or oily areas. Apply the patch 2 hours before the effect of the medicine is needed. Use care separating t...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral solution
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral solution What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is a stimulant medicine. It is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. It is best to take t...
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. You can take these tablets with water, but you do not have to. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do ...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral capsule, biphasic release
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral capsule, biphasic release What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE(meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, cut, or chew the capsule. You may take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. If you take your medicine more...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable tablet
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable tablet What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine 30 to 45 minutes before meals, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Take your medicine at regul...
M-M-R Varicella Vaccine Powder for solution for injection
M-M-R Varicella Vaccine Powder for solution for injection What is this medicine? MEASLES VIRUS; MUMPS VIRUS; RUBELLA VIRUS; VARICELLA VIRUS VACCINE LIVE (MEE zuhlz ; muhmps ; roo BEL uh; and var uh SEL uh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN) is a live vaccine to protect from an infection with measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella (German measles), and varicella (chickenpox) viruses. It is approved for use in children 1 to 12 years of age. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection under the skin. It is gi...
Mercaptopurine Oral tablet
Mercaptopurine Oral tablet What is this medicine? MERCAPTOPURINE, 6-MP (mer kap toe PYOOR een) is a chemotherapy drug. It interferes with the growth of cancer cells and can reduce immune system activity. It is used to treat certain types of acute leukemia. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doc...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, cut, or chew the tablet. You may take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than dire...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine 30 to 45 minutes before meals, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Usually the last dose of t...
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? MAPROTILINE (ma PROE ti leen) is used to treat depression. This medicine also helps to relieve anxiety associated with depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping t...
Mirtazapine Oral tablet
Mirtazapine Oral tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen. A...
Metaxalone Oral tablet
Metaxalone Oral tablet What is this medicine? METAXALONE (me TAX a lone) is a muscle relaxer. It is used to treat pain and stiffness in muscles caused by strains, sprains, or other injury. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Swallow it with a full glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not take more medicine than you are told to take. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for child...
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Stress
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Stress (Exercise Thallium, Stress Thallium, Cardiac Nuclear Imaging, Adenosine Thallium Scan, Cardiolite Scan) Procedure overview What is a stress myocardial perfusion scan? A myocardial perfusion scan is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. Specifically, the myocardial...
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting (Resting Thallium Scan, Cardiac Nuclear Imaging, Cardiolite Scan, Sestamibi Scan) Procedure overview What is a resting myocardial perfusion scan? A myocardial perfusion scan is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. Specifically, the myocardial perfusion scan eval...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart (MRI Scan of the Heart, Cardiac MRI) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. How does MRI work? The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. This magnetic ...
Mastectomy Procedure overview What is a mastectomy? A mastectomy is a surgical procedure in which all or a portion of a breast is removed as a part of treatment for breast cancer. In some cases, mastectomy is performed prophylactically (to prevent cancer from occurring) in women with a high risk for developing breast cancer. Surgical treatment for breast cancer is generally divided into 2 categories: breast-conserving therapy (BCT) or mastectomy. BCT involves removing the least possible amount of breast...
Mammogram Procedure (Mammography, Breast X-ray) Procedure overview A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems, such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints. The procedure allows detection of breast cancers, benign tumors, and cysts before they can be detected by palpation (touch). Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a si...
Mediastinoscopy Procedure overview What is a mediastinoscopy? A mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure performed to examine the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space behind the sternum (breastbone) in the middle of the chest that separates the two lungs. It contains lymph nodes, the heart and its great vessels, the trachea, the esophagus, and the thymus gland. The mediastinum can be visualized by the use of an endoscopic instrument called a mediastinoscope. A mediastinoscope is a lighted, long, thi...
Myelogram (Myelography) What is a myelogram? A myelogram is a diagnostic imaging procedure done by a radiologist. It uses a contrast dye and X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to look for problems in the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots, and other tissues. It is also known as myelography. The contrast dye is injected into the spinal column before the procedure. The contrast dye appears on an X-ray screen, allowing the radiologist to see the spinal cord, subarachnoid space, and other ...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain (MRI Scan of the Spine, MRI Scan of the Brain) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. Unlike X-rays or computed tomography (CT scans), MRI does not use ionizing radiation. How does an MRI scan work? The MRI machine is a large,...
Maternal and Fetal Infections Overview
Maternal and Fetal Infections Overview Infection is the invasion and multiplying of microorganisms in the body. The body may respond in different ways depending on the type of infection and the extent of the infection. An infectious disease is caused by one or more of the following: Viruses Bacteria Parasites Fungi Infectious diseases can range from common illnesses, such as the cold, to deadly illnesses, such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Depending on the specific illness and country (...
Megaureter What is megaureter? Megaureter (dilated ureter) is an abnormality of one or both of the ureters of a child. Ureters are the two funnel-shaped tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A megaureter refers to an expanded or widened ureter that does not function normally. The size of a megaureter is usually greater than 10 millimeters (three-eighths of an inch) in diameter. Complications associated with megaureter include reverse flow of urine into the kidneys and pooling of urine ...
Micropenis What is micropenis? Micropenis is defined as a normally structured penis that is below the normal size range for an infant. Normally, the length of a newborn boy's penis is between 2.8 to 4.2 centimeters (1.1 to 1.6 inches) with a circumference of 0.9 to 1.3 centimeters (0.35 to 0.5 inches). This measurement is taken by carefully stretching the penis and measuring from the tip of the penis to the base of the penis. A penis length of less than 1.9 centimeters (0.75 inches) is usually considere...
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview For children ages 14 and younger, unintentional injury-related deaths occur most often when riding in a car. Many injuries that may occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents require clinical care by a doctor or other health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some other considerations for motor vehicle safety, for which a brief overview has been provided. Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates Identifying High-Risk Situations Installing and Using Child Safety...
Managing Breastfeeding Navigating poor weight gain The following are some tips for navigating poor weight gain: Watch for signs from your baby that he or she wants to feed. Your baby should wake and "cue" to breastfeed about eight to 12 times in 24 hours by rooting, making licking or sucking motions, bobbing his or her head or bringing his or her hand to the face or mouth. It is important for you to recognize these feeding cues and put your baby to your breast when he or she cues. Don't wait for your ba...
Muscle and Joint Injuries
Muscle and Joint Injuries Children often injure muscles and joints while running, playing, climbing, or during sports activities. A sprain occurs when ligaments, the bands of tissue that hold bones together, are stretched or torn. A strain occurs when the muscle-tendon unit is overstretched or torn. Tendons help hold muscles and bones together. Sprains and strains can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes result in inability to move the joint. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sports injury. Many ...
Mushroom Poisoning in Children
Mushroom Poisoning in Children Facts about poisonous mushrooms There are thousands of varieties of mushrooms in North America, but very few are poisonous and can be dangerous if eaten. But, unless you are an expert at identifying mushrooms, it is difficult to tell a poisonous mushroom from one that is not poisonous. Children are often victims of mushroom poisoning. What are the symptoms of mushroom poisoning? Common early symptoms can include feeling sick, stomach cramps, vomiting, and watery or bloody ...
Minor Problem vs. a True Emergency
Minor Problem vs. a True Emergency Many minor injuries can be handled at home. However, there are times when a trip to the hospital emergency department is needed. In general, take your child to an emergency room after an injury anytime you think the problem may need urgent attention, including if your child has: Trouble breathing or shortness of breath Bloody sputum (coughing up blood) Blue or purple color to lips, skin, or nail beds Chest or stomach pain or pressure Severe or persistent vomiting or di...
Muscular Dystrophy What is muscular dystrophy? Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles. Muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in the body to become very weak. The muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits over time. Other health problems commonly associated with muscular dystrophy include the following: Heart problems. Scoliosis. A lateral, or sideways, curvature and rotation of the back bones (vertebrae), giving the appearance t...
Maternity Leave Many women continue to breastfeed when they return to work by feeding their babies breast milk from bottles. The longer the leave of absence, the longer you will have to recuperate after the birth, establish milk production, and develop a good breastfeeding relationship with your baby. The length of time given for a paid maternity leave of absence varies among companies. Some women extend their maternity leaves by taking additional weeks of unpaid leave. Become aware of your rights accor...
Maternal Nutrition and Breastfeeding
Maternal Nutrition and Breastfeeding A mother's diet while breastfeeding One of the most frequently asked questions from mothers who are breastfeeding or pumping milk to feed their babies is, "Do I need to be on a special diet?" In most cases, the answer is no. Women who are breastfeeding should eat a well-balanced diet and drink enough liquids. Although shedding those extra pounds gained during pregnancy may be one of your biggest concerns, strict weight-loss programs are not recommended, especially du...
Measuring a Baby's Temperature
Measuring a Baby's Temperature Where should a baby's temperature be taken? Today's digital thermometers make taking a baby's temperature simple, with quick results. For best results in babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends taking the temperature rectally, by placing a thermometer in the baby's anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby's internal temperature. A newer method to measure temperature called temporal artery thermometr...
Microcephaly What is microcephaly? Microcephaly is a condition that is present at birth in which the baby's head is much smaller than normal for an infant of that age and gender. Micro means small and cephaly refers to the head. Most children with microcephaly also have a small brain and intellectual disability. However, some children with small heads have normal intelligence. What causes microcephaly? Microcephaly is either caused by exposure to harmful substances during the fetal development, or it ma...
Myasthenia Gravis in Children
Myasthenia Gravis in Children What is myasthenia gravis? Click Image to Enlarge Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex, autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections. It most often affects adults. MG sometimes can happen in children as well. For example, mothers who have MG can transfer the abnormal autoimmune antibodies to the fetus, which causes the baby to be born with temporary MG symptoms. In these babies, the symptoms typically disappear in th e weeks or months after birth...
Mumps What is mumps? Mumps is an acute and highly contagious viral illness that usually occurs in childhood, but can be caught at any age. Mumps infects the parotid glands (one pair of salivary glands). One of the symptoms of mumps is swelling in the throat and jaw. Mumps is spread by contact with fluids from the mouth, nose, and throat when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus can also live on surfaces like doorknobs, eating utensils, and soft drink cans. The virus can be transferred to these ...
Meningococcal Infections What are meningococcal infections? Meningococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis . The most common forms of meningococcal infections include meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and meningococcemia (blood stream infections). Meningococcal infections are uncommon, but can be fatal. These infections occur most often during the late winter and early spring months. Children are more commonly affected, but t...
Meningitis in Children
Meningitis in Children What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. What causes meningitis? Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and inflames the meninges. Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is the fluid within the open spaces of the brain that protects and cushions the brain and spinal cord. The meninges are the thin membranes lining the brain and spinal cord. A fungus or p...
Migraine Headache Headaches are quite common in pregnancy. The most common are tension headaches and migraine headaches. Most headaches come and go, but others may be more bothersome or may be caused by other complications. It is important for women to consult their doctor about any headaches they may have before, during, or after pregnancy. What are migraine headaches? Vascular headaches, a group that includes migraine, are thought to involve abnormal function of the brain's blood vessels or vascular s...
Miscarriage What is a miscarriage? Miscarriage is usually defined as an early pregnancy loss. Miscarriage is also called spontaneous abortion. Types of miscarriage include the following: Threatened. Spotting or bleeding in the first trimester may or may not mean a miscarriage will occur. About 10% to 20% of women will miscarry in the first trimester. The woman is monitored for further bleeding. Ultrasound exams are usually done to monitor growth of the fetus and to monitor fetal heartbeat. Complete. The...
Maternal and Fetal Testing
Maternal and Fetal Testing To evaluate the health of a pregnancy and fetus, many types of prenatal tests may be performed. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Maternal and Fetal Testing Overview First Trimester Screening Second Trimester Screening Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Ultrasound Chorionic Villus Sampling Amniocentesis Fetal Blood Sampling Fetal Monitoring Fetal Movement Counting Nonstress Testing (NST) Biophysical Profile (BPP) Doppler Flow Studies
Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy
Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy What is myasthenia gravis? Click image to enlarge Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex autoimmune disorder that causes antibodies to destroy the connections between your mucles and your nerves. This causes muscle weakness and fatigue. Myasthenia gravis is rare. Only about 20 out of 100,000 people get it. At younger ages, MG is more common in women than men. The level of muscle weakness depends on how bad the disease is. Weakness usually happens in the muscles that you cont...
Milk Production and Your High-Risk Baby
Milk Production and Your High-Risk Baby When milk production is delayed or not enough A delay in the time when milk "comes in" sometimes occurs after the birth of a high-risk baby. Also, it is not unusual to experience a drop in the amount being pumped after several weeks. A drop may be gradual or it may occur suddenly. Do not wait to get help if milk production is ever a concern. The sooner you intervene, the better. Ask a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC--International Board of Certified Lactatio...
Meconium Aspiration What is meconium aspiration? Meconium is your baby’s first stools. Sometimes a baby will pass stool into the amniotic fluid. It can get into your baby’s nose and mouth. Meconium aspiration is when your baby inhales amniotic fluid containing meconium when he or she begins to breathe. What causes meconium aspiration? Doctors don’t fully understand why babies release stool before they are born. It may be a natural event, or it may be caused by stress. Meconium aspiration only happens in...
Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia in Children
Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia in Children What is megaloblastic anemia? Megaloblastic anemia is a type of anemia characterized by very large red blood cells. In addition to the cells being large, the inner contents of each cell are not completely developed. This malformation causes the bone marrow to produce fewer cells, and sometimes the cells die earlier than the 120-day life expectancy. Instead of being round or disk-shaped, the red blood cells can be oval. What causes megaloblastic anemia? There...
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)Vaccine The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine protects people from 3 serious diseases. The diseases are spread from direct contact with droplets from sneezes or coughs of persons with the viruses or from droplets that are in the air. Measles. Measles is an infection caused by a virus. It starts with cold-like symptoms including runny nose, inflamed, red eyes, cough, and fever. A rash that starts on the face and then develops on the body follows 2 to 4 days later....
Male Growth and Development
Male Growth and Development As a male matures from a young boy into a man, there are many important things to consider regarding his health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Puberty: Adolescent Male Overview of the Male Anatomy Physical Examination: Adolescent Male Care of the Uncircumcised Penis
Management of Hearing Loss
Management of Hearing Loss Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is necessary to prevent additional problems with speech and language development. A health care team approach is normally used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss. Team members include the following: Audiologist. A professional who specializes in the evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. Audiologists are also involved with the fitting and management of hearing aid...
Mastoiditis What is mastoiditis? Mastoiditis is an inflammation or infection of the mastoid bone. This bone is part of the skull and is located behind the ear. The mastoid bone is made of cells that drain the middle ear. Mastoiditis may be mild. It can also be very serious. What causes mastoiditis? Mastoiditis usually occurs in a child with a recent middle ear infection (otitis media). The infection in the middle ear spreads into the mastoid bone. What are the symptoms of mastoiditis? The following are ...
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