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Acute Angioedema

The goals of emergency treatment of angioedema are to prevent spontaneous eruption, to maintain a patent airway if eruption does occur, and to stop progression of disease. [1] Laryngeal edema may occur rapidly. In these cases, a definitive airway such as an endotracheal tube should be established. If the airway cannot be …

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Immunoglobulin A Deficiency

Selective immunoglobulin A deficiency (SIgAD) is a primary immunodeficiency disease and is the most common of the primary antibody deficiencies. [1] Total immunoglobulin A deficiency (IgAD) is defined as an undetectable serum immunoglobulin A (IgA) level at a value < 5 mg/dL (0.05 g/L) in humans. Partial IgAD refers to detectable but …

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Hypogammaglobulinemia

Hypogammaglobulinemia refers to a set of clinicolaboratory entities with varied causes and manifestations. The common clinical feature of hypogammaglobulinemia relates to a predisposition toward infections that normally are defended against by antibody responses (including Streptococcus pneumoniaeand Haemophilus influenzae infections). Signs and symptoms Most patients with hypogammaglobulinemia present with a history of recurrent infections. …

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NEW CEMENT-LIKE MATERIAL CAN REPAIR HIP DAMAGE

Each year, more than 300,000 Americans receive a hip replacement. It’s a major surgery that requires months of physical rehabilitation, and there’s no guarantee the implant will last forever, especially in younger patients. But doctors at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center are giving patients new options that allow them to repair their …

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NEWLY DEVELOPED NANOPARTICLES CAN DESTROY DIFFERENT TYPES OF VIRUSES

Viral infections kill millions of people worldwide every year, but currently available antiviral drugs are limited in that they mostly act against one or a small handful of related viruses. A few broad-spectrum drugs that prevent viral entry into healthy cells exist, but they usually need to be taken continuously …

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RESEARCHERS CREATE SKELETAL MUSCLES FROM STEM CELLS

UCLA scientists have developed a new strategy to efficiently isolate, mature and transplant skeletal muscle cells created from human pluripotent stem cells, which can produce all cell types of the body. The findings are a major step towards developing a stem cell replacement therapy for muscle diseases including Duchenne Muscular …

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Surprise! Doctors spend more time with computers than with patients

Medical appointments are getting shorter by the year. Sometimes it feels like doctors have no time to spend with their patients. What’s to blame for these brief clinical interactions? It could be the electronic health record, or EHR. Because of changes in how insurance companies and the government pay for …

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Female doctor suspended for having sex with patient

An outback doctor who suggested sex with a patient after examining his genitals, and had sex with a different patient soon after treating his wife and step-daughter has been suspended for three months. General practitioner Dr Biljana Nikolova-Trask, from Broken Hill in NSW, has had her medical registration suspended for three …

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7 Things Doctors Hate to Hear

“I’m on that little white pill, you know which one I mean.” There are hundreds of little white pills, and that’s not even counting all the generics out there. In our clinic, we ask patients to bring their prescriptions (and non-prescription medications) in with them at every visit. It’s amazing …

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How to do a Breast Self-Exam

A breast self-examination (BSE) is a technique which allows an individual to examine his/her breast tissue for any physical or visual changes. It is often used as an early detectionmethod for breast cancer. Both men and women should perform a BSE at least once each month beginning at age 18. Breast Self-Exam …

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