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Preparing for a colonoscopy

Aug 12th, 2019 - If you shudder at the thought of having a colonoscopy to check for hidden colon cancer, chances are it's the "prep" that's stoking your apprehension. It's certainly a major inconvenience: getting ready for the procedure takes much longer — an average of 16 hours, according to one study — than the three hours or so you'll spend at a medical center the day of your colonoscopy. But what's most off...

How to Prepare for Your Colonoscopy Using MiraLAX

Aug 5th, 2019 - This information will help you get ready for your colonoscopy using polyethylene glycol (MiraLAX®). A colonoscopy is an exam of your colon (large intestine). Your doctor will use a colonoscope (flexible tube with a camera on the end) to see the inside of your colon on a video monitor. During your procedure, your doctor can:

A Patient’s Guide to Opioid Tapering

May 20th, 2018 - Treating acute pain caused by orthopedic surgery has improved drastically over the past few years. This is due in part to the use of multimodal analgesic strategies (balancing the use of multiple non-opioid pain medications) and an increase in regional anesthesia in orthopedic procedures.

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancers that affect both men and women. Colorectal cancer affects people in all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older.

Resources for Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus & Caregivers | Talk SLE

The need for healthcare providers to effectively engage with patients with SLE is ongoing and the stakes are high. Even when patients have no complaints and no visual signs of disease, organ damage can be occurring. We've developed these tools to help both you and your patients communicate and be vigilant.

Frontotemporal Dementia

Dec 17th, 2019 - What is frontotemporal dementia (FTD)? Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a group of disorders that result from damage to the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Depending on the location of the damage, the disorder causes changes in social behavior, personality, and/or loss of language skills. In addition, some people (between 10 and 20 percent) with FTD also develop neuromuscular and movem...

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Aug 11th, 2019 - What is pertussis? Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is a respiratory infection that is very contagious. It usually results in prolonged and repeated bouts (paroxysms) of coughing in children and adults. These coughing episodes can continue for weeks or even months after the onset of the illness. Prolonged coughing causes air to be expelled from the lungs. When the person gasps for a...

Diaper Rash

Aug 11th, 2019 - What is a diaper rash? Diaper rash is any rash that forms in the diaper area. In mild cases, the skin may be red. In more severe cases, there may be painful, open sores. Mild cases clear up within three to four days with treatment. What causes diaper rash? Diaper rash can be caused by any of the following: Too much moisture Chafing or rubbing When urine or stool touch the skin for long periods ...

Burning Mouth Syndrome

Jul 28th, 2019 - What is burning mouth? Burning mouth is a sensation of burning in the tongue and often of the palate (the roof of the mouth); however, it may also occur anywhere in the mouth or throat. It starts "out of the blue" for no apparent reason and persists for months or even years. The sensation is commonly described as the discomfort felt when the tongue is burned with hot coffee. Most people find th...

Bacterial Meningitis

Jul 23rd, 2019 - What is meningitis? Meningitis is an infection of the membranes (meninges) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Meningitis can be caused by a bacterial, fungal or viral infection. Meningitis can be acute, with a quick onset of symptoms, it can be chronic, lasting a month or more, or it can be mild or aseptic. Anyone experiencing symptoms of meningitis should see a doctor immediately. What is ...

Chronic Migraine

Jul 15th, 2019 - What is chronic migraine? Chronic migraine is defined as having at least 15 headache days a month, with at least 8 days of having headaches with migraine features, for more than 3 months. Chronic headache begins as less frequent headache episodes that gradually change into a more frequent headache pattern. Who gets chronic migraine? Chronic migraine affects between 3 and 5 percent of people in ...

What You Need to Know (And What We’re Working to Find Out) About Products Containing Cannabis or Cannabis-derived Compounds, Including CBD

Jul 15th, 2019 - You may have noticed that cannabidiol (CBD) seems to be available almost everywhere, and marketed as a variety of products including drugs, food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, pet food, and other animal health products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the significant public interest in cannabis and cannabis-derived compounds, particularly CBD. However, there are many...

Pulmonary Embolism (PE) Risk

Jul 14th, 2019 - What is a pulmonary embolism (PE)? A pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when there is a blockage in the lung (pulmonary) arteries. In a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot breaks off from another part of the bloodstream and travels to the arteries in the lungs. When a clot is in a deep vein—usually in the thigh or lower leg—the condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A pulmonary embolism is th...

Varicose Veins

Jul 14th, 2019 - Varicose veins What are veins? Veins are blood vessels that carry blood from your body's tissues to your heart. The heart pumps blood to your lungs to pick up oxygen. The oxygen-rich blood flows through tiny blood vessels called capillaries, where it gives up its oxygen to the body's tissues. Your blood then returns to your heart through your veins. Veins have one-way valves that help keep bloo...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Jul 11th, 2019 - What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand and wrist. It occurs when there is increased pressure within the wrist on a nerve called the median nerve. This nerve provides sensation to the thumb, index, and middle fingers, and to half of the ring finger. The small finger (the “pinky”) is typically not ...


Jul 8th, 2019 - What is aphasia? Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to areas of the brain that produce and process language. A person with aphasia can have trouble speaking, reading, writing, and understanding language. Impairment in these abilities can range from mild to very severe (nearly impossible to communicate in any form). Some people with aphasia have difficulty in only one area of communi...

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Jul 4th, 2019 - What is basal cell carcinoma (BCC)? BCC is a type of skin cancer that may form in the basal cells of the skin. These cells are the ones that make new cells to replace the cells that die. How common is basal cell carcinoma (BCC)? It is the most common type of cancer in human beings. The number of new cases just in the United States is estimated to exceed 4 million each year. Who is affected by b...

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Jul 4th, 2019 - What is basal cell carcinoma (BCC)? BCC is a type of skin cancer that may form in the basal cells of the skin. These cells are the ones that make new cells to replace the cells that die. How common is basal cell carcinoma (BCC)? It is the most common type of cancer in human beings. The number of new cases just in the United States is estimated to exceed 4 million each year. Who is affected by b...

Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI)

Jul 1st, 2019 - What is femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)? FAI is an unusually shaped hip joint that causes two bones in the hip to rub together. The pressure causes friction between the top of the femur (thighbone) and acetabulum (part of the pelvis). FAI can limit motion and cause pain. Without treatment, FAI can damage the cartilage that provides cushioning in the hip. This damage can lead to arthritis, or...

Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa

Jun 26th, 2019 - What is anorexia nervosa? Anorexia nervosa is a life-threatening eating disorder. It is defined as self-starvation in order to maintain an abnormally low body weight. Low body weight is described as weighing less than the minimum that is considered normal for the person’s age, sex, stage of growth and development, and physical health. Individuals with anorexia nervosa have an intense fear of ga...