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A New Reading of Blood Pressure

While the measurement of blood pressure has been among the most common medical practices for over a century, the results are undergoing a reinterpretation

A1C

It’s often viewed as the number to rule all numbers. But hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test results can be misleading and don’t tell the full story - Scott Johnson

AAA

Early detection is important because once identified AAAs can be monitored or treated, greatly reducing the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems in the future - NHS

AAA Management

Presence and expansion of AAAs is usually a silent disease. When rupture does occur, it usually happens quickly without a typical presentation - Drew Long MD

AAT deficiency

Often known as “genetic COPD,” alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency can take years to diagnose and requires a plasma protein therapy to halt the deterioration of lung function - Miriam O'Day

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

Early detection is important because once identified AAAs can be monitored or treated, greatly reducing the chances of the aneurysm causing serious problems in the future - NHS

Abdominal Thrusts

What makes the Heimlich Maneuver particularly special is this: it is accessible to everyone. Because of its simplicity—and the fact that it works when performed correctly—just about anyone can save a life - Dr. Henry J. Heimlich

Abortion

Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer - John F. Kennedy

Abortion Clinics

Clinics are under pressure from declining abortion rates and big Planned Parenthood expansions - Chuck Donovan

Abstinence

Sex education focused on an abstinence-only approach fails in a number of ways - Aaron E Carroll

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 Lisinopril

The discovery of the ACE inhibitors and the creation of captopril was one of the really great advances in cardiovascular medicine, alongside beta blockers, calcium channel blockers and statins - Jenny Bryan

Acetaminophen Paracetamol

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

Acid Reflux

Most people often dismiss heartburn as common and trivial, an ailment to be treated with a grimace and a glug of thick, chalky pink liquid. But, while acid reflux is very common, it is far from insignificant - Glenn D Braunstein 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 might be the great equalizer, plaguing everyone regardless of their grades, gender, or their taste in music. But not all acne is made equal - Deanna Pai and Marissa DeSantis

Acoustic Neuroma

These tumors can have a significant impact on your quality of life and therefore understanding the diagnosis and treatment options is critical - Keck Medicine

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

ACS

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) include conditions that share the same pathophysiology of myocardial ischaemic states, i.e., unstable angina (UA), non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).- Khalid Mohammed Ali

ACTH

Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a tropic hormone produced by the anterior pituitary. The hypothalamic-pituitary axis controls it. ACTH regulates cortisol and androgen production - Mary J Allen & Sandeep Sharma.

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

There’s now a growing understanding of where acupuncture may be useful in improving patient health outcomes alongside standard medical care - Im Quah-Smith

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

Acupuncturists CE

There’s now a growing understanding of where acupuncture may be useful in improving patient health outcomes alongside standard medical care - Im Quah-Smith

Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma

Acute angle-closure glaucoma is an ophthalmic emergency as it can lead to irreversible blindness if not identified and treated immediately - Desirée Murray

Acute Compartment Syndrome

We all learned the “5 P’s” in medical school. But the idea is to make the diagnosis while muscle is still salvageable, and if you wait for all 5 P’s to appear, you will miss your window to intervene and save viable tissue. That is why index of suspicion must be high - Matt Levine MD

Acute Coronary Syndrome

Acute coronary syndromes (ACS) include conditions that share the same pathophysiology of myocardial ischaemic states, i.e., unstable angina (UA), non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) and ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI).- Khalid Mohammed Ali

Acute Flaccid Myelitis EV D68

Polio-like paralysis may be on the rise among children again - Maggie Fox

Acute Kidney Injury

Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a sudden, potentially reversible, kidney dysfunction with partial or complete loss of glomerular filtration resulting in electrolyte and fluid abnormalities as well as retention of nitrogenous waste products - Subhanir Sunil Chitnis MD & Karma Warren MD

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

The most common childhood cancer, ALL also afflicts adults - Erik Ness

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 Myeloid Leukemia

Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) is the most common form of acute leukaemia in adults, although it is considered a rare disease. Its incidence is expected to rise with an ageing population, which will place demands on healthcare systems - The Economist

Acute Otitis Media

The good news is that ear infections are becoming less common. Since the pneumococcal vaccine to prevent pneumonia was introduced in 2000, there’s been a 20 percent drop in their incidence

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

Acute Tubular Necrosis

Clinically, ATN manifests as acute kidney injury although the terms have previously been used interchangeably. ATN is the most common cause of overt AKI - WikiDoc

AD

Alzheimer’s is a terrifying disease. You are physically healthy, but you can’t remember who you are. Day by day, your surroundings become more and more alien, buried - Blake Butler

Adaptive Sports

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

Adaptogens

Adaptogens are a buzzword in the wellness world, popping up everywhere from juice bars to lifestyle blogs - Jamie Ducharme

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 - HWN

Addiction Centers

Even its cheerleaders recognize that there’s miles to go before all people with addiction have access to respectful, ethical, effective and evidence-based care - Maia Szalavitz

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

Adenovirus

Adenovirus is non-discriminate and attacks people of all age groups. Whether you are nine or ninety, you are not going to be safe from this infection - Professor John Oxford

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

ADHD Drugs Adderall Concerta Ritalin Dexedrine

The experts are finally admitting that medication isn’t the most cost-efficient way of dealing with ADHD after all - Dr. Dale Archer

Adrenal Fatigue

Today, people talk freely about their adrenal glands being shot or fatigued, and there is growing industry of supplements called adrenal tonics. Meanwhile, conventional doctors claim there is no such thing as adrenal fatigue. Who is right, and most importantly, how can you thrive under the stress of modern life - Alan Christianson

Adrenal Issues

There are two little hormone glands, about the size of a grape, that sit just on top of our kidneys. Your adrenal glands are only small but they play such a HUGE part in our wellbeing - Nicky Read

Aduhelm & Alzheimer's

The approval of Aduhelm to treat Alzheimer’s disease has raised hope among older adults, but many doctors wonder if it is warranted - Paula Span

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

Advance Directive

There is no perfect template for an advance directive, or a foolproof guide to conversations about death and dying. It may be emotional, there might be conflict and it is unlikely that families can anticipate every end-of-life situation - Lori A Roscoe

Advanced Directives

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

Adverse Drug Reactions & Events

More people die from adverse effects from medicine than from pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents, and automobile deaths - Joanna Belbey

Adverse Drug Reactions Prescription Drugs - Who's Minding The Store?

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

Adverse Events Post Covid Vaccination

Risks of rare allergic reactions, blood clots and maybe heart problems don’t outweigh benefits - Tina Hesman Saey

AED Vendors

Early and swift intervention with an AED amidst sudden out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) during bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) saves lives—in fact, doubles the likelihood of survival...So, why is their usage so low? Jamie Wells MD

AEDs

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

AEDs Bob Harper’s Broken Heart

I’m slowing down and relishing in every moment. I get up every day and know that I’m super lucky - Bob Harper

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

Aestheticians

We can literally change the world with our bare hands - Jane Wurwand

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

AFM

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

African American Healthcare

No one should be denied the opportunity to see a doctor because of how much money is in their pocket or where they live. Our loved ones shouldn’t die from easily curable diseases...Black lives matter - Renee Bracey Sherman

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 - HWN

Aging Research

Although some of the current research could even be considered on the fringe of medicine, browse through what's on the cusp with an open mind and see if anything catches your fancy as a way to extend your stay here - Anonymous

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

We're only at the beginning. We're going to see lots and lots of advancements - Rob High

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

AIDS Research

Trials of vaccines and treatments have not included enough female participants. Now that scientists are exploring possible cures, the need to enroll women is greater than ever - Apoorva Mandavilli

Air Ambulances - Are They Worth the Risk?

Medical transport by air remains controversial primarily because of its cost and dismal safety record! Do medical helos really make a difference?

Air Embolism

It can occur iatrogenically via interventional procedures but has also been described as a complication from a variety of circumstances ranging from blunt and penetrating trauma to diving and child birth - Stephanie Gordy

Air Pollution

An estimated 92 percent of the world’s population live in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution...Air pollution is almost as deadly as tobacco - Anna Almendrala

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?

Airway Issues

The symptoms of dyspnea and noisy breathing are identical to those experienced by patients with lower airway diseases, such as asthma and COPD, and these similarities can lead to diagnostic confusion - Sidney Braman

Airway Management

There are no difficult airways, only providers ill prepared for current conditions - Mark Gibbons

Albinism

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

Alcohol

What we need to keep in mind is that alcohol is dangerous — and the danger of alcohol doesn’t receive the attention it deserves - Dan Blazer

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

ALD Adrenoleukodystrophy

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare, genetic, X-linked metabolic disorder caused by mutations in the ABCD1 gene that result in a deficiency in a peroxisomal protein called adrenoleukodystrophy protein (ALDP) - BluebirdBio

Alicia Keys Keeps Children Alive

Africa is more heavily affected by HIV/AIDS than any other region. The social impact is most evident in Africa’s growing orphans. Alicia Keys co-founded “Keep a Child Alive” and has become one of the most powerful women in the fight against HIV/AIDS

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?

Allergic Rhinitis

Though recognized by ancient civilizations, seasonal allergic rhinitis and allergic asthma have only increased in prevalence in recent history and are on the rise, now affecting 10 to 30 percent of the world’s population - Kara Wada

Allergies

Given how confused we all seem about what the word “allergy” means, it’s not surprising that it seems like suddenly everyone has one. But it’s not just our perception. Allergies are on the rise, though no one is exactly sure by how much - Sara Chodosh

Allergies to Pets

Although many people have discovered the beneficial effects of caring for a furry friend, the fact remains that roughly 15 to 20% of the population is allergic to animals - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Allergists

Depending on the study and population, the prevalence of allergic disease and asthma increased between two- and threefold in the late 20th century, a mysterious trend often called the “allergy epidemic" - Moises Velasquez-Manoff

Allergy Management

The whole thing has always made me wonder — why are allergies so incredibly hard to treat? And why aren't there better options - Megan Thielking

Allergy Testing

There is no single test to diagnose allergies. So you should be suspicious of any test that claims to be capable of diagnosing your allergies all by itself - Sarah Gupta MD

Allied Health

The wide variety of health care career options that are open to high-school graduates and those who want to shift careers is simply endless - Career Cabin

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