Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control
Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state. Although most U.S. teens opt for condoms or birth control pills, two other forms of contraception -- intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants -- are much more reliable, according to the academy. And they should be the "first-li...
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Preventing MRSA in Athletes
Preventing MRSA in Athletes Drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (staph) infections are a hazard for athletes of all ages. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , commonly known as MRSA, is a type of bacterial infection resistant to common antibiotics such as penicillin. These staph bacteria most often cause minor skin infections in young athletes, but if untreated, it may invade the bloodstream and become a life-threatening infection. Millions of people see their doctor for MRSA skin infections e...
Preventing Opportunistic Infections in HIV/AIDS
Preventing Opportunistic Infections in HIV/AIDS HIV attacks the cells of your body's immune system. You need a strong immune system to fight off germs like bacteria and viruses, so having HIV may give those germs a better opportunity to make you sick. When germs take advantage of your weakened defense system, they are called opportunistic infections. Opportunistic infections that other people might fight off easily could make you really sick if you have HIV. Getting one or more of these infections could...
Pneumoconiosis Pneumoconiosis is one of a group of interstitial lung diseases caused by breathing in certain kinds of dust particles that damage your lungs. Because you are likely to encounter these dusts only in the workplace, pneumoconiosis is called an occupational lung disease. Pneumoconiosis usually take years to develop. Because your lungs can't get rid of all these dust particles, they cause inflammation in your lungs that can eventually lead to scar tissue. Types of pneumoconiosis The disease ap...
Pramlintide Acetate Solution for injection
Pramlintide Acetate Solution for injection What is this medicine? PRAMLINTIDE (PRAM lin tide) is a man-made form of a hormone normally found in the body. It is used to treat type 1 and type 2 diabetes in adults. This medicine works with insulin to control blood sugar. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection under the skin. You will be taught how to prepare and give this medicine. Use exactly as directed. Do not mix this medicine with insulin in the same syringe. Take this medicine...
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Coronary Angioplasty, and Stent Placement
Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI), Coronary Angioplasty, and Stent Placement Procedure overview Click Image to Enlarge What is coronary angioplasty? Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is performed to open blocked coronary arteries caused by coronary artery disease (CAD) and to restore arterial blood flow to the heart tissue without open-heart surgery. Using a guidewire, a special catheter (long hollow tube) is inserted into the coronary artery and past the blockage in the blockage. The cath...
Pacemaker Insertion Procedure overview What is a pacemaker insertion? A pacemaker insertion is the implantation of a small electronic device that is usually placed in the chest (just below the collarbone) to help regulate slow electrical problems with the heart. A pacemaker may be recommended to ensure that the heartbeat does not slow to a dangerously low rate. The heart's electrical system Click Image to Enlarge The heart is basically a pump made up of muscle tissue that is stimulated by electrical cur...
Pap Test (Pap Smear, Pap Screening, Papanicolaou Test) Procedure overview What is a Pap test? A Pap test, named after Dr. George Papanicolaou who designed the test, is a screening test to collect and microscopically examine cells taken from the cervix, the lower, narrow part of the uterus (womb) located between the bladder and the rectum. The cervix forms a canal that opens into the vagina, which leads to the outside of the body. With a Pap test, cells can be collected from the vagina as well as the cer...
Pulmonary Function Tests
Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs, Pulmonary Function Studies, Lung Function Studies/Tests, Airflow Assessment) Procedure overview What are pulmonary function tests? Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are noninvasive diagnostic tests that provide measurable feedback about the function of the lungs. By assessing lung volumes, capacities, rates of flow, and gas exchange, PFTs provide information that, when evaluated by your doctor, can help diagnosis certain lung disorders. A normally-functioning pulmonary syst...
Pulmonary Angiogram (Angiogram-Pulmonary, Pulmonary Angiography, Pulmonary Arteriogram, Pulmonary Arteriography, Angiogram of the Lungs) Procedure overview What is a pulmonary angiogram? An angiogram, also called an arteriogram, is an X-ray image of the blood vessels. It is performed to evaluate various vascular conditions, such as an aneurysm (ballooning of a blood vessel), stenosis (narrowing of a blood vessel), or blockages. A pulmonary angiogram is an angiogram of the blood vessels of the lungs. A p...
Pleural Biopsy (Biopsy-Pleural, Percutaneous Pleural Biopsy) Procedure overview A biopsy is a procedure performed to remove tissue or cells from the body for examination under a microscope. A pleural biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of the pleura (the membrane that surrounds the lungs) is removed with a special biopsy needle or during surgery to determine if infection, cancer, or another condition is present. There are three types of pleural biopsies: Needle biopsy. After a local anesthetic is gi...
Pancreas Scan (Pancreas Scintigraphy) Procedure overview What is a pancreas scan? A pancreas scan is a specialized radiology procedure used to assess the pancreas for the presence of a specific type of tumor. A pancreas scan is a type of nuclear radiology procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the pancreas. A pancreas scan may also be used to treat certain malignant tumors of the pancreas. In many nuclear medicine ...
Preparing a Child for Surgery
Preparing a Child for Surgery Being in the hospital can be upsetting for your child, as well as for the whole family. Recognizing the common fears that your child has at each stage of growth and development can help you in preparing him or her for the experience ahead. Some of the ways to prepare include the following: Become as knowledgeable as possible about the surgery planned for your child. Be truthful with any information. Answer your child's questions truthfully, according to his or her age and d...
Preoperative Management for Children
Preoperative Management for Children Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding preoperative management for your child having surgery, for which we have provided a brief overview. Preoperative Visit with the Surgeon Hospital Visit / Preoperative Clinic Blood Transfusions Latex Allergy Informed Consent
Postoperative Care Postoperative care lasts from the time your child enters the recovery room until discharge from the hospital. The length of this phase depends on the type of surgery and your child's medical condition. Most children with minor surgical procedures may be discharged the same day of the procedure. Major surgeries will require longer recovery times and, perhaps, a stay in intensive care. During this time, it will be helpful to become familiar with the normal discomforts that your child ma...
Preparing for Your New Baby
Preparing for Your New Baby There is a great deal to consider when preparing for the arrival of your new baby. Listed in the directory below are a few decisions to make, for which we have provided a brief overview. Choosing a Pediatrician Getting Ready at Home Preparing the Family
Prenatal Counseling As modern medicine advances, more and more information becomes available regarding how diseases are inherited, and parents are given different choices to make about the health of their child even before he or she is born. In some cases, a prenatal diagnosis can be made by testing fetal cells, amniotic fluid, or amniotic membranes to detect fetal abnormalities in the womb. Prenatal counseling gives parents the information they need to make informed choices. Listed in the directory bel...
Preconception Care Being as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant, and getting early and regular prenatal care during pregnancy, are important ways to take the best care of you and your developing baby. Listed in the directory below, you will find some additional information regarding preconception care, for which we have provided a brief overview. Planning a Pregnancy Risk Factors Alcohol and Pregnancy Smoking and Pregnancy Illegal Drug Use and Pregnancy Medications and Pregnancy Medical Conditi...
Pregnancy and Medical Conditions
Pregnancy and Medical Conditions Many pre-existing medical conditions can affect pregnancy or be affected by pregnancy that require the clinical care by a doctor or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Chronic Hypertension Heart Disease Diabetes and Pregnancy The Lungs in Pregnancy Asthma and Pregnancy Thyroid Conditions Neurologic Conditions
Pediatric Blood Disorders
Pediatric Blood Disorders Many types of blood disorders require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Anemia Aplastic Anemia Diamond Blackfan Anemia Fanconi Anemia Hemoglobin C Disease Hemoglobin E Trait Hemolytic Anemia Iron Deficiency Anemia Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia Sickle Cell Anemia Thalassemia Alpha Thalassemia Beta Thalassemia (Cooley's Anemia) Von Willebrand Disease
Preschooler Nutrition Helpful feeding information for your preschooler Preschool-age children (ages 4 to 5) are still developing their eating habits and need encouragement to eat healthy meals and snacks. These children are eager to learn, especially from other people and will often imitate eating behaviors of adults. They need supervision at mealtime as they are still working on chewing and swallowing skills. The following are some helpful mealtime hints for preschool-age children: Prepare meals, provi...
Play Play is a very important part of development for your growing child. Not only is play time entertaining for your child, but it also provides stimulation, increases skills and coordination, provides an outlet for your child's energy, and helps to encourage exploration by your child. Play is also important for the following reasons: Play can help to teach your child concepts of shapes, numbers, colors, different sizes, and textures. Play can help your child become a social being and encourage your ch...
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA)
Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) Click Image to Enlarge What is PDA? PDA is a heart defect that is often found in the first few weeks or months after birth. It's characterized by the persistence of a normal fetal connection between the aorta and the pulmonary artery. All babies are born with this opening between the aorta and the pulmonary artery but it normally closes on its own shortly after birth. When your baby develops in the uterus, it's not necessary for blood to circulate through the lungs because...
Problems Affecting the Coronary Arteries and Blood Vessels
Problems Affecting the Coronary Arteries and Blood Vessels There are many problems that affect the coronary arteries and blood vessels that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and Triglycerides Food Basics Heart Healthy Eating High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents
Preventing Obesity in Children, Teens, and Adults Facts about prevention Obesity is a chronic disease affecting increasing numbers of children and teens. Obesity rates among children in the U.S. have doubled since 1980 and have tripled for adolescents. About 17 percent of children aged 2 to 19 are considered obese, compared to over 66 percent of adults who are considered obese. An additional 31 percent are considered overweight. Earlier onset of type 2 diabetes, heart and blood vessel disease, and obesi...
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) What is pelvic inflammatory disease? Click Image to Enlarge Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is caused by bacteria, often the same type of bacteria that is responsible for several sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia. In some cases, PID develops from bacteria that has traveled through the vagina and the cervix by way of an intrauterine device (IUD). PID can affect the uterus, fallopian tubes, and/or the ovaries. It can lead to pelvic adhesions...
Planning To Travel
Planning To Travel Planning to travel takes time and special preparation. Listed in the directory below are some considerations that will need to be made before you travel, for which we have provided a brief overview. Routine Vaccination Recommendations Special Vaccination Requirements Traveler's Checklist Traveler's First Aid Kit Cruise Ships Air Travel
Preoperative Management Before any type of surgical procedure, it is important to become prepared. Listed below are considerations that should be made before any elective (nonemergency) procedure. Preparing for Surgery Tests Performed Before Surgery The Surgical Team Types of Anesthesia and Your Anesthesiologist Checklist for Surgery / Consent Forms / Insurance Information
Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis
Pharyngitis and Tonsillitis Click Image to Enlarge What are pharyngitis and tonsillitis? Pharyngitis and tonsillitis are infections in the throat that cause inflammation. If the tonsils are primarily affected, it is called tonsillitis. If the throat is primarily affected, it is called pharyngitis. A person might even have inflammation and infection of both the tonsils and the throat. This would be called pharyngotonsillitis. These infections are spread by close contact with other individuals. The majori...
Postpartum Care The postpartum period begins after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother's body has returned as closely as possible to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks. The postpartum period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically, while learning how to deal with all the changes and adjustments required in becoming a new mother. The postpartum period also involves the parents learning how to care for their newb...
PM and R Treatment Team
PM and R Treatment Team There are many specialists on the physical medicine and rehabilitation healthcare team. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of the PM&R Treatment Team Patient and Family Physiatrist Rehabilitation Nurse Physical Therapist Occupational Therapist Speech / Language Pathologist Audiologist Clinical Social Worker Chaplain Recreational Therapist Registered Dietitian Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, and Psychiatrist Respirato...
Pulmonary Rehabilitation What is pulmonary rehabilitation? Pulmonary rehab is a medically supervised program for people who have chronic lung diseases. They may also be used before or after lung surgery. Some of the lung conditions of participants include: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis Interstitial lung disease, such as sarcoidosis and fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis The goals of pulmonary rehab are to help people: Have less symptoms and fewer complica...
Prevention of Oral Diseases / Dental Problems
Prevention of Oral Diseases / Dental Problems Many disorders of the mouth require clinical care by a dentist or other oral health specialist. Listed in the directory below are some preventive measures that may reduce and possibly eliminate the occurrence of oral health disease. Dental Care for Infants and Children Brushing and Toothpaste Flossing Fluoride Mouthguards and Dental Emergencies Mouth Rinse
Preventing Unintentional Injuries
Preventing Unintentional Injuries Many nontraumatic situations or conditions may occur and need to be handled properly. Being prepared and knowing how to react ahead of time could prevent a situation from becoming an emergency. And learning how to respond to conditions and illnesses properly could make the difference between a potentially fatal outcome and a treatable, manageable situation. Listed in the directory below you will find some additional information regarding preventing unintentional injurie...
Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer statistics The fear of having prostate cancer can be devastating to men. However, it is most successfully treated when found early. Consider these statistics from the American Cancer Society (ACS): More than 90 percent of all prostate cancers are discovered while they are either localized (confined to the prostate) or regional (nearby). The five-year survival rate for men diagnosed with prostate tumors discovered at these stages is nearly 100 percent. In the past 25 years...
Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases
Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases Primary risk factors for chronic disease At the top of the CDC's list of primary risk factors for all chronic diseases are: smoking, poor nutrition, and sedentary lifestyle. Living a healthier lifestyle can help to prevent heart disease. This includes the following: Eliminating all tobacco products Sticking to a heart-healthy diet Following an appropriate exercise program Managing your weight Eliminate as much stress as possible Eliminate all tobacco products All tobac...
Pancreatitis What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis is the inflammation and autodigestion of the pancreas. Autodigestion describes a process whereby pancreatic enzymes destroy its own tissue leading to inflammation. The inflammation may be sudden (acute) or ongoing (chronic). Acute pancreatitis usually involves a single "attack," after which the pancreas returns to normal. Severe acute pancreatitis can be life threatening. In chronic pancreatitis, permanent damage occurs to the pancreas and its function, of...
Prevention of Infectious Diseases
Prevention of Infectious Diseases Prevention is the key to stopping the spread of many infectious diseases and sometimes can make the difference between life and death. Handwashing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection. Unfortunately, improper or infrequent handwashing continues to be a major factor in the spread of disease. Other important ways to prevent infection include following the appropriate immunization schedule, and using precautions with pets and on the job....
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) What is premenstrual syndrome? Most women experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle. For some women, the symptoms are significant, but of short duration and not disabling. Other women, however, may have one or more of a broad range of symptoms that temporarily disturb normal functioning. These symptoms may last from a few hours to many days. The types and intensity of symptoms vary in individuals. This group of symptoms is referred to a...
The Pituitary Gland Anatomy of the pituitary gland Click to enlarge The pituitary gland is sometimes called the "master" gland of the endocrine system because it controls the functions of many of the other endocrine glands. The pituitary gland is no larger than a pea, and is located at the base of the brain. The gland is attached to the hypothalamus (a part of the brain that affects the pituitary gland) by nerve fibers and blood vessels. The pituitary gland itself consists of 2 major structures: Anterio...
The Parathyroid Glands Anatomy of the parathyroid glands The parathyroid glands are two pairs of small, oval-shaped glands located adjacent to the two thyroid gland lobes in the neck. Parathyroid Glands - Click to Enlarge Function of the parathyroid glands Parathyroid glands produce parathyroid hormone, which plays a key role in the regulation of calcium levels in the blood. Precise calcium levels are important in the human body, since small deviations can cause muscle and nerve impairment. The parathyr...
Peripheral Vascular Disease
Peripheral Vascular Disease What is peripheral vascular disease (PVD)? Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is a slow and progressive circulation disorder. It may involve disease in any of the blood vessels outside of the heart and diseases of the lymph vessels—the arteries, veins, or lymphatic vessels. Organs supplied by these vessels such as the brain, heart, and legs, may not receive adequate blood flow for ordinary function. However, the legs and feet are most commonly affected, thus the name periphera...
Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) Living with a pacemaker or ICD requires special instructions and care. Listed in the directory below you will find information related to pacemakers, for which we have provided a brief overview. Overview of Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs ) Living With a Pacemaker or Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Frequently Asked Questions About Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs )
Peak Flow Meter
Peak Flow Meter What is a peak flow meter? A peak flow meter is a device used to measure how well your asthma is under control. The device measures air flow out of the lungs (peak expiratory flow rate or PEFR), as you blow into it. A peak flow meter, when used properly, can show narrowing of the airways before you have symptoms. Peak flow readings can help determine: When to seek emergency medical care How well your asthma management and treatment plan are working When to stop or add medication, as dire...
Postpartum Depression Assessment
Postpartum Depression Risk Assessment It's natural to feel strong emotions when you're pregnant and just after you've had a baby. You may feel elated, or you may feel sad. Many women have the "baby blues" just after birth. They feel sad, impatient, or irritable. These feelings usually go away in a week or two. They don't always need to be treated by a health care provider. For some women, feelings of sadness are much more intense. These intense feelings are called postpartum depression, or PPD. Changes ...
Prescription Drugs Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Prescriptions? Prescription drugs can work wonders—when they're taken as they should be. But what happens when you miss a dose? Or when you want to take an over-the-counter medication along with your prescription? See if you know the answers to these and other questions by taking this quiz. 1. How are prescription drugs different from over-the-counter medications? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Prescription medications and OTC medications s...
Pneumonia Vaccine Quiz
How Much Do You Know About the Pneumonia Vaccine? Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that is more common in older adults, infants, young children, and some people with chronic health problems. A vaccine offers protection against pneumococcal pneumonia. Find out more about pneumonia and the vaccine by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC. 1. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses or bacteria. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Pneumonia is an inflammation of...
How Much Do You Know About Pinworms? Test your knowledge of pinworms and how to prevent an occurrence. This quiz is based on information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the CDC. 1. An infection with pinworms is called: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A pinworm infection is called enterobiasis. It is caused by the parasitic worm Enterobiasis vermicularis. Other names for pinworm infection include seatworm infection and threadw...
Panini for One
Panini for One The Italians have it right when it comes to grown-up grilled sandwiches. You don’t need a Panini maker—you can use a frying pan and a heavy plate to press the sandwich. Ingredients 1 4-inch-square Panini roll 1 slice (1 oz.) low-sodium Swiss cheese 2 oz. cooked pork tenderloin 1/4 cup shredded zucchini 1 Roma (Italian) tomato, cut into thin slices 1/8 cup thinly sliced red onion Olive oil spray Directions Slice roll and remove some of the interior bread to make for a crisper sandwich. Put...
Poorly Packed Lunches Can Cause Food Poisoning
Poorly Packed Lunches Can Cause Food Poisoning FRIDAY, Aug. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Each year, about one in six Americans suffers from foodborne illness, resulting in about 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To protect you and your family from food poisoning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service offers the following advice: If your lunch includes perishable items such as luncheon meats, eggs ...
Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence
Preemies' Thinking Skills May Catch Up by Adolescence TUESDAY, Aug. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A new Australian study offers some potentially reassuring news to parents of preemies who are worried about their child's intellectual development: By adolescence, many of these infants appear to catch up to classmates who weren't born early. But some U.S. experts said the findings may be overly optimistic because only the healthiest premature babies were studied. Premature infants are born more than three w...
Pride Over Weight Loss May Help Drive Anorexia
Pride Over Weight Loss May Help Drive Anorexia WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Women with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa feel a sense of pride about their weight loss, and this positive emotion may play a major role in the deadly condition, according to a new study. "What we think happens is that positive emotions become exaggerated and are rewarding these maladaptive behaviors," study author Edward Selby, an assistant professor in the psychology department at Rutgers University in New...
Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates' Health: Study
Prisons That Bar Smoking May Boost Inmates' Health: Study WEDNESDAY, Aug. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Prison smoking bans significantly reduce inmates' risk of death from tobacco-related conditions such as cancer and heart disease, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data from U.S. state prisons and found rates of smoking-related deaths among inmates were 9 percent lower in prisons with smoking bans, and 11 percent lower in prisons where smoking bans had been in place for more than nine years. Inmat...
People With HIV May Be at Lower Risk for Multiple Sclerosis
People With HIV May Be at Lower Risk for Multiple Sclerosis MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- People with HIV seem to have a much lower risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who don't have the virus, a new study finds. This lower risk may be due to constant suppression of the immune system due to the HIV infection itself and/or the antiretroviral drugs used to treat the infection, according to the researchers. They said their findings could prove important in finding new ways to t...
Portable Monitors OK for Spotting Sleep Apnea: New Guidelines
Portable Monitors OK for Spotting Sleep Apnea: New Guidelines TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- For most people, portable sleep monitors are an adequate substitute for an overnight stay in a sleep laboratory for the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, according to new guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians. Obstructive sleep apnea -- a condition that causes people to stop breathing temporarily many times a night during sleep -- can be diagnosed in two basic ways. One is to sen...
Poor People With Diabetes Much More Likely to Lose a Limb: Study
Poor People With Diabetes Much More Likely to Lose a Limb: Study MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Poor people with diabetes are much more likely to lose a limb to the disease than affluent patients are, new research suggests. Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, found the odds of having a toe, foot or leg amputated was up to 10 times higher for diabetics who live in low-income neighborhoods. Most of these amputations are preventable if patients are diagnosed and get proper...
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