Healthcare Education

Overcoming Obstacles to Stem Cell Use

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, recently overcame the obstacles that have prevented the success of stem cell efforts in the past. Initial test results show the design of a universal type of stem cell, meaning stem cells did not need to be collected from the individual needing them. Instead, stem cells were…

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Air Pollution and COPD

That air pollution contributes to a variety of lung diseases is no surprise. What is surprising is that there been very few systematic, scientific studies that investigated the effects of air pollution on lung ageing and lung damage. That has just changed. Anna Hansell, a professor of Environmental Epidemiology in the Center for Environmental Health…

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What is Peripheral Cyanosis?

In Peripheral Cyanosis, which is caused by inadequate circulation of oxygenated blood, the extremities turn blue. Peripheral Cyanosis can occur in the hands, fingertips, or feet. It can be caused by such easily remedied issues as tight jewelry or cold temperature, but the following 7 medical conditions are also causes of peripheral cyanosis: Heart Failure…

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The Risks of Shingles in the Elderly

Chickenpox may be a childhood disease, but it has an older — and more dangerous — form, known as shingles. Both chickenpox and shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus. However, they have very different effects. Chickenpox is characterized by in itchy, blistering rash that can occur on any part of the body; shingles first…

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A Health Issue Everyone Should Discuss at Their Annual Exam

Whether you’re 20 or 80, healthy or sick, you need to discuss your plans for Advance Care with your doctor. Advance Care Planning involves thinking about what types of medical decisions you will want made for you if you are in a situation where you cannot state them yourself. Sound depressing? It doesn’t have to…

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New Hope for Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a condition marked by a faulty protein that causes the cells and glands that make mucus and sweat to malfunction. A person affected with CF typically finds that thickened mucus builds up in particular organs. This thickened mucus commonly causes infections, which can be severe, and even life-threatening. The damage also…

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Hypertension: Just the FAQs 

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the most common chronic medical condition in adults ages sixty-five and older. In fact, just over half of older adults — 58 percent — are currently being treated for hypertension in the US. Many more have undiagnosed hypertension. What Is Hypertension? In hypertension, bloods flows through the…

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3 Tips for Avoiding Senior Dehydration  

Summertime, and the living is easy… But the pleasures of summer also increase the danger of dehydration, particularly in the senior population. In fact, according to the Health Care Financing Administration, dehydration is one of the ten most frequent causes of hospitalization for Medicare recipients. Why are seniors more susceptible to dehydration? They don’t feel…

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The Effects of TV-Watching on Health

Numerous studies have linked a sedentary lifestyle with a wide range of health disorders. Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and cancer are just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, it is been suggested that a sedentary lifestyle can negatively impact almost every aspect of a person’s health. Sitting for long periods of time…

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What Is a Blood Gas Test?

When someone is brought to the emergency room with difficulty breathing, medical personnel have only moments to determine the cause. Difficulty breathing can be caused by a wide variety of conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and even chemical poisoning. In order to determine the cause, a number of tests will be ordered. One…

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