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Obesity Linked to Greater Risk of Prostate Cancer in Blacks, Study Says
Obesity Linked to Greater Risk of Prostate Cancer in Blacks, Study Says THURSDAY, April 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blacks have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer than whites, and for obese black men, their risk can quadruple as their weight goes up, a new study indicates. The findings from this large study should lead to a redoubling of efforts to encourage obesity prevention among black men, said study lead author Wendy Barrington, an assistant professor in the school of nursing at the Unive...
Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds
Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing heart surgery, using transfused red blood cells stored for 21 days or more is as good as using blood cells stored for 10 days or less, a new study finds. Previous studies have suggested that transfusing red blood cells stored for more than two to three weeks was linked to serious, even deadly, results, the study authors noted. But the new study results, reported April 9 i...
Older Execs Bring Pluses, Minuses to the Job
Older Execs Bring Pluses, Minuses to the Job MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older executives have some better mental skills than their younger counterparts, but lag behind in others, according to a new study. Researchers looked at test results from thousands of people, aged 20 to 74, who applied for executive-level jobs, such as vice president or general manager, in different job fields. Older applicants tended to have higher "crystallized intelligence," which includes verbal ability and expe...
Older Mexican-Americans Often Disabled, Study Says
Older Mexican-Americans Often Disabled, Study Says THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mexican-American seniors have high rates of physical disabilities, a new study says. Researchers analyzed data from Mexican-Americans older than 65 who were followed for 18 years. They concluded that, on average, this group of people spends more than half of their remaining years with serious physical disabilities that limit their ability to do everyday tasks. The risk of physical disabilities was higher among...
One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows
One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about the benefits of widespread use of these painkillers to treat chronic pain, the researchers said. "On average, misuse was documented in approximately one out of four or five patients, and...
Ob-Gyns: Use Ultrasound to Assess Pelvic Symptoms
Ob-Gyns: Use Ultrasound to Assess Pelvic Symptoms TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound should be the first type of imaging used to assess pelvic symptoms in women, a group of U.S. experts says. Ultrasound is safer and more cost-effective than other types of imaging for these types of cases, the team of obstetricians and gynecologists wrote in an article published March 31 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology . They support an American Institute of Ultrasound in Medici...
Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain
Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," expla...
Opossums May Come to Humans' Rescue for Snake Anti-Venom
Opossums May Come to Humans' Rescue for Snake Anti-Venom SUNDAY, March 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Wouldn't it be great if humans were immune to snakes' venom? Well, opossums are, and scientists are studying the mammals with an eye to creating a new and better venom antidote. Such an antidote could save thousands of lives worldwide without the side effects caused by current treatments, explained a team led by Claire Komives of San Jose State University. Opossums suffer no ill effects from snake bite ve...
Older Blood Just as Good for Transfusions
Older Blood Just as Good for Transfusions TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blood that's been stored for a few weeks is just as beneficial as fresh blood for patients with life-threatening conditions who require transfusions, a new study shows. "There was no difference in mortality or organ dysfunction between the two groups, which means that fresh blood is not better than older blood," study co-leader Dr. Dean Fergusson, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Uni...
Obesity Raises Women's Cancer Risk by 40 Percent, Study Finds
Obesity Raises Women's Cancer Risk by 40 Percent, Study Finds TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity takes a huge toll on health, and a new British study finds that obese women have a 40 percent higher risk for cancer than thinner women. Overall, the Cancer Research UK study found that obese women have about a one in four risk of developing a weight-related cancer in their lifetime. Those include cancers of the bowel, gallbladder, uterus, kidney, pancreas and esophagus, as well as post-meno...
Other Americans in Sierra Leone May Have Been Exposed to New U.S. Ebola Patient: CDC
Other Americans in Sierra Leone May Have Been Exposed to New U.S. Ebola Patient: CDC FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Several other Americans may have been exposed to a U.S. health worker who was recently infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday afternoon. The unidentified, infected worker was flown in isolation on a chartered flight to the United States earlier Friday, and was admitted for treatment at a U.S. National Institutes of H...
Outcomes Vary With Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement
Outcomes Vary With Minimally Invasive Heart Valve Replacement TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one-quarter of heart disease patients who underwent so-called transcatheter aortic valve replacement surgery died within a year, while roughly 4 percent had a stroke, new research reveals. But some patients did well, the study found. Almost half who survived past one year weren't re-hospitalized in that time, while less than one-quarter were readmitted once. The findings provide insight into ...
Overindulgent Parents May Breed Narcissistic Children
Overindulgent Parents May Breed Narcissistic Children MONDAY, March 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Kids who think too highly of themselves likely developed their narcissism because their parents put them on a pedestal and doled out unearned praise, a new study claims. Parents who "overvalue" their children -- believing they are "God's gift to man" -- tend to raise youngsters with an overblown sense of their own superiority, researchers report in the March 9 online edition of the Proceedings of the National...
Opdivo Approval Expanded to Include Lung Cancer
Opdivo Approval Expanded to Include Lung Cancer WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of Opdivo (nivolumab) has been expanded to include advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the agency said Wednesday in a news release. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States, having been diagnosed more than 224,000 times and causing more than 159,000 deaths in 2014, the FDA said. NSCLC is the most common type, affecting seven of eigh...
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack
Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Stem Further Damage After Heart Attack WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- High doses of omega-3 fatty acids may protect against further damage in heart attack patients, a preliminary study suggests. The research included 374 heart attack survivors who received standard treatment and took either a 4-gram prescription-only dose of omega-3 fatty acids each day or a placebo. The researchers said that people probably couldn't get that level of omega-3 fatty acids from diet a...
Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake
Obamacare and the Supreme Court: What's at Stake TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The latest legal showdown over the Affordable Care Act could make health insurance unaffordable for millions of Americans, some health policy experts say. But opponents of the health-care law say the matter is cut-and-dried -- and a clear violation of the controversial legislation. At issue are the federal subsidies that help lower monthly health-plan premiums for people in 34 states that use HealthCare.gov -- th...
Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends
Obamacare Won't Swamp Doctors, Study Contends WEDNESDAY, Feb. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The greater number of Americans with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will lead to only a slight increase in the use of medical services, and the health system can cope with the added demand, a new report states. Once the law -- sometimes called Obamacare -- is fully implemented, the expansion in health coverage will lead to an almost 4 percent increase in visits to primary care doctors nationally, a...
Overly Controlling Moms Lose Out, Study Says
Overly Controlling Moms Lose Out, Study Says FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Helicopter parents, take note: A mother has a better relationship with her child if she respects the youngster's need for independence at a young age, a new study suggests. Mothers who allowed children more freedom at age 2 were viewed more positively by their children later in childhood, according to the University of Missouri study. The study included more than 2,000 mothers and their children. The researchers observ...
Obama to Announce Major Personalized Medicine Initiative
Obama to Announce Major Personalized Medicine Initiative FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In what could be a significant advance for personalized medicine, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to fund a research program aimed at developing treatments that would be tailored to a patient's individual genes, the White House said Friday. The plan would give scientists access to genetic and medical information for about 1 million American volunteers, according to news reports. The goal is to hel...
Obamacare's Payments to Doctors Widens Access for Medicaid Patients: Study
Obamacare's Payments to Doctors Widens Access for Medicaid Patients: Study THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Sweetening Medicaid payments to primary-care providers does make appointments for first-time patients more widely available, a new study suggests. The finding offers what the researchers say is the first evidence that one of the aims of Obamacare is working -- that increasing Medicaid reimbursements for primary care to more generous Medicare levels increases patient access to health car...
Overactive Bladder a Common Problem, FDA Says
Overactive Bladder a Common Problem, FDA Says MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More than 33 million Americans suffer from overactive bladder, including 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. There are numerous approved treatments for the condition, but many people don't seek help because they're embarrassed or don't know about therapy options, according to an agency news release. In people with overactive bladder, the bladder muscle squeezes too o...
Opdivo Approved for Advanced Melanoma
Opdivo Approved for Advanced Melanoma MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Opdivo (nivolumab) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced melanoma skin cancer that has either spread or can't be treated with surgery, the agency said Monday. Melanoma, the fifth most common skin cancer in the United States, will strike more than 76,000 Americans this year and more than 9,700 will die from it, the U.S. National Cancer Institute projects. Opdivo inhibits a protein that p...
Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers
Older Cars a Bad Choice for Younger Drivers FRIDAY, Dec. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research warns parents that buying an older car for their teens may put their young lives at risk. Nearly half of teen drivers killed in the United States between 2008 and 2012 were driving cars that were at least 11 years old and often lacked important safety features that are available on newer cars, the study found. Eighty-two percent of teen drivers killed in crashes were in cars at least six years old, 34 perc...
Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says
Only 4 in 10 Americans Eat Heart-Healthy Nuts Each Day, CDC Says WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Nutrition experts advocate including nuts in a heart-healthy diet, but a new study finds that about 60 percent of Americans don't consume these foods on a daily basis. The study, released Dec. 17 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the NCHS Data Brief , found that about 38 percent of American adults ate nuts each day, usually in the form of the nuts themselves or in the for...
Outreach Program May Help Poorer Smokers Quit
Outreach Program May Help Poorer Smokers Quit MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of outreach program was effective in helping poorer Americans quit smoking, researchers say. People with low incomes in the United States have higher rates of smoking, according to the authors of the study. They also have more smoking-related diseases, and seem to have greater difficulty quitting, the researchers noted. Despite these factors, little research has focused on ways to help poorer Americans to ...
Obese Kids' Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study
Obese Kids' Brains Show Stronger Response to Sugar: Study MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The brains of obese children have a stronger response to sugar than those of kids with a healthy weight, a new study says. The findings support the theory that obese children have a heightened reward response to food, and that their brains could be wired in a way that makes them crave higher amounts of sugar, the researchers said. "The take-home message is that obese children, compared to healthy-weight c...
Obesity Can Cause 'Silent' Damage to Heart
Obesity Can Cause 'Silent' Damage to Heart FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Heart damage can occur in obese people without causing symptoms, and take place without other heart risk factors such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, a new study says. The researchers said their findings about this silent heart damage challenge the common belief that the risk of heart disease in obese people is mainly due to diabetes and high blood pressure, which are common in obese people. "Obesi...
Obesity-Related Ills May Shave Up to 8 Years Off Your Life: Study
Obesity-Related Ills May Shave Up to 8 Years Off Your Life: Study THURSDAY, Dec. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The heart disease and diabetes that often accompany obesity may rob people of almost a decade of life and close to two decades of a healthy life, Canadian researchers report. "Not only is excess body weight associated with a significant reduction in life expectancy, but with an even greater reduction in healthy life years," said lead researcher Dr. Steven Grover, a professor of medicine at McGill...
Officials Designate 35 Ebola Treatment Centers
Officials Designate 35 Ebola Treatment Centers TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Thirty-five hospitals across the United States have been designated as Ebola treatment centers, and more will be designated in the coming weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. These centers have the staff, equipment, training and resources to provide the complex treatment required to care for Ebola patients, while minimizing risk to health care workers, the agency said. "We continue our...
Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows
Obesity Tied to Half a Million Cancers Worldwide, Report Shows WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is associated with close to 500,000 new cancer cases worldwide each year, and nearly two-thirds of obesity-related cancers occur in North America and Europe, a new report shows. The analysis of data from 184 countries showed that excess weight was associated with 345,000 (5.4 percent) of new cancers in women in 2012, and 136,000 (1.9 percent) of new cancers in men in 2012. Among women, pos...
Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims
Oxygen May Not Help Heart Attack Victims WEDNESDAY, Nov. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Strapping an oxygen mask to someone suffering a heart attack might make their heart attack worse, new research suggests. Heart attack victims treated with oxygen endured 25 to 30 percent more heart damage than patients not given oxygen, said lead investigator Dr. Dion Stub, an interventional cardiologist at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. "This study backs up previous research that shows oxygen should be trea...
Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk
Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says. "If we want to prevent fractures, we need tools that help us accurately predict who will suffer these osteoporotic injuries so that we can target these at-risk people for preventive measures," study author Dr. Carolyn Crandall, professo...
Obama Urges Calm in Ebola Scare, Opposes Travel Ban
Obama Urges Calm in Ebola Scare, Opposes Travel Ban SATURDAY, Oct. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Saturday asked Americans not to give way to panic over Ebola, and he repeated his opposition to a travel ban for flights from affected countries in West Africa. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said that Ebola, "is a serious disease, but we can't give in to hysteria or fear - because that only makes it harder to get people the accurate information they need. We have to...
Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar'
Obama Appoints 'Ebola Czar' FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama on Friday appointed Ron Klain, a former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden and a trusted White House adviser, as Ebola "czar." His role: to oversee the federal government's response to the small but anxiety-producing presence of the often lethal virus in the United States. Klain has been out of public service since leaving Biden's office during Obama's first term. The White House said Klain would report ...
Older Antibiotic Still Works Against Staph Infections, Study Finds
Older Antibiotic Still Works Against Staph Infections, Study Finds FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An older antibiotic called vancomycin is still effective in treating dangerous Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections, a new study finds. The findings show that doctors should keep using vancomycin to treat Staphylococcus aureus infections even though there are several newer antibiotics available to do the job, University of Nebraska researchers said. They analyzed the outcomes of nearly 8,...
Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds
Obesity and Depression Often Twin Ills, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Depression and obesity tend to go hand in hand, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. The combination was so common that 43 percent of depressed adults were also obese, according to the report. That association was even more prevalent among those taking antidepressants: 55 percent of those patients were also obese. Report author Laura Pratt, an epidemiologist at the U.S. National Center for Health Statisti...
Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver, Study Suggests
Obesity May Speed Aging of the Liver, Study Suggests MONDAY, Oct. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Extra pounds cause the liver to age faster, potentially explaining why obesity is linked to diseases like liver cancer and insulin resistance, new research suggests. It's not clear if this aging directly translates to higher risks of certain diseases. Still, it's possible that "people whose liver is much older than expected need to be screened more carefully for various diseases even if they managed to lose a ...
Obese Kids May Show Early Signs of Heart Trouble
Obese Kids May Show Early Signs of Heart Trouble WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obese young people may already be showing the warning signs of heart disease, German researchers report. The scientists found negative changes in the shape and function of the hearts of these children, compared to their normal-weight peers. It's unclear whether weight loss can reverse these changes, they researchers added. The study, published online Oct. 8 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology , ...
Officials Report First Confirmed Child Death Due to Enterovirus D68
Officials Report First Confirmed Child Death Due to Enterovirus D68 MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. outbreak of Enterovirus D68 has claimed its first confirmed victim, a 4-year-old boy in New Jersey. According to CBS News , preschooler Eli Waller, of Hamilton Township, N.J., stayed home from school with pinkeye, went to sleep that night and never woke up. His death occurred Sept. 25 but the cause of death was only released on Friday. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control an...
Obama Considers Tighter Ebola Screening for Travelers From West Africa
Obama Considers Tighter Ebola Screening for Travelers From West Africa MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- President Barack Obama said Monday that his administration is preparing additional screening measures to prevent the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa from gaining a foothold in the United States. Obama, after meeting with his top security and health advisers, did not specify what those measures might be. But senior federal health officials said the steps could include "entry screening," whi...
Ovarian Cancer DNA Detected in Vaginal Fluid, Researchers Report
Ovarian Cancer DNA Detected in Vaginal Fluid, Researchers Report TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have found it's possible to detect ovarian cancer gene mutations in vaginal fluid samples -- a finding they hope is a step toward an effective screening test for the disease. In a pilot study, researchers were able to detect tumor DNA in tampons from several women with advanced ovarian cancer. It's a "proof of principle" that genetic evidence of the cancer can be uncovered in vaginal sa...
Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers
Oncologists' Group Calls for Measures to Curb Obesity-Related Cancers WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Immediate steps need to be taken to slow the rise of obesity-related cancers in the United States, a group of cancer specialists says. These include increased awareness and education about the links between obesity and cancer, development of new tools and resources for doctors, intensified and coordinated research, and greater access to obesity screening, diagnosis and treatment. "With nearl...
Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life?
Obese in Adolescence, Colon Cancer in Later Life? MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity and inflammation in late adolescence are associated with increased risk for colon and rectal cancer in adulthood, a new study of Swedish males suggests. The 35-year study found that 16- to 20-year-olds who were obese had more than twice the risk of developing colon or rectal cancer compared to normal-weight teens. And teens with high levels of inflammation had a 63 percent increased risk of developing co...
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OTC Pain Medications and Their Risks
OTC Pain Medications and Their Risks Drugstore shelves have so many choices of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication that it can seem difficult to find one that you like. But OTC pain relievers can be divided into just 2 main types: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Acetaminophen is available as a generic medicine and by the brand name Tylenol. You'll find a few different NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin, and ketoprofen. Some medicines, such as Excedrin Extra ...
Oximetry (Oxygen Saturation, Oximetry, Ear Oximetry, Pulse Ox, Sp0 2 ) Procedure overview What is pulse oximetry? Pulse oximetry is a procedure used to measure the oxygen level (or oxygen saturation) in the blood. It is considered to be a noninvasive, painless, general indicator of oxygen delivery to the peripheral tissues (such as the finger, earlobe, or nose). How does pulse oximetry work? Oxygen in the air is breathed into the lungs. The oxygen then passes into the blood where the majority of the oxy...
Overactive Let-Down Although most babies with breastfeeding difficulties have problems related to getting enough milk, a few have the opposite problem--handling too much milk. Some mothers have such a strong let-down that the baby cannot handle the volume of milk. If your baby chokes, gags, or pushes off of the breast a minute or two after beginning to feed, an overactive let-down may be the cause. Most babies do learn to handle let-down as they mature, but until then you might take the baby off the bre...
Overuse Injuries An increasing number of boys and girls are playing recreational and organized sports. As a result, there is a rise in the number of overuse injuries seen among children and adolescents. The majority of sports and overuse injuries are due to minor trauma involving soft tissue injuries — injuries that affect the bone, muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons. What are the most common types of overuse injuries? Type of overuse injury Symptoms Possible cause Jumper's knee (patellar tendonitis) Te...
Online Resources - Neurological Disorders
Online Resources - Neurological Disorders This Web page was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your health care provider. The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child'...
Online Resources - Craniofacial Anomalies
Online Resources - Craniofacial Anomalies This Web was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's health care provider. The content provided here is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's health care provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your chi...
Overview of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) in Children
Overview of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) in Children What is an implanted pacemaker? An implanted pacemaker is a small device implanted under the skin that sends electrical signals to control an irregular or slow heartbeat. An implanted pacemaker may be used to stimulate the heartbeat if the heart's natural pacemaker (the sinoatrial, or SA, node) is not working properly, has developed an abnormally slow rate, or if the electrical pathways are blocked. Rhythm problems may...
Oral Health Many different oral and dental conditions affect adolescents and require 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. Orthodontics and Braces Wisdom Teeth Extraction Periodontal Disease
Obesity in Adolescents
Obesity in Adolescents What is obesity? Overweight and obesity together represent the second leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Obesity is a serious, chronic disease that can inflict substantial harm to a person's health. Overweight and obesity are not the same; rather, they are different points on a continuum of weight ranging from being underweight to being morbidly obese. The percentage of people who fit into these two categories, overweight and obese, is determined by body mass...
Overview of Kidney Disorders
Overview of Kidney Disorders How do the kidneys work? Click Image to Enlarge The body takes nutrients from food and converts them to energy. After the body has used all the food components that it needs, waste products are left behind in the bowel and in the blood. The kidneys and urinary system help to excrete the waste products and also keep chemicals, such as potassium and sodium, and water in balance by removing a type of waste, called urea, from the blood. Urea is produced when foods containing pro...
Ovarian Cancer as Part of Lynch Syndrome
Ovarian Cancer as Part of Lynch Syndrome A woman is at increased risk for ovarian cancer if she has Lynch syndrome, also called hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer (HNPCC). Having this syndrome increases a woman's risk of having ovarian and uterine cancer at a much younger age than usual. A clinical diagnosis of Lynch syndrome is made when the following characteristics are present in a family: Three or more relatives with HNPCC-related cancer (colorectal, endometrial, ovarian, small bowel, stomach, liv...
Osteoporosis Index Many factors involving osteoporosis require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some of the factors, for which we have provided a brief overview. About Osteoporosis Bone Density Test
Overview of Sleep Problems
Overview of Sleep Problems Why is sleep important? Sleep is not just resting or taking a break from busy routines. It is essential to physical and emotional health. Adequate sleep may also play a role in helping the body recover from illness and injury. Inadequate sleep over a period of time is associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and depression. The emotional and mental benefits of sleep are also significant. Even occasional sleep problems can make daily life feel more stressful and less p...
Otitis Media What is otitis media? Otitis media is inflammation or infection located in the middle ear. Otitis media can occur as a result of a cold, sore throat, or respiratory infection. Facts about otitis media About 3 out of 4 children have at least one episode of otitis media by the time they are 3 years of age. Otitis media can also affect adults, although it is primarily a condition that occurs in children. Who is at risk for getting ear infections? While any child may develop an ear infection, t...
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