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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—one that tells over half of U.S. adults that they need to make a change.

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

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

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

Abdominal Thrusts

The maneuver is named for Dr. Henry Heimlich, a thoracic surgeon who, after testing the procedure on dogs, introduced it in 1974 as an emergency technique to help the thousands of people, from infants to centenarians - Jane E Brody

Ablation

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

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

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 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

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 - 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

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 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

Advocacy

Parent-advocates of children with chronic conditions have long worked toward finding cures; adult self-advocates are shifting the focus to goals of independent work and living - Amy Dockser Marcus

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 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.

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

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?

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 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

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?

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 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

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

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?

Almond Milk

First almond milk and other plant-based milks are lauded as a healthy alternative to regular milk; the next thing is they are being hailed as environmentally destructive - Jussara Lee

Alopecia

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

Alopecia The Bald and the Beautiful

The Miss America Organization requires every contestant to enter with a platform and Kayla Martell says living with alopecia every day makes her the perfect woman to help advance awareness of the disease

Alpha-1 antitrypsin 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

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 - HWN

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

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

Alzheimer's & Seth Rogen

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

Alzheimer's Charities

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

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

Ambulances & Air Ambulances

Thanks to new technology, new life-saving techniques and new missions, ambulance crews are far from the ‘horizontal taxicabs’ they once were - Laura Landro

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!

Ambulatory Surgery

There are advantages to outpatient procedures. The anesthesia doesn’t last as long, and the procedure is usually less invasive. That can make them safer. Your recovery also will be faster - Healthgrades

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

Amniotic Fluid Embolism

Even today, AFE is the leading cause of death during labor and the first few postpartum hours, and it remains a deadly and unpreventable obstetric emergency - Katherine J Perozzi RN

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
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