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  • Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Early Prostate Cancer Diagnoses Continue to Fall in U.S.: Study THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Diagnoses of early prostate cancer continue to decline in the United States, following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against routine screening for the disease, researchers report. The screening involves a blood test that identifies levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen), a protein produced by the prostate gland. That test can determine when cancer exists, but it often w...

  • Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Early to Bed, Early to Rise a Back-to-School Challenge FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- It's time to start getting children and teens into their school-year sleep routine, an expert says. School-aged children need nine to 12 hours of sleep a night, according to sleep specialist Dr. Susan Manganaro. And teens need eight to 10 hours. "It may take a few weeks for your child to get adjusted to an earlier bedtime," said Manganaro, an assistant professor of pediatric neurology at Stony Brook Universi...

  • Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Excess Weight Tied to Higher Risk for Many Cancers, Experts Say WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Staying slim throughout your life might lower your risk of developing at least eight types of cancer, an international cancer research group says. Those include cancers of the stomach, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, ovary and thyroid. The list also includes a form of brain cancer known as meningioma, as well as a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. What's more, the latest research builds...

  • Ear Tube Insertion

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ear Tube Insertion What is an ear tube insertion? Eardrums are thin pieces of tissue deep in your child's ears. The space behind the eardrum is called the middle ear. It is connected to the back of the nose by a tube. This tube is called the eustachian tube. It allows air to fill this space and fluid to drain from the middle ear. But sometimes these tubes don’t work well. This may be from allergies, infections like colds, or enlarged adenoids. Adenoids are soft tissue behind the nose that helps your chi...

  • Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Evaluation for Bariatric Surgery What is bariatric surgery? There are several different bariatric surgical procedures which help you lose weight. Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery to help you lose weight. It is an option for some people who are obese and have not been able to lose weight with other methods. Your healthcare provider might discuss bariatric surgery with you if you are obese, or if you are overweight and have a health problem such as diabetes. Diabetes and certain other health problem...

  • Epidural Corticosteroid Injections

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Epidural Corticosteroid Injections What is an epidural corticosteroid injection? In the simplest of terms, an epidural corticosteroid (steroid) injection is a way to deliver pain medicine quickly into the body with a syringe. The medicine is injected into the epidural area. This is a fat-filled area that covers the spinal cord to protect it and the surrounding nerves from damage. Sometimes pain relief is short term. Other times the benefits continue for some time. Why might I need an epidural steroid in...

  • Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Endoscopic Endonasal Surgery What is endoscopic endonasal surgery? Endoscopic endonasal surgery is a minimally invasive technique that allows a surgeon to go through the nose to operate on areas at the front of the brain and the top of the spine. A thin tube called an endoscope is thread through your nose and sinuses, giving your surgeon access to parts of your brain that would be difficult to reach using traditional surgical approaches and often require large incisions and removal of parts of the skull...

  • Esophageal Stent Procedure

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Esophageal Stent Procedure What is an esophageal stent procedure? In an esophageal stent procedure, a tube is placed in your esophagus to keep open a blocked area. The tube helps you swallow solids and liquids. Your esophagus is the muscular tube connecting the back of your mouth to your stomach. When you swallow, the muscles of your esophagus contract. They propel food into your stomach. Many health problems can partly block a portion of your esophagus. That can make it hard to swallow. The medical ter...

  • Evaluation of a First-Time Seizure

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Evaluation of a First-Time Seizure What is a seizure? When your brain's electrical system doesn't work properly, a seizure can occur. Usually, your brain cells fire electrical impulses in a particular way. Certain factors can make those electrical impulses fire erratically, essentially resulting in a "short circuit" in your brain that causes a seizure. ANerv_20140205_v1_001 Although the exact cause of a seizure can't always be pinpointed, you should always be evaluated by a health care provider the firs...

  • Elbow Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Elbow Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation What is elbow fracture open reduction and internal fixation? Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a type of surgery used to stabilize and heal a broken bone. You might need this procedure to treat your broken elbow. The elbow joint is a hinge type of joint composed of three bones. The humerus (the upper arm bone) forms the joint with two bones of the forearm: the radius and the ulna. The ulna forms the bony point of the elbow. Different kinds...