Category Archives: Health

Liver Liver


The liver, gall bladder and pancreas form an important part of the body’s digestive system. The liver weighs about 1500 grams, and is tucked up under the ribs in the right, upper part of the abdominal cavity. Blood coming from the intestinal system, charged with the products it has absorbed, arrives at the liver via…
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Antibiotics Antibiotics


Derived from microorganisms like germs (for example fungi and bacteria) and bugs, antibiotics are drugs designed to fight multiply types of bacteria. Bacteria and viruses differ in that the former can live on its own while the latter can only live and multiply within the cells that they invade. Also, viruses tend to be harmful…
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Roseola Roseola


A viral illness most commonly seen in children younger than two years of age. It is characterized by an average of three to five days of high fever-ranging from103°F to 105°F and occasionally as high as 106°F-ac-companied by very few specific symptoms. A mild runny nose, an occasional cough, a little drowsiness, and at times…
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Acquired Hemorrhagic Disorders Acquired Hemorrhagic Disorders


Those Induced by Drugs The normal healthy person has an intact blood coagulation system. However, many patients are under treatment with certain forms of drug medication, and these may sometimes produce artificial hemorrhagic states. Heparin is used for various conditions where excessive blood clotting is a factor or is feared. This reduces the ability of…
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Overactive Parathyroid Gland Overactive Parathyroid Gland


The Parathyroid Gland is embedded in the back part of the thyroid gland. They are quite small, and have nothing to do with the thyroid or its hormones, for they have their own chemicals that are associated with the way the body uses calcium and phosphorus, two very important chemicals. The glands may be underactive…
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Learning Difficulties Learning Difficulties


There are various different forms of difficulties. For example, doctors talk about dyslexia, which means difficulty in reading, or dysphasia, meaning difficulty in learning how to speak, or dysgraphia, which is difficulty in learning how to write. There may be a good basic reason for the difficulty. Many doctors believe that at birth (or sometimes…
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ADHD Medications ADHD Medications


What is ADHD? Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD affects at least 5 percent of children in the US. The girl to boy ratio averages 4 to 1 although some experts still contend that it can be as high as 9 to 1. There is no concrete reason for this alarming gap. Symptoms include hyperactivity, inattentiveness/inability…
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Rosacea Rosacea


Some persons have a tendency to blush. Sometimes this tends to become permanent with age. It usually occurs in the late 20’s, the 30’s, but more commonly becomes apparent in the 40s. The parts chiefly affected are the forehead, nose and cheeks. Besides the persistent red flush, pus-filled blisters) often form. As time progresses, areas…
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Common Cold Common Cold


What is a Common Cold? By far the hands-down winner of the most prominent diseases of all time throughout the world, the simple, old- fashioned common cold must take the prize. It’s also the most common complaint of children. It goes by all sorts of fancy names, such as acute coryza (by the medics who…
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Moles Moles


Moles quite commonly appear in the first year of life. Most are a coffee color, usually raised; some are smooth and flat, with a bit of downy hair growing in them. Some look a bit like a wart. Moles may be either benign (non-cancerous) or dark-pigmented and cancerous (termed malignant melanomas). Nearly everybody has several…
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Diarrhea Diarrhea


A common event in infancy and childhood, normally understood as a condition in which bowel movements (or stools) are looser than normal, occur too frequently, or both. In fact, the significance of a child’sstool pattern will depend on two basic considerations. First, what is normal for the age-group and for the particular infant or child?…
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Acne Treatment Acne Treatment


Medications commonly used for acne treatment include the following: Benzoyl peroxide kills the skin bacteria that cause inflammation and helps open the ducts through which sebum passes to the skin surface. It is available without a prescription in 2.5, 5, and 10percent strengths in several forms. Liquids and creams are better for dry skin, while…
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Human Intestines Human Intestines


The first part of the small intestine is called the jejunum, and the latter part is referred to as the ileum. These are more or less arbitrary divisions, of value when explaining the various segments of the small bowel. Incidentally, the word small is used, for this relates to the actual diameter of this part…
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Foot Bone Problem Foot Bone Problem


Parents are often concerned about the appearance of a child’s feet and specifically whether flatfeet might be present. When children begin walking, it appears that many have flatfeet because of increased fat deposits in the arch. As a child grows, it becomes apparent that, in most instances, the feet are not flat at all; an…
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Appendicitis Appendicitis


An acute inflammation of the appendix, a narrow, worm-shaped structure positioned near the junction of the small and large intestines in the right-lower corner (called a quadrant) of the abdomen. Appendicitis is the most common reason for abdominal surgery in children. The first symptom is usually cramping pain in the mid-upper abdomen that gradually moves…
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Sinusitis Sinusitis


Inflammation of one or more of the air-filled cavities within the head, which is sometimes a complication of an upper-respiratory infection or allergic rhinitis (see colds and allergies in children). Any of several types of bacteria may be involved in this process, and these organisms may be difficult to eradicate if there is poor drainage…
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Varicose Veins Varicose Veins


What is Varicose Veins? These are unsightly, engorged and knotted veins quite close to the surface of the skin, usually in the lower limbs. They are more common in women than in men. Older people who are overweight frequently suffer from this complaint.Varicose veins in the rectum are known as haemorrhoids or piles, and in…
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Warts Warts


Warts are small, benign skin tumors caused by various strains of the human papillomavirus. They are a common affliction of children and teenagers. The virus enters the skin through direct con-tact with another infected person or with a warm, moist surface (such as a locker-room floor) where infected skin has been shed. Warts eventually disappear…
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Sciatica Sciatica


What is Sciatica Sciatica is the old-fashioned word for what is now universally recognised as “nerve root pressure” of the giant sciatic nerve. Once it was believed that the sciatic nerve was involved in an inflammatory process or neuritis, and this was responsible for the severe pain that ensued. However, a better understanding of the…
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