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Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem
Frequent Heartburn May Signal More Serious Digestive Problem THURSDAY, Nov. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Every Thanksgiving, lots of people loosen their belts and reach for antacids to quell an overstuffed tummy. But for some, turkey day is just another day of severe or persistent heartburn, and that chronic digestive trouble may be a sign of a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), an expert says. In GERD, the contents of the stomach repeatedly flow back into the esophagus. This cause...
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response
FDA Approves First Flu Shot With Added Ingredient to Boost Immune Response WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The first flu vaccine with an adjuvant has been approved for use in seniors, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. An adjuvant is any compound used in vaccines to boost the immune response of vaccinated people. Fluad is a trivalent vaccine, which means it is produced from three flu virus strains. It also contains the adjuvant MF59, which is made with squalene oil, a natur...
First Year of Life Poses Highest Risk for Child Abuse: Study
First Year of Life Poses Highest Risk for Child Abuse: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of serious physical abuse is highest among infants under the age of 1, a new study shows. Researchers looked at nearly 15,000 children younger than 16 who were treated for severe injuries at hospitals in England and Wales between 2004 and 2013. Of those injuries, 92 percent were accidental, 2.5 percent were the result of fights and 5 percent were caused by abuse. Among children with abuse-rel...
Foods May Affect Each Person's Blood Sugar Differently, Study Suggests
Foods May Affect Each Person's Blood Sugar Differently, Study Suggests THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research would seem to support what many have enviously suspected while watching a thin friend chow down -- the same foods don't necessarily have the same effect from person-to-person. A new study from Israel suggests that people have very different blood sugar responses to the same food -- with some showing large spikes even after eating supposedly healthy choices. Researchers said the...
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose
FDA Approves Nasal Spray to Reverse Narcotic Painkiller Overdose THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A nasal spray that treats narcotic painkiller and heroin drug overdoses has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The newly approved nasal spray (Narcan) contains the medication naloxone hydrochloride, which can stop or reverse the effects of a narcotic (also called opioid) drug overdose. Narcan is the first approved nasal spray version of the medication and offers an important ...
Falls, Fights Cause Most Serious Eye Injuries: Study
Falls, Fights Cause Most Serious Eye Injuries: Study MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Falls and fights are the leading causes of eye injuries that land people in the hospital, a new study finds. Also, the cost of treating such injuries is going up. The analysis of data from nearly 47,000 people hospitalized for eye injuries between 2002 and 2011 showed that treatment costs rose 62 percent during that time and is now more than $20,000 per injury. "While we have some clues, we still can't be cert...
Firefighter Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever
Firefighter Receives Most Extensive Face Transplant Ever MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A 41-year-old volunteer firefighter from Mississippi now wears the face of a 26-year-old bike messenger from Brooklyn, after what doctors are calling the most extensive face transplant surgery ever performed. Patrick Hardison of Senatobia, Miss., successfully received the face of bicyclist Dave Rodebaugh following a 26-hour procedure in August at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City that included mo...
Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning
Failing Sense of Smell Might Be Alzheimer's Warning MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Losing your sense of smell may mark the start of memory problems and possibly Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that older adults who had the worst smell test scores were 2.2 times more likely to begin having mild memory problems. And if they already had these memory problems, they were more likely to progress to full-blown Alzheimer's disease, said lead researcher Rosebud Roberts, a ...
FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules
FDA Finalizes New Food Safety Rules FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In the wake of wide-ranging outbreaks of foodborne illness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday finalized new rules to help keep contaminated food out of American kitchens. These food safety regulations for fruit and vegetable farms and food importers were developed as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. "These rules, for the first time, establish enforceable safety standards of production and ha...
First Uterus Transplant Planned in U.S.
First Uterus Transplant Planned in U.S. FRIDAY, Nov. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Crossing new frontiers in infertility treatment and organ transplantation, Cleveland Clinic doctors hope to transplant a uterus from a deceased donor into a woman without one. The innovative procedure -- tentatively scheduled for the next few months -- would enable a woman with ovaries but no uterus to become pregnant and deliver a child. Eight women have reportedly started the screening process. These women were either bo...
FDA Wants Public Comment on Use of Word 'Natural' on Food Labels
FDA Wants Public Comment on Use of Word 'Natural' on Food Labels WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Plenty of foods in U.S. grocery stores have the word "natural" on their labels, but there is no government definition of the term and little control over its use. That could change soon, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now seeking public input on the use of the word "natural" on food product labels. The agency has received three citizen petitions asking it to define the term "natural...
Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds
Football Linemen at Higher Risk for Heart Troubles, Study Finds TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The heart health of football players might depend on the position they play, with linemen facing a greater risk for certain heart problems compared with their other teammates, a new Harvard study suggests. College football linemen tended to have higher blood pressure than other players, along with an increase in the thickness of their heart muscle wall, said lead researcher Dr. Jeffrey Lin, a forme...
Fewer Americans Than Ever Sticking to Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, Study Finds
Fewer Americans Than Ever Sticking to Heart-Healthy Lifestyle, Study Finds MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are faring worse at maintaining heart-healthy lifestyles than they were two decades ago, a new study has found. The American Heart Association has identified a set of lifestyle goals -- called "Life's Simple 7" -- that contribute to ideal heart health. These include eating a balanced diet, being active, managing your weight, eliminating tobacco use, and maintaining ideal levels o...
Frequent Self-Weighing by Young Women Linked to Depression
Frequent Self-Weighing by Young Women Linked to Depression MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Young women who weigh themselves frequently may be at risk for depression, a new study suggests. They were much more likely to be concerned about their weight, to have depression and to have lower levels of self-esteem and body satisfaction, the researchers said. More than than 1,900 young adults were included in the study. Fifty-seven percent were female. The group was asked about self-weighing habits. R...
Fast-Food Menus With Calorie Counts Not Changing New Yorkers' Habits
Fast-Food Menus With Calorie Counts Not Changing New Yorkers' Habits MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Calorie labeling on menus has had little effect on the number of calories consumed by people eating at fast-food restaurants in New York City, a new study shows. The findings suggest that menu calorie information alone is not enough to lower obesity rates, the NYU Langone Medical Center researchers said. In 2008, New York City ordered chain restaurants to provide customers with calorie counts of...
FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner's Effect
FDA Approves Drug to Reverse Blood Thinner's Effect FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Emergency use of a drug to reverse the blood-thinning effects of another drug has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Praxbind (idarucizumab) was cleared for use in patients who are taking the anticoagulant Pradaxa (dabigatran) when there is an urgent need to reverse Pradaxa's blood-thinning effects. "The anticoagulant effects of Pradaxa are important and lifesaving for some patients, but th...
FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements
FDA Warns of Hazards From Imported Supplements THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- You may be putting your health at risk if you use imported products such as dietary supplements or nonprescription drugs that are sold at ethnic or international stores, flea markets, swap meets or online. So says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in a warning issued Thursday. Health product scammers often focus their marketing on people who shop at nontraditional locations. They also target consumers with lim...
Fewer Teens Smoking Cigarettes, But Twice as Many Using Pot: CDC
Fewer Teens Smoking Cigarettes, But Twice as Many Using Pot: CDC THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While worried parents may take comfort in new statistics that show smoking among American teenagers has dropped 64 percent in recent years, the same report also shows that marijuana use has doubled. And plenty of youngsters still light up. A full 30 percent of white, black and Hispanic teens smoked cigarettes, cigars or marijuana in 2013, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prev...
For a Better Calorie Burn, Adjust Your Speed While Walking
For a Better Calorie Burn, Adjust Your Speed While Walking TUESDAY, Oct. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Walking is a great way to burn extra calories, but new research suggests you might gain even more benefit if you vary your speed as you stroll. The new research, from Ohio State University, found that changing your pace could burn up to 20 percent more calories than maintaining a steady stride. "Most of the existing literature has been on constant-speed walking. This study is a big missing piece," study...
Frequent School Changes Linked to Poorer Performance
Frequent School Changes Linked to Poorer Performance FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Frequently changing schools can hurt the math grades, behavior and attention of low-income children, researchers say. A Chicago-based study found that low-income kids who remained in the same school for five years had better thinking skills and superior performance in math compared to those who moved a lot. "Simply stated, frequently changing schools is a major risk factor for low-income children's school succe...
For Early Breast Cancer, More U.S. Women Choose Less Invasive Treatment
For Early Breast Cancer, More U.S. Women Choose Less Invasive Treatment FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- American women with an early, noninvasive stage of breast cancer are increasingly opting for less extensive surgery, a new study says. But there was one exception to the trend: The number of patients who decide to have both breasts removed is growing, even though this method doesn't improve survival, according to the researchers. The study focused on what's known as ductal carcinoma in situ -...
Fish May Be the Best Endurance Athletes of All
Fish May Be the Best Endurance Athletes of All TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Fish are superb athletes due to their ability to deliver large amounts of oxygen throughout their body, scientists report. "Fish exploit a mechanism that is up to 50 times more effective in releasing oxygen to their tissues than that found in humans," said study author Jodie Rummer, a marine biologist from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Australia. "This is because the...
Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression
Face-to-Face Contact May Beat Email, Phone for Staving Off Depression TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- While your days may be filled with electronic communications, a new study suggests that face-to-face contact might have more power to keep depression at bay -- at least if you're older. The research doesn't prove that personal conversations are more valuable than email and phone calls. Still, study author Dr. Alan Teo, a staff psychiatrist at VA Portland Health Care System in Oregon, is convin...
FDA Orders Studies on Contaminated Endoscopes Tied to Illness Outbreaks
FDA Orders Studies on Contaminated Endoscopes Tied to Illness Outbreaks MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Recent outbreaks of life-threatening infections linked to endoscopic devices called duodenoscopes led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday to order manufacturers to conduct postmarket studies of the devices in health care facilities. The goal is to learn more about how the scopes are cleaned and prepared for reuse in actual health care settings, the FDA said. Duodenoscopes are flex...
Flu Vaccine May Also Protect Against Pneumonia
Flu Vaccine May Also Protect Against Pneumonia MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Getting a flu shot may protect you not only from flu, but also from pneumonia, the leading cause of flu-related hospitalizations and deaths, a new study suggests. Most children and adults hospitalized for flu-related pneumonia haven't had a flu shot, the researchers said. "Influenza vaccine can substantially reduce the risk of hospitalizations for influenza pneumonia, a serious complication of influenza infections," ...
FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer
FDA Approves New Treatment for Lung Cancer FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved an immunotherapy drug for the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) can be used to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer in patients whose disease has progressed after previous treatments and who have tumors that express a protein called PD-L1, the agency said. "Today's approval of Keytruda gives physicians the ability to ta...
For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain
For Teens, Late Bedtime May Lead to Weight Gain FRIDAY, Oct. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Teens may have a new reason to take their parents' advice and go to bed early. Staying up late on weeknights may increase a teen's risk of becoming overweight over time, a new study says. For the study, researchers analyzed data from more than 3,300 American teens and found that each extra hour of late bedtime was associated with a more than two-point increase in body mass index (BMI). BMI is an estimate of body fat...
Former Problem Drinkers Find It Tricky to Navigate Social Settings: Study
Former Problem Drinkers Find It Tricky to Navigate Social Settings: Study FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When former problem drinkers are socializing, they use a number of methods to let others know they don't drink, a small new study finds. Researchers interviewed 11 former problem drinkers who had been sober for between one and 19 years. Many of the study participants said they tried to avoid the issue altogether. Methods included posing as a drinker by holding a cup but not drinking, or s...
Free T 4 Does this test have other names? Free thyroxine test What is this test? This test measures the levels of free T 4 , or free thyroxine, in your blood. A free T 4 test is used to find out how well your thyroid is working. T 4 is one of two hormones produced by the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck. Some T 4 in your blood is bound to proteins, and some T 4 circulates freely, or unbound from proteins. Testing for unbound T 4 is more accurate than testing for bound T 4 . The free T 4 te...
Folate Does this test have other names? Vitamin B 9 , folic acid test What is this test? This is a blood test to measure the concentration of folate in the liquid part of your blood, called serum, or in your red blood cells. The concentration in the red blood cells will be higher than in the serum. Folate is a B vitamin naturally found in: Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, kale, collards, and romaine lettuce Citrus fruits and juices Dried beans, lentils, and peas Yeast Liver Asparagus Broccoli Wh...
Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Family Support for Autism Spectrum Disorder A diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is difficult for both your child and you. Some children with autism spectrum disorder have a lesser degree of impairment than others. Odd or inappropriate behaviors, problems with communication, and repeated routines and rituals that accompany autism spectrum disorder can make life challenging for the entire family. The importance of support It's critical that parents of a child with autism spectrum disorder have a good ...
First Trimester Fatigue
First Trimester Fatigue Is it common to be so tired in the first trimester of pregnancy? Feeling dog tired, can’t summon the energy to do much of anything, and craving your bed? For many women, the extreme tiredness of the first trimester is quite a surprise. And it’s an especially hard transition for those who are normally go-getters with lots of energy. Women who usually need only 6 hours of sleep at night often find they need nearly double that during these first weeks of pregnancy. And, for others, ...
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby
Folic Acid for a Healthy Baby What is folic acid? Folic acid, or folate, is a B vitamin. The word folate comes from folium the Latin word for leaf. Folate happens naturally in food, particularly in dark, green leafy vegetables. Folic acid is the synthetic form supplied in multivitamins and foods fortified with folic acid. Researchers discovered folate’s importance in preventing anemia about 70 years ago. But only in recent years have they learned of the link between folate deficiency and certain birth d...
Fluticasone Furoate Nasal spray
Fluticasone Furoate Nasal spray What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itchy red eyes, and itchy, runny or stuffy nose. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Shake well before using. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nasal spray correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if ...
Fluticasone Propionate Topical lotion
Fluticasone Propionate Topical lotion What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used on the skin to reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care prof...
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets, weekly [Depression/Mood Disorders]
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride Oral capsule, gastro-resistant pellets, weekly [Depression/Mood Disorders] What is this medicine? FLUOXETINE (floo OX e teen) belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The weekly capsules can treat mood problems such as depression. 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 cut, crush, or chew this medicine. You can take this medicine with o...
Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant tablet
Fluocinolone Acetonide Implant tablet What is this medicine? FLUOCINOLONE INTRAVITREAL IMPLANT (floo oh SIN oh lone) is a corticosteroid. It is surgically placed in the eye to help treat swelling in the eye or diabetic macular edema. How should I use this medicine? The implant is surgically placed in the eye by a doctor. After the surgery, you should have regular follow up exams of both eyes. What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine? Side effects that you should report to your doctor ...
Filgrastim (E. coli) Solution for injection
Filgrastim (E. coli) Solution for injection What is this medicine? FILGRASTIM, G-CSF (fil GRA stim) is a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor that stimulates the growth of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell (WBC) important in the body's fight against infection. It is used to reduce the incidence of fever and infection in patients with certain types of cancer who are receiving chemotherapy that affects the bone marrow, to stimulate blood cell production for removal of WBCs from the body prior to a ...
Fluphenazine Hydrochloride Oral solution
Fluphenazine Hydrochloride Oral solution What is this medicine? FLUPHENAZINE (floo FEN a zeen) helps to treat disordered thoughts and some other emotional, nervous, and mental problems. How should I use this medicine? Elixir or solution: Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake gently before use. Use a specially marked dropper or spoon to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take your doses at reg...
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride Oral solution [Depression/Mood Disorders]
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride Oral solution [Depression/Mood Disorders] What is this medicine? FLUOXETINE (floo OX e teen) belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). It can treat mood problems such as depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic attacks. It can also treat certain eating disorders. 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 ...
Fluticasone Propionate Nasal spray, suspension
Fluticasone Propionate Nasal spray, suspension What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) is a corticosteroid. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of allergies like sneezing, itchy red eyes, and itchy, runny, or stuffy nose. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for use in the nose. Follow the directions on your product or prescription label. This medicine works best if used at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your nasal sp...
Fluticasone Furoate Inhalation powder
Fluticasone Furoate Inhalation powder What is this medicine? FLUTICASONE (floo TIK a sone) inhalation powder is a corticosteroid. It helps decrease inflammation in your lungs. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of asthma. Never use this medicine for an acute asthma attack. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. Rinse your mouth with water after use. Make sure not to swallow the water. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Do not use with a...
Fetal Ultrasound Click Image to Enlarge Procedure overview What is a fetal ultrasound? Fetal ultrasound is a test used during pregnancy that creates an image of the fetus in the mother's uterus, or womb. During a fetal ultrasound, various parts of the baby, such as the heart, head, and spine, are identified and measured. The testing may be performed either through the mother's abdomen (transabdominal) or vaginal canal (transvaginal). Fetal ultrasound provides a safe way to evaluate the health of an unbo...
Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery
Femoral Popliteal Bypass Surgery (Femoropopliteal Bypass-Open, PTA, Balloon Angioplasty) Procedure overview What are femoral popliteal bypass surgery and percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of the femoral arteries? Femoral popliteal (also called femoropopliteal) bypass surgery is a surgical procedure that may be used to treat severe blockage due to plaque in the femoral artery. A newer, minimally-invasive procedure is percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) of the femoral arteries. The femoral and...
First Trimester Screening
First Trimester Screening What is first trimester screening? First trimester screening is a combination of fetal ultrasound and maternal blood testing done during the first trimester of pregnancy. This screening process can help to determine the risk of the fetus having certain birth defects. There are 3 parts of first trimester screening: Click Image to Enlarge Ultrasound test for fetal nuchal translucency (NT). Nuchal translucency screening uses an ultrasound test to examine the area at the back of th...
Firearms Many homes in the U.S. have some type of firearm. But having a firearm in the home boosts the risk for unintentional death and injury among children. A common problem is that adults underestimate a child's ability to get to a firearm in the home. Kids often aren't able to tell the difference between a real gun and toy guns. Children also aren't able to make good judgments about how to safely handle a gun. To keep your child safe from firearms, consider whether it's worth the risk to keep a fire...
Fire Safety and Burns
Fire Safety and Burns Teaching your family about safety and burn prevention could save lives. Listed in the directory below is additional information related to fire safety and burns. Fire Safety and Burns Overview Identifying High-Risk Situations Prevention
Feeding Your Child with Cystic Fibrosis
Feeding Your Child with Cystic Fibrosis How many calories does my child need? Children with cystic fibrosis (CF) are often challenged by failure to thrive or poor weight gain despite getting enough calories. Infections, breathing problems, and the body's inability to take in certain nutrients (malabsorption) can all contribute to the need for extra calories. Children with CF should have a diet high in calories. With extra calories, most children with CF are able to grow and develop normally. Children wi...
Flat or Inverted Nipples
Flat or Inverted Nipples Techniques for flat or inverted nipples A breastfeeding baby usually has little trouble breastfeeding even if his or her mother's nipples appear to be flattened. A less effective breastfeeder may need some time to figure out how he or she can draw the nipple into the mouth with latch-on. Although the benefit of using hard plastic breast shells is not conclusive, some mothers find it helps to wear them in the bra between feedings. Breast shells exert a small amount of traction to...
First Aid for Poisonings
First Aid for Poisonings Sometimes accidental poisonings can be treated in the home following the direction of a poison control center or your child's doctor. At other times, emergency medical care is necessary. Swallowed poison If you find your child with an open or empty container of a toxic substance, your child may have been poisoned. Stay calm and act quickly: Get the poison away from the child. If the substance is still in the child's mouth, make him or her spit it out or remove it with your finge...
Facts About Poisons
Facts About Poisons Children are naturally inquisitive and love to explore their world. Infants tend to put everything in their mouths and toddlers grab whatever looks interesting. Adolescents may experiment with drugs and other mind-altering substances. Consider these facts about poisonings in the United States: Each year, poison control centers receive more than 1.1 million calls about accidental poisonings among children ages 5 and under. Calls to poison control centers peak between 4 pm and 10 pm. D...
Fever in A Newborn
Fever in a Newborn The system that controls body temperature is not well developed in a newborn. Call your baby's doctor immediately if your baby is younger than 3 months old and has a rectal temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. Infection A fever is common when an adult has an infection. In newborns, fever may or may not occur with an infection. A newborn may actually have a low body temperature with an infection. He or she may also have changes in activity, feeding, or skin color. Overheating While...
Fever in Children
Fever in Children What is a fever? A fever is defined by most doctors as a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) and higher when taken rectally. The body has several ways to maintain normal body temperature. The organs involved in helping with temperature regulation include the brain, skin, muscle, and blood vessels. The body responds to changes in temperature by: Increasing or decreasing sweat production. Moving blood away from, or closer to, the surface of the skin. Getting rid ...
Fetal Movement Counting
Fetal Movement Counting What is fetal movement counting? Fetal movement counting, often called kick counting, is a way a mother can help monitor the movements of her unborn baby by counting the number of kicks in a certain time period. By 20 weeks gestation, most women are able to feel their baby's movements. But, movements vary in frequency, strength, and patterns depending on the maturity of the fetus. Generally, most fetuses have circadian (biologically timed) activity rhythms and tend to be more act...
Fetal Monitoring What is fetal monitoring? During late pregnancy and during labor, your doctor may want to monitor the fetal heart rate and other functions. Fetal heart rate monitoring is used to check the rate, rhythm, and the presence or absence of increases or decreases of the fetal heartbeat. It also checks how much the fetal heart rate changes around the baseline. The average fetal heart rate is between 110 and 160 beats per minute. The fetal heart rate may change as the fetus responds to condition...
Fetal Blood Sampling
Fetal Blood Sampling What is fetal blood sampling? Fetal blood sampling is a procedure to remove a small amount of blood from the fetus during pregnancy. Fetal blood sampling is usually done by a specially trained perinatologist, a doctor who specializes in the care of the fetus in high-risk pregnancies. It is done as part of diagnosing, treating, and monitoring fetal problems at various times during pregnancy. A fetal blood sample may be taken to: Diagnose genetic or chromosome abnormalities Check for ...
Female Growth and Development
Female Growth and Development As a female matures from a young girl into a woman, there are many important things to consider regarding her health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Puberty: Adolescent Female Breast Health Gynecological Health
Feeding Guide for the First Year
Feeding Guide for the First Year Making appropriate food choices for your baby during the first year of life is very important. More growth occurs during the first year than at any other time in your child's life. It's important to feed your baby a variety of healthy foods at the proper time. Starting good eating habits at this early stage will help set healthy eating patterns for life. Recommended feeding guide for the first year Don't give solid foods unless your child's health care provider advises y...
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome What is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)? An infant born to a mother who drinks alcohol during pregnancy can have problems included in a group of disorders called fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). FASDs include the following: Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). These are the most severe effects that can occur when a woman drinks during pregnancy, and include fetal death. Infants born with FAS have abnormal facial features and growth and central nervous system (CNS) problems, includi...
Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose, and Airway
Foreign Bodies in the Ear, Nose, and Throat An infant or young child may put an object in his or her ears, nose, or mouth. Objects in the mouth may be swallowed or breathed (aspirated) into the lungs. Objects in the ears and nose can make it difficult to hear or breathe and can cause infection. An object that is swallowed may require general anesthesia and a procedure to remove it. An object that is aspirated may cause serious difficult breathing and requires a procedure for removal. Foreign bodies in t...
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