Asbestos is a material made from silicate and features long crystals resembling fibers. The fibers were used in a variety of products and materials for thousands of years. By the late 1900s, scientists determined the chemicals in asbestos were responsible for lung cancer and mesothelioma. There are
Dr. Kurt E. Roberts predicts that natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery will become increasingly popular.
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Platelets are one of the various components that make up your blood. Other components include red blood cells, white blood cells and plasma. Platelets are approximately one quarter the size of red blood cells. Proper platelet function causes blood to form clots. Transfusions of platelets via an intr
Frostbite is a condition that happens in very cold climates when the extremities, especially the feet, are exposed to extreme cold for prolonged periods of time. Frostbite is classified into three types: frostnip, superficial frostbite and deep frostbite. Frostnip occurs when there is numbness of th
In a world where any symptom 'above the waist' can be indicative of acute coronary syndrome, how do physicians decide which symptoms are useful and what's not?
Behavioral intervention is when you actively try to change someone's behavior. Behavioral intervention techniques all rely on an underlying theme: creating consequences that encourage positive behavior. The two major angles you can approach this from are either to encourage positive behavior or disc
This article profiles the winners of the Society of Hospital Medicine's annual Research, Innovations, and Clinical Vignettes scientific abstract and poster competition.
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Dehydration is an ancient process with some distinct disadvantages.dried fruit and nuts image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.comDehydration, the oldest form of food preservation, is the process of extracting water from food. Because dehydrated food is comparatively light, and usually...
CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is administered to a person who has suffered cardiac arrest, drowning, injuries due to an accident or for any number of different scenarios. Most of the time, CPR is limited to the hospital setting, but there is always a chance that you may run into a situation
Widely used in plastics, counter-tops, adhesives, whiteboards and dishware, melamine is a organic base chemical most commonly found in the form of white crystals rich in nitrogen.
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Qualified residents of Culpeper, Va., can receive state assistance in paying their heating bills during the winter. The Virginia Department of Social Services helps low-income or disabled residents by providing them with money to help them pay their heating bills. Contact the department to fill out
As soon as possible after an injury, such as a knee or ankle sprain, you can relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE-Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest. Rest and protect the injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be cau
Amputation is the removal of a body part. This can be done by a health professional in a hospital setting, such as when a foot must be amputated because of diabetes complications. However, amputation may also happen during an accident.An amputation may be complete (the body part is completely ...