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  • Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Knee Surgery Rarer, but Problems More Likely, for Minority Patients THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Minority patients in the United States are less likely to get knee replacement surgery, but more likely to have complications when they do, a new study finds. Knee replacement can be used to treat patients who have severe pain, stiffness and reduced knee function, often due to arthritis or injury. More than 600,000 knee replacements are done in the United States each year. "Even after adjustin...

  • Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kitchen Cooking Burns a Real Danger for Kids FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The day she ended up with second- and third-degree burns on her back, 4-year-old Giuliana Maggio was just busy doing what 4-year-olds do: running around the house, playing hide-and-seek during a family gathering. Giuliana never saw the electrical cord running from the wall to the hot slow cooker sitting on the kitchen table. She ran into the cord, and pulled the scalding hot contents of the slow cooker on to her small...

  • Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Young people who suffer even mild head trauma are more likely to have serious issues later on, including psychiatric problems and premature death, a new study suggests. Researchers compared 100,000 Swedes who suffered at least one traumatic brain injury (TBI) before age 25 with their unaffected siblings. The investigators found that those who had had head injuries were consistently more likely to die early an...

  • Kyphoplasty

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kyphoplasty What is kyphoplasty? Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. The vertebrae are the bones in your back that are stacked on top of each other to make your spine. Your spine supports your weight, allows you to move, and protects your spinal cord and the nerves. AMuscsk_20140310_v0_005 Kyphoplasty is often discussed along with another procedure called vertebroplasty. First the doctor inflates small balloon-like devices into the broken bone to make space. Th...

  • Keratoconus

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Keratoconus What is keratoconus? Keratoconus is an eye disorder in which your cornea slowly thins over time. The cornea also bulges out over time, to form a cone-like shape. The cornea is your eye’s outermost layer. It is a clear, strong layer that caps the front of your eye. It helps protect the rest of your eye from germs and debris. It also helps control the entry of light into your eye. With keratoconus, your cornea thins in the lower and central portions. Keratoconus can also cause swelling and sca...

  • Knee Pain

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Knee Pain What is knee pain? Your kneecap (patella) is a thick, round bone that covers and protects the front portion of your knee joint. It moves along a groove in your thighbone (femur) as part of the patellofemoral joint. A layer of cartilage surrounds the underside of your kneecap. This layer protects it from grinding against your femur. When this cartilage softens and breaks down, it can cause knee pain. This is partly due to repetitive stress. The stress irritates the lining of the joint, and this...

  • Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder X-ray

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kidney, Ureter, and Bladder X-ray What is a kidney, ureter, and bladder X-ray? This type of X-ray may be done to check the stomach for causes of pain. It may also be done to check the organs and structures of the urinary or gastrointestinal (GI) system. The X-ray may be the first diagnostic procedure used to check the urinary system. X-rays use beams of energy that pass through body tissues onto a special film and make a picture. They show pictures of your internal tissues, bones, and organs. Why might ...

  • Kidney Ultrasound

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kidney Ultrasound What is a kidney ultrasound? A kidney ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at your kidneys. It can check the size, shape, and location of your kidneys. It also lets your healthcare provider see how well blood is flowing in your kidneys. The healthcare provider uses a device called a transducer to make the images of your kidneys. The transducer sends out sound waves that bounce off your kidneys. The sound waves are too high-pitched for you to hear. The transducer ...

  • Kidney Transplant

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kidney Transplant What is a kidney transplant? A kidney transplant is a surgery done to replace a diseased kidney with a healthy kidney from a donor. The kidney may come from a deceased organ donor or from a living donor. Family members or others who are a good match may be able to donate one of their kidneys. This type of transplant is called a living transplant. People who donate a kidney can live healthy lives with one healthy kidney. A person getting a transplant most often gets just 1 kidney. In ra...

  • Kidney Scan

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Kidney Scan What is a kidney scan? A kidney scan is an imaging test that looks at your kidneys. Your healthcare provider can also see how well blood is flowing in your kidneys. A kidney scan is a type of nuclear imaging test. This means that a tiny amount of a radioactive matter is used during the scan. The radioactive matter (radioactive tracer) is absorbed by normal kidney tissue. The radioactive tracer sends out gamma rays. These are picked up by the scanner to make a picture of your kidneys. The are...