Aging ? Gracefully?

2012-05-29 / Conditions and Diseases / Comments Off on Aging ? Gracefully?Comments

As one of those aging baby boomers everyone keeps trying to reach and relate to, I’ve about had enough on the subject of growing older.
True, I don’t intend to look granny-like, knitting booties, anytime soon, but I can’t exactly picture myself on the back of a Harley, as I’ve seen some of us boomers portrayed in ads. I didn’t relate to “Easy Rider” all that much the first time and, if my enjoyment of the exercise bike is any indication, riding that Harley now could get darn annoying real fast. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fever in Children

2012-05-17 / Conditions and Diseases / Comments Off on Fever in ChildrenComments

A fever of 100 degrees or higher is often the first signal that your child may be sick. Although 98.6 degrees is considered normal, body temperature varies with age, activity and the time of day — it’s usually lower in the morning and higher in the late afternoon. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Is Bell’s Palsy?

2012-05-07 / Health / Comments Off on What Is Bell’s Palsy?Comments

Bell’s palsy is a problem that affects many children and adults at some time in their lives. In Bell’s palsy, the seventh cranial nerve, which controls the muscles on one side of the face, becomes inflamed and does not function properly. Therefore, that side of the face has no expression or muscle movement — it is temporarily paralyzed or very much weakened. Bell’s palsy almost always resolves without difficulty, but it can be terrifying for the child and very distressing to the parents, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Does Liver Biopsy Involve? Part 2

2012-05-02 / Cancer / Comments Off on What Does Liver Biopsy Involve? Part 2Comments

A.The latest method of liver biopsy appears to combine the best of the other two strategies. Called “guided biopsy,” it uses high-tech imaging (either by ultrasound or CT scan) to help doctors pinpoint abnormal areas of the liver to target with the standard needle biopsy. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Does Liver Biopsy Involve? Part 1

2012-05-02 / Cancer / Comments Off on What Does Liver Biopsy Involve? Part 1Comments

Q.My son, 51, has been told he has fatty tissue around his liver and a biopsy is needed. Exactly what is the procedure for a liver biopsy?

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Therapies, Medications and Surgery

2012-04-25 / Health / Comments Off on Therapies, Medications and SurgeryComments

There is no way to prevent amblyopia or the condition that causes it, but early diagnosis and treatment is often successful in reversing them. Part of restoring normal vision is correcting the predisposing cause of the amblyopia. To correct a misaligned eye, the physician will choose from a menu of options, which includes glasses, special lenses called prisms, eye drops or surgery. If an unequal refractive error is to blame, the amblyopia may be corrected with glasses or a contact lens, which makes the image on the retina appear clear. For eyes blocked by cloudy tissue, treatment will depend on which part of the eye has become cloudy. If a cataract covers the lens, surgery is typically needed. If the cornea is cloudy, treatment may involve observation over time. The physician will treat more rare conditions, such as tumors, glaucoma or lid disorders, with drops, surgery or observation, as appropriate.

Treating amblyopia — the fact that the eyes are not working together for normal vision and depth perception — is another part of restoring normal vision.

Physicians treat amblyopia by blocking the vision of the better-seeing eye in order to strengthen and improve the weaker amblyopic eye. This may be accomplished with an eye patch, which sticks like an adhesive bandage to the skin around the healthy eye. The healthy eye could also be covered using an occluder lens, which is a black contact lens that prevents light from entering the eye. Another option is using eye drops to enlarge the pupil of the better-seeing eye to blur its visual image. These treatments may occur before, during or after treatment for the condition causing the amblyopia.

Occluder contact lenses may be a better treatment than an eye patch if your child’s skin is sensitive, he or she is socially conscious about the patch, or he or she keeps removing the patch. The parent typically places the occluder contact lens in the child’s eye. After lens placement, check the child frequently to make sure the lens remains properly placed. After lens removal, check the lens for tears or breaks. Discourage the child from rubbing his or her eyes. For younger children, it may help to give them something that will keep their hands busy, such as blocks or other toys.

Do not insert a lens into your child’s eye if there are any abnormalities in the lens or if the eye is obviously red or sore. Occasionally, doctors treat amblyopia by using special drops to blur, or penalize, the vision in the better-seeing eye.

However, since this only blurs vision, as opposed to other methods that completely block the light coming into the eye, this method may be less successful.

A child who has been successfully treated for amblyopia is not out of the woods until approximately age 9. Frequent vision checks may be necessary to adjust treatment and prevent a relapse.

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Stomach Hormone

2012-04-17 / Infections / Comments Off on Stomach HormoneComments

Q.I have had diarrhea for about seven months. After many tests, the only thing unusual is a high level of some hormone from the stomach in my blood. I have never heard of a “stomach hormone.” Can you provide details? Read the rest of this entry »

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2012-04-17 / Health / Comments Off on AmphetaminesComments

Amphetamines are stimulants commonly referred to as “speed” or “uppers.” They are taken to provide the user with a false sense of energy, and they can do serious physical damage. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Shape Is Your Diet. Part 2

2012-04-05 / Diet / Comments Off on What Shape Is Your Diet. Part 2Comments

Many athletes also express concern about getting the recommended 2-4 servings of fruits every day, as well as 3-5 servings of vegetables. As one runner remarked “I’m lucky if I eat that much in a week..” Although the amount sounds overwhelming, the portions need to be explained: One small 6 oz glass of juice counts for one serving; thirsty athletes commonly drink 12 ounces per swig! Read the rest of this entry »

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What Shape Is Your Diet. Part 1

2012-04-05 / Diet / Comments Off on What Shape Is Your Diet. Part 1Comments

Meal plans seem to come in shapes. Whereas square meals and a well rounded diet were once fashionable, the pyramid reflects nutrition in the ’90s. Many athletes, however, eat a linear diet; bagels, bagels, bagels; pasta, pasta, pasta. This lack of variety can result in unbalanced diets that lack the nutrients needed for top performance. Read the rest of this entry »

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