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A1C testing

Here's the tests that help diagnose and manage diabetes issues. And what about the A1C home tests?

AAA

There's an education gap among physicians about aortic disease, and this gap isn't small. It's huge - Eric Isselbacher MD

Abdomen Pain

Abdominal pain can vary greatly, from minor to excruciating. But here's the kicker: Sometimes excruciating pain can result from something pretty harmless. For example, most people know what it's like to be doubled over with gas pain...ShareCare

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

There's an education gap among physicians about aortic disease, and this gap isn't small. It's huge - Eric Isselbacher MD

Ablation

There is no doubt that catheter ablation works for most tachyarrhythmias but its use in AFib remains controversial

Abortion

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between - Mother Teresa

ACA

The act has become entrenched as a partisan issue rather than a human one, a litmus test for party affiliation rather than a set of innovative, but imperfect, ideas geared towards increasing access to health care and containing costs - Vishal Khetpal

Acai

So whether you believe the hype or not, it is a billion dollar industry and it seems to be a good income for Brazilians, and possibly a way to keep the rainforests from being burned to the ground as rapidly - Geoff Stein

Accidents

Worried about what to worry about? Accidents should move higher up your list - Jeremy N Smith

ACE Inhibitors

Captopril was the first ACE inhibitor developed and was considered a breakthrough both because of its novel mechanism of action and also because of the revolutionary development process - Ankala Subbarao

Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is generally considered a safe medication when used as directed, but can cause liver damage in high doses or when combined with heavy alcohol use - Houman Danesh MD

Acinetobacter

Management is a great challenge for physicians and clinical microbiologists. Its ability to survive in a hospital milieu and its ability to persist for extended periods of time on surfaces makes it a frequent cause for healthcare-associated infections

ACL Injury

But here is the thing about ACL tears: They’re not just another injury. They are the Godzilla of injuries - Neal Gabler

Acne

Acne probably has more controversial treatments and cures than most other health issues on the planet

Acromegaly

Apparently, the typical delay in diagnosis for acromegaly is 10 years or more. Isn't this a failure of medicine? The challenge for doctors, and patients, is to catch the illness early, years before the damage and deformities occur - Jon Danzig

Acupressure

The origins of acupressure are as ancient as the instinctive impulse to hold your forehead or temples when you have a headache - Acupressure Wellness

Acupuncture

As an alternative health therapy, acupuncture is gaining popularity especially in the area of pain management

Acupuncturists

Many of us have started to embrace the use of alternative medicine, but acupuncture, with its qi, yin, and meridians, still raises eyebrows - Alice G Walton

Acute Flaccid Paralysis

AFM is an illness that can be seen with a variety of different causes. The most famous one is polio, but there are also enteroviruses - Dr. Manisha Patel

Acute Mountain Sickness

AMS has been likened to a bad hangover, or worse. However, because the symptoms of mild AMS can be somewhat vague, a useful rule-of-thumb is: if you feel unwell at altitude, it is altitude sickness...BaseCampMd.com

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

New therapies to fix the leakiness of blood vessels in patients suffering from life-threatening illnesses, such as acute respiratory distress syndrome and Ebola virus infections, have the potential to save many lives - Jalees Rehman MD

Adaptive Sports

What we all share in common is the belief that difference of ability does not equal lack of ability - Tony Phillips

Addiction

Addiction knows no boundary, age, race, income, and reaches across all demographics. Drug abuse is perceived as a lifestyle of the young. But drug addiction in the older population is real and has already reached epidemic proportions

Addiction: Changing the Conventional Wisdom about Addiction

What if addiction is less about drugs & genetics and more about circumstances? It's a question the powers-that-be might not be comfortable hearing, but for decades Bruce Alexander has worked to make addiction as we know it a thing of the past.

Addison's disease

Diagnosis is frequently first established after a life-threatening adrenal crisis, often resulting in untimely fatalities. The disease is rare, more common in women than in men, and also affects children - EuAdrenal

ADHD

Hands up if any of these things describes your kids, you as a kid, or kids you know: inability to wait for a turn; temper tantrums; fidgeting; inability to finish chores; being too loud; being too quiet - Wired

Adrenal

Adrenals impact our ability to have a healthy libido, lose weight, sleep, become pregnant, get out of bed, and digest our food, as well as other behaviors - Wendie Trubow

Adult Vaccination

Vaccinations are recommended thruout our lifetime, not just at childhood. It's an ongoing & vexing public health problem. People once vigilant about vaccinating their children aren’t nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age - Paula Span

Advanced Directives

For most people in the developed world, conversations about such topics never take place - The Economist

Adverse Drug Reactions

The most common adverse drug reactions are the effects from the drug itself - a virtual double-edged sword! Don't rely on the watchdogs. Always pay attention to the drug inserts, if you can read them, and not just the TV commercials

Advocacy

Patient advocates have been around for decades, but in the last few years the profession has gained more momentum and acceptance

AEDs

Despite the increasing availability of AEDs the survival rates from sudden cardiac arrest remains dismal. Why?

AEDs Truth or Fiction

Few innovations have had such immediate and sweeping popularity as Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). However, there is no centralized registry to collect data on the use and effectiveness of AEDs. What?

AEDs Where's Your PADLoc?

Despite CPR and 911 the odds of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest are worse than winning in Las Vegas. And it doesn't matter whether you are young or old. Sudden cardiac arrest affects us all

AEDs: The Power to Save Lives

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to save a life. You just need to know where you can find one, and it will practically do the rest itself

Aerospace Medicine

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known - Carl Sagan

Affordable Care Act

The act has become entrenched as a partisan issue rather than a human one, a litmus test for party affiliation rather than a set of innovative, but imperfect, ideas geared towards increasing access to health care and containing costs - Vishal Khetpal

AFib

Accounts for approximately one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbances and increases the risk of stroke fivefold

Age Discrimination

Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime - Johnny Ball

Agent Orange

The dioxin present in Agent Orange is one of the most toxic chemicals known to humanity - Marjorie Cohn

Aging Healthy

We are all living longer, but are we living healthier?

Aging Skin

Now you can inject, fill, peel, scrape, implant, do lipo, rejuvenate, resurface, get permanent make-up, go to a spa and even spend hundreds of dollars on creams, lotions, potions and notions to help maintain (or recapture) that youthful look

AI

Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver - Diane Ackerman

AIDS

Millions of people with HIV are able to live relatively normal lives. What was impossible in the 70's is reality today, thanks to medical research

Air Pollution

Particulate matter pollution has been linked not only to heart disease, but also to respiratory problems, asthma, and allergies

Airport Scanners Trading One Hazard for Another

One of the 'hottest' issues in worldwide air travel security is the use of the so-called full body scanners. Are airport scanners safe or not?

Albinism

The only way to change society’s perceptions of albinism is through education - Parent of a Child with Albinism

Alcohol

College student binge drinking with its consequences is literally an epidemic. Could the legal MLDA be the problem?

Alcohol Rehab

College student binge drinking with its consequences is literally an epidemic. Could the legal MLDA be the problem?

Alcohol: The True Gateway Drug?

Generations of kids have been warned that marijuana is the gateway drug to more dangerous substances. It's a classic case of both logical fallacy & government misinforming the public—all while a likelier candidate has been pushed with government sanction.

Alcoholism

Alcoholism is a disease of the whole person - Maurice Gelinas

Alkaline Diet

If you’re looking to lose weight or jump start your health, perhaps you should give it a try? Worse case it’s another stupid fad. Best case you wind up with a body like Miranda Kerr and that would not be a bad thing - Stacy Matson

Alkaline Diet - Fad or Good Nutrition?

If you’re looking to lose weight or jump start your health, perhaps you should give it a try? Worse case it’s another stupid fad. Best case you wind up with a body like Miranda Kerr and that would not be a bad thing

Alkaline Water

Although the scientific literature is sparse when it comes to the health benefits of alkaline water and ionizers, how can one argue against some of the anecdotal evidence

Alkaline Water: Healthy Elixir?

Do alkaline water's health claims hold water or do the benefits simply favor the maker over the drinker?

Allergies

As amazing as the immune system is, it sometimes makes mistakes. Allergies are the result of a hypersensitive immune system - HowStuffWorks.com

Allergists

Special section for allergists and immunologists

Allied Health

From medical assistants and home health to x-ray technicians, respiratory therapists and social workers, it's all here. Can you see yourself working in one of the technology or therapy disciplines?

Alopecia

I don't consider myself bald, I'm just taller than my hair - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Alport Syndrome

Because Alport Syndrome nearly always leads to kidney failure and often has other serious symptoms, such as severe hearing loss, receiving a diagnosis is often difficult - Alport Syndrome Foundation

ALS

A terminal diagnosis can really mess with your head. Honestly, it makes you want to run away to the moon. Many ALS patients want to fade away quietly. This was not for me - Steve Gleason

Altered LOC

The abnormal state of consciousness is more difficult to define and characterize, as evidenced by the many terms applied to altered states of consciousness by various observers - Suzie C

Altered Mental Status

The abnormal state of consciousness is more difficult to define and characterize, as evidenced by the many terms applied to altered states of consciousness by various observers - Suzie C Tindall

Alternative Health

No longer considered on the fringe of mainstream medicine, alternative health care options are growing in numbers and becoming more and more accepted by practitioners and patients alike

Alternative Medicine

From homeopathy and naturopathy to acupuncture and herbal medicine, they are all here

Altitude Sickness

AMS has been likened to a bad hangover, or worse. However, because the symptoms of mild AMS can be somewhat vague, a useful rule-of-thumb is: if you feel unwell at altitude, it is altitude sickness...BaseCampMd.com

Aluminum

Just as cigarette smoke damages lung function and overexposure to UV rays will degrade your skin, aluminum is an attacker and its target is your central nervous system - Global Healing Center

Alzheimer's

Whether it’s a family member, a friend or a famous celebrity, almost everyone has been touched by Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's & Caregivers

So, what does a funny man do when faced with a not so funny problem? And no, it had nothing to do with the legalization of marijuana. Instead, he talked about something much more important and personal - the costs of caring for someone with Alzheimer's

Alzheimers a Formidable Forgettable Foe

Unfortunately, despite extensive research, we are still far away from finding a cure for Alzheimer's. But here's what you can do in the meantime

Ambulatory Monitors

Routine monitoring doesn't always pick up the cause of those vexing dizzy spells or syncope but mobile telemetry using Holter or ambulatory monitors may!

Amebiasis

10% of the world's population is chronically infected with the amoeba...Infection occurs most commonly in tropical and subtropical areas. How that 10% survives without antibiotics I can’t imagine. I guess a lot of them don't - Zander

Amenorrhea

Not ever having a period is usually solvable and losing your period to pregnancy, PCOS and overweight issues makes sense. But amenorrhea associated with exercise, especially endurance sports, has always been an enigma...

Amnesia

As brain functions go, forgetting may be almost as important as remembering; it would be inefficient for our brains to try to retain every bit of information we’re exposed to throughout life - AARP

Amniocentesis

Only a few years ago, amniocentesis...was virtually mandatory for women over 35. But today, some women are doing anything to avoid it...and the medical community is working furiously to help them - Laura Johannes

Amoeba Meningitis

Naegleria, on the other hand, are not parasites of humans; they prefer bacteria and don’t seek out people. They only infect us when we swim into their habitat and happen to bump into them nose-first - Scientific American

Amphetamines

Adderall is a clever brand and a deceptive brand. In America, amphetamine has traditionally been associated with tweakers, speed freaks, bikers, truckers and all-night sex orgies. Adderall changed all that - High Times

Amputation

Members of the limb loss community must be advocates. We are a relatively small group. Unless we advocate, our collective voices may not be heard - Danielle H Melton, MD

Amputees

Members of the limb loss community must be advocates. We are a relatively small group. Unless we advocate, our collective voices may not be heard - Danielle H Melton, MD

AMS

AMS has been likened to a bad hangover, or worse. However, because the symptoms of mild AMS can be somewhat vague, a useful rule-of-thumb is: if you feel unwell at altitude, it is altitude sickness...BaseCampMd.com

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

A terminal diagnosis can really mess with your head. Honestly, it makes you want to run away to the moon. Many ALS patients want to fade away quietly. This was not for me - Steve Gleason

Anal Pain

Burning, itching, bleeding. A sharp pain in the rectal area that wakes you up from sleep. A feeling like hot coals during or after a bowel movement. Not easy stuff for most people to talk about with their doctor

Anal sex

Honest, evidence-based answers to questions about anal sex are difficult to come by - Debby Herbenick

Anatomists

A huge part of this resurgence of anatomical science is technology, especially imaging techniques — we are no longer simply limited to the dissecting knife and light microscope as tools - John R. Hutchinson

Anatomy

Though trite, seeing dismembered organs made me understand quite powerfully that individually, human beings are greater than the sum of their parts - Michael O’Loughlin

Anemia

People of all ages, races, and ethnicities can develop anemia at some point in their lives. There are many types of anemia, and they are linked to a variety of diseases and conditions - NIH

Anencephaly

I feel like one of the main reasons that Jaxon, Angela, and all the other children like them are put on earth is to help the medical world now so that it's smarter tomorrow than it is today - Brittany Buell

Anesthesia

Today anesthetics are considered as routine as a trip to the dentist. They have been around at least since the 18th century when a talented chemist named Humphry Davy discovered the mysterious effect of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) - Carl June

Anesthesiologists

Although long overshadowed by the surgeons who patch you up, the humble 'gas man' does just as important a job, holding you in the twilight between life and death - Linda Geddes

Aneurysms & Dissection

There's an education gap among physicians about aortic disease, and this gap isn't small. It's huge - Eric Isselbacher MD

Angina

Less than 30% of women have classic chest pain or discomfort prior to their heart attacks

Angioedema

To be fair, no two people who have idiopathic angioedema will react to medications the same way, so it is a very difficult disease to treat - Simona Supekar

Angiography Cerebral

Nowadays cerebral angiography has taken on an interventional role especially in the emerging field of minimally invasive cerebral vascular procedures including intra-arterial TPA infusion

Angiography Coronary

The test that stands out as making a difference in most patients lives

Angioplasty

Does angioplasty prolong the lives of patients with coronary disease?

Animal Bites

Human and animal bites have their own issues like infection and disfigurement, but bug bites are in a class by themselves with the possibility of severe allergic reactions and bio-hazards such as malaria and lyme disease...

Animal Charities

Endangered species are our friends - Yao Ming

Animal Cruelty

Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings/against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people - César Chávez

Animal Cruelty Orcas and SeaWorld

Most of us would agree that cruelty is unhealthy. And so a recent failure to act by the California legislature gives us a window into another way in which we are a very unhealthy society.

Animal Health

Let's face it - we love our pets! Plus healthy pets makes us feel healthier and happy...or so they say
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