Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists
Universal Helmet Laws May Help Save Young Motorcyclists WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that state laws requiring "universal" motorcycle helmet use -- instead of helmet laws just for certain ages -- may lower the rates of traumatic brain injuries in young riders. Traumatic brain injuries are "the biggest burden in trauma care, so we wanted to see whether having universal helmet laws versus age-specific helmet laws really made a difference in the younger population," stu...
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care
U.S. Ranks Last Among Wealthy Nations in Access to Health Care WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. health care system ranks dead last compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to affordability and patient access, according to a new survey. The 2013 survey of the American health care landscape was conducted by the Commonwealth Fund just prior to the full implementation of the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act (ACA). "I would say that we found two things that really...
Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns
Use Chia Seeds With Caution, Researcher Warns TUESDAY, Oct. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Despite potential health benefits, chia seeds may pose a risk if they are not consumed properly, according to new research. The tiny, oval seeds -- a rich source of fiber, protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids -- should not be eaten in their dry, raw form, experts cautioned. This is particularly true for people with a history of swallowing problems or a constricted esophagus, the researchers said. "Chia seed...
Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood
Upbeat Walking Style Might Lift Your Mood FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The way you walk can affect your mood, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that depressed people move differently from happy people, according to study co-author Nikolaus Troje, a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. "It is not surprising that our mood, the way we feel, affects how we walk, but we want to see whether the way we move also affects how we feel," he said in an inst...
U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year
U.S. Kids Use ADHD Meds More During School Year FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- American children's use of stimulant medications is 30 percent higher during the school year than in the summer, a new study indicates. The findings suggest that many children may use stimulants to help them meet academic demands, according to the researchers. Stimulant medications improve concentration and help manage symptoms associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They are the most widel...
U.S. Health Officials Resist Ban on Travel From West Africa
U.S. Health Officials Resist Ban on Travel From West Africa THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In the face of blistering criticism from a Congressional oversight committee, top U.S. health officials defended on Thursday their opposition to a ban on travelers from West African nations fighting Ebola. Legislators also asked tough questions about health officials' response to the first case of Ebola diagnosed in America, particularly since two intensive-care nurses who cared for that first patient...
Urinary Prosthetic Device for Women Approved
Urinary Prosthetic Device for Women Approved TUESDAY, Oct. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A device to help women with a condition called impaired detrusor contractility (IDC), in which they can't contract bladder muscles needed to excrete urine, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. IDC can be caused by a neurologic problem, stroke or spinal cord injury, the FDA explained in a news release. The InFlow Intraurethral Valve-Pump contains four components, each of which must be changed af...
U.S. Troops Arrive in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia
U.S. Troops Arrive in Ebola-Ravaged Liberia FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. troops have arrived in the beleaguered nation of Liberia, the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Their first mission: to set up an isolation center for doctors and other health-care workers infected with the deadly disease. Six U.S. military planes arrived Thursday, and the United States may eventually send as many as 4,000 troops to help combat the viral outbreak that has already claimed more than 4,...
U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC
U.S. Life Expectancy Hits Record High of Nearly 79 Years: CDC WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Average life expectancy in the United States reached an all-time high of 78.8 years in 2012, federal officials reported Wednesday. The increased life expectancy is likely due to Americans living healthier lifestyles, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Americans are living longer and are more aware of preventing chronic diseases," said the report's lea...
U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says
U.S. Traffic Accidents Send 2.5 Million to ERs Each Year, CDC Says TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Road crash injuries sent more than 2.5 million Americans to emergency rooms in 2012. And, nearly 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, a new federal government report says. That means about 7,000 people went to the emergency department every day because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to Ileana Arias, principal deputy director for the U.S. Centers for Disea...
Using Social Media to Manage Your Moods?
Using Social Media to Manage Your Moods? TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Misery loves company, and apparently social media users are no exception. When people are feeling low, they're likely to try to make themselves feel better by searching social networking sites for people who are doing even worse, Ohio State University researchers report. Their study included 168 college students who used a social networking site when they were in a good mood and again when they were in a bad mood. When in...
Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan)
Ultrafast Computed Tomography (Ultrafast CT Scan) (Ultrafast CT, Electron-Beam Computed Tomography, EBCT, Cine CT Scan) Procedure overview Computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce horizontal, or axial, images (often called slices) of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs. CT scans are more detailed than standard X-rays. In standard ...
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome
Uniparental Disomy: Prader-Willi Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome What is uniparental disomy? Normally, we inherit one copy of each chromosome pair from our biological mother, and the other copy of the chromosome pair from our biological father. This is called paternal uniparental disomy. Uniparental disomy refers to the situation in which two copies of a chromosome come from the same parent, instead of one copy coming from the mother, and one copy coming from the father. Angelman syndrome (AS) and Prader-Wi...
Urinary Incontinence What is urinary incontinence (UI)? Urinary incontinence (UI) is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. UI can strike at any age. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop UI. Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition. I...
Understanding Bone Metastases—When Cancer Spreads to the Bones
Understanding Bone Metastases When Cancer Spreads to the Bones Cancer that has developed in one place can spread and invade other parts of the body. The process of spreading is called metastasizing. If a tumor spreads to the bone, it is called bone metastasis. Cancer cells that have metastasized to the bone can damage the bone and cause symptoms. Various treatments are available to control the symptoms and the spread of bone metastases. To better comprehend what happens in metastasis, it helps to unders...
Understanding Your Stage of Ovarian Cancer
Understanding Your Stage of Ovarian Cancer The stage of your cancer is a way doctors describe to what extent the cancer has spread. The stage of ovarian cancer is usually determined after surgery, by examining the removed tissue in the pathology lab. This is known as "surgically staging" the ovarian cancer. Ovarian cancer is staged using the AJCC and FIGO system. AJCC stands for American Joint Committee on Cancer. FIGO stands for International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. These two staging s...
Understanding Your Stage of Endometrial Cancer
Understanding Your Stage of Endometrial Cancer Stage is the word doctors use to describe where the tumor is in your body and how far the cancer has spread. The stage defines the location or locations of the cancer. Doctors use the stage to describe what was found in and around the uterus during surgery. Endometrial cancer is usually staged after surgery ("surgically staged"), by examining the removed uterus and lymph nodes in the pathology lab. The most commonly used systems to stage endometrial cancer ...
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds
U.S. Lung Cancer Rates Falling Overall, Study Finds MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Overall lung cancer rates are dropping, according to a new analysis of nearly a half million Americans with lung cancer. But, the news wasn't all good -- the study also found that the rates of certain types of lung cancer are increasing, according to researchers from the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI). Over nearly three decades, the overall lung cancer rate has dropped approximately 12 percent, said the s...
U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts
U.S. Hospitals See Big Rise in Drug-Related Suicide Attempts THURSDAY, Aug. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drug-related suicide attempts in the United States increased over a recent six-year period, with dramatic increases seen among young and middle-aged adults, health officials reported Thursday. Overall, suicide attempts involving prescription medications and other drugs jumped by 51 percent among people 12 and older between 2005 and 2011, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admi...
Unwed Parents Should Tie the Knot Before Child Turns 3: Study
Unwed Parents Should Tie the Knot Before Child Turns 3: Study THURSDAY, July 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Unwed parents who plan to get married should do it before their child is 3 so they can create the strongest possible bond, a new study suggests. It's widely believed that unwed parents are most receptive to marriage immediately after their baby's birth, a period that some refer to as the "magic moment." "It turns out the 'magic moment' lasts longer than conventional wisdom has held. And for some subg...
Use Your Medications Wisely
Use Your Medications Wisely You don't have to look past your medicine chest to find prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) remedies that can make you feel better, improve your health, and even save your life. We use more medications, supplements, and herbal therapies today than ever. A survey found 4 out of 5 U.S. adults take at least 1 medication each week. More than 1 in 3 adults takes 5 or more medications. That's no surprise when you think of what medications can do. They help treat chronic disease...
Understanding Joint Pain
Understanding Joint Pain Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips, and torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: they result in joint pain. The usual causes of joint pain are over use, sprains, fractures, and arthritis. Becoming familiar with the usual causes and symptoms of joint pain can help you seek appropriate treatment and ongoing care, if necessary. Here are several medical conditions that can cause joint pain. Arthritis Persistent joint pain, swelling, and limited range of mot...
Understanding Diuretics Lifestyle changes aren't always enough to lower high blood pressure. If so, prescription medicine may be the next step. According to the American Heart Association, if your systolic blood pressure (top number) is 140 or greater, your doctor may prescribe medication along with the lifestyle changes. Many different types of blood pressure medications are available. Even so, a diuretic, or water pill, may be among the first options that your doctor recommends. The diuretics most com...
Understanding Heart Disease
U.S. Health Snapshots: Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain
U.S. Health Snapshots: Insurance Coverage Expands, but Gaps Remain THURSDAY, June 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Two new U.S. government reports provide a statistical snapshot of health and health insurance coverage in 2013, before new coverage options took effect under the Affordable Care Act. On a positive note, fewer Americans were uninsured in 2013 than in 2010 -- 14.4 percent versus 16 percent, respectively. But sharp coverage gaps remained depending on factors like age, race or ethnicity and where p...
Underage Binge Drinkers Grab the Hard Stuff, Survey Finds
Underage Binge Drinkers Grab the Hard Stuff, Survey Finds FRIDAY, June 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Hard liquor, especially vodka, is chosen by nearly half of all underage binge drinkers in the United States, a new study finds. Beer is used in less than one-third of binge-drinking episodes, according to the survey of teens and young adults, aged 13 to 20. And most binge-drinking episodes involve a relatively small number of brands, the study found. Researchers asked the survey respondents about their dr...
U.S. Diabetes Cases Jump to 29 Million: CDC
U.S. Diabetes Cases Jump to 29 Million: CDC TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans with diabetes rose from 26 million in 2010 to 29 million -- 9 percent of the population -- in 2012, a new federal government study finds. One in every four people with diabetes does not even realize it, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 86 million American adults -- more than one-third of adults -- have what doctors call "prediabetes. " Th...
Use Your 'ABCDE' to Spot Deadly Skin Cancer
Use Your 'ABCDE' to Spot Deadly Skin Cancer SUNDAY, June 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As pools and beaches beckon this summer, be sure to protect your skin against the sun's rays and remember that early detection is the best way to prevent and successfully treat the deadly skin cancer melanoma. The "ABCDE" method of identifying the disease remains highly effective, according to experts at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. The medical center is where the ABCDEs for melanoma detection were devel...
Use Prescription Painkillers Safely
Use Prescription Painkillers Safely FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Powerful prescription painkillers known as opioids are often involved in accidental overdoses, so experts offer tips on how to take these highly addictive medications safely. "Prescription painkiller misuse is a growing epidemic. However, most people who abuse these drugs are struggling with an addiction they never intended to have," said John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Safety Council. "Th...
U.S. Teens' Cardiorespiratory Fitness Has Dropped in Last Decade: Report
U.S. Teens' Cardiorespiratory Fitness Has Dropped in Last Decade: Report WEDNESDAY, May 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- More and more U.S. teens now fall short when it comes to cardiorespiratory fitness, a new government report shows. Using a specific measure, the researchers found that only about half of boys and one-third of girls between the ages of 12 and 15 had adequate levels of cardiorespiratory fitness. The overall percentage of fit teens went from 52.4 percent in 1999 to 42.2 percent in 2012, acco...
U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High
U.S. Measles Cases at 20-Year High THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Measles cases in the United States are at a 20-year high so far this year. And nearly all the cases involve unvaccinated U.S. residents who've traveled abroad to countries where the respiratory disease is much more prevalent, federal health officials said Thursday. "The current increase in measles cases is being driven by unvaccinated people, primarily U.S. residents, who got measles in other countries, brought the virus back ...
Unwanted Germs Can Land, Last Inside Jetliners
Unwanted Germs Can Land, Last Inside Jetliners TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Illness-causing bacteria can survive on surfaces inside airplanes for days or even up to a week, a new study shows. Researchers tested how long two types of harmful bacteria -- methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and E. coli O157:H7 -- could linger on common types of surfaces in airplane cabins. The researchers received six different types of materials -- armrest, plastic tray table, metal toilet butt...
Ultrasound Trumps CT Scan for Diagnosing Kidney Stones in Study
Ultrasound Trumps CT Scan for Diagnosing Kidney Stones in Study WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When diagnosing kidney stones, using ultrasound instead of CT scans reduces costs as well as patients' exposure to radiation, according to new research. A separate study also found that people with type 2 diabetes who maintain tight blood sugar control can lower their risk for developing kidney stones -- small, solid deposits that form in the kidneys. "Enhancing patient safety and lowering inciden...
Urine Test May Help Spot Dangerous Blood Clots
Urine Test May Help Spot Dangerous Blood Clots SUNDAY, May 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've created a simple urine test that detects the presence of dangerous blood clots in the lungs more accurately than the current blood test. The clot typically forms in the leg, where it is called a deep vein thrombosis, but it can break loose and travel to an artery in the lungs. Once lodged there, the clot, now called a pulmonary embolism, can be life-threatening, the researchers noted. "The mai...
Using Internet, Apps to Manage Blood Pressure Has Dangers: Study
Using Internet, Apps to Manage Blood Pressure Has Dangers: Study FRIDAY, May 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People who turn to the Internet or iPhone apps for help in controlling their blood pressure may be led astray in some cases, two preliminary studies suggest. In one study, researchers who did a sweep of YouTube videos on high blood pressure found that one-third offered "misleading" information. Most often, that meant the video advocated supplements or other alternative therapies that haven't been sc...
Ultrasonido de seno
Ultrasonido de seno (Ultrasonografía de seno, Sonograma de seno, Ultrasonido mamográfico, Sonomamografía, Mamografía por ultrasonido) Descripción general del procedimiento ¿Qué es el ultrasonido de seno? El ultrasonido de seno es un procedimiento no invasivo (no se perfora la piel) que se utiliza para evaluar los senos. La tecnología de ultrasonido permite la visualización rápida del tejido mamario. El ultrasonido también se puede utilizar para evaluar el flujo sanguíneo a las zonas dentro de los senos....
Uroflujometría (Estudios del flujo de orina, Prueba de flujo de orina, Estudios urodinámicos) Descripción general del procedimiento ¿Qué es la uroflujometría? La uroflujometría es un procedimiento de detección de diagnóstico sencillo que se utiliza para calcular la velocidad de flujo de orina durante un tiempo. La prueba no es invasiva (no se perfora la piel) y se puede utilizar para evaluar la función de la vejiga y del esfínter. La uroflujometría se realiza mientras una persona orina en un embudo espe...
Ultrasonido abdominal (Ultrasonografía abdominal, Sonografía abdominal, Ecografía abdominal) Descripción general del procedimiento El ultrasonido abdominal es un procedimiento no invasivo (no se perfora la piel) que se utiliza para evaluar los órganos y estructuras dentro del abdomen, tales como el hígado, la vesícula biliar, el páncreas, los conductos biliares, bazo y la aorta abdominal. La tecnología de ultrasonido permite una rápida visualización de los órganos y estructuras abdominales desde fuera d...
Uterine Artery Embolization
Uterine Artery Embolization Procedure overview What is uterine artery embolization? Uterine artery embolization (UAE) is a procedure that offers an alternative to traditional surgical removal of uterine fibroids. The procedure may also be referred to as uterine fibroid embolization (UFE). Uterine artery embolization shrinks fibroids by blocking off their blood supply. The blood supply is blocked by injecting very small particles into the arteries that supply the fibroids. The particles stick to the vess...
Uroflowmetry (Urine Flow Studies, Urine Flow Test, Urodynamic Studies) Procedure overview What is uroflowmetry? Uroflowmetry is a simple, diagnostic screening procedure used to calculate the flow rate of urine over time. The test is noninvasive (the skin is not pierced), and may be used to assess bladder and sphincter function. Uroflowmetry is performed by having a person urinate into a special funnel that is connected to a measuring instrument. The measuring instrument calculates the amount of urine, r...
Upper Gastrointestinal Series
Upper Gastrointestinal Series (UGI, Upper GI Series, GI Series, Upper Gastrointestinal Tract X-ray) Procedure overview What is an upper gastrointestinal series? An upper gastrointestinal series (UGI) is a radiographic (X-ray) examination of the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The esophagus, stomach, and duodenum (first part of the small intestine) are made visible on X-ray film by a liquid suspension. This liquid suspension may be barium or a water-soluble contrast. If only the pharynx (back of mouth...
Ureterocele and Ureteral Duplication
Ureterocele and Ureteral Duplication What is a ureterocele? A ureterocele involves the kidney, ureter, and bladder. A normal ureter is one that transports urine from the kidney to the bladder. When a child has a ureterocele, the portion of the ureter closest to the bladder becomes enlarged because the ureter opening is very tiny and obstructs urine outflow. As the urine flow is obstructed, urine backs up in the ureter tube. What is ureteral duplication? Children who have a ureterocele may also have an u...
Urinary Tract Infections (UTI)
Urinary Tract Infections What are urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Urinary tract infections describe a health problem that results from a bacterial infection along the urinary tract. The urinary tract consists of two kidneys that remove liquid waste from the blood in the form of urine. Two narrow tubes called ureters carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder (a triangle-shaped, hollow organ). When the bladder is emptied, the urine travels through a tube called the u...
Urinary Incontinence What is urinary incontinence (enuresis)? Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the medical term for bedwetting. Incontinence is accidental or intentional urination in children who are at an age where they should be able to have control of their bladders. Girls usually obtain bladder control before boys. Incontinence may be diagnosed in girls older than age 5 and in boys who are older than age 6 who are still having urinary control problems. There are different types of bedwetting that ...
Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism)
Undescended Testes (Cryptorchidism) What is cryptorchidism (undescended testes)? Cryptorchidism (or undescended testes) is a condition seen in newborns when one or both of the male testes have not passed down into the scrotal sac. Ten percent of cases are bilateral (involve both testes). Cryptorchidism is more commonly seen in premature males because the testes do not descend from the abdomen to the scrotal sac until the seventh month of fetal development. What causes undescended testes? Undescended tes...
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)
Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold) What is an upper respiratory infection (URI)? An upper respiratory infection (URI), also known as the common cold, is one of the most common illnesses, leading to more doctor visits and absences from school and work than any other illness every year. It is estimated that during a one-year period, people in the U.S. will suffer one billion colds. Caused by a virus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat, colds can be the result of ...
Upper Respiratory Disorders
Upper Respiratory Disorders Many different upper respiratory disorders require clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the conditions, for which we have provided a brief overview. Upper Respiratory Infection (URI, or Common Cold) Sinusitis Allergic Rhinitis Stridor Congenital Laryngeal Stridor / Laryngomalacia Pharyngitis/Tonsillitis Influenza (Flu) Epiglottitis Whooping Cough (Pertussis) Croup
Using a Breast Pump
Using a Breast Pump Health considerations when using a breast pump Breast milk is not sterile and its anti-infective properties hinder the growth of bacteria. Still, you do not want to introduce "outside" bacteria unnecessarily when getting ready to pump, during the actual pumping session, or when storing milk or transporting milk. To minimize the risk of infection, consider the following: Always wash and rinse your hands thoroughly before handling pump parts, your breasts, or the milk collection bottle...
Umbilical Cord Care
Umbilical Cord Care The umbilical cord is the baby's lifeline to the mother during pregnancy. However, it is no longer needed once the baby is born. Within a few minutes after birth, the cord is clamped and cut close to the navel. The clamp helps stop bleeding from the three blood vessels in the umbilical cord--two arteries and one vein. A medication is sometimes applied to the cord as part of a baby's first care. This may be a purple dye or another type of antiseptic. However, this practice has been re...
Ultrasound in Pregnancy
Ultrasound in Pregnancy What is an ultrasound? An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic technique which uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the internal organs. A screening ultrasound is sometimes done during the course of a pregnancy to monitor normal fetal growth and verify the due date. Ultrasounds may be performed at various times throughout pregnancy for different reasons: In the first trimester: To establish the dates of a pregnancy To determine the number of fetuses and identify place...
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections
Urinary Tract and Kidney Infections A urinary tract infection (UTI) is a very common medical complication of pregnancy. Unless treated, a UTI can cause serious problems in pregnancy. Normal urine is sterile. It contains fluids, salts, and waste products, but is free of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. The tissues of the bladder are isolated from urine and toxic substances by a coating that discourages bacteria from attaching and growing on the bladder wall. The main parts of the urinary tract are: Two kidn...
Uses of Genetic Testing
Uses of Genetic Testing What are the uses of genetic testing which may be important for me to know? Diagnostic testing Diagnostic testing is used to identify or confirm the diagnosis of a disease or condition in a person or a family. Diagnostic testing gives a "yes" or "no" answer in most cases. It is sometimes helpful in determining the course of a disease and the choice of treatment. Examples of diagnostic testing include chromosome studies, direct DNA studies, and biochemical genetic testing. Predict...
Ulcerative Colitis in Children
Ulcerative Colitis in Children Click Image to Enlarge What is ulcerative colitis? Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which the inner lining of the large intestine (colon or bowel) and rectum become inflamed. Inflammation usually begins in the rectum and lower (sigmoid) intestine and spreads upward to the entire colon. The inflammation causes diarrhea, or frequent emptying of the colon. As cells on the surface of the lining of the colon die and slough off, ulcers (open sores) fo...
Underactive Adrenal Glands/Addison's Disease in Children
Underactive Adrenal Glands/Addison's Disease in Children What is Addison's disease? Addison's disease occurs when the adrenal glands are not able to produce an adequate amount of steroid hormones. An underactive adrenal gland produces insufficient amounts of cortisol (a steroid hormone that helps to control the body's use of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, suppresses inflammatory reactions in the body, and affects immune system functions) and aldosterone (a steroid hormone that controls sodium and po...
Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan
Ultrafast/Electron Beam CT Scan What is an ultrafast/electron beam CT (computed tomography) scan? In standard X-rays, a beam of energy is aimed at the body part being studied. A plate behind the body part captures the variations of the energy beam after it passes through skin, bone, muscle, and other tissue. While much information can be obtained from a regular X-ray, specific detail about internal organs and other structures is not available. With computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scan), the X...
Urticaria/Hives in Children
Urticaria/Hives in Children What is urticaria? Urticaria, or hives, is a condition in which red, itchy, and swollen areas appear on the skin--usually as an allergic reaction from eating certain foods or taking certain medications, though sometimes the cause may be unknown. Hives can vary in size from one-half inch to several inches in size. Hives can appear all over the body or be limited to one part of the body. What foods commonly cause hives? Peanuts Eggs Shellfish What medications commonly cause hiv...
Uso de Drogas Ilegales y el Embarazo
Uso de Drogas Ilegales y el Embarazo Riesgos asociados con el uso de drogas ilegales durante el embarazo: Los efectos que provocan las drogas ilegales, como la cocaína, pueden ser devastadores para un feto. Lamentablemente, muchas mujeres estadounidenses en edad fértil usan algún tipo de droga ilegal. El consumo de drogas ilegales durante el embarazo aumenta el riesgo de la madre de contraer anemia, infecciones de la sangre, del corazón y de la piel, hepatitis y otras enfermedades infecciosas. Además, s...
Una Visión General de Complicaciones Clínicas de Diabetes
Una Visión General de Complicaciones Clínicas de Diabetes ¿Cuáles son las complicaciones clínicas asociadas con la diabetes? Las complicaciones clínicas asociadas con la diabetes pueden incluir las siguientes: La enfermedad cardiovascular La enfermedad cardiovascular, en muchos casos, es causada por la arteriosclerosis - una acumulación en exceso de placa en la pared interior de un vaso sanguíneo grande, la cual restringe el flujo de la sangre. La cardiopatía es la causa principal de las muertes relacio...
Uso del Alcohol y las Personas que Tienen Diabetes
Uso del Alcohol y las Personas que Tienen Diabetes El alcohol y la diabetes: El consumo del alcohol puede bajar los niveles de azúcar en la sangre hasta el punto que causa síntomas de hipoglucemia (azúcar baja en la sangre). Una persona con diabetes debe mantener un registro cuidadoso de sus niveles de azúcar en la sangre al beber alcohol, porque ciertos medicamentos, incluyendo la insulina, también bajan el nivel de la glucosa. Si los niveles son muy bajos, o si el estómago está vacío, el consumo del a...
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