Category : Conditions and Diseases

Visions of Sores, Part 2

The next morning we were invited to the camp church service. It was come-as-you-are style so we went damp and wet. Friendly people with umbrellas greeted us as we ducked under the pavilion for cover. A simple chorus was sung before the minister shared a brief word. Loud shouts broke out in thanksgiving for the recent rain. They had been praying for rain since they were in a drought! We promptly packed up the camper and headed north in search of the sun. read more

Visions of Sores, Part 1

As thoughts of summer vacation enter the minds of some, one writer shares a nightmare of a vacation tale about s’mores, a camper and a lot of rain. read more

Cancer Screening Research. Part 3

The combined technology has many applications, Zimmer says. For instance, it can help locate and photograph very small, but profound tumors and malformations.

“Sooner or later these have to be removed and they can be very tiny — a millimeter or less,” said Zimmer, who adds that the scan can help surgeons better pinpoint a target.

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Cancer Screening Research. Part 2

Computerizing Cancer Detection
Computer-aided diagnosis, or CAD, also is catching the eyes of many researchers. While not approved as a first analysis, computer software now exists to help radiologists spot early-stage cancers that might otherwise have been missed, according to a study presented in June 1999 at the “Era of Hope” meeting on breast cancer research in Atlanta.

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Cancer Screening Research. Part 1

The Ultimate Treatment Is Catching It Early, Researchers Say

Just 20 years ago, leukemia, Hodgkin’s Disease and testicular cancer were devastating, often deadly diagnoses.

The advent of sophisticated cancer therapies and the promise of high-tech treatments such as stereotactic radiosurgery are extending lives and transforming once nearly untreatable cancers from death sentences into winnable wars.

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Treating A Heart Attack

If the electrocardiogram (EKG) shows that you are having a heart attack, a variety of medications can be used to assist the heart. Listed below is a brief description of some of the more common medications used to treat a person who is experiencing a heart attack.

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Pelvic Separation

Q.I gave birth to my fifth child two years ago. He was a very large baby — 10 pounds, 23 inches, with a head circumference of 15 inches. A few weeks after he was born I was still having severe pain in my pelvic bones and hips. My doctor said it was from the bones separating in order for the baby to pass, and only time would tell if they went back. Those bones feel no better now then they did then. Is something broken? Am I going to feel this way forever? read more

A Screening Test for Alzheimer’s Disease

A study published in the August 17 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine gives some hope that a test to determine who is at higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease may be on the horizon.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia (loss of mental, or cognitive, capacity) in the later years of life, affecting 8 percent of those over age 65. Approximately 4 million Americans suffer from the disease, and this figure will rise dramatically as the population ages, since the rate of Alzheimer’s rises with age. read more

Hepatitis D Virus 1

Hepatitis D Virus (HDV) or delta virus is a unique incomplete virus that requires hepatitis B virus (HBV) for its replication. The RNA genome is covered by an outer coat of hepatitis B surface antigen. HDV infection occurs worldwide but is endemic in certain regions including the Mediterranean basin, the Balkan peninsula, the former Soviet Union, parts of Africa and the Middle East and the Amazon basin of South America. In these regions, spread is typically intrafamilial and through sexual contact.

In non-endemic regions, such as North America, HDV infection is uncommon in the general population but does occur in intravenous drug users and persons with frequent exposure to blood products (e.g. hemophiliacs) as well as their sexual contacts.

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Life with Diabetes

Herb Alert!

Those taking any diabetes medications, oral pills or insulin, should check with their doctors if they use the herbs glucosomine or gymnema sylvestre. Mixing these two herbs with diabetes meds could alter the dosage requirements resulting in a loss of blood sugar control.
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