Bleeding in Gastrectomy Patient

September 26th, 2011

Q.I am 47 years old, and 20 years ago I had a subtotal gastrectomy. Until recently, I had been doing fine. Now, I have blood in my stool. They think it is because I take Excedrin for chronic headaches. They want to do a colonoscopy and endoscopy, but I’m very scared of these tests. During my last endoscopy, I woke up during the procedure. Do I really need the tests? Read the rest of this entry »

Definitions. Screening, Initial Assessment and Ongoing Assessment

December 24th, 2010

Where does screening of consumers end and assessment begin? This issue is frequently a topic of debate in the professional literature. Many argue that assessment actually starts the minute the consumer comes into contact with the service system. But as a practical matter, screening, initial assessment and ongoing assessment serve different as well as similar purposes, and also have different components. Read the rest of this entry »

Breathless: Causes and Treatments for Asthma

June 30th, 2010

Asthma is a distressing condition and can have potentially fatal consequences if the disease is not properly controlled and monitored.

Asthma is a respiratory condition where the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and swollen producing mucus while the muscles around them tighten — causing symptoms of coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.

People suffering from asthma already have sensitive airways. But often, a trigger will cause symptoms to recur. These triggers can be allergies to pollen or animal hair, exercise, sudden temperature changes, some foods and medications, cigarette smoke, dust and stress.
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Woman Overcomes 20 Years of Headache Pain

June 15th, 2010

Six years ago, Christine Watkins-Price got a migraine headache. And it never went away. She is one of about eight million Americans — nearly all women — with an extreme headache disorder known as transformed migraine. Find out how receiving the right treatment helped regain control of her life after 20 years of pain.
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A Woman’s Guide to Endometriosis

May 28th, 2010

Mary is an active working mother with one child and a husband she loves and feels an equal partner to in their marriage. But lately, she has had difficulty coping with her daily routine because of severe abdominal pain. When she rises in the morning, the cramping starts and doubles her over. At times it subsides to a dull ache, and she has described it to her doctor has “Having a bad case of PMS-all the time.” She would like to have another child, but is having trouble conceiving.

Mary has endometriosis.

If you are a woman with endometriosis, you may have one or more of the symptoms described above, or others, which include:
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Facts Regarding Male Erectile Dysfunction

May 19th, 2010

The terms ‘male impotence’ and ‘erectile dysfunction’ can have psychological effects. When a man refers to himself as being impotent, it may cause him to have a false image of himself, whereas if he uses the term erectile dysfunction, it indicates that the problem is specific to a certain part of the body.

If you suffer from this problem, you might not be able to experience full and powerful erections. People who have this condition may think that few others have the same problem, but in reality, millions of men suffer from this problem. Read the rest of this entry »

Birth Control: Understanding Contraceptives

April 27th, 2010

Understanding Contraceptives: Depo-Provera

Depo-Provera is an injectable form of progesterone. This article discusses what it is, how it works, side effects, and other considerations.
Depo-Provera is an injectable form of the hormone progestin (medroxyprogesterone acetate), and has been in use as a contraceptive since 1992, when the FDA first approved its use.
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Quitting Smoking With Children Under Foot

April 7th, 2010

Many people, women especially, are afraid that with children around, it sometimes requires all their energy to focus on keeping a level head. How then can someone quit smoking in those circumstances and succeed?

Some parents have total charge of children and are alone to raise them. Others see their spouse return home at the end of a workday, but the children are still under foot and sometimes they can test your stamina and press your buttons like the true experts that they are. The little darlings can drive a person to senseless distraction. In the midst of this insanity, you want to quit and wonder just how you’ll do it.
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Summer Weight Loss Menu Planner

March 16th, 2010

In the “dog days” of summer, not many of us like to cook, or be in a hot kitchen. And most cooked food tends to be on the heavy side—not good for a hot summer day. There are the typical summer foods such as salads, fruit, and sandwiches. Are there any other summer foods that do not involve meat? What about planning a menu around these great summer foods? And is there a lower calorie, higher satisfying meal plan?

The opinions sprinkled throughout this document are coming from a vegetarian viewpoint. If you like your meat, by all means, enjoy it for the summer.
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Parenting an Epileptic Child: Our Story

March 3rd, 2010

It can be difficult learning to accept a diagnosis of a disorder such as epilepsy, especially when it invloves a child. This is the story of how we learned to get past a label and embraced raising our special boy.

I will never forget that phone call, the moment is frozen in my mind. It was the pediatrician, the doctor himself, and not the nurse. “The nurse always calls with test results,” I thought to myself, “this is not good.”

“Well,” he said, “it looks like the EEG is showing some seizures.” I tried to wrap my mind around the concept. I knew nothing of seizures at the time, had known only a few epileptics and, though I knew what to do for someone during a seizure, I was unable to grasp the concept that my child had this terrible disorder.
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