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Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study
Impotence Drugs Don't Fix All Sexual Concerns: Study THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Popping a little blue pill doesn't guarantee that an older man will be happy with his sex life, British researchers report. Men who take drugs like Viagra and Cialis continue to express more concern and dissatisfaction with their overall sex life, compared with men who don't suffer from erectile dysfunction, according to results of a survey conducted by researchers at the University of Manchester. These men...
Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Outbreak
Ice Cream Maker Pulls All Products After Listeria Outbreak TUESDAY, April 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Blue Bell Creameries said Monday that it will pull all of its frozen dessert products off the market because they might be contaminated with a bacteria that can cause stomach illness. So far, tainted ice cream made by Blue Bell has been linked to 10 illnesses, including three deaths in Kansas, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday. New tests have revealed that half-gallon...
Inhaled Measles Vaccine Falls Short of Injected Version in Study
Inhaled Measles Vaccine Falls Short of Injected Version in Study WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A comparison of injected and inhaled measles vaccines in Indian infants found the injected version provoked a much stronger immune system response, researchers report. International scientists split a group of 2,000 babies between the ages of 9 and 12 months into two equal groups, giving them a single dose of either injected or inhaled measles vaccine. While none of the children contracted meas...
Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism?
Is Gestational Diabetes Linked to Autism? TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnancy-related diabetes may increase the risk a child will develop autism, new research suggests. The blood sugar disorder, known as gestational diabetes, was linked to a moderately increased risk for an autism spectrum disorder in a study of more than 320,000 U.S. children, said study researcher Anny Xiang, director of statistical research at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. However, it was an "observational ...
Ingredient in MS, Psoriasis Drugs Linked to Two Deadly Brain Infections
Ingredient in MS, Psoriasis Drugs Linked to Two Deadly Brain Infections WEDNESDAY, April 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- An active ingredient in some psoriasis and multiple sclerosis medications has been linked to two cases of a rare and sometimes lethal brain infection. The ingredient, dimethyl fumarate, appears to have contributed to the deaths of two European women. The women contracted progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, or PML, according to two letters published in the April 9 issue of the New ...
In Rare Cases, Kids Can Get Food Allergies From Donated Blood
In Rare Cases, Kids Can Get Food Allergies From Donated Blood TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The case of an 8-year-old Canadian boy suggests that it's possible, but still rare, for children to get food allergies from blood transfusions. The boy developed an allergy to fish and peanuts after receiving a transfusion from a donor with severe allergies to these foods, reports a team led by Dr. Julia Upton, of The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He was treated promptly for the allergic rea...
In-Patient Rehab Not Always Needed After New Knee
In-Patient Rehab Not Always Needed After New Knee THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients who choose at-home physical therapy instead of in-patient rehabilitation after knee replacement surgery do just as well when it comes to complications, long-term pain management and movement recovery, new research indicates. "Based on these findings, we are encouraging more patients to consider going home so they can receive their aftercare in a home environment instead of at an in-patient rehab facil...
In Nursing, Men Still Paid More Than Women: Study
In Nursing, Men Still Paid More Than Women: Study TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Male nurses in the United States make more than females, and the pay gap has not narrowed in 25 years, a new study finds. The average difference is more than $5,000 a year across most settings and positions, the researchers found. "The roles of RNs [registered nurses] are expanding with implementation of the Affordable Care Act and emphasis on team-based care delivery," Ulrike Muench, of the University of Calif...
IVF Kids May Have Higher Odds of Autism, Study Finds
IVF Kids May Have Higher Odds of Autism, Study Finds THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Children conceived through assisted reproductive technology, such as in vitro fertilization, are twice as likely to have autism as those conceived without assistance, a new study finds. But researchers only found an association, which may be explained by multiple births and other risks, not the infertility treatment itself, experts said. The study included nearly 6 million children born from 1997 to 2007. A...
In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S.
In Vitro Births Continue to Rise in U.S. TUESDAY, March 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- More babies in the United States are being conceived by in vitro fertilization, a new report shows. Nearly 2,000 more infants were born with the help of this assisted reproductive technology in 2013, compared with 2012, the researchers reported. Almost 175,000 in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles led to the birth of slightly more than 63,000 babies, compared with just over 165,000 IVF cycles that led to the birth of sligh...
Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Immune System Changes Tied to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be linked to specific changes in a person's immune system, particularly increased amounts of chemical messengers that regulate immune responses, researchers report. The study adds to growing evidence that chronic fatigue syndrome is caused by a malfunctioning immune system, said lead author Dr. Mady Hornig. She is director of Translational Research at the Jerome L. and Daw...
In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier
In Northeast, Weather Changes May Mean More Ticks, Earlier FRIDAY, Feb. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ticks in the northeastern United States are showing up earlier in the spring and expanding their range because of warmer temperatures over the past two decades, experts say. Although the Northeast is currently contending with record-breaking cold, the trend over the past 19 years has been toward warmer temperatures, the researchers explained. And this is enabling black-legged ticks that carry Lyme diseas...
Iron Supplements May Help Blood Donors Recover More Quickly
Iron Supplements May Help Blood Donors Recover More Quickly TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Low-dose iron supplements speed blood donors' recovery of iron and hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells, new research shows. "This study highlights the importance of maintaining iron levels after blood donation, and shows that supplemental iron effectively restores hemoglobin, even in donors with higher iron levels," according to principal investigator Dr. Joseph Kiss...
Is Measles' Return the 'New Normal'?
Is Measles' Return the 'New Normal'? TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Is measles really back? That's the question vexing everyone from pediatricians to policymakers to parents as the outbreak of the dangerous childhood disease that was declared eliminated from the United States 15 years ago continues to spread. There are now 121 cases in 17 states and the District of Columbia, federal health officials reported Monday. At this rate, total infections for 2015 would produce numbers not seen in mo...
IUDs, Contraceptive Implants Work Longer Than Thought, Researchers Report
IUDs, Contraceptive Implants Work Longer Than Thought, Researchers Report THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether these long-acting forms of birth control may be effective up to three years after their approved length of use. Hormonal IUDs are currently approved for five years and c...
Imaging Tests May Help Stem Amputations for Circulatory Disorder
Imaging Tests May Help Stem Amputations for Circulatory Disorder WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) who face amputation of a foot or leg can have their limb saved by minimally invasive surgery to improve blood flow, a new study suggests. Among the patients tested and treated in a limb salvage program, amputation rates dropped nearly 80 percent, according to Dr. Julio Sanguily, a vascular surgeon with Martin Health System in Stuart, Fla., who led t...
Income Inequality Affects Kids' Health, Research Shows
Income Inequality Affects Kids' Health, Research Shows WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There is a growing disparity in the physical and mental health of rich and poor children and teens in the United States and other wealthy countries, a new study reveals. Researchers examined data gathered from nearly half a million youngsters, aged 11 to 15, in 34 countries in North America and Europe between 2002 and 2010. The analysis showed that poorer kids living in countries with greater income inequa...
Implanted Device May Improve Hard-to-Treat Chest Pain
Implanted Device May Improve Hard-to-Treat Chest Pain WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A stent-like device placed in a heart vein may bring relief to some people with otherwise untreatable cases of angina, a small clinical trial finds. The study, published in the Feb. 5 New England Journal of Medicine, included 104 patients with severe angina that had eluded conventional therapies -- in what doctors call "refractory" angina. Angina refers to chronic chest pain, fatigue and breathing problems ...
Internal Tissue Adhesive Approved
Internal Tissue Adhesive Approved WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first tissue adhesive for internal use. Known as TissuGlu, surgeons can use the urethane-based adhesive to connect tissue flaps created during surgery to remove extra fat or skin, or to restore weak or separated abdominal muscles (abdominoplasty). The new adhesive may reduce or eliminate the need for surgical drains to remove fluid between such flaps, the agency said in a ...
Ibrance Approved to Treat Advanced Breast Cancer
Ibrance Approved to Treat Advanced Breast Cancer WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Ibrance (palbociclib) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat advanced breast cancer among postmenopausal women. Breast cancer among women is the second most common form of cancer in the United States, the FDA said in a news release. Almost 233,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, and 40,000 died from it, the agency said, citing the U.S. National C...
Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery
Infection Most Likely Cause of Hospital Readmission After Surgery TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Infections are the most likely reason people end up back in the hospital after surgery, a new study finds. Of nearly 500,000 operations studied, 6 percent of the patients were readmitted for surgical complications within a month after their surgery, researchers found. The number one complication leading to readmission was surgical wound infection, said lead researcher Dr. Karl Bilimoria, an assist...
It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking
It Pays for Moms-to-Be to Stop Smoking WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Financial incentives help pregnant women quit smoking, a new study shows. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death among mothers and babies in developed countries, the researchers say. "This study provides substantial evidence of a very promising and potentially cost-effective new intervention to add to present health service support," the researchers wrote. The study included 612 pregnant smokers in...
Immune System May Play Role in Obesity
Immune System May Play Role in Obesity MONDAY, Dec. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Certain immune system cells may play an important role in weight control, an early study suggests. Scientists had known that the immune cells may help ward off obesity in mice. The new findings are the first to suggest the same is true in humans, researchers report in the Dec. 22 online edition of Nature . The investigators found that the cells, known as ILC2s, were less common in belly fat from obese adults, versus thinner...
Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study
Indoor Tanning Tied to Burns, Fainting, Eye Injuries: Study MONDAY, Dec. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Studies have shown that tanning beds are tied to a higher long-term risk for skin cancer, but new research finds that about 3,200 Americans wind up in ERs every year with serious burns or from passing out after an indoor tanning session. People suffer first- and second-degree burns from tanning too long, said lead researcher Gery Guy Jr., from the division of cancer prevention and control at the U.S. Ce...
Insecticide Sprays Don't Offer Extra Protection Against Malaria: Study
Insecticide Sprays Don't Offer Extra Protection Against Malaria: Study TUESDAY, Dec. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using insecticide sprays along with bed nets does not provide children with more protection against malaria than nets alone, a new study finds. The study included about 8,000 children, aged 6 months to 14 years, in the West African nation of Gambia, who used either insecticidal bed nets alone or the bed nets in combination with having their homes sprayed with the insecticide DDT. The insectic...
Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious?
Is HIV Becoming Less Contagious? MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research in Africa suggests that the AIDS virus is getting smarter about evading the immune system while evolving into a less contagious and less lethal infection overall. In the country of Botswana, at least, "anyone who is newly infected now with HIV is less likely to suffer disease than if they had been infected 20 or 30 years ago," said study co-author Philip Goulder, a research immunologist with the University of Oxford i...
Infants Remember a Good Time, Study Finds
Infants Remember a Good Time, Study Finds MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to remembering things, infants appear to focus on the good times, recent research suggests. The new study included 5-month-old babies who watched a person on a computer screen talking to them in either a happy, neutral or angry voice, followed immediately by a geometric shape. In follow-up tests -- one conducted just five minutes later and the other, a day later -- the babies were shown pairs of geometric sh...
Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study
Infants With Eczema May Be More Prone to Peanut Allergy: Study TUESDAY, Nov. 25, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to peanut protein in household dust may increase the risk of peanut allergy in infants with the skin condition eczema, a new study reveals. About 2 percent of school-aged children in the United States are allergic to peanuts. And severe eczema in infants has been linked to food allergies, particularly peanut allergy, the researchers noted. The new study included 359 infants aged 3 months to...
Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets
Ick! Tapeworm Infecting Man's Brain Yields Genetic Secrets FRIDAY, Nov. 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they've mapped the genome -- the genetic "blueprint" -- of a tapeworm extracted from a British man's brain, in hopes it might help others with this very rare infection. As reported Nov. 21 in the journal Genome Biology , the tapeworm was removed from the brain of a 50-year-old British man of Chinese ethnicity. "This infection is so rare worldwide and completely unexpected in this country t...
Improper Contact Lens Use Causes Millions of Eye Infections: CDC
Improper Contact Lens Use Causes Millions of Eye Infections: CDC THURSDAY, Nov. 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans misuse contact lenses -- wearing them too long, not cleaning them properly -- and that causes almost a million cases of eye infection in the United States annually, a new report finds. These infections are clinically known as keratitis, an infection of the cornea, the clear dome that covers the colored part of the eye. Keratitis can cause pain and inflammation and, in severe...
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Protects Monkeys
Inhaled Ebola Vaccine Protects Monkeys MONDAY, Nov. 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The quest for an effective vaccine against Ebola has moved a step closer to reality, with a new study finding an inhaled version worked well in monkeys. Researchers say the experimental vaccine provided long-term protection. "There is a desperate need for a vaccine that not only prevents the continued transmission from person to person, but also aids in controlling future incidences," study co-author Kristina Jonsson-Schmunk...
Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's?
Is Tau the 'How' Behind Alzheimer's? FRIDAY, Oct. 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Malfunction of a key brain protein called tau is the likely culprit behind Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study in mice concludes. Neurons -- highly specialized nerve cells in the brain -- appear to die when tau malfunctions and fails to clear the cells of unwanted and toxic proteins, explained Charbel Moussa, head of the Laboratory for Dementia and Parkinsonism at Georgetown University School of Medic...
Is Milk Your Friend or Foe?
Is Milk Your Friend or Foe? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking lots of milk could be bad for your health, a new study reports. Previous research has shown that the calcium in milk can help strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis. These benefits to bone health have led U.S. health officials to recommend milk as part of a healthy diet. But this new study found that drinking large amounts of milk did not protect men or women from bone fractures, and was linked to an overall higher risk...
Is Violent Crime in Some People's Genes?
Is Violent Crime in Some People's Genes? TUESDAY, Oct. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a cutting-edge look at the biology of crime, a team of Swedish investigators has identified two specific genetic mutations that appear to be linked to a higher risk for extremely violent behavior. "Our study suggests that up to 10 percent of violent crimes might be explained by the aforementioned two genes," said study lead author Dr. Jari Tiihonen, a professor in the department of clinical neuroscience with the Karol...
If You Do Gain Weight, Polyunsaturated Fats May Prevent Some Damage
If You Do Gain Weight, Polyunsaturated Fats May Prevent Some Damage THURSDAY, Oct. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Muffins -- and other fatty foods -- can definitely put on the pounds, but those made with polyunsaturated oil may be safer for your heart than if they're made with saturated fats like butter, a small study suggests. That's because olive oil, sunflower oil and other polyunsaturated fats won't increase cholesterol like butter or palm oil, the researchers found. Thirty-nine healthy young adults i...
Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer
Immune Therapy Induces Remission for Many With a Tough-to-Treat Blood Cancer WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An experimental immune-system therapy can often lead to complete remission in leukemia patients who have run out of other options, a new study confirms. Researchers found that 27 of 30 children and adults with advanced acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) went into full remission after receiving genetically tweaked versions of their own immune system cells. "Ninety percent of patients ...
Is 'Slow and Steady' Weight Loss Really the Best Approach?
Is 'Slow and Steady' Weight Loss Really the Best Approach? WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- An Australian study throws doubt on the notion that a more gradual approach to weight loss is always the most effective route to take. The study also found that whether you opt for a "crash" diet or something a bit slower, the rate at which you shed excess pounds has no bearing on whether or not those pounds will come back. The findings are published Oct. 15 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology ...
Impotence Drug Might Counter Common Gene Mutation in Type 2 Diabetes: Study
Impotence Drug Might Counter Common Gene Mutation in Type 2 Diabetes: Study THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In a small study, Swedish researchers found that the impotence drug yohimbine might help people with type 2 diabetes who have a particular gene mutation that lowers their insulin production. Among 50 men and women with type 2 diabetes partially caused by a mutation in a gene called alpha(2A)-AR, those treated with yohimbine showed improved insulin production and lower blood sugar levels...
Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study
Infection Rates in Nursing Homes on the Rise: Study WEDNESDAY, Oct. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Infection rates within U.S. nursing homes are on the rise, and that trend will continue until better hygiene practices are put in place, a new study suggests. "Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home residents and, with the exception of tuberculosis, we found a significant increase in infection rates across the board," study author Carolyn Herzig, of the Columbia University...
It's Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height
It's Confirmed: You Have Parents to Thank (or Blame) for Your Height MONDAY, Oct. 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New research confirms that you have your parents to thank for how tall or short you are. The finding doubles the number of gene regions that influence height. That means there are now 424 gene regions, with 697 common genetic variants, that play a role in stature. That's the largest number to date linked with any one trait or disease, the researchers said. The effort to find more genes linked to...
Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds
Infant's Early Diet Doesn't Change Celiac Disease Risk, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A newborn's risk of developing celiac disease isn't reduced by breast-feeding. Nor will delaying the introduction of a protein found in wheat called gluten to an infant's diet help prevent celiac disease. Those are the conclusions from a pair of new studies in the Oct. 2 New England Journal of Medicine . The new findings put to rest hopes that a child could avoid celiac disease if mothers brea...
Insulin Solution for injection
Insulin Solution for injection What is this medicine? REGULAR INSULIN (REG yuh ler IN su lin) is a human-made form of insulin. This medicine lowers the amount of sugar in your blood. It is a short-acting insulin that starts working about 30 minutes after it is injected. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection under the skin. Use exactly as directed. It is important to follow the directions given to you by your doctor or health care professional. Your doctor or health care professi...
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion
Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Insertion Procedure overview What is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion? An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion of an electronic device just below the collarbone is used to help regulate potentially fast and life-threatening electrical problems with the heart. An ICD monitors the heart's electrical activity using wires with electrodes on the end that are placed in specific areas of the heart. The ICD responds to irreg...
Intraoperative Care for Children
Intraoperative Care for Children Intraoperative care lasts from the time your child enters the operating room to when the surgery is complete and your child goes to the recovery room. During most of this time, your child will be asleep. Becoming knowledgeable about the anesthesia process, what the operating room looks like, and who will be present with your child in the operating room, can alleviate some of your fears. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding intraoperative...
Influenza (Flu) in Children
Influenza (Flu) in Children What is influenza? Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection and is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is a viral infection of the upper respiratory system, which includes the nose, bronchial tubes, and lungs. Influenza has these common symptoms: Fever Muscle aches Sore throat Nonproductive cough Influenza can make people of any age ill. Although most people, including children, are ill with influenza for less than a week, some have ...
Identification, Treatment, and Prevention of Birth Defects
Identification, Treatment, and Prevention of Birth Defects Identifying, treating, and preventing birth defects has been and continues to be a primary goal of genetic research. The Human Genome Project Vitamin, Gene, and Enzyme Replacement Therapy Before Your Next Pregnancy When to Seek Genetic Counseling
Infectious Mononucleosis in Teens and Young Adults
Infectious Mononucleosis in Teens and Young Adults What is infectious mononucleosis? Infectious mononucleosis is a contagious disease. It is common in teenagers and young adults. It is also called mononucleosis, "mono," glandular fever, or the "kissing disease." What causes infectious mononucleosis? Infectious mononucleosis is typically caused by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). The cytomegalovirus (CMV) also causes a similar illness. Both viruses are members of the herpes simplex virus family. Consider th...
Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction Click Image to Enlarge What is erectile dysfunction (ED)? Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is the inability to achieve an erection, and/or dissatisfaction with the size, rigidity, and/or duration of erections. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), erectile dysfunction affects up to 30 million men. Although in the past it was commonly believed to be due to psychological problems, it is now known that for most men erectile dysfunction is caused by physical...
Intraoperative Care During your procedure, special care is taken by all members of the surgical team to ensure that no complications arise. Below are some of the considerations that need to be made immediately prior to or during your procedure. The Day of Surgery / Getting Ready For Surgery / The Operating Room Methods of Surgery Other Techniques of Surgery Common Surgical Procedures Outpatient Surgery
Inhalers and Nebulizers
Inhalers and Nebulizers Several types of devices are used to deliver medication in a fine mist directly into the lungs. They are used to treat asthma and other lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). These devices cause fewer side effects than medication taken by mouth or injection. Types of Inhalers The type of device you are given will depend on your: Age Ability Medical history Personal choice Severity and frequency of your symptoms The most common types of inhalers are: Meter...
Illustration of the Mouth
Illustration of the Mouth Click Image to Enlarge Illustration of a tooth Click to Enlarge
Immunizations Importance of immunizations Immunization is key to preventing disease among the general population. Vaccines benefit both the people who receive them and the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them because the infection can no longer spread through the community if most people are immunized. In addition, immunizations reduce the number of deaths and disability from infections, such as measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox. Although children receive the majority of the vaccinations, a...
The Immune System What is the immune system? The immune system works to keep germs out of the body and destroy any that get in. The immune system is made up of a complex network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. The Immune System - Click to Enlarge Lymph nodes are part of the immune system. They release lymphocytes, a certain type of white blood cell that fights infection. The blood vessels and lymph vessels carry the lymphocytes to and from different areas in the body. Each lymp...
Inguinal Hernia What is an inguinal hernia? A hernia occurs when a section of intestine protrudes through a weakness in the abdominal wall. A soft bulge is seen underneath the skin where the hernia has occurred. An inguinal hernia occurs in the groin area, when a section of intestine pushes through a weak spot in the inguinal canal--a triangle-shaped opening between layers of abdominal muscle near the groin. What causes an inguinal hernia? As a male fetus grows and matures during pregnancy, the testicle...
Insulin Safety Tips
Insulin Safety Tips If you need to inject insulin to manage your diabetes, take care of your insulin properly. Ask your pharmacist how to safely store and use your insulin medicines and remember these general tips from the American Diabetes Association: Store insulin safely. Keep your extra bottles in the refrigerator, away from very hot or very cold temperatures. Never store insulin in the freezer or in direct sunlight. In general, after you open a bottle, don’t keep it for more than 28 days. The cartr...
Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes
Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes If you have type 2 diabetes and your health care provider recently put you on insulin, you may feel disappointed that lifestyle changes and diabetes pills weren’t enough. Or, you may think that you should have tried harder to manage your diabetes. But you shouldn’t blame yourself. Many people with diabetes need to change their treatment plan at some point. There are advantages to this. For example, taking insulin can make it easier to manage your blood sugar and prevent compl...
Insulin Pump Use
Insulin Pump Use Can anyone with diabetes use an insulin pump? Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, but some people with type 2 diabetes also use them. Insulin pumps can be used instead of administering insulin by injection. These pager-sized pumps clip to your clothing or attach directly to your body. Through a tube attached to your skin, usually on the abdomen, thigh or buttock, the pump delivers a continuous (basal) dose of insulin 24 hours a day. Before a meal, you push ...
If You Are Having Radiation Therapy
If You Are Having Radiation Therapy Questions for the doctor: What is the goal of this treatment? How will the radiation be given? How many treatments will I get? Over what period of time? When will the treatment begin? When will it end? How will I feel during radiation therapy? What are the possible short-term and long-term side effects? What are some serious side effects I should report to the doctor? What are the chances treatment will be effective? How will we know if it's working? Will I need other...
Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study
Implantable Heart Devices Work, Regardless of Race: Study MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Implantable heart devices are as effective in reducing the risk of death in minority patients with heart failure as in white patients, a new study says. While these devices are recommended for all eligible patients, previous research has shown that black and Hispanic patients were not well-represented in past clinical trials and are less likely than whites to receive implantable cardioverter defibrillator...
In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections
In Neonatal ICU, Hand Washing Plus Gloves May Curb Infections MONDAY, Aug. 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Extremely premature babies are less likely to develop infections when medical staff wear gloves after washing their hands, compared with just hand washing, a new study finds. Researchers looked at infections and cases of so-called necrotizing enterocolitis -- tissue death in the intestines -- among 120 extremely preterm babies in a neonatal intensive care unit at one hospital. The infants were younger...
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