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REHABILITATION AFTER SPINAL CORD INJURY: BECOMING A RESEARCH SUBJECT

During the course of your rehabilitation, or at a routine follow-up visit with your doctor, you may be asked to participate in a research study on some aspect of rehabilitation. How can you decide whether or not to volunteer to be a research subject? This is a highly personal decision. One consideration is whether the [...]

CHANGING THE HORMONE BALANCE BY HAVING TABLETS OR INJECTIONS – CORTICOSTEROIDS FOR CANCER SYMPTOMS

In the types of cancer listed above, corticosteroids produce their benefits by acting against the cancer itself. Corticosteroids can also produce benefits in these and other types of cancer indirectly by acting on a complication of the cancer rather than the cancer itself. There are certain symptoms of cancer that can be controlled temporarily by [...]

REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: IMPROVING YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL – WARM UP BEFORE EXERCISING – THREE IMPORTANT WARM-UP EXERCISES

Left, Calf stretch. Starting position: Stand an arm’s length away from a wall and rest your forearms on the wall with your forehead on the back of your hands. Point your toes straight ahead. Bend your right knee and bring it toward the wall. Keep your left leg straight with the heel on the floor. [...]

EAT YOUR WAY TO HEALTHY BONES: ARE YOU AN APPLE OR A PEAR?

A pear-shaped figure (hips wider than waist) offers health benefits compared to an apple shape (waist greater than hips), which has been associated with higher rates of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and type II diabetes. Abdominal fat usually indicates more fat around the internal organs, which is part of the problem. There’s also [...]

COPING WITH SEIZURES AND EPILEPSY: RECURRENT TONIC-CLONIC SEIZURES: EPILEPSY

If seizures do recur a parent may use different coping mechanisms than a child. You have already been through the initial shock of seeing tonic-clonic shaking. You have probably come to terms with your initial anxiety. Perhaps you know what to do this second time and are less frightened than at first. But you may [...]

LIVING WITH DIABETES: TRAVEL, PARTIES AND DATES

Can you travel if you have diabetes? Certainly. Just make sure you take adequate supplies of insulin, syringes, testing materials, and any other equipment you need. Modern insulin preparations will keep well at room temperature for a month or more, though they should be protected from extremes of heat and cold. (Never ship insulin supplies [...]

MANAGING CANCER RISKS

Cancer is no longer an automatic death sentence. Oncologists continually increase our chances of surviving cancer with new and improved medical care as well as better early detection tests. But we each hold the key to fulfilling our own hopes by doing what we can to prevent cancer. Regular checkups and monthly self-exams improve the [...]

WHY YOU CAN’T STAY AWAKE: SNORING

Snoring, of course, is the most prominent symptom of sleep apnea. I want to make it clear, however, that snoring and OSA are not synonymous. While virtually all OSA patients snore— long and loud—not everyone who snores has a clinically significant OSA problem. People who snore have been the targets of humor, and anger, for [...]

HIV: PROBLEMS OF THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM-LOSS OF APPETITE

Loss of appetite has several possible causes. One cause can be HIV itself, which somehow causes an altered sense of taste: food just doesn’t seem to taste good. Other causes are depression, drugs, opportunistic infections, or infections of the mouth. Treatment depends on the exact cause. When the cause is HIV and an altered sense [...]

SKIN CARE: THE HISTORY OF COSMETICS

Cosmetics have been used for over 4000 years. People have always been conscious of their appearance and have always devised ways to ‘improve’ upon it. Rouge was used as far back as 1500 ВС to colour the lips and cheeks, and the ancient Egyptians used henna for colouring the hair and eye pencils to highlight [...]