Disease and Treatment

Bowel Movement Disorders

Bowel Movement Disorders Bowel (intestinal) function varies greatly not only from one person to another but also for any one person at different times. It can be affected by diet, stress, drugs, disease, and even social and cultural patterns. In most Western societies, the normal number of bowel movements ranges from two or three a week to as many as two or three a day. Changes in the frequency, consistency, or volume of...

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - what is it?

Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine - what is it? Patients often ask me, "What is Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and how does it differ from chiropractic treatment and massage? What conditions can it be used to treat?" I tell them that Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine is a type of "hands-on" medical treatment based on an in-depth understanding of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems of the body used by D.O.s (...

Management of Problems Associated with Dementia

Management of Problems Associated with Dementia General Principles Delusions or Paranoia Agitation or aggression Depression General Principles in Managing Behavioral Problems Behavioral problems commonly coexist with cognitive deficits during the course of Alzheimer's and other dementing diseases. They cause significant morbidity, interfere with the performance of activities of daily living, and often have a greater impact on the quality of...

Definition of Asthma

Definition of Asthma Why do we define asthma? We define asthma to identify the disease correctly and to differentiate it from other diseases. To fulfill this goal, definition of asthma has been changing over last 40 years. The clinician, physiologist, immunologist, pathologist or epidemiologist - all have different perspective of asthma. In the year 1997, the following working definition has been formulated by...

Venomous Bites and Stings

Certain animals can inject venom (poison) through mouth parts or a stinging apparatus. These animals usually do not bite or sting a per-son unless they are provoked or otherwise disturbed in some way. Poisonous Snake Bites About 25 species of venomous (poisonous) snakes are native to the United States. They include pit vipers (rattlesnakes, copper-heads, and cottonmouths), coral snakes, and a few...

Infertility Medication: Brand vs. Generic

Infertility Medication: Brand vs. Generic What do FSH, HCG and HMG stand for? FSH, HCG, and HMG are abbreviations for three different medications used to treat infertility. The following table summarizes generic and brand names that correspond to each abbreviation: Abbreviation Generic Name Brand Name FSH Follicle Stimulating Hormone Gonal-F®, Follistim®, Fertinex® HCG Human...

Skin Parasites

Scabies (Itch) Scabies is a contagious disease due to infestation by the mite called the Acarus scabiei, which has its habitat in the human skin. The female, after fertilisation, burrows into the skin, while the smaller male soon dies. In the burrow the female lays her eggs at the rate of about 2 or 3 a day, which in their turn grow into adult mites and infest new areas. The adult is a small...

Diagnosis of Asthma

Diagnosis of Asthma What are the Diagnostic Criteria of Asthma? There are four diagnostic criteria of asthma: 1. Cardinal features of asthma Paroxysmal respiratory distress Recurrent cough Wheeze Chest tightness 2. Recurrent attack due to multiple stimuli 3. Features of Eosinophilic inflammation: Sputum Eosinophilia 4. PFT: obstructive defects, at least partially reversible by drug In case of children...

Links to State Medicaid Program Websites

Links to State Medicaid Program Websites Following are the links to state medicaid program websites, you may check eligibility and apply online Alabama http://www.medicaid.alabama.gov/apply/index_apply.aspx?tab=3 Alaska http://health.hss.state.ak.us/dpa/programs/medicaid/ Arizona http://www.azahcccs.gov/applicants/default.aspx Arkansas https://www.medicaid.state.ar.us/InternetSolution/Consumer/Consumer.aspx California http://www.dhcs.ca...

Brain Tumors - A Brief Overview

Brain Tumors - A Brief Overview A 40-year-old male comes to the emergency room after having suffered a generalized seizure and complaining of a several month history of increasing weakness in his left arm. Both a CT scan and an MRI study reveal a tumor growing into the right front portion of the man’s brain. A 45-year-old female visits the emergency room with almost the exact same history as the gentleman described previously....

Investigation of Asthma

Investigation of Asthma Why we investigate asthma patients? For classification and assessment of severity For diagnosis of concomitant illness For exclusion of other causes of cough, wheeze dyspnoea or chest tightness What are the investigations for asthma? We should do four basic investigations of all patients. 1. Blood for TC, DC, ESR, Hb% and :  To exclude Tropical...

Treatments for the Disorders of the Anus and Rectum

Disorders of the Anus and Rectum The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where waste material (stool, faeces) leaves the body. The rectum is the section of the digestive tract above the anus where stool is held before it passes out of the body through the anus. The rectal lining consists of glistening, orange-tan tissue containing mucus glands-much like the rest of the intestinal lining. The anus is formed...

Gallbladder Disorder, Pain Caused by Gallstones

Gallbladder Disorder, Pain Caused by Gallstones The gallbladder is a small, pear shaped organ situated beneath the liver. The gallbladder stores bile, a greenish yellow digestive fluid produced by the liver. until it is needed by the digestive system. Bile consists of bile salts electrolytes, bilirubin, cholesterol, and other fats (lipids). Bile makes the cholesterol, fats and vitamins in fatty foods more soluble, so they can be better...

Trichomoniasis

Trichomoniasis-a parasitic infection spread primarily through sexual intercourse-is not serious, but it is contagious. In 70 percent of cases, it produces no symptoms, which makes it notoriously difficult to diagnose. In women who do have symptoms, discomfort may persist for a week to several months and may be more pronounced right after menstruation or during pregnancy. Left untreated, the...

Treatment of Piles without Operation and without Pain New Horizon in Piles Treatment

We all know by dint of modern and sohpisticated technology the developed countries of the world have achieved tremendous success in the field of medical treatment. With the help of such a modern technology now-a-days 80-90% of the piles patients are treated with the help of a modern instrument requiring no surgical intervention and getting no pain. The instrument is first discovered by Dr....

Pus in the Chest may Cost You Your Life

You should not be shocked, once you hear your physician cracking news about collection of pus in and around the lung inside your chest. In our country health care delivery system is in such a poor state that thousands of poor and middle class people are walking around while having pus in the chest. Neither our ignorant countrymen are aware of this condition nor medical fraternity does seem to be...

Disorders of the Anus and Rectum

Disorders of the Anus and Rectum Proctitis Proctitis is an inflammation of the lining of the rectum (rectal mucosa). In ulcerative proctitis, a common form of proctitis, ulcers appear in the inflamed rectal lining. The condition may affect 1 to 4 inches of the lower rectum. Some cases readily respond to treatment; others persist or recur and require prolonged treatment. Some cases eventually evolve into ulcerative colitis....

Annal Fissure

The anus is the opening at the end of the digestive tract where stool leaves the body; the rectum is the section of the digestive tract above the anus where stool is held before it passes out of the body through the anus. An anal fissure is a tear or ulcer in the lining of the anus. An injury from a hard or large stool movement may cause anal fissures. Fissures cause the anal sphincter (muscle)...

Medicinal Uses of Bananas

Banana (Musa sapientum L.) one of the major tropical fruits, is commercially important in world trade. Banana is the cheapest as well as one of the most nutritious fruits. The banana bas become a very popular fruit in modern westernized diets for its flavour, texture and for its convenience value being easy to peel off and eat. Banana can make an useful contribution to the Vitamin A, C and B6...

Scabies

The contagious skin disease known as scabies can be traced to the insidious action of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The primary symptom-incredibly itchy, red lesions-results when the female mite burrows into the skin and deposits eggs and feces. Long considered a problem only of the unclean and poor, scabies is actually quite common at all socioeconomic levels. Closed environments such as nursing...