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5 Deaths Reported After Balloon Obesity Treatments

Five people who had a balloon system put into their stomach to treat obesity have died since 2016, the FDA warned Thursday. Four of the reports to the FDA involve the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System (Apollo Endosurgery), and one report involves the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Medical), the …

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Iron deficiency anemia

ron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia — a condition in which blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. As the name implies, iron deficiency anemia is due to insufficient iron. Without enough iron, your body can’t produce enough …

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Acute respiratory distress syndrome

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that prevents enough oxygen from getting to the lungs and into the blood. Infants can also have respiratory distress syndrome. Causes ARDS can be caused by any major direct or indirect injury to the lung. Common causes include: Breathing vomit …

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one or more of the deep veins in your body, usually in your legs. Deep vein thrombosis can cause leg pain or swelling, but also can occur with no symptoms. Deep vein thrombosis can develop if you have …

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What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stresses such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. Osteoporosis-related fractures most commonly occur in the hip, wrist or spine. Bone is living tissue that is constantly being broken down and …

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Are You Getting ‘Sneaky’ Sun Damage?

Many of us think that only direct exposure to sun is dangerous for our skin – we assume that “natural light” is fine. Think again! UVA, which causes brown spots, uneven pigment, wrinkles, and skin cancers, is present in all natural light. It goes through clouds, through the windows in …

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The Key to Managing Chronic Eczema

Your skin is an amazing organ: It has a very capable barrier function, a good blood supply to call in nutrients, and the ability to repair itself. It has its own local immune surveillance system, a support system with collagen, elastic fibers, etc. (like a scaffolding on a construction site), …

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Tips for Using Latisse

Latisse was originally discovered to be effective for growing eyelashes when eye doctors, who were using the drops to treat glaucoma, noticed that their patients were developing very long eyelashes. Thanks to their discovery, we now have a solution for sparse lashes – but is that solution right for you? Many …

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New Treatment of Psoriasis

In 2016, the National Psoriasis Foundation issued the first U.S. treatment goals for doctors to use when they talk to and evaluate people with psoriasis. Three months after you start a new drug, the guidelines say, psoriasis should cover 1% or less of your body’s surface area (about the size …

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What Are Pustules?

A pustule is a bulging patch of skin that’s full of a yellowish fluid called pus. It’s basically a big pimple. Several conditions, ranging from something as common as acne to the once-deadly disease smallpox, can cause pustules. They show up when you have some sort of infection your body …

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