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    Gangrene is death and decay of body tissue. It happens when tissues, such as skin and muscle, don't get enough blood. For example, blood may not be able to reach an arm, leg or other part of the body due to an injury or disease. People at risk for gangrene include those who have had an injury or...Read More
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    Unless your diabetes doctor instructs you otherwise, look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). There are many different types of toothpastes available. Toothpaste can have different functions such as to improve gum health, reduce plaque...Read More
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    A Bishop score is a calculation that doctors use to determine if your body is ready for labor based on how thin, soft and dilated your cervix is. As early as a few weeks before labor begins naturally, your cervix starts to thin, soften and open. The Bishop score is a number from 0 to 13 that rates...Read More
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    A cranial ultrasound is a type of imaging test that looks at either the blood flow within the brain (a transcranial Doppler ultrasound) or the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord and helps to cushion and protect them (head ultrasound).

    Ultrasound is a safe, painless pr...Read More
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    Beta blockers, such as propranolol and timolol, are used in preventive treatment of migraines.

    These drugs work by blocking the effect of certain hormones associated with stress, reducing blood pressure and heart rate. The means by which they reduce migraine frequency is not completely understood,...Read More
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    Think of bone as a savings account; your kids are making deposits and withdrawals of bone tissue. During childhood and adolescence, more bone is deposited than withdrawn as the skeleton grows in both size and density. A diet rich in calcium keeps withdrawals, or bone loss, to a minimum by providing...Read More
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    The word overdose usually means taking too much of a drug or medication, such as a pain killer, cough medicine, antidepressant, alcohol or street drugs. It can also refer to taking too much of a vitamin or mineral. An overdose can be voluntary or accidental. It happens when so much of the substance enters...Read More
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    A pain management specialist is a doctor who has completed training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of different types of pain, including acute pain, chronic pain, pain due to injury or surgery, pain related to cancer or other diseases and pain without any obvious cause.

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    A hangnail is a torn piece of skin at the edge of your fingernail. While it's usually a small injury, it can bleed and become very painful. If you have a hangnail, don't tear the skin. Instead, wash your hands and cut the torn piece of skin off carefully with clean scissors or nail clippers. You can...Read More
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    You should talk to your dentist if you think you may have gingivitis because of its identifiable symptoms. You may notice that your gums bleed easily when you floss or brush your teeth. Your gums may also appear to be red and swollen, or they may seem as if they are receding. If these symptoms appear,...Read More
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    Trench mouth is a painful form of gum disease, caused by too much bacteria in the mouth. It causes the gums to swell and develop sores. People who brush and floss their teeth regularly don't usually develop this disease. But along with poor dental hygiene, some viruses, infections, smoking, poor nutrition and...Read More
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    This specialty is focused on the overall wellbeing of children from the time they are born through their adolescence. Pediatricians tend to the physical, emotional, and social health of children and focus on preventive health care. They are considered experts in children’s health. Following 4 years of...Read More
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    Praluent is given by injection every two weeks. If you miss a dose and it's seven days or less until your next scheduled injection, you may wait and resume your normal schedule with the next dose. If it's more than seven days until your next scheduled shot, you may go ahead and catch up the missed dose...Read More
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    An infant's skull is made up of six separate bones that grow together as the baby grows. From birth until about 12 to 18 months of age, there are spaces between these bones, called fonatanelles or soft spots. Soft spots in infants are normal. They make the head more flexible, so it can fit through the...Read More
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    Children go through several growth spurts until they are a full-grown adult. These are periods of sudden growth, development and body changes (for example, teething and hair growth), and they are perfectly normal. The first major growth spurt a child goes through after birth lasts about a year. During your c...Read More