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Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study
Rates of Severe Obesity Among U.S. Kids Still Rising: Study TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity continues to plague American kids, with a new study finding rates of severe obesity climbing over a 15-year period. Examining national data from 1999 through 2014, researchers found that one-third of American children aged 2 to 19 were overweight, nearly one-quarter were obese, and more than 2 percent were severely obese. "Despite other recent reports, all categories of obesity have increased ...
Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health
Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although aging may mean more physical problems, retirement can help people lead healthier lives, a new study from Australia suggests. Researchers found that when folks retire they tend to increase their physical activity, sit less and sleep more soundly. "Our study paints a positive picture of retirement," said lead researcher Dr. Melody Ding, a senior research fellow at the University of Sydney's School of Public Heal...
Rich-Poor Life Expectancy Gap Shrinking for U.S. Youth
Rich-Poor Life Expectancy Gap Shrinking for U.S. Youth THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- If you're an American aged 20 or under, your expected life span is now less affected by whether you're rich or poor than it used to be, a new study finds. Researchers at Princeton University report that the life expectancy gap between rich and poor youth in the United States narrowed between 1990 and 2010. "Our big message here is that the health of the next generation in the poorest areas of the United S...
Regular Exercise May Boost Prostate Cancer Survival
Regular Exercise May Boost Prostate Cancer Survival MONDAY, April 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sticking to a moderate or intense exercise regimen may improve a man's odds of surviving prostate cancer, a new study suggests. The American Cancer Society study included more than 10,000 men, aged 50 to 93, who were diagnosed between 1992 and 2011 with localized prostate cancer -- meaning it had not spread beyond the gland. The men provided researchers with information about their physical activity before and...
Radiation May Help After Surgery for 'Soft-Tissue' Cancers
Radiation May Help After Surgery for 'Soft-Tissue' Cancers THURSDAY, April 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older patients with a type of cancer called soft-tissue sarcomas may benefit more from radiation therapy after surgery than younger patients do, a new study suggests. The results might change the way older patients are treated for soft-tissue sarcomas, which are cancers that develop in muscles, fat and other types of tissue, the study authors said. Surgery is typically used to treat these cancers. But...
Restaurants Cut Calories in Kids' Meals, Study Finds
Restaurants Cut Calories in Kids' Meals, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Popular restaurants have cut calories in children's meals and are offering some healthier side dishes, such as fruits and vegetables, a new study reports. But, the researchers added, while these restaurants appear to be making some progress in providing lower-calorie menu options, the meals are still packed with too much salt and fat. "The industry has started to make some changes, but it's focusing mostly ...
Right Neighborhood May Mean 90 Extra Minutes of Exercise a Week
Right Neighborhood May Mean 90 Extra Minutes of Exercise a Week FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who live in bustling neighborhoods get at least 90 more minutes of exercise a week than other city dwellers, a new global study finds. The study included more than 6,800 adults, aged 18 to 66, in 14 cities in 10 countries. On average, study participants did 37 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, such as brisk walking or more intense exercise. Among the cities in the study...
Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery: Study
Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery: Study THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Examining the right side of the brain might help predict speech and language recovery in people who suffer a stroke on the left side of the brain, researchers say. The left side of the brain is dominant in language and speech. And, stroke damage on that side often results in difficulty speaking, naming, repeating and understanding language -- a condition called aphasia, explained the authors of the study, p...
Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing
Racial Gaps in Homicide Victim Rates Changing THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Overall homicide victim rates in the United States fell between 1990 and 2010, but the decrease was much larger among blacks and Hispanics than among whites, a new study finds. During that time, homicide victim rates fell 47 percent among Hispanics (calculated by the number of homicide victims per 100,000 Hispanics), 40 percent for blacks, and 35 percent for whites, the study showed. The findings were published in...
Race, Poverty May Affect Early Stage Breast Cancer Management
Race, Poverty May Affect Early Stage Breast Cancer Management TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Race and income differences may affect treatment for some patients with early stage breast cancer, a new study suggests. The study looked at women with estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancer, a type of cancer that's fueled by the hormone estrogen. Researchers found that black patients and people with low incomes were less likely to receive a genetic test that's used to predict the aggressiveness o...
Rosacea Might Boost Parkinson's Risk: Study
Rosacea Might Boost Parkinson's Risk: Study MONDAY, March 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Rosacea, a chronic skin condition that causes marked redness in the face, may be linked to an increased risk for Parkinson's disease, a large, new study suggests. Among more than 5 million Danes, those with rosacea were about twice as likely to develop Parkinson's as those without the skin condition, said lead researcher Dr. Alexander Egeberg of Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Copenhagen. "Rosacea is a common facial s...
Recycled Water a Healthy Option for California, Study Suggests
Recycled Water a Healthy Option for California, Study Suggests THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Increased use of recycled water would help drought-stricken California in many ways, including giving residents a potential health boost, new research shows. "California's current drought has inspired increased urgency for innovative drought solutions," wrote Sharona Sokolow and her colleagues. Sokolow is from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Wise...
Review Finds Mixed Success With Hemophilia Treatment
Review Finds Mixed Success With Hemophilia Treatment WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Though the past 50 years have brought major treatment advances, men with severe hemophilia are still at high risk for bleeding and physical disability, experts say. Hemophilia is a genetic disease that prevents blood from clotting normally, leading to an increased risk of serious bleeding. More common in men than in women, it affects about one out of every 5,000 men, according to the U.S. Centers for Disea...
Repeat C-Section May Have No Long-Term Health Risk for Baby
Repeat C-Section May Have No Long-Term Health Risk for Baby TUESDAY, March 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There appears to be little increased risk to a child's health if a woman has a planned cesarean delivery after a prior C-section, a new study out of Scotland finds. Still, C-section does come with risks, experts noted, and the steady rise in the number of U.S. births via the procedure has been cause for concern from medical groups, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Early in ...
Research Offers Clues to Dementia With Language Loss
Research Offers Clues to Dementia With Language Loss SUNDAY, March 13, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Toxic buildup of a protein in the brain's language centers may help drive a rare form of dementia that causes people to lose their ability to use language, a new study finds. Researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago used high-tech imaging to track the buildup of amyloid protein in the brains of people with the language-loss dementia, called primary progressive aphasia (PPA). They compared those findi...
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Carry Certain Risks
Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer May Carry Certain Risks THURSDAY, March 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Radiation treatment for prostate cancer may put men at a slight increased risk for other cancers, a new review suggests. The analysis of 21 studies revealed that prostate cancer patients who had radiation therapy had a slightly increased risk of bladder, colon and rectal cancers, compared to those who did not receive radiation or had surgery. However, the rates of these secondary cancers were low, p...
Risk of Getting Ebola From Survivors Seems Low, Study Finds
Risk of Getting Ebola From Survivors Seems Low, Study Finds MONDAY, Feb. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The risk of infection with the often-fatal Ebola virus from non-sexual contact with survivors seems low, researchers report. The British team analyzed nearly 6,000 articles on Ebola and found that, while the virus may be present in certain areas of survivors' bodies for an extended time, it is typically cleared from the blood within 16 days. In general, that means there is little risk of contracting Ebo...
Recovery From Ultramarathon May Take Up to 5 Days
Recovery From Ultramarathon May Take Up to 5 Days FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It takes ultramarathon runners about five days to recover from an event, a new study shows. Ultramarathons are much longer and more physically demanding than the traditional 26.2-mile marathon. These races have become increasingly popular, according to the researchers. Despite high levels of physical stress on the body, some runners compete in multiple ultramarathons a year. This makes it important to learn more ...
Report Suggests Zika's Effect on Fetus May Be Even Deadlier Than Thought
Report Suggests Zika's Effect on Fetus May Be Even Deadlier Than Thought THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Zika virus may harm a fetus to a greater degree than previously suggested, potentially causing a range of life-threatening birth defects, a new report says. The stillborn baby of a 20-year-old Brazilian woman infected with Zika had almost no brain tissue, which is a birth defect called hydraencephaly, according to the case study. The fetus also suffered from microcephaly, the most common ...
Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report
Racial Gap in U.S. Cancer Deaths Is Narrowing: Report MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The gap in cancer deaths among blacks and whites in the United States has narrowed for most cancers, but disparities remain for two common cancers, a new report from the American Cancer Society says. For deaths from breast cancer in women, the gulf between blacks and whites has widened, the report noted. For deaths attributed to colon cancer in men, the racial divide has remained the same. This imbalance is l...
Researchers Pursue Clue Between Obesity, Breast and Pancreatic Cancer
Researchers Pursue Clue Between Obesity, Breast and Pancreatic Cancer FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers believe they've unlocked at least one way that obesity may promote the progression of pancreatic and breast cancers. The finding could eventually lead to preventive treatments for those cancers, and maybe other cancers as well, the researchers said. "The fact that this new mechanism underlies obesity's impact on two types of cancer suggests that it may be a common mechanism of tumo...
Risk of Preemie Birth May Rise for Depressed Parents-to-Be
Risk of Preemie Birth May Rise for Depressed Parents-to-Be FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's known that an expectant mother's mental and emotional health can affect her baby. New research, however, finds that depression in either the father or the mother may be linked to an increased likelihood of preterm birth. Screening for and treating mental health problems in both parents may help reduce the odds of a preterm delivery, according to study author Dr. Anders Hjern and his colleagues. "Dep...
Results of Many Clinical Trials Take Years to Publish
Results of Many Clinical Trials Take Years to Publish THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical researchers conducting the majority of clinical trials in the United States fail to report their results in a timely manner, new research reveals. Less than one-third of clinical studies performed at major academic medical institutions are published within two years of completion -- a lapse that deprives the scientific community of time-sensitive, valuable information, investigators said. "The reaso...
Race May Affect Risk for Dementia
Race May Affect Risk for Dementia MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Dementia rates can vary significantly among Americans of different racial and ethnic groups, even if they're in the same region of the country, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on more than 274,000 people from six racial and ethnic groups in Northern California who were members of Kaiser Permanente, a large private health care system. Using records of patient visits, the researchers found that the average annual rate...
Reliable Weight-Loss Programs May Be Hard to Find: Study
Reliable Weight-Loss Programs May Be Hard to Find: Study FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- For people who need to lose a lot of weight, it might be tough to find a program in their community that meets nationally recommended guidelines for shedding pounds, researchers suggest. In a new study, almost 200 weight-loss programs were evaluated on whether they included five key standards: high-intensity intervention of at least 14 sessions in six months; an evidence-based diet; physical activity guide...
Researchers Probe Colombia's Claim of No Birth Defects Linked to Zika
Researchers Probe Colombia's Claim of No Birth Defects Linked to Zika FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- At first glance, it seems like a small ray of hope in the ongoing Zika epidemic hitting Latin America. Colombia's president said the other day that there were no signs of brain birth defects involving nearly 3,200 pregnant women in that country who were infected with the mosquito-borne virus. This, of course, would be good news, given that unborn babies are assumed to bear the primary risk fro...
Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study
Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study WEDNESDAY, Feb. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The rise in marijuana use among American adults is not as large as previously suggested, a new study says. About 12.5 percent of adults said they used marijuana at least once in 2013, researchers found, but adults' use of the drug did not double from 2002 to 2013, as another study reported last fall. That earlier study also said marijuana-related problems such as addiction also doubled during t...
Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows: Study
Racial Disparity in Kidney Transplant Outcomes Narrows: Study THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Racial disparities in kidney transplant outcomes are shrinking, new research indicates. Previous studies had shown that black patients who received kidney transplants had worse outcomes compared with white patients. But a new analysis of roughly 200,000 kidney transplants revealed that the success of surgeries involving black people improved between 1990 and 2012, with fewer organ rejections and deat...
Researchers ID Areas of Western U.S. With Risk of Plague
Researchers ID Areas of Western U.S. With Risk of Plague THURSDAY, Dec. 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Parts of central Colorado, north-central New Mexico and southwestern and northeastern California have the highest risk for human exposure to plague, new research suggests. The scientists said their findings, which are based on cases of plague reported in both wild and domestic animals between 2000 and 2015, could help public health officials better monitor the infection, which can be deadly in humans. In...
Researchers: Retract Study That Claimed Nitroglycerin Might Boost Bone Density
Researchers: Retract Study That Claimed Nitroglycerin Might Boost Bone Density TUESDAY, Dec. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some authors of a published study that claimed the heart medicine nitroglycerin might boost bone density in older women have asked that the study be retracted, saying the lead researcher falsified data in the report. The research was first published in February 2011 in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The request for a retraction appeared online Dec. 28 on the journa...
Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims
Reducing Salt Intake Might Harm Heart Failure Patients, Study Claims MONDAY, Dec. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For decades, doctors have urged heart failure patients to slash their salt intake as a way to preserve their health. But a new study suggests -- but doesn't prove -- that that advice may be harmful, potentially increasing a heart failure patient's risk of death or hospitalization. Patients with moderate heart failure who stuck to a low-sodium diet were 85 percent more likely to die or require h...
Reduced Blood Flow to Back of Brain Raises Recurrent Stroke Risk: Study
Reduced Blood Flow to Back of Brain Raises Recurrent Stroke Risk: Study MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who have a stroke in the back of the brain and continue to have reduced blood flow to this area have a higher risk of having another stroke within two years, a new study reveals. But researchers say people with low blood flow to the back of the brain can be identified with a new MRI-based technology. And, identifying areas with low blood flow is crucial, the study authors explained. "...
Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket
Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology . Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and ...
Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever
Rectal Thermometer Remains Gold Standard for Spotting Fever MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's no one's favorite method, a rectal thermometer is the best way to determine someone's body temperature, experts say. Accurate body temperature readings are important because they are used to make diagnoses, check for infectious diseases, evaluate whether or not a treatment is working, and guide patient management, the study authors explained. Rectal thermometers are considered the gold sta...
Reports Say Charlie Sheen HIV-Positive
Reports Say Charlie Sheen HIV-Positive MONDAY, Nov. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Actor Charlie Sheen is reportedly HIV-positive and will discuss the diagnosis Tuesday morning on NBC's Today show, according to multiple published reports. People magazine reported Monday afternoon that individuals close to Sheen approached Hollywood publicist and crisis manager Howard Bragman six months ago on ways to deal with the matter, but Bragman said he never dealt directly with Sheen. "The interview could open up a ...
Race Gap in Life Expectancy Is Narrowing: U.S. Study
Race Gap in Life Expectancy Is Narrowing: U.S. Study FRIDAY, Nov. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Black Americans are catching up to whites in life expectancy -- largely due to declining rates of death from heart disease, cancer and HIV, a new federal government study finds. Researchers said the study can only show what the trend is, and not the reasons for it. But it's likely that better access to medical treatments has played a role, they added. Americans' life expectancy at birth has risen steadily over ...
Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids
Rule Changes Might Lead to More Lung Transplants for Kids THURSDAY, Nov. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Twice as many young people in the United States could get lung transplants if donor lungs were available from a wider geographic area, a new study contends. "Children are dying while waiting for an organ. Geography should be one less barrier to pediatric patients receiving a potentially lifesaving transplant," said senior study author Dr. Maryam Valapour. She is a senior lung investigator at the Clevelan...
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Rheumatoid arthritis may raise the risk of early death by as much as 40 percent, with heart and respiratory problems the most common contributors to a shortened life span, a new study suggests. And among those who died of respiratory causes, one of the main causes of death was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the researchers reported. The findings provide new evidence to support previous research sug...
Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds
Relax, Parents, Your Teen's Moodiness Should Subside, Study Finds THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For parents dealing with moody teens, a new study offers welcome news: Adolescents do grow out of those emotional swings. That's what Dutch researchers report after following nearly 500 teens for five years, starting at age 13. "Mood swings are greatest in early adolescence," said Dominique Maciejewski, a doctoral student at VU University Amsterdam, who led the study. "Most teens get less moody ...
Response in Sierra Leone to Ebola Outbreak Saved 40,000 Lives: Study
Response in Sierra Leone to Ebola Outbreak Saved 40,000 Lives: Study MONDAY, Oct. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The world response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa saved tens of thousands of lives in Sierra Leone, though a quicker response likely would've been even more effective, a new study reports. The opening of new Ebola centers helped isolate sick people and prevented an estimated 57,000 new Ebola cases and 40,000 deaths in Sierra Leone, the new research says. But, the researchers also estimate...
Research May Help Spot Soldiers at Risk for Workplace Violence
Research May Help Spot Soldiers at Risk for Workplace Violence THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- With a newly developed computer model, researchers were able to successfully predict which 5 percent of U.S. Army soldiers committed more than one-third of all major Army workplace violent crimes over a six-year period. The researchers said that the model could help identify service members who need intensive interventions. Such interventions, they suggested, might help prevent this type of violence...
Risk of Bladder Cancer Rising for Workers in Many Industries
Risk of Bladder Cancer Rising for Workers in Many Industries THURSDAY, Oct. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Despite efforts by lawmakers and manufacturers to protect workers and provide safe working environments, the risk of bladder cancer is still rising in certain industries, a new study finds. Most cases of this common form of cancer develop following exposure to carcinogens that are inhaled, ingested or come into contact with the skin, the researchers explained. Bladder cancer is also often tied to smok...
Rehab May Not Help After Broken Ankle: Study
Rehab May Not Help After Broken Ankle: Study TUESDAY, Oct. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- After a broken ankle, many patients embark on an exercise-based rehabilitation program to help speed healing and regain mobility. But a new study out of Australia casts some doubt on whether these programs help. The findings suggest that routine care for patients should not include "a supervised exercise program," such as those typically provided in a physical therapy program," wrote a team led by Anne Moseley, of the...
Routine Screening for Child Abuse Might Spot More Cases: Study
Routine Screening for Child Abuse Might Spot More Cases: Study MONDAY, Oct. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The early signs of child abuse among infants and toddlers -- head trauma, cracked ribs or abdominal injuries -- are often missed, and that may be due in part to a lack of standardized screening, researchers report. "We probably need to increase testing for abusive injuries, but these data are less about an increase or decrease and more about consistency," said study author Dr. Daniel Lindberg, from th...
Red Blood Cell Count
Red Blood Cell Count Does this test have other names? RBC count, erythrocyte count What is this test? This test measures the number of red blood cells, or erythrocytes, in your blood. Red blood cells play a critical role in moving oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body and returning carbon dioxide to your lungs to be exhaled. A red blood cell count is typically done as part of a complete blood count (CBC), which is a screening test to check for a variety of medical conditions. Why do I need thi...
Roundworm Infections in Children
Roundworm Infections in Children Ascariasis is the name of an infection caused by the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides . When a worm lives inside the human body, the condition is called a parasitic infection. Roundworms can live inside the small intestine for up to two years. The worms are about as thick as a pencil and can grow to be about 13 inches long. They reproduce very quickly. Female roundworms may lay more than 200,000 eggs every day; these eggs leave the body through bowel movements. Ascariasis ...
Recognizing Internal Injuries in Young Athletes
Recognizing Internal Injuries in Young Athletes Millions of children and teens in the U.S. participate in organized and recreational sports. These activities have important physical and social benefits, but they are not without risk. According to the CDC, nearly 2.7 million young people are treated in the emergency room every year for sports-related injuries. If you are the parent of a young athlete, you are probably familiar with the most common types of injuries—scrapes, bumps, sprains, and strains. L...
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy
Right Heart Catheterization with Heart Tissue Biopsy (Heart Biopsy, Right Heart Cath with Biopsy) Procedure overview What is a right heart catheterization with heart tissue biopsy? Click Image to Enlarge Right heart catheterization (often abbreviated as right heart cath) with heart tissue biopsy is a procedure in which tissue samples are taken directly from the heart muscle. This procedure may be done to see if the heart tissue is normal. In a right heart cath, the doctor guides a special catheter (a sm...
Right Heart Catheterization
Right Heart Catheterization (Right Heart Cath; Pulmonary Artery Catheterization; Catheterization, Right Heart; Swan-Ganz "Swan" Catheterization) Procedure overview What is a right heart catheterization? Click Image to Enlarge A right heart catheterization is performed to determine how well the heart is pumping and to measure the pressures in the heart and lungs. In a right heart cath, the doctor guides a special catheter (a small, hollow tube) called a pulmonary artery (PA) catheter to the right side of...
Robotic Cardiac Surgery
Robotic Cardiac Surgery (Robotic-assisted Cardiac Surgery, Robotic Heart Surgery, da Vinci Surgery) Procedure overview Robotic cardiac surgery is a form of heart surgery performed through very small incisions in the chest. With the use of tiny instruments and robotic devices, surgeons are able to perform several types of heart surgery in a way that is much less invasive than other types of heart surgery. The procedure is sometimes called da Vinci surgery because that is the name of the manufacturer of t...
Rectal Prolapse Your rectum is the lower part of your colon, where stool forms. If the rectum drops out of its normal place within the body and pushes out of the anal opening, the condition is called rectal prolapse. Rectal prolapse is usually caused by a weakening of the muscles that support the rectum. In the early stages, a prolapse may happen only after a bowel movement. The protruding rectum may then slip back through the anal canal on its own. Over time, however, the prolapse may become more sever...
Rotavirus Vaccine Oral suspension
Rotavirus Vaccine Oral suspension What is this medicine? ROTAVIRUS VACCINE ORAL SOLUTION (ROH tuh vahy ruhs VAK seen) is used to help prevent a virus infection that can cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is given by mouth. It is given by a health care professional. A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently. Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use o...
Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting
Radionuclide Angiogram, Resting (Resting RNA, MUGA, Gated Blood Pool Scan [Resting], Gated Cardiac Scan, Resting Gated Blood Pool Scan, Cardiac Blood Pool Imaging) Procedure overview What is a resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA)? Resting radionuclide angiogram (RNA) is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue un...
Renal Angiogram (Angiogram-Kidneys, Renal Angiography, Renal Arteriogram, Renal Arteriography) Procedure overview What is a renal 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 renal angiogram is an angiogram of the blood vessels of the kidneys. A renal angiogram may be used to assess the blood f...
Retrograde Pyelogram (Retrograde Ureteropyelogram, Retrograde Pyelography, Retrograde Ureteropyelography) Procedure overview What is a retrograde pyelogram? A retrograde pyelogram is a type of X-ray that allows visualization of the bladder, ureters, and renal pelvis. Generally, this test is performed during a procedure called cystoscopy — evaluation of the bladder with an endoscope (a long, flexible lighted tube). During a cystoscopy, contrast dye, which helps enhance the X-ray images, can be introduced...
Retrograde Cystography (Cystography - Retrograde) Procedure overview What is retrograde cystography? Retrograde cystography is a diagnostic procedure that uses X-rays to examine the urinary bladder. X-rays are made of the bladder after it has been filled with a contrast dye. Contrast refers to a substance taken into the body that causes the particular organ or tissue under study to be seen more clearly. This examination allows the doctor to assess the bladder's structure and integrity. During retrograde...
Rotator Cuff Repair
Rotator Cuff Repair (Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Surgery) Procedure Overview What is rotator cuff repair? The rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold the shoulder in place. It is 1 of the most important parts of the shoulder. The rotator cuff allows a person to lift his and her arm and reach up. It stabilizes the ball-and-socket joint of the shoulder and allows for normal shoulder mechanics. An injury to the rotator cuff, such as a tear, may happen suddenly when falling on an outstretc...
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Where will my child recover from surgery? Once surgery has been completed, your child will be brought to the recovery room, also called the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). In the recovery room, registered nurses, anesthesiologists, and other health care professionals will closely monitor your child as he or she "awakens" from anesthesia. The length of time spent in recovery depends on the type of surgery done, your child's response to surgery and anesthesia, and...
Retinoblastoma What is retinoblastoma? Retinoblastoma is a rare cancer of the retina (the innermost layer of the eye, located at the back of the eye, that receives light and images necessary for vision). About 300 children will be diagnosed with retinoblastoma this year. It accounts for 3 percent of childhood cancers. Nearly all children with retinoblastoma can be cured of the disease if it has been diagnosed early enough, and 90 percent will have normal vision in at least one eye after treatment. Click...
Reye Syndrome What is Reye syndrome? Reye syndrome is a rare condition that affects the normal chemical balance in the body, resulting in potential damage to all organs, but primarily affecting the brain and liver. This condition is most common in children and adolescents following a viral infection. Reye syndrome usually affects children between the ages of 4 and 12, although it can occur at any age. As the inflammation in the brain increases, the pressure inside of the head may also increase. The incr...
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