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Elbow Pain

The elbow functions as a hinge joint. It’s also structured to allow you to rotate your forearm. Three long bones meet to form the elbow – the humerus in the … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to Usher In a New Era of Preventive Health Care

Source: Theranos / ELIZABETH HOLMES Laboratory tests drive 70% of all clinical decisions in health care. They’re used to determine whether a patient should start taking medication and, if so, … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

What is a Mitral Valve Prolapse?

Mitral valve prolapse is a condition in which the mitral valve doesn’t close correctly. This valve sits between the two left chambers of the heart—the left atrium and left ventricle. … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Scientific Experts: Sugar Intake ‘Should be Halved’

Source: BBC Health A committee of scientists has advised the government to halve the current recommended daily intake of sugar. Nutrition experts say no more than 5% of daily calories should … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Common Knee Surgery May Not Help You, Study Finds

A common type of knee surgery to ease pain and clean up worn-out knees may not be worth the time and effort for middle-aged patients, researchers reported Tuesday. A review … Continue reading

July 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

♥ London Health Sciences Centre Announces Firsts in Treatment Option for Blood Circulation

London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) continues its tradition of innovation as it is the first in North America to use a new blood circulation device and first in the world … Continue reading

July 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Gene Therapy Stabilises Lungs of Cystic Fibrosis Patients

By Pallab GhoshScience correspondent, BBC News A gene therapy has stabilised and slightly improved cystic fibrosis in some of 136 patients in a trial. Their lungs showed no decline, on … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Parkinson’s Disease May Begin in the Gut

A major epidemiological registry-based study indicates that Parkinson’s disease begins in the gastrointestinal tract. The study is the largest in the field so far. The chronic neurodegenerative Parkinson’s disease affects an … Continue reading

July 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

What is Gynecomastia?

Gynecomastia is a condition in which firm breast gland tissue forms in males. The breast tissue is usually less than 1-1/2 inches across and is located directly under the nipple. … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Causes of Muscle Pain and Spasm

Source: NYU Langone Medical Center Prolonged exercise. Curiously, relaxation of a muscle actually requires energy to be expended. The energy is used to recapture calcium and to unlink actin and … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is Bronchitis?

Bronchitis is an inflammation or swelling of the bronchial tubes (bronchi), the air passages between the nose and the lungs. Bronchitis is more specifically when the lining of the bronchial … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Dr. Gharib Talks About Endocrinology at Mayo

Interviewed at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Gharib describes the actions of the principal hormones secreted by the major Endocrine Glands of the Body, including his specialty, the Thyroid Gland etc. … Continue reading

January 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

The ‘myth’ of the clinical trial guinea pig

By Dr Jonathan Sheffield / NIHR Clinical Research Network A common perception of clinical trials is that they are risky – and that those who take part are little more … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Overseas Alternative To Obamacare?

An interesting article by Jennifer Calonia on Business Insider. Open enrollment for federal health insurance exchanges for the Affordable Care Act is now in effect, and has already seen enough … Continue reading

November 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

First Class Medical Tourism

Source: ABC News October 1, 2013 8:22 AM Beyond The Headline Joy Guion of Hickory, N.C., recently took her first trip on a plane – a flight to the sun-soaked … Continue reading

October 8, 2013 · 2 Comments

Ballet Dancers’ Brains ‘Adapt to Spins’

Source: BBC Health Ballet dancers develop differences in their brain structures to allow them to perform pirouettes without feeling dizzy, a study has found. A team from Imperial College London … Continue reading

September 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Disorders of the Lacrimal Gland

Source: ALPF Medical Research Acute inflammation of the lacrimal gland is a rare disorder characterized by intense inflammation and extreme tenderness to palpation. Etiology: The disorder is often attributable to … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · 15 Comments

Flu Vax Menu, Show Me the Money

Source: MedPage Today Staff Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health wrote an update about “incremental steps” now … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · Leave a comment