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Heart Birth Defects Dropped After Folic Acid Was Added to Food
Heart Birth Defects Dropped After Folic Acid Was Added to Food MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The introduction of folic acid-fortified foods in Canada was associated with a decrease in babies being born with heart defects, a new study found. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 6 million births in Canada. The births occurred between 1990 and 2011. Folic acid food fortification became mandatory for all types of flour, enriched pasta and cornmeal in 1998 in Canada. During the study period, the...
Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2016
Health Highlights: Aug. 29, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Playing With Concussion: Longer Recovery, Poorer Mental Function Teen athletes who remain in games or practices after they suffer a concussion take twice as long to recover and have worse short-mental function than those who are immediately benched, a new study finds. The study included 69 American teens, average age 15, who suffered concussions while playing sports, i...
Health Tip: Choose Healthier Sides for Your Barbecue
Health Tip: Choose Healthier Sides for Your Barbecue (HealthDay News) -- Barbecue fare may typically include burgers and high-fat side items, but you can lighten up your favorite sides and enjoy a healthier meal. The American Heart Association suggests: Skipping mayonnaise-based salads in favor of brightly colored veggie and fruit salads. Try topping with toasted nuts and skip the croutons. Serve fresh cut crunchy, raw veggies such as cucumber, broccoli, carrots and cauliflower with a low-fat dip instea...
Health Tip: Why Warm-Up?
Health Tip: Why Warm-Up? (HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't have much time to work out, you should never skip your warm-up. The American Council on Exercise explains that a good warm-up: Boosts your body temperature to help your body burn calories more efficiently. Helps your muscles contract more forcefully and quickly while improving elasticity, which reduces injuries. Helps deliver oxygen to your muscles more quickly by raising your metabolic rate. Improves muscle control and range of motion. Help...
Health Highlights: Aug. 28, 2016
Health Highlights: Aug. 28, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Singapore Reports 40 cases of Local Zika Infection More than 40 cases of local Zika infection have occurred in Singapore, officials there reported Sunday. Singapore's first Zika infection was reported in May, by a man who had traveled to Brazil, the Associated Press reported. Most of the 41 who were infected with Zika have recovered from their illness, with only seven ...
Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2016
Health Highlights: Aug. 26, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Olympics-Linked Zika Cases: WHO There have been no confirmed cases of Zika infection in anyone linked with the Rio Olympics, the World Health Organization said Thursday. Before the games, some experts expressed concerns that the huge event might result in a faster-than-normal spread of the virus because some of the large numbers of foreign athletes and visitors migh...
Health Tip: Keeping Foods Separate During Grilling
Health Tip: Keeping Foods Separate During Grilling (HealthDay News) -- It's important to prevent cross-contamination of food while grilling. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Make sure your grill is clean before you begin. Remove any leftover food particles. Don't put cooked food back on the same plate that held raw food. Wash with hot soapy water first, or use a different plate. Use separate grilling utensils to turn food once it's cooked, or thoroughly clean utensils after handling raw f...
Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well
Health Tip: Make Sure Kids' Shoes Fit Well (HealthDay News) -- Kids need sturdy, supportive shoes that fit their growing feet. Here are some shoe-shopping suggestions from the American Podiatric Medical Association: Every few months, your child will probably outgrow shoes and socks. Poorly-fitted shoes can irritate your child's feet. Measure feet at each shopping trip, and inspect feet often for signs of irritation. Don't let your child wear secondhand shoes. They may not fit correctly, and may spread f...
Hopes Dashed for Rare Bone Cancer Treatment
Hopes Dashed for Rare Bone Cancer Treatment FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Adding extra drugs to chemotherapy doesn't benefit patients with a rare type of bone cancer, according to a new study. Osteosarcoma is diagnosed in about 600 people in the United States each year, mostly teenagers. With current treatments, only 65 to 70 percent of patients live three years after diagnosis without relapse or other cancers. Previous research suggested that more aggressive chemotherapy with extra drugs mi...
Health Highlights: Aug. 25, 2016
Health Highlights: Aug. 25, 2016 Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: No Hospital Bills for Pulse Nightclub Shooting Survivors The survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida will not have to pay for their hospital care. One hospital said it would not bill for any treatment provided to the victims, and Orlando Regional Medical Center said it would seek payment from other sources, such as insurance plans and a victims fu...
Health Tip: Work Through Chronic Pain
Health Tip: Work Through Chronic Pain (HealthDay News) -- Chronic pain can significantly affect your quality of life, physical health and mental health. The Cleveland Clinic suggests these coping techniques: Practice deep breathing and other stress management methods to help you relax. Maintain a positive attitude. Create goals that are attainable. Remember to pace yourself and don't do too much at once. Establish a schedule that makes time for relaxation and exercise. Join a chronic pain support group....
Health Tip: Help Kids Get Enough Exercise
Health Tip: Help Kids Get Enough Exercise (HealthDay News) -- You know kids need to move and play, but are you sure yours are getting enough exercise? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends: At least 60 minutes every day of aerobic exercise, and very vigorous exercise at least three days per week. Push-ups, gymnastics or other strengthening exercises at least three times per week. Running, jumping rope and other weight-bearing exercises to build bones at least three times per week.
HSV DNA (CSF)
HSV DNA (CSF) Does this test have other names? Herpes simplex 1 infection, herpes simplex 2 infection What is this test? This test looks for the herpes simplex virus (HSV) DNA in your cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). It diagnoses herpes simplex infection in the nervous system. The test is especially useful to find out whether HSV is causing an infection of the brain (encephalitis) or an infection of the fluid surrounding the spinal cord and brain (meningitis). There are two types of HSV: HSV-1 and HSV-2. HSV-...
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Does this test have other names? HPV DNA test, DNA Pap, HPV co-test What is this test? This test checks for the human papillomavirus (HPV) around the cervix. HPVs can cause warts, including plantar warts on the bottom of the feet and genital warts. They can also cause different kinds of cancers, including cervical, throat, and anal cancers. More than 100 types of HPVs have been identified. Relatively few carry a high cancer risk. HPV can travel from person to person during sex...
Homocysteine Does this test have other names? Total homocysteine (hoe-moe-SIST-een) What is this test? This test measures levels of homocysteine in your blood. Homocysteine is a type of amino acid your body naturally makes. At high levels, homocysteine can damage the lining of arteries and encourage blood clotting. As a result, high levels may raise your risk for coronary artery disease, heart attacks, blood clots, and strokes. Having low levels of vitamin B-12 (cobalamin), vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), vit...
HLA-B27 Antigen Does this test have other names? Human lymphocyte antigen B27, human leukocyte A antigen, white blood cell antigens, histocompatibility leukocyte A antigen What is this test? This test looks for HLA-B27, an antigen, or protein, found on the surface of infection-fighting white blood cells. If you have HLA-B27, you may have an autoimmune disease. Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system sees its own cells as foreign invaders and destroys them. The most common autoimmune disorders ...
HLA Antigen Does this test have other names? Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing What is this test? This test looks at the human leukocyte antigens (HLA) in your blood. This test is used if you need an organ or stem-cell transplant, to find an organ or stem cells that are as close to yours as possible. An improper match if you need a stem-cell transplant could cause the stem cells to harm you. A mismatched organ transplant can cause the organ to fail and be rejected. HLAs are proteins found on the surf...
HLA Antibody Does this test have other names? HLA antibody screening, HLA screening assay What is this test? This test looks for antibodies against a certain cell marker called a human leukocyte antigen (HLA) in your blood. The test is used if you need an organ transplant, to help find an organ that's as close to yours as possible. Different forms of the HLA antibody are involved in autoimmune diseases. These are diseases in which the body attacks its own tissues. The HLA test has also been used to iden...
HIV Viral Load
HIV Viral Load Does this test have other names? Viral load test, RNA tests What is this test? This is a blood test to measure the amount of HIV in your blood. HIV causes AIDS. This test should be done 2 ot 8 weeks after you're diagnosed with HIV and then every 3 to 4 months during long-term therapy. If your treatment is effective, your viral load should go down in 4 to 6 months. Although HIV antibody testing is widely used to detect HIV, viral load testing can also diagnose the infection. Because the vi...
HIV-1/HIV-2 Rapid Screen
HIV-1/HIV-2 Rapid Screen Does this test have other names? Rapid HIV antibody test What is this test? This test looks for HIV infection in your blood or saliva. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. About 20% of people who are infected with HIV don't know it because they may not have symptoms. HIV comes in two forms: HIV-1, which is found worldwide, and HIV-2, which is mainly found in western Africa, although it has spread to the U.S. This test is one of several tests that look for HIV infection. Some of th...
HIV Genotypic Resistance
HIV Genotypic Resistance Does this test have other names? Genotypic resistance assay What is this test? This blood test looks at the genetic makeup of a strain of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. If you are infected with HIV, this test may be done before you start taking antiviral medicine. It can help your healthcare provider figure out the best treatment to use. This helps because drug-resistant HIV strains continue to change. The test can also help figure out if a medicine you are taking works for yo...
HIV-1 Antibody Does this test have other names? HIV test; human immunodeficiency virus antibody test, type 1, HIV p24 antigen What is this test? The test looks for HIV-1 antibodies in your blood. Your body makes these antibodies when you have been exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. All tests for HIV antibodies will look for HIV-1, which is more common than HIV-2 in the U.S. Combination tests have been developed to find HIV antibodies and HIV antigens called p24 antigens. The HIV antibody test r...
Herpes Simplex Virus Culture and Typing
Herpes Simplex Virus Culture and Typing Does this test have other names? Viral isolation What is this test? This test looks for which type of herpes simplex virus (HSV) is causing your infection. HSV is a common virus that comes in two types: HSV1 and HSV2. Each type of HSV causes a number of health problems. Viral culture is the best test to confirm a herpes simplex infection. HSV1 is more common. It's carried in saliva and typically causes outbreaks of cold sores around the mouth. HSV2 affects the gen...
Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody
Herpes Simplex Virus Antibody Does this test have other names? HSV-1 antibodies, HSV-2 antibodies What is this test? The herpes simplex virus antibodies test is a blood test that screens for the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Culturing a sample from an active outbreak of HSV is the best method to diagnose a current infection. But the herpes simplex virus antibodies test can help identify the recurrence of a previous infection. Why do I need this test? If you suspect that you have herpes but do not have an ...
Hepatitis Panel Does this test have other names? HbsAg, HbcAB IgM, HA AB IgM, Hep C AB; hepatitis B surface antigen; hepatitis B core antibody IgM; hepatitis A antibody IgM; hepatitis C antibodies What is this test? This is a panel of blood tests that looks to see whether you have a hepatitis virus infection. The tests look for either antibodies that your body has made against a hepatitis virus or parts of a specific virus. Hepatitis affects the liver. It is commonly caused by one of several hepatitis v...
Hepatitis C Antibody
Hepatitis C Antibody Does this test have other names? Antibody to HCV, anti-HCV What is this test? A hepatitis C antibody test is used to find out if you are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). When your body is infected with a virus, it produces antibodies to fight the virus off. The hepatitis C antibody test looks for antibodies that the body produces in response to the presence of HCV. HCV infects the liver, often causing inflammation and damage. It is more common in developing nations. Why do...
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Does this test have other names? HBsAg What is this test? This test looks for hepatitis B surface antigens in your blood. The test is used to find out whether you have a recent or long-standing infection from the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV has proteins called antigens on its surface that cause your immune system to make antibodies. It can take several months to develop symptoms of hepatitis B after you become infected. Hepatitis B surface antigens can be found in your blood...
Hepatitis B Core Antibody
Hepatitis B Core Antibody Does this test have other names? IgM anti-HBc, HBcAb What is this test? This test looks for antibodies called IgM in your blood. The test is used to find out whether you are actively infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV has a central core and a surrounding envelope. Your immune system makes IgM antibodies to the core of HBV during the active stage of infection. It can take 60 to 150 days to develop symptoms of hepatitis B after you become infected. Hepatitis B core Ig...
Hepatitis A Antibody
Hepatitis A Antibody Does this test have other names? IgM, IgM anti-HAV What is this test? This test looks for antibodies in your blood called IgM. The test can find out whether you are infected with the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis is an inflammation of your liver, often caused by an infection. Most hepatitis infections are caused by 1 of 5 viruses: hepatitis A, B, C, D, or E. Because the symptoms of all of these infections are similar, this blood test can tell your healthcare provider which type...
Hemoglobin S Does this test have other names? Hgb S test, sickle cell test, Sickledex What is this test? This test looks for an abnormal type of hemoglobin called hemoglobin S in your blood. Hemoglobin is the main part of your red blood cells. It carries oxygen through your blood. If your hemoglobin level is too low, you may not be able to supply the cells in your body with the oxygen they need to survive. Hemoglobin S (Hgb S) is an abnormal type of hemoglobin that you can inherit from your parents. Hgb...
Hemoglobin (Fetal) Does this test have other names? Hemoglobin analysis, hemoglobin electrophoresis What is this test? A fetal hemoglobin test is a blood test that checks the amount of fetal hemoglobin (Hb F) in the blood. Fetal hemoglobin is one of many types of hemoglobin. It is present in high levels in fetuses, but usually drops to trace amounts about six months after birth. If Hb F is at higher than normal levels, it can mean you have thalassemia, myeloid leukemia, or sickle cell anemia. Why do I n...
Hemoglobin Does this test have other names? Hb, Hgb, H and H, Hemoglobin and hematocrit What is this test? This is a blood test to find out how much hemoglobin is in your blood. Hemoglobin is the main part of your red blood cells. Hemoglobin is made up of a protein called globin and a compound called heme. Heme consists of iron and a pigment called porphyrin, which gives your blood its red color. Hemoglobin serves the important role of carrying oxygen and carbon dioxide through your blood. If your hemog...
Hemoglobin C Does this test have other names? Hemoglobin C blood test, hemoglobin electrophoresis, Hgb electrophoresis What is this test? Hemoglobin C is a blood test used to find out if you have hemoglobin C disease, a blood disorder passed on to you from your parents. It causes your red blood cells to have hemoglobin C instead of the hemoglobin A found in most people. In the blood, hemoglobin C forms crystals and makes the blood cells less flexible. This causes your blood to not flow well. Hemoglobin ...
Hematocrit Does this test have other names? HCT, packed cell volume, PCV What is this test? This test measures how much of your blood is made up of red blood cells. Normal blood contains white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets, and the fluid portion called plasma. The word hematocrit means to separate . In this test, your red blood cells are separated from the rest of your blood so they can be measured. Your hematocrit (HCT) shows whether you have a normal amount of red blood cells, too many, or t...
Helicobacter Pylori Urea Breath
Helicobacter Pylori Urea Breath Does this test have other names? Urea breath test, UBT What is this test? This is a breath test that checks for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a common infection. H. pylori bacteria are spread through contact with feces from an infected person. Many people get this infection during childhood. The bacteria often live in the stomach lining without causing any symptoms or problems. But for some people, these bacteria cause ulcers and other stomach irritations. While they l...
Helicobacter Pylori Culture
Helicobacter Pylori Culture Does this test have other names? H. pylori culture What is this test? This test finds out if you are infected with Helicobacter pylori bacteria. This is a common bacterium. It's more common in developing nations and has been linked to poor hygiene in living conditions, especially for children. Infection is more common in children than adults. A culture test means that a tissue sample is placed in a special dish or tube containing nutrients normally found in the organism's env...
Helicobacter Pylori Antibody
Helicobacter Pylori Antibody Does this test have other names? H. pylori What is this test? This test measures the levels of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) antibodies in your blood. H. pylori are bacteria that can invade your gut. H. pylori infection is one of the major causes of peptic ulcer disease. This happens when inflammation caused by the bacteria affects the mucus coating of your stomach or duodenum, the first section of your small intestine. This leads to sores called peptic ulcers on this lini...
HDL Cholesterol Does this test have other names? High-density lipoprotein cholesterol What is this test? An HDL cholesterol test measures the amount of high-density lipoprotein ("good") cholesterol in your blood. High HDL levels may lower your risk for heart disease. Why do I need this test? You may have this test as part of a routine screening to find out your risk for heart disease. What other tests might I have along with this test? An HDL test is often done as part of a comprehensive lipid panel to ...
HCG (Urine) Does this test have other names? Human chorionic gonadotropin urine test, urine pregnancy test What is this test? This test measures the amount of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine. When you get pregnant, your body makes HCG. In a healthy pregnancy, the amount of HCG in the blood increases a lot over a short time, usually doubling every two days. HCG can be found in your urine two to three days after it can be measured in your blood. This is often about the same time that you ...
HCG (Blood) Does this test have other names? Human chorionic gonadotropin hormone test, serum pregnancy test What is this test? Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is a type of hormone. Both men and women have small amounts of HCG in their body at all times. When a woman is pregnant, her body produces much more HCG than usual. In a healthy pregnancy, the amount of HCG in the blood increases substantially throughout the first three months. This blood test measures how much HCG is in your blood. This test ...
Haptoglobin Does this test have other names? HPT, hemoglobin-binding protein, Hp What is this test? This test measures the level of a protein called haptoglobin in your blood. Haptoglobin is made by your liver. It binds to a type of hemoglobin that's made when red blood cells die. This haptoglobin-hemoglobin complex is removed from your body by your liver. This leads to a low blood level of haptoglobin. The level of haptoglobin in your blood helps your healthcare provider figure out what type of anemia ...
Haemophilus Influenzae Antibody
Haemophilus influenzae Antibody Does this test have other names? Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) IgG antibody level What is this test? This test measures the amount of anti-Hib IgG immunoglobulin, or antibody, in your blood. There are many types of Haemophilus influenza bacteria. They can live in your mouth, throat, ears, and airways and don't always cause illness. H. influenza type b (Hib) is one of the most serious types. It doesn't cause the flu, although it has a similar-sounding name. It causes...
Hemoglobin C Disease in Children
Hemoglobin C Disease in Children What is hemoglobin C disease? Hemoglobin is the part of red blood cells that carries oxygen to cells, tissues, and organs. Hemoglobin C disease is caused by abnormal hemoglobin. What causes hemoglobin C disease? Hemoglobin C disease is inherited. This means it is passed down from parents to children. A person may be a carrier, called hemoglobin C trait. They have no symptoms. Or a person may have hemoglobin C disease. Those with the disease may or may not have symptoms. ...
Home Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease
Home Care for Children with Sickle Cell Disease Sickle cell disease is an inherited disorder in which red blood cells become C-shaped. This causes impaired blood flow, pain, and other health problems. Symptoms usually show up by about 5 months of age. Although a child who has sickle cell disease should be under a healthcare provider's care, parents can do many things at home to reduce symptoms and maintain the child's health. Take steps to prevent infections Contagious diseases like the flu can be dange...
Hemoglobin E Trait
Hemoglobin E Trait What is hemoglobin E Trait? Hemoglobin E trait is an inherited blood disorder. That means it is passed down through your parent’s genes. It occurs most often in people of Southeast Asian descent. What causes hemoglobin E trait? Hemoglobin E trait is caused by a genetic defect that is passed down from one or both of your parents. If you inherited the defect from just one of your parents, you likely won't have any symptoms. But, you are a carrier of the disease. That means you run the r...
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wound Healing
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Wound Healing Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves exposing the body to 100% oxygen at a pressure that is greater than what you normally experience. Wounds need oxygen to heal properly, and exposing a wound to 100% oxygen can, in some cases, speed the healing process. Procedure overview Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be done in a number of ways. It can be given in a special type of room called a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. In this setting, you are completely immersed in 100% ox...
HIV and Dementia
HIV and Dementia What is HIV-associated dementia? HIV/AIDS affects many of the body's organ systems, including the brain and nervous system. Most people don't know that the HIV infection actually makes its way to the brain early in the disease process. HIV encephalopathy is an infection that spreads throughout the brain. It is one cause of dementia in people infected with HIV. The greater the spread of infection in the brain, the worse the dementia symptoms become. AIDS dementia is also called AIDS deme...
Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy
Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins in Pregnancy What are hemorrhoids and varicose veins? Hemorrhoids and varicose veins might seem to be two different, unrelated problems, but they are actually quite similar. And, many women, especially those in the third trimester of pregnancy, have them. Both hemorrhoids and varicose veins are swollen, twisted veins. These veins are often in the legs, but they also can form in other parts of your body. When they form in the rectum, they are called hemorrhoids. What causes...
Huntington Disease What is Huntington disease? Huntington disease is a brain disorder in which brain cells, or neurons, in certain areas of your brain start to break down. As the neurons degenerate, the disease can lead to emotional disturbances, loss of intellectual abilities, and uncontrolled movements. ANerv_20140205_v1_001 Huntington disease has 2 subtypes: Adult-onset Huntington disease. This is the most common form of Huntington disease. People typically develop the symptoms in their mid-30s and 4...
Headaches in Early Pregnancy
Headaches in Early Pregnancy Nearly all women have occasional headaches, but having a headache in pregnancy is not fun. And, managing headaches is especially tricky in the first trimester when you should avoid many medicines. Whether your headache is from tension or is a full-blown migraine, there are some things you should know. What causes headaches in pregnancy? The exact cause of a headache isn’t always clear. In the first trimester, changing hormone levels and blood volume may play a role. A dull, ...
Herpes Meningoencephalitis What is herpes meningoencephalitis? The meninges are the layers of thin tissue that cover your brain. If these tissues become infected, it’s called meningitis. When your brain becomes inflamed or infected, the problem is called encephalitis. If both the meninges and the brain are infected, the condition is called meningoencephalitis . Encephalitis involving herpes is a medical emergency. It needs to be promptly diagnosed and treated. This disease is often fatal when it is not ...
Heart Block What is heart block? Electrical signals control the beating of your heart. They tell your heart muscle when to contract, a process known as conduction. The normal timing of heartbeats is generated in the upper chamber of the heart (atria) in a structure called the sinus node. When you have heart block, there is interference with the electrical signals that usually move from the atria to the ventricles. These signals tell your heart when to beat. This is known as a conduction disorder. If the...
Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare disease that usually occurs in infants and young children. It may also occur in adults. Children usually inherit the disease. In adults, many different conditions, including infections and cancer, can cause HLH. If you have HLH, your body's defense system, called your immune system, does not work normally. Certain white blood cells — histiocytes and lymphocytes — attack your other blood cells. These abnormal blood cel...
Hidradenitis Suppurativa Hidradenitis suppurativa, or acne inversa, is a condition that causes deep, painful boils or pockets of infection (abscesses) in your skin. It affects about 1 in 100 people. The abscesses grow when the deep roots of hair follicles get blocked and, in turn, clog up a nearby sweat gland, called an apocrine gland. These sweat glands are found in areas of skin such as under the arms and in the genital and anal areas. But they may also be found on the neck, scalp, and elsewhere. When...
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen. If you undergo this therapy, you will enter a special chamber to breathe in pure oxygen in air pressure levels 1.5 to 3 times higher than average. The goal is to fill the blood with enough oxygen to repair tissues and restore normal body function. Facts about hyperbaric oxygen therapy...
Hyperbaric Therapy for CO Poisoning and Decompression Sickness
Hyperbaric Therapy for CO Poisoning and Decompression Sickness Hyperbaric oxygen therapy has helped treat a variety of illnesses. Over the years, research has shown that it can treat many conditions that involve oxygen-starved tissue. You can get hyperbaric oxygen therapy in either a single-person chamber or tube, or a larger chamber that holds several people at a time. The chamber is then pumped full of pure oxygen, and the pressure rises to 2.5 times that of normal air pressure. The FDA has approved t...
How Wounds Heal
How Wounds Heal Most of us take wound healing for granted. If you get a small cut, you may clean and cover it with a bandage, and move on with your life. Yet under that bandage (or in the open air), the body orchestrates a complex cascade of events designed to heal wounds big and small. The basic steps of wound healing are: Stopping the bleeding (hemostasis). When your skin is cut, scraped, or punctured, you usually begin to bleed. Within minutes or even seconds, unless you have a bleeding disorder, blo...
HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions
HIV/AIDS and Skin Conditions Skin conditions are common in people with HIV/AIDS. Many, including Kaposi sarcoma, thrush, and herpes, are caused by germs that take advantage of a weakened immune system. That's why they are called "opportunistic" infections. Others, like photodermatitis, may be linked to inflammation caused by an overactive immune system as it revives during antiretroviral drug therapy or due to the drugs themselves. Here are some of the more common skin conditions related to HIV/AIDS. Mo...
Hepatitis B Virus Subtype ADW2 HBSAG Surface Protein antigen Suspension for injection
Hepatitis B Virus Subtype ADW2 HBSAG Surface Protein antigen Suspension for injection What is this medicine? HEPATITIS B VACCINE (hep uh TAHY tis B VAK seen) is a vaccine. It is used to prevent an infection with the hepatitis B virus. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. 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. Tal...
Hepatitis A Virus Strain HM175 antigen (Formaldehyde inactivated), Hepatitis B Virus Subtype ADW2 HBSAG Surface Protein antigen Suspension for injection
Hepatitis A Virus Strain HM175 antigen (Formaldehyde inactivated), Hepatitis B Virus Subtype ADW2 HBSAG Surface Protein antigen Suspension for injection What is this medicine? HEPATITIS A VACCINE; HEPATITIS B VACCINE (hep uh TAHY tis A vak SEEN; hep uh TAHY tis B vak SEEN) is a vaccine to protect from an infection with the hepatitis A and B virus. This vaccine does not contain the live viruses. It will not cause a hepatitis infection. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection into a ...
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