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THIS SURGERY MAKES SHORT PEOPLE A FOOT TALLER

The procedure has been performed successfully for about 50 years in Kurgan, Russia. The concept was developed Gavriil A. Ilizarov back in 1951 after seeing many WWII veterans who had leg fractures that had not healed. Watch the video below to see how the surgery is done. “Limb lengthening and reconstruction …

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THIS DEVICE CAN VERIFY ANYBODY’S IDENTITY BY THEIR DNA IN JUST A FEW MINUTES

Researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center have developed a method to quickly and accurately identify people and cell lines from their DNA. The technology could have multiple applications, from identifying victims in a mass disaster to analyzing crime scenes. But its most immediate use could be …

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Nonfasting Glucose Over 100 May Signal Trouble

Random blood glucose (RBG) values of at least 200 mg/dL with hyperglycemic symptoms are known to indicate diabetes, but new data from a nationally representative sample suggest that readings of at least 100 mg/dL for those with unknown glycemic status should get clinicians’ attention. RBG is often ordered in routine …

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Saturated Fat Does Not Clog the Arteries

Coronary artery disease pathogenesis and treatment urgently requires a paradigm shift. Despite popular belief among doctors and the public, the conceptual model of dietary saturated fat clogging a pipe is just plain wrong. A landmark systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed no association between saturated fat consumption and …

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Carotid Artery Dissection

Carotid artery dissection begins as a tear in one of the carotid arteries of the neck, which allows blood under arterial pressure to enter the wall of the artery and split its layers. The result is either an intramural hematoma or an aneurysmal dilatation, either of which can be a …

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What are the Cardiac Markers

Definition and Efficacy Cardiac markers are used in the diagnosis and risk stratification of patients with chest pain and suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The cardiac troponins, in particular, have become the cardiac markers of choice for patients with ACS. Indeed, cardiac troponin is central to the definition of acute …

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Acute Angioedema Overview of Angioedema Treatment

Overview of Angioedema Treatment 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 …

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How to Manage Acute Epistaxise

Overview Epistaxis is defined as acute hemorrhage from the nostril, nasal cavity, or nasopharynx. It is a frequent emergency department (ED) complaint and often causes significant anxiety in patients and clinicians. However, the vast majority of patients who present to the ED with epistaxis (likely more than 90%) may be …

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What’s a Gastroenterologist?

Gastroenterology is an area of medicine that focuses on the health of the digestive system, or the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Gastroenterologists can treat everything from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to hepatitis C. Here’s a look at what these specialists do and when you should consider seeing one. Part 2 of …

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Colorectal (Colon) Cancer

What Is Colorectal Cancer? Colorectal cancer is a cancer that starts in the rectum or colon, which is the large intestine. Both of these organs are in the lower portion of your digestive system. The colon is also known as the large intestine, and the rectum is at the end …

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