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Health Information Encyclopedia Abdominal girth 10/31/2007
Review Date: 10/31/2007 Reviewed By: Robert Hurd, M.D., Professor of Endocrinology, Department of Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and physician in the Primary Care Clinic, Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Health Information Encyclopedia Abdominal pain diagnosis 04/25/2008
Abdominal pain can represent many different types of problems besides a simple stomachache. It can even be due to pain in the pelvis (such as menstrual cramps), back (such as kidney stones ), or chest (such as a heart attack or heartburn). Your doctor will ask you specific questions to help determine the cause of your abdominal pain: What makes it feel worse? What makes it feel better? When did it begin? How long does it last when you have it? Is the pain constant or does it come and go? What does the pain feel like? Is it sharp, dull, or crampy? Do you also have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or blood in your stool? Two common conditions that you may worry about if you have abdominal pain are appendicitis or an ulcer .
Health Information Encyclopedia Acute 10/20/2008
Review Date: 10/20/2008 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. '); } else { document.write(' '); } --> The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.
Health Information Encyclopedia Adolescent development 02/27/2009
During adolescence, children develop the ability to: Comprehend abstract content, such as higher mathematic concepts, and develop moral philosophies, including rights and privileges Establish and maintain satisfying personal relationships by learning to share intimacy without inhibition or dread Move gradually towards a more mature sense of identity and purpose Question old values without a sense of dread or loss of identity PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Adolescence is characterized by dramatic physical changes moving the individual from childhood into physical maturity.
Health Information Encyclopedia Adolescent test or procedure preparation 04/25/2008
There are a number of ways to help an adolescent prepare for a medical test or procedure. First, provide detailed information and explain reasons for the procedure. Let your child participate in making as many decisions as possible.
Health Information Encyclopedia Adrenal glands 03/18/2008
Related topics: Addison's disease Adrenal insufficiency Cushing syndrome Hirsutism Hump behind shoulders Hypoglycemia Primary aldosteronism Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome References: Parker KL, Rainey WE.
Health Information Encyclopedia Advanced care directives 11/13/2007
Advanced care directives allow patients to make their own decisions regarding the care they would prefer to receive if they develop a terminal illness or a life-threatening injury. Advanced care directives can also designate someone the patient trusts to make decisions about medical care if the patient becomes unable to make (or communicate) these decisions.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aerobic 10/20/2008
Review Date: 10/20/2008 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. '); } else { document.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in body shape 10/27/2008
Many people are concerned with changes in their body shape as they age. Although some changes inevitably occur with aging, your lifestyle choices may slow or speed up these changes. The human body is made up of fat, lean tissue (muscles and organs), bones, water, and other substances. As we age, the amount and distribution of these materials will change. Fat tissue may increase toward the center of the body, including around the abdominal organs. The amount of body fat may increase by as much as 30%.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in hair and nails 10/27/2008
Hair color change is probably one of the most obvious signs of aging. Hair color is caused by a pigment ( melanin ) produced by hair follicles. With aging, the follicle produces less melanin. Graying often begins in the 30s, although this varies widely. Graying usually begins at the temples and extends to the top of the scalp. Hair becomes progressively lighter, eventually turning white. Many people have some gray scalp hair by the time they are in their 40s.
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