Taking a 'Selfie' May Help With Dermatology Care, Study Shows
Taking a 'Selfie' May Help With Dermatology Care, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- While in-office visits may still be best, taking a photo of a skin lesion and sending it to your dermatologist for analysis may be a valuable piece of eczema care, a new study finds. "This study shows something interesting -- patients' eczema improved regardless whether they saw the doctor for follow-up in the office or communicated online," said one expert not connected to the study, Dr Gary Golde...
Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC
Tire Company Sets Standard for Ebola Care in Liberia: CDC TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Measures taken by Firestone officials at the company's rubber tree plantation in Ebola-ravaged Liberia may have limited the spread of the disease there and could prove effective elsewhere, researchers report. The Firestone Natural Rubber Co. provides health services to about 80,000 employees, retirees, their families and residents of nearby densely populated communities. Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 23, ther...
Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage
Teen Sisters Develop Ways to Measure Lung, Heart Damage TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two sisters in high school have developed ways to measure lung and heart damage. Ilina and Medha Krishen use electronic stethoscopes, which electronically amplify body sounds, to listen for sounds of trouble in breathing patterns or heartbeats. Ilina, a senior at Port Huron Northern High School in Michigan, wanted to find a way to detect early lung damage in people exposed to harmful air pollutants. Using ...
Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds
Tall, Heavy 1-Year-Olds May Be at Risk for Obesity Later, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infants who quickly add weight and length may be showing a genetic propensity for obesity as toddlers, a new study suggests. In adults, certain genes have been linked to increased body fat, but the same genes in infants promote proportionate gains in fat and lean muscle, the researchers said. At 1 year, kids with these genes may be heavier and taller. By ages 2 and 3, however, these genes wer...
Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant
Traffic Pollution May Be a Risk While Pregnant TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Children of mothers exposed to high levels of traffic air pollution during pregnancy may be at increased risk for lung damage, according to a new study. Researchers tested the lung function of 620 children in Spain when they were 4 years old. Their mothers' exposure to the traffic air pollutants nitrogen dioxide and benzene during the second trimester of pregnancy was also assessed. Compared to children born to mot...
Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit
Two-Pronged Program Looks Best for Helping Smokers Quit FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of counseling and medication greatly increases smokers' chances of quitting, according to new research. The study included 1,560 adult smokers in England who made at least one attempt to quit over six months. About 45 percent used no aids to help them quit, while about 5 percent used prescription medication (nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion or varenicline) in combination with behavioral...
Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids
Tonsillectomy Complications May Be More Likely in Poor, Minority Kids FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Black and Hispanic children, and those from poor families, are at increased risk for complications after tonsil removal surgery, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 80,000 children who underwent tonsillectomies in California, Florida, Iowa and New York in 2010 and 2011. Within two weeks after surgery, about 8 percent of the children saw a doctor for complications such as b...
Teens Still Sending Naked Pictures Via Cellphone
Teens Still Sending Naked Pictures Via Cellphone THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A large number of American teens continue to send and receive sexual images on their cellphones -- a practice dubbed sexting, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed more than 1,100 undergraduate college students about their experiences with sexting in high school. Nearly 20 percent said they had sent a nude photo of themselves to another person via cellphone, and 38 percent had received such a photo, acc...
Texas Health Care Worker With Ebola Took Commercial Flight on Monday: CDC
Texas Health Care Worker With Ebola Took Commercial Flight on Monday: CDC WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second nurse at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola flew on a domestic, commercial airline flight on Monday evening -- less than 24 hours before she reported symptoms to hospital staff, federal health officials said Wednesday. Health officials said the risk is low that Amber Joy Vinson, 26, exposed her fellow passengers to Ebola during Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cle...
Texas Health Care Worker With Ebola Took Commercial Flight on Monday: CDC
Texas Health Care Worker With Ebola Took Commercial Flight on Monday: CDC WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The second health care worker at a Dallas hospital to be diagnosed with Ebola flew on a domestic, commercial airline flight on Monday evening -- less than 24 hours before she reported symptoms to hospital staff, federal health officials said Wednesday. In a statement released Wednesday morning, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that nurse Amber Joy Vinson, 26 -- c...
Teen Girls May Face Greater Risk of Depression
Teen Girls May Face Greater Risk of Depression WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teen girls have more relationship-related stress than boys, which puts them at greater risk for depression, a new study finds. Nearly 400 white and black American teens underwent an assessment for depression and then had three follow-up assessments at about seven-month intervals. Girls tended to have more depressive symptoms during the follow-up than boys. Boys' depressive symptoms seemed to decrease during follo...
Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola
Texas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A health care worker who helped treat the Liberian man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital last week has tested positive for the virus, public health officials reported Sunday. "We don't know what occurred in the care of the original patient in Dallas, but at some point there was a breach in protocol, and that breach in protocol resulted in this infection," Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Diseas...
Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola in Preliminary Check
Texas Health Care Worker Tests Positive for Ebola in Preliminary Check SUNDAY, Oct. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A health care worker who helped treat the Liberian man who died of Ebola in a Dallas hospital last week has tested positive for the virus, Texas health officials reported early Sunday morning. If confirmed, this would be the first case of Ebola infection on American soil. The Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, contracted Ebola in his home country before flying to Dallas in September to see rel...
Those Little Gas Spills When You Fill Up May Harm the Environment
Those Little Gas Spills When You Fill Up May Harm the Environment FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Routine small fuel spills at gas stations could cause long-term harm to communities as the gas leaks into the soil and groundwater, a new study suggests. "Gas station owners have worked very hard to prevent gasoline from leaking out of underground storage tanks," said study leader Markus Hilpert, a senior scientist in the department of environmental health sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg S...
Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests
Today's Teens Can Be Adept Multitaskers, Study Suggests FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- If you think teenagers always pay a penalty in performance when they juggle multiple media devices, think again. A new study conducted by high school students finds that some youngsters do equally well on tasks when moving between their laptops, smartphones and other devices, compared to less media-obsessed teens. "Maybe practice really does make perfect," Alexandra Ulmer, a senior at Oregon Episcopal Schoo...
Technology Helps 'Locked-In' Stroke Patient Communicate
Technology Helps 'Locked-In' Stroke Patient Communicate WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who've had severe strokes and have a condition called "locked-in" syndrome may benefit from a new technology that allows them to communicate with the outside world, according to new research. The new study reports on a male stroke patient with locked-in syndrome who was paralyzed and could not communicate. With the new "brain-computer interface" he was able to spell out messages to hospital staff a...
Taller People May Have Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer: Study
Taller People May Have Lower Risk of Esophageal Cancer: Study MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being tall may reduce the risk of esophageal cancer and its precursor, Barrett's esophagus, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from international studies that included 1,000 esophageal cancer patients, 2,000 Barrett's esophagus patients and thousands of people without either condition. Men shorter than 5 feet 7 inches and women shorter than 5 feet 2 were about twice as likely to have Barre...
Teen 'Sexting' Often Precedes Actual Sex, Study Finds
Teen 'Sexting' Often Precedes Actual Sex, Study Finds MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For some teenagers, "sexting" may be a stepping stone to actually having sex, a new study suggests. Past research has found that, not surprisingly, teenagers who send and receive sexually explicit text messages are more likely to be sexually active than their peers who don't "sext." But the new findings suggest that for some kids, the sexting comes first, researchers report in the Oct. 6 online edition of Pedi...
The Heavier Your Fellow Diners, the More You May Eat
The Heavier Your Fellow Diners, the More You May Eat MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The size of your dining companions may influence how much you eat, new research suggests. The heavier that people who eat with you or near you are, the more food you are likely to eat and the less likely that food is to be healthy, said study researcher Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, in Ithaca, N.Y. In the study, Wansink evaluated how much food people ate when they ate wit...
Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds
Tobacco Tied to Higher Risk of Oral HPV Infection, Study Finds TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Tobacco use in any form appears to be linked to an increased risk of infection with oral human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16), a virus that can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, according to Johns Hopkins University researchers. The odds of being infected with HPV16, a sexually transmitted disease, rise as tobacco use increases, the researchers said. As few as three cigarettes a day can increase...
Teens With Cerebral Palsy Report High Quality of Life in Survey
Teens With Cerebral Palsy Report High Quality of Life in Survey TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Teens with cerebral palsy are just as happy with their lives as teens without the physical disability, a new survey shows. Despite facing numerous challenges, young people with cerebral palsy report having better attitudes about key aspects of their lives than teens who do not have the neurological disorder that impairs movement and motor ability. The British researchers did find that high levels of...
The Obese Are Frequent Targets for Cyberbullies
The Obese Are Frequent Targets for Cyberbullies FRIDAY, Oct. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Cyberbullying and negative messages targeting overweight and obese people are common on social media, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed more than 1.3 million messages that contained the words "fat," "obese," "obesity" or "overweight." The messages were posted on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, forums and blogs, as well as other types of social media. The messages were posted between January and March 2012....
Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say
Too Many Heart Scans May Pose Radiation Risks, Cardiologists Say MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors need to make sure patients understand the radiation-related risks of heart imaging tests before sending them for such procedures, a new American Heart Association scientific statement says. "With technological improvements, medical imaging has become an increasingly vital tool in diagnosing and treating patients with heart disease, but the rising use of the tests has led to increasing radi...
Trichomoniasis in Teens
Trichomoniasis in Teens Trichomoniasis, known as trich , is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). It's caused by the parasite Trichomonas vaginalis , which, like all parasites, uses the host body in which it lives for food. It can cause vaginal inflammation in women and painful urination in men. By some estimates, millions of people have trich, but only about a third of them have any symptoms. Experts estimate that at least 1 out of 4 new infections occurs in teen girls. This STD is not a life-th...
Telithromycin Oral tablet
Telithromycin Oral tablet What is this medicine? TELITHROMYCIN (tel ith roe MYE sin) is a ketolide antibiotic. It is used to treat certain kinds of bacterial infections.This medicine will not work for colds, flu, or other viral infections. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. You may take with or without food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not s...
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE, Heart Scan with Endoscopy, Transesophageal Echocardiography) Procedure overview What is a transesophageal echocardiogram? A transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) is a diagnostic procedure that uses echocardiography to assess the heart’s function. Echocardiography is a procedure used to assess the heart's function and structures. During the procedure, a transducer (like a microphone) sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transdu...
Thoracentesis (Pleural Tap, Pleural Fluid Analysis) Procedure overview What is thoracentesis and pleural fluid analysis? Thoracentesis is a procedure in which a needle is inserted through the back of the chest wall into the pleural space (a space that exists between the two lungs and the interior chest wall) to remove fluid or air. Pleural fluid analysis is the microscopic and chemical lab analysis of the fluid obtained during thoracentesis. The normal function of the lungs is to expand with each breath...
The Lungs To learn more about the intricate process of lung transplantation, it is important to first learn about the lungs and their components. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding the anatomy of the lung and lung transplantation, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy and Function of the Respiratory System Lung Transplantation
The Liver To learn more about the intricate process of liver transplantation, it is important to first learn about the liver and its components. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding the anatomy of the liver and liver transplantation, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy and Function of the Liver Liver Transplantation
The Kidneys To learn more about the intricate process of kidney transplantation, it is important to first learn about the kidneys and their components. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding the anatomy of the urinary system and kidney transplantation, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anatomy and Function of the Urinary System Kidney Transplantation
The Heart To learn more about the intricate process of heart transplantation, it is important to first learn about the heart and its components. Listed in the directory below you will find additional information regarding the anatomy of the heart and heart transplantation, for which we have provided a brief overview. About the Heart and Blood Vessels Anatomy and Function of the Heart Valves Anatomy and Function of the Electrical System Heart Transplantation
Tick Bite Diseases
Tick Bite Diseases Tick bite diseases require clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below is some additional information about these diseases, for which we have provided a brief overview. Tick Bites Overview Lyme Disease Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Thawing Breast Milk
Thawing Breast Milk General guidelines for thawing frozen breast milk The following are general guidelines for thawing frozen breast milk: The oldest milk should be used first, unless recently expressed milk is recommended. Thaw breast milk by placing the collection container in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. To thaw more quickly or to heat refrigerated milk, hold the container of milk under warm running water or place it in a cup, pot, bowl, or basin of warm water. Do not thaw milk in...
The Lungs in Pregnancy
The Lungs in Pregnancy Respiratory system The respiratory system is made up of the organs involved in the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The system includes the following: Nose Throat or pharynx Voice box or larynx Windpipe or trachea Lungs which contain the: Airways or bronchi Smaller airways or bronchioles Tiny airways or alveoli The lungs The lungs are a pair of cone-shaped organs made up of spongy, pinkish-gray tissue. They take up most of the space in the chest, or the thorax (the part of t...
The Respiratory System in Babies
The Respiratory System in Babies Click Image to Enlarge What is respiration? Respiration is the act of breathing in and 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 (oral cavity) Throat (pharynx) Voice box (larynx) Windpipe (trachea) Airways (bronchi) Lungs The upper respiratory tract includes the: Nose Nasa...
Taking Your Baby Home
Taking Your Baby Home Although parents are excited to take their baby home after days or weeks in the NICU, it may cause many parents some anxiety. When a baby is ready for discharge depends on many factors. Each baby must be individually evaluated for readiness and the family must be prepared to provide any special care for the baby. Parents need to be ready to give their baby all the special care he or she will need at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has proposed discharge guidelines fo...
Nutrition: Toddler Helpful feeding information for your toddler The toddler (ages 1 to 3) phase can often be challenging when it comes to feeding. Several developmental changes occur at this time. Toddlers are striving for independence and control. Their growth rate slows down and with this comes a decrease in appetite. These changes can make mealtime difficult. It is important for parents to provide structure and set limits for the toddler. The following are suggestions to help manage mealtimes so that...
The Growing Child: Preschool (4 to 5 Years)
The Growing Child: Preschool (4 to 5 Years) What can my child do at this age? As your child continues to grow, you will notice new and exciting abilities that your child develops. While children may progress at different rates, the following are some of the common milestones children may reach in this age group: 4-year-olds: Sings a song Skips and hops on one foot Catches and throws a ball overhand Walks downstairs alone Draws a person with three separate body parts Builds a block tower with 10 blocks U...
The Growing Child
The Growing Child Growth not only involves length and weight of a body, but also includes internal growth and development. A child's brain will grow the most during the first five years of life, reaching 90 percent of its final size. Growth also affects different parts of the body at different rates; the head reaches almost its entire size by age 1. Throughout childhood, a child's body becomes more proportional to other parts of his or her body. Growth is complete between the ages of 16 and 18, at which...
Testing for Birth Defects
Testing for Birth Defects There are many types of tests that may be performed to determine whether a child has a genetic birth defect. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Chromosome Studies: Karyotype, Extended Banding, Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH), and Chromosomal Microarray Analysis Studies for Single Gene Defects: DNA (Direct and Indirect) Biochemical Genetic Testing
Teratogens Teratogens are substances found the in the environment that can cause a birth defect. There are many different teratogens, and some are listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. If you cannot find the information in which you are interested, please visit the Medical Genetics Online Resources page in this website for an Internet/World Wide Web address that may contain additional information on that topic. Teratogens Overview Examples of Teratogens Fet...
Tetralogy of Fallot
Tetralogy of Fallot What is tetralogy of Fallot? Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF or "TET") is a condition of several related congenital (present at birth) defects that occur due to abnormal development of the fetal heart during the first 8 weeks of pregnancy. These problems include the following: Click Image to Enlarge Ventricular septal defect (VSD). An opening in the ventricular septum, or dividing wall between the two lower chambers of the heart known as the right and left ventricles. Pulmonary (or right ve...
Types of Allergens
Types of Allergens Many different types of allergens can trigger an allergic reaction, requiring clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Animals Dust Mites Foods Egg Allergy Diet Lactose Intolerance Milk Allergy Diet Peanut Allergy Diet Shellfish Allergy Diet Soy Allergy Diet Tree Nut Allergy Diet Wheat Allergy Diet Insect Stings Latex Mold Pollen Poison Ivy/Poison Oak
Treatment for a Child's Allergy
Treatment for a Child's Allergy Your child's doctor will consider your child's age, overall health, how severe the allergic reaction was, and other factors when advising treatment. The most effective ways to treat allergies are avoidance of the allergen, immunotherapy, and medication. What is avoidance? Avoidance simple means staying away from a substance that causes an allergic reaction. Suggestions for avoiding (some) allergens: Remain indoors when the pollen count is high and on windy days. Dustproof...
Treatment of Obesity
Treatment of Obesity Because obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can inflict substantial harm to a person's health, treatment is very important. A variety of methods are used to treat obesity. Incorporating multiple methods, such as making diet changes as well as adding exercise, may be beneficial. Obesity Treatment Overview Medical Treatment for Obesity Surgical Treatment for Obesity Gastric Bypass (Malabsorptive) Surgery Gastric Stapling (Restrictive) Surgery
Topic Index - Urology
Topic Index - Urology Kidney and Urinary System Disorders Home Anatomy of the Kidneys and Urinary System Kidney Disorders Overview of Kidney Disorders Analgesic Nephropathy End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Glomerulonephritis Glomerulosclerosis Goodpasture Syndrome Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome Immunoglobulin A (IgA) Nephropathy Kidney Cancer Kidney Stones Kidney Transplantation Nephrotic Syndrome Polycystic Kidney Disease Renal Vascular Disease Urinary System Disorders Overview of Urinary/Urogenital System Di...
Traveling With Special Needs
Traveling With Special Needs Traveling with special needs requires careful planning. Listed in the directory below are some considerations that will need to be made before traveling with special needs, for which we have provided a brief overview. Traveling With Children Traveling With Chronic Conditions Traveling With Diabetes Traveling With HIV Traveling While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Types of Arbovirus Encephalitis
Types of Arbovirus Encephalitis What is encephalitis? Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain that is frequently caused by a viral infection. The viruses are called arboviruses and are transmitted to people and animals by insects. In rural areas, arboviruses that are carried by mosquitoes or ticks are the most common cause of arboviral infection, which is often mild, but can progress to encephalitis. While there have been outbreaks in recent years in the United States of several forms of encephalit...
The Pregnant Mother
The Pregnant Mother Even with all the joy and anticipation pregnancy can bring, it is not uncommon for a mother-to-be to have some questions and concerns -- questions not only about changes to expect throughout her pregnancy, but also concerns regarding the care of her body to ensure the health of her unborn child. Listed in the directory below, you will find some additional information that covers not only how to care for your body while you are pregnant, but also some of the changes your body will go ...
Types of Hand Conditions
Types of Hand Conditions M any different types of hand conditions require the clinical and surgical expertise of a plastic surgeon. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Congenital Hand Deformities Dupuytren's Contracture Rheumatoid Arthritis
Torn Meniscus What is a torn meniscus? Click Image to Enlarge The ends of the 3 bones in the knee — the femur, tibia, and patella — are covered with cartilage (a smooth material that covers bone ends of a joint to cushion the bone and allow the joint to move easily without pain) that acts as a shock absorber. Between the bones of the knees are 2 crescent-shaped discs of connective tissue, called menisci, which also act as shock absorbers to cushion the lower part of the leg from the weight of the rest o...
Thyroid Disorders in Women
Thyroid Disorders in Women Functions of the thyroid gland The thyroid gland regulates the body's metabolism and growth, and secretes several hormones: thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and calcitonin. Thyroid problems can affect female patients of any age. How a thyroid disorder affects a woman's body The functions of the thyroid gland have much to do with a woman's reproductive system, particularly if the thyroid is overactive or underactive. Effects of this imbalance in hormone levels may have th...
The Thyroid Gland Anatomy of the thyroid gland Thyroid Gland - Click to Enlarge The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck (just above the breastbone and below the Adam's apple). The small, two-inch gland consists of two lobes, one on each side of the windpipe, connected by a small bridge of thyroid tissue called the isthmus. The thyroid tissue is made up of two types of cells: follicular cells and parafollicular cells. Most of the thyroid tissue consists of the follicular cells, which secret...
Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy
Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy What is thyroid hormone replacement therapy? Thyroid hormone therapy is the use of manmade thyroid hormones to raise abnormally low levels of natural thyroid hormones in the body. Thyroid hormone is usually given in pill form and is often used to treat an underactive thyroid that is secreting little or no thyroid hormones. The most commonly prescribed thyroid hormone replacement is pure synthetic thyroxine (T4). Who needs thyroid hormone replacement therapy? Thyroid h...
Thyroid Function Tests
Thyroid Function Tests What are thyroid function tests? Thyroid function tests are common procedures done to determine how well the thyroid is functioning. Some of the most common thyroid function tests include the following: Blood tests. This test is done to measure the level of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) in the blood which helps determine thyroid function. High levels of the hormone indicate an underactive thyroid. In addition, a blood test can measure levels of hormones thyroxine (T4) and trii...
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 Diabetes What is type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder. It results when the body can't make enough insulin, or can't use it properly. Without adequate production or utilization of insulin, the body cannot move blood sugar into the cells. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that has no known cure. It is the most common type of diabetes, also called adult onset diabetes. What is prediabetes? In prediabetes, blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be de...
Treatment and Management of Diabetes
Treatment and Management of Diabetes A person with diabetes must take many things into consideration in order to properly manage his or her condition. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Treatment of Diabetes Glucose Monitoring Oral Medications Insulin Replacement Therapy Meal Planning Alcohol Use and People with Diabetes Sodium and People with Diabetes Healthy Cooking Tips for People with Diabetes
Treatments for Breast Cancer
Treatments for Breast Cancer There are many different treatments for breast cancer that involve the clinical care of a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Surgery Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Lymphedema Following a Mastectomy Post-Mastectomy Prosthesis Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Other Treatments About Tamoxifen About Taxol™
The Sinusitis and Asthma Link
The Sinusitis and Asthma Link Many people who have asthma also have chronic rhinitis, sinusitis, or rhinosinusitis. These conditions are long-term inflammation or swelling of the nose, sinuses, or both. The sinuses are air-filled pockets in the bones around your nose. Rhinitis can occur without sinusitis. Sinusitis usually doesn't occur without rhinitis. That is why the term rhinosinusitis is used. Rhinitis and rhinosinusitis have many causes. The cause may be a virus, bacteria, fungus, or an allergy. I...
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