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Marriage Before College Graduation Tied to More Weight Gain
Marriage Before College Graduation Tied to More Weight Gain THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- If you got married before finishing college, you might have an excuse for any extra pounds. A new study suggests that young adults who wed before graduation are about 50 percent more likely to later become obese than those who waited to tie the knot. The findings suggest that lifestyle choices by newlyweds early in life can be long-lasting, said study lead author Richard Miech, a research professor at ...
Murder Most Foul, 430,000 Years Ago
Murder Most Foul, 430,000 Years Ago THURSDAY, May 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A 430,000-year-old skull discovered in Spain has deadly wounds that suggest one of the first known cases of murder in human history. The skull was discovered at an archeological site called Sima de los Huesos in northern Spain. The site -- deep within an underground cave system -- contains the skeletal remains of at least 28 people from a period of time known as the Middle Pleistocene. The only access to the site is down a 42...
Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Odds of Uterine Cancer
Mediterranean Diet Tied to Lower Odds of Uterine Cancer WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adhering to a Mediterranean diet may significantly reduce a woman's risk of uterine cancer, a new study suggests. "Our research shows the impact a healthy, balanced diet could have on a woman's risk of developing womb [uterine] cancer. This adds more weight to our understanding of how our everyday choices, like what we eat and how active we are, affect our risk of cancer," study author Cristina Bosetti, o...
MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds
MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with multiple sclerosis may have twice the risk of dying prematurely compared to people without MS, a new study suggests. And the study also found that for people younger than 59 with MS, the risk of an early death seemed to be tripled, compared to people without the disease. Overall, MS patients live an average 76 years, compared with 83 years for people who don't have the disease, the study revealed. "T...
More Evidence That High-Fiber Diet May Curb Type 2 Diabetes Risk
More Evidence That High-Fiber Diet May Curb Type 2 Diabetes Risk WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People who get a lot of fiber in their diet may be lowering their odds for type 2 diabetes, new research shows. "We are not certain why this might be, but potential mechanisms could include feeling physically full for longer, prolonged release of hormonal signals, slowed down nutrient absorption, or altered fermentation in the large intestine," wrote study author Dagfinn Aune, a Ph.D. student aff...
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know
MRSA and Children: What You Should Know Millions of Americans develop serious infections each year from drug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria. This type of staph bacteria is known as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aur eus (MRSA), although it's resistant to common antibiotics, including penicillin and amoxicillin. MRSA infections originally appeared mostly in hospitals and nursing homes. A virulent kind of resistant "staph" has developed outside of health care settings. It's known as community-acq...
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram, MRA) Procedure overview You might be familiar with the testing procedure called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In this test, radio waves, a magnetic field, and a computer create a scan of your body parts to look for health problems. Magnetic resonance angiography – also called a magnetic resonance angiogram or MRA – is a type of MRI that looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels. Unlike a traditional angiogram, which requires in...
Meningococcal Vaccine for Teens
Meningococcal Vaccine for Teens Experts recommend the meningococcal conjugate vaccine for children when they are age 11 or 12. Teens who have not yet had this vaccination also need it. Your child should then have a booster shot at age 16, especially if he or she is at risk for getting meningitis or has a weakened immune system. What is meningococcal disease? Meningococcal disease includes meningitis, a serious infection that can affect the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. This bacterial i...
Methylnaltrexone bromide Solution for injection
Methylnaltrexone bromide Solution for injection What is this medicine? METHYLNALTREXONE (METH il nal TREX one) is used to treat constipation caused by opioids (pain medicine). Immediately tell your health care professional if you stop taking your opioid pain medicine. How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for injection under the skin. It is usually given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting. If you get this medicine at home, you will be taught how to prepare and give ...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Transdermal Patch - 9 hour
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Transdermal Patch - 9 hour What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How should I use this medicine? This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Apply the patch to dry, smooth skin on the hip. Alternate hips each day. Avoid injured, irritated, or oily areas. Apply the patch 2 hours before the effect of the medicine is needed. Use care separating t...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral solution
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral solution What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is a stimulant medicine. It is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure each dose. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. It is best to take t...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral capsule, biphasic release
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral capsule, biphasic release What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE(meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, cut, or chew the capsule. You may take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. If you take your medicine more...
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet
Mirtazapine Oral disintegrating tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. These tablets are made to dissolve in the mouth. Place the tablet in the mouth and allow it to dissolve, then swallow. You can take these tablets with water, but you do not have to. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do ...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable tablet
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Chewable tablet What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a full glass of water. Chew it completely before swallowing. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine 30 to 45 minutes before meals, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Take your medicine at regul...
M-M-R Varicella Vaccine Powder for solution for injection
M-M-R Varicella Vaccine Powder for solution for injection What is this medicine? MEASLES VIRUS; MUMPS VIRUS; RUBELLA VIRUS; VARICELLA VIRUS VACCINE LIVE (MEE zuhlz ; muhmps ; roo BEL uh; and var uh SEL uh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN) is a live vaccine to protect from an infection with measles (rubeola), mumps, rubella (German measles), and varicella (chickenpox) viruses. It is approved for use in children 1 to 12 years of age. How should I use this medicine? This vaccine is for injection under the skin. It is gi...
Mercaptopurine Oral tablet
Mercaptopurine Oral tablet What is this medicine? MERCAPTOPURINE, 6-MP (mer kap toe PYOOR een) is a chemotherapy drug. It interferes with the growth of cancer cells and can reduce immune system activity. It is used to treat certain types of acute leukemia. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on your doc...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet, extended-release What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Do not crush, cut, or chew the tablet. You may take this medicine with food. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take it more often than dire...
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Methylphenidate Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? METHYLPHENIDATE (meth il FEN i date) is used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used to treat narcolepsy. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. It is best to take this medicine 30 to 45 minutes before meals, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Usually the last dose of t...
Mirtazapine Oral tablet
Mirtazapine Oral tablet What is this medicine? MIRTAZAPINE (mir TAZ a peen) is used to treat depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping this medicine too quickly may cause serious side effects or your condition may worsen. A...
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet
Maprotiline Hydrochloride Oral tablet What is this medicine? MAPROTILINE (ma PROE ti leen) is used to treat depression. This medicine also helps to relieve anxiety associated with depression. How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly except upon the advice of your doctor. Stopping t...
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Stress
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Stress (Exercise Thallium, Stress Thallium, Cardiac Nuclear Imaging, Adenosine Thallium Scan, Cardiolite Scan) Procedure overview What is a stress myocardial perfusion scan? A myocardial perfusion scan is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. Specifically, the myocardial...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Heart (MRI Scan of the Heart, Cardiac MRI) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the heart? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. How does MRI work? The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical (tube-shaped) machine that creates a strong magnetic field around the patient. This magnetic ...
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting
Myocardial Perfusion Scan, Resting (Resting Thallium Scan, Cardiac Nuclear Imaging, Cardiolite Scan, Sestamibi Scan) Procedure overview What is a resting myocardial perfusion scan? A myocardial perfusion scan is a type of nuclear medicine procedure. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive substance, called a radionuclide (radiopharmaceutical or radioactive tracer), is used during the procedure to assist in the examination of the tissue under study. Specifically, the myocardial perfusion scan eval...
Mastectomy Procedure overview What is a mastectomy? A mastectomy is a surgical procedure in which all or a portion of a breast is removed as a part of treatment for breast cancer. In some cases, mastectomy is performed prophylactically (to prevent cancer from occurring) in women with a high risk for developing breast cancer. Surgical treatment for breast cancer is generally divided into 2 categories: breast-conserving therapy (BCT) or mastectomy. BCT involves removing the least possible amount of breast...
Mammogram Procedure (Mammography, Breast X-ray) Procedure overview A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems, such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints. The procedure allows detection of breast cancers, benign tumors, and cysts before they can be detected by palpation (touch). Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a si...
Mediastinoscopy Procedure overview What is a mediastinoscopy? A mediastinoscopy is a surgical procedure performed to examine the mediastinum. The mediastinum is the space behind the sternum (breastbone) in the middle of the chest that separates the two lungs. It contains lymph nodes, the heart and its great vessels, the trachea, the esophagus, and the thymus gland. The mediastinum can be visualized by the use of an endoscopic instrument called a mediastinoscope. A mediastinoscope is a lighted, long, thi...
Myelogram (Myelography) What is a myelogram? A myelogram is a diagnostic imaging procedure done by a radiologist. It uses a contrast dye and X-rays or computed tomography (CT) to look for problems in the spinal canal, including the spinal cord, nerve roots, and other tissues. It is also known as myelography. The contrast dye is injected into the spinal column before the procedure. The contrast dye appears on an X-ray screen, allowing the radiologist to see the spinal cord, subarachnoid space, and other ...
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the Spine and Brain (MRI Scan of the Spine, MRI Scan of the Brain) Procedure overview What is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)? Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. Unlike X-rays or computed tomography (CT scans), MRI does not use ionizing radiation. How does an MRI scan work? The MRI machine is a large,...
Maternal and Fetal Infections Overview
Maternal and Fetal Infections Overview Infection is the invasion and multiplying of microorganisms in the body. The body may respond in different ways depending on the type of infection and the extent of the infection. An infectious disease is caused by one or more of the following: Viruses Bacteria Parasites Fungi Infectious diseases can range from common illnesses, such as the cold, to deadly illnesses, such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Depending on the specific illness and country (...
Megaureter What is megaureter? Megaureter (dilated ureter) is an abnormality of one or both of the ureters of a child. Ureters are the two funnel-shaped tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. A megaureter refers to an expanded or widened ureter that does not function normally. The size of a megaureter is usually greater than 10 millimeters (three-eighths of an inch) in diameter. Complications associated with megaureter include reverse flow of urine into the kidneys and pooling of urine ...
Micropenis What is micropenis? Micropenis is defined as a normally structured penis that is below the normal size range for an infant. Normally, the length of a newborn boy's penis is between 2.8 to 4.2 centimeters (1.1 to 1.6 inches) with a circumference of 0.9 to 1.3 centimeters (0.35 to 0.5 inches). This measurement is taken by carefully stretching the penis and measuring from the tip of the penis to the base of the penis. A penis length of less than 1.9 centimeters (0.75 inches) is usually considere...
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview
Motor Vehicle Safety Overview For children ages 14 and younger, unintentional injury-related deaths occur most often when riding in a car. Many injuries that may occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents require clinical care by a doctor or other health care provider. Listed in the directory below are some other considerations for motor vehicle safety, for which a brief overview has been provided. Injury Statistics and Incidence Rates Identifying High-Risk Situations Installing and Using Child Safety...
Muscle and Joint Injuries
Muscle and Joint Injuries Children often injure muscles and joints while running, playing, climbing, or during sports activities. A sprain occurs when ligaments, the bands of tissue that hold bones together, are stretched or torn. A strain occurs when the muscle-tendon unit is overstretched or torn. Tendons help hold muscles and bones together. Sprains and strains can cause pain, swelling, and sometimes result in inability to move the joint. Ankle sprains are the most common type of sports injury. Many ...
Mushroom Poisoning in Children
Mushroom Poisoning in Children Facts about poisonous mushrooms There are thousands of varieties of mushrooms in North America, but very few are poisonous and can be dangerous if eaten. But, unless you are an expert at identifying mushrooms, it is difficult to tell a poisonous mushroom from one that is not poisonous. Children are often victims of mushroom poisoning. What are the symptoms of mushroom poisoning? Common early symptoms can include feeling sick, stomach cramps, vomiting, and watery or bloody ...
Minor Problem vs. a True Emergency
Minor Problem vs. a True Emergency Many minor injuries can be handled at home. However, there are times when a trip to the hospital emergency department is needed. In general, take your child to an emergency room after an injury anytime you think the problem may need urgent attention, including if your child has: Trouble breathing or shortness of breath Bloody sputum (coughing up blood) Blue or purple color to lips, skin, or nail beds Chest or stomach pain or pressure Severe or persistent vomiting or di...
Muscular Dystrophy What is muscular dystrophy? Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a broad term that describes a genetic (inherited) disorder of the muscles. Muscular dystrophy causes the muscles in the body to become very weak. The muscles break down and are replaced with fatty deposits over time. Other health problems commonly associated with muscular dystrophy include the following: Heart problems. Scoliosis. A lateral, or sideways, curvature and rotation of the back bones (vertebrae), giving the appearance t...
Measuring a Baby's Temperature
Measuring a Baby's Temperature Where should a baby's temperature be taken? Today's digital thermometers make taking a baby's temperature simple, with quick results. For best results in babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends taking the temperature rectally, by placing a thermometer in the baby's anus. This method is accurate and gives a quick reading of the baby's internal temperature. A newer method to measure temperature called temporal artery thermometr...
Myasthenia Gravis in Children
Myasthenia Gravis in Children What is myasthenia gravis? Click Image to Enlarge Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex, autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy neuromuscular connections. It most often affects adults. MG sometimes can happen in children as well. For example, mothers who have MG can transfer the abnormal autoimmune antibodies to the fetus, which causes the baby to be born with temporary MG symptoms. In these babies, the symptoms typically disappear in th e weeks or months after birth...
Microcephaly What is microcephaly? Microcephaly is a condition that is present at birth in which the baby's head is much smaller than normal for an infant of that age and gender. Micro means small and cephaly refers to the head. Most children with microcephaly also have a small brain and intellectual disability. However, some children with small heads have normal intelligence. What causes microcephaly? Microcephaly is either caused by exposure to harmful substances during the fetal development, or it ma...
Meningococcal Infections What are meningococcal infections? Meningococcal infections are caused by a bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis . The most common forms of meningococcal infections include meningitis (infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord) and meningococcemia (blood stream infections). Meningococcal infections are uncommon, but can be fatal. These infections occur most often during the late winter and early spring months. Children are more commonly affected, but t...
Mumps What is mumps? Mumps is an acute and highly contagious viral illness that usually occurs in childhood, but can be caught at any age. Mumps infects the parotid glands (one pair of salivary glands). One of the symptoms of mumps is swelling in the throat and jaw. Mumps is spread by contact with fluids from the mouth, nose, and throat when a person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus can also live on surfaces like doorknobs, eating utensils, and soft drink cans. The virus can be transferred to these ...
Meningitis in Children
Meningitis in Children What is meningitis? Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord. What causes meningitis? Meningitis is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection that invades the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) and inflames the meninges. Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) is the fluid within the open spaces of the brain that protects and cushions the brain and spinal cord. The meninges are the thin membranes lining the brain and spinal cord. A fungus or p...
Migraine Headache Headaches are quite common in pregnancy. The most common are tension headaches and migraine headaches. Most headaches come and go, but others may be more bothersome or may be caused by other complications. It is important for women to consult their doctor about any headaches they may have before, during, or after pregnancy. What are migraine headaches? Vascular headaches, a group that includes migraine, are thought to involve abnormal function of the brain's blood vessels or vascular s...
Miscarriage What is a miscarriage? Miscarriage is usually defined as an early pregnancy loss. Miscarriage is also called spontaneous abortion. Types of miscarriage include the following: Threatened. Spotting or bleeding in the first trimester may or may not mean a miscarriage will occur. About 10% to 20% of women will miscarry in the first trimester. The woman is monitored for further bleeding. Ultrasound exams are usually done to monitor growth of the fetus and to monitor fetal heartbeat. Complete. The...
Maternal and Fetal Testing
Maternal and Fetal Testing To evaluate the health of a pregnancy and fetus, many types of prenatal tests may be performed. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Maternal and Fetal Testing Overview First Trimester Screening Second Trimester Screening Alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) Ultrasound Chorionic Villus Sampling Amniocentesis Fetal Blood Sampling Fetal Monitoring Fetal Movement Counting Nonstress Testing (NST) Biophysical Profile (BPP) Doppler Flow Studies
Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy
Myasthenia Gravis and Pregnancy What is myasthenia gravis? Click image to enlarge Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a complex autoimmune disorder that causes antibodies to destroy the connections between your mucles and your nerves. This causes muscle weakness and fatigue. Myasthenia gravis is rare. Only about 20 out of 100,000 people get it. At younger ages, MG is more common in women than men. The level of muscle weakness depends on how bad the disease is. Weakness usually happens in the muscles that you cont...
Moving Toward Breastfeeding
Moving Toward Breastfeeding There is no "one size fits all" method for achieving effective breastfeeding with a high-risk baby Each baby and each situation is different. Give your high-risk baby extra time to learn to breastfeed, and let the baby set the pace for learning. Learning to breastfeed effectively is a process that may take days or weeks for premature and many other high-risk babies. However, you and your baby can become a breastfeeding team if you are patient, persistent, and maintain a healt...
Meconium Aspiration What is meconium aspiration? Meconium is your baby’s first stools. Sometimes a baby will pass stool into the amniotic fluid. It can get into your baby’s nose and mouth. Meconium aspiration is when your baby inhales amniotic fluid containing meconium when he or she begins to breathe. What causes meconium aspiration? Doctors don’t fully understand why babies release stool before they are born. It may be a natural event, or it may be caused by stress. Meconium aspiration only happens in...
Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia in Children
Megaloblastic (Pernicious) Anemia in Children What is megaloblastic anemia? Megaloblastic anemia is a type of anemia characterized by very large red blood cells. In addition to the cells being large, the inner contents of each cell are not completely developed. This malformation causes the bone marrow to produce fewer cells, and sometimes the cells die earlier than the 120-day life expectancy. Instead of being round or disk-shaped, the red blood cells can be oval. What causes megaloblastic anemia? There...
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)Vaccine The measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine protects people from 3 serious diseases. The diseases are spread from direct contact with droplets from sneezes or coughs of persons with the viruses or from droplets that are in the air. Measles. Measles is an infection caused by a virus. It starts with cold-like symptoms including runny nose, inflamed, red eyes, cough, and fever. A rash that starts on the face and then develops on the body follows 2 to 4 days later....
Male Growth and Development
Male Growth and Development As a male matures from a young boy into a man, there are many important things to consider regarding his health and development. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Puberty: Adolescent Male Overview of the Male Anatomy Physical Examination: Adolescent Male Care of the Uncircumcised Penis
Management of Hearing Loss
Management of Hearing Loss Early intervention and detection of hearing loss is necessary to prevent additional problems with speech and language development. A health care team approach is normally used when a child is diagnosed with some degree of hearing loss. Team members include the following: Audiologist. A professional who specializes in the evaluation and management of hearing and balance problems in people of all ages. Audiologists are also involved with the fitting and management of hearing aid...
Mastoiditis What is mastoiditis? Mastoiditis is an inflammation or infection of the mastoid bone. This bone is part of the skull and is located behind the ear. The mastoid bone is made of cells that drain the middle ear. Mastoiditis may be mild. It can also be very serious. What causes mastoiditis? Mastoiditis usually occurs in a child with a recent middle ear infection (otitis media). The infection in the middle ear spreads into the mastoid bone. What are the symptoms of mastoiditis? The following are ...
Mold What is mold? Mold is a member of the fungus family. It is a branching-type of growth called hyphae. It is rarely destroyed by heat or cold exposure, but remains dormant until a particular season, such as spring or fall, when it grows and thrives. Where does mold grow? Mold lives in moist conditions where there is oxygen and other chemicals. Places mold may be found most often include the following: Outside: On dead or dying vegetation Moist, shady areas Rotting leaves and logs Inside: Damp basemen...
Milk Allergy Diet for Children
Milk Allergy Diet for Children General guidelines for milk allergy The key to an allergy-free diet is to avoid giving your child the foods or products containing the food to which he or she is allergic. The items that your child is allergic to are called allergens. A milk allergy is an abnormal response of the body to the proteins found in cow's milk. Milk allergy is most common among infants and young children. Milk and milk products are found in many foods. Obvious forms of milk are cream, cheese, but...
Metabolic Syndrome What is metabolic syndrome? Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. According to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), metabolic syndrome significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and/or stroke. Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. The body makes insulin to move glucose (sugar) into cells for use as energy. Obesity, commonly found...
Maintaining Weight Loss
Maintaining Weight Loss Benefits of maintaining weight loss While losing weight is difficult for many people, it is even more challenging to keep the weight off. Most people who lose a large amount of weight have regained it 2 to 3 years later. One theory about regaining lost weight is that people who decrease their caloric intake to lose weight experience a drop in their metabolic rate, making it increasingly difficult to lose weight over a period of months. A lower metabolic rate may also make it easi...
Manage Your Medications
Manage Your Medications Managing medication can be complicated, particularly if you are taking several, and treating different conditions. Managing medications The following suggestions will help you manage your medications: Understand the exact dose and timing of each medication your doctor prescribes. Verify the information with your pharmacist when you have the prescriptions filled. If you go to different doctors for different conditions, it's extremely important to tell all of them about each medica...
Mental Health There are many mental health conditions that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Managing Stress Depression Domestic Violence
Mad Cow Disease (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)
Mad Cow Disease (Spongiform Encephalopathy or BSE) Mad cow disease or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), is a disease was first found in cattle. It's related to a disease in humans called variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD). Both disorders are universally fatal brain diseases caused by a prion. This is a protein particle that lacks DNA (nucleic acid). It's believed to be the cause of various infectious diseases of the nervous system. Eating infected cattle products, including beef, can cause a...
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