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    Chemical Sensitivity

    Some people report that they react to chemicals in their environments and that these allergy-like reactions seem to result from exposure to a wide variety of synthetic and natural substances. Such substances can include those found in # Paints # Carpeting # Plastics # Perfumes # Cigarette smoke # Plants Although the symptoms may resemble those of allergies, sensitivity to chemicals ...
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    Animal Allergy

    Household pets are the most common source of allergic reactions to animals. Many people think that pet allergy is provoked by the fur of cats and dogs. Researchers have found, however, that the major allergens are proteins in the saliva. These proteins stick to the fur when the animal licks itself. Urine is also a source of allergy-causing proteins, as is ...
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    Dust Mite Allergy

    Dust mite allergy is an allergy to a microscopic organism that lives in the dust found in all dwellings and workplaces. House dust, as well as some house furnishings, contains microscopic mites. Dust mites are perhaps the most common cause of perennial allergic rhinitis. House dust mite allergy usually produces symptoms similar to pollen allergy and also can produce symptoms of ...
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    Mold Allergy

    h4. What is mold? There are thousands of types of molds and yeasts in the fungus family. Yeasts are single cells that divide to form clusters. Molds are made of many cells that grow as branching threads called hyphae. Although both can probably cause allergic reactions, only a small number of molds are widely recognized offenders. The seeds or reproductive pieces ...
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    Pollen Allergy

    Each spring, summer, and fall, tiny pollen grains are released from trees, weeds, and grasses. These grains hitch rides on currents of air. Although the mission of pollen is to fertilize parts of other plants, many never reach their targets. Instead, pollen enters human noses and throats, triggering a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis called pollen allergy. Many people know this ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Symptoms

    The signs and symptoms of airborne allergies are familiar to many. # Sneezing, often with a runny or clogged nose # Coughing and postnasal drip # Itching eyes, nose, and throat # Watering eyes # Conjunctivitis # “Allergic shiners” (dark circles under the eyes caused by increased blood flow near the sinuses) # “Allergic salute” (in a child, persistent upward rubbing ...
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    Hematuria - Blood in the Urine

    h4. What is hematuria? Hematuria is the presence of red blood cells (RBCs) in the urine. In microscopic hematuria, the urine appears normal to the naked eye, but examination with a microscope shows a high number of RBCs. Gross hematuria can be seen with the naked eye�the urine is red or the color of cola. h4. What causes hematuria? Several conditions ...
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    Blood Disorders: Overview

    (also called Hematologic diseases) Your blood is living tissue made up of liquid and solids. The liquid part, called plasma, is made of water, salts and protein. Over half of your blood is plasma. The solid part of your blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Red blood cells deliver oxygen from your lungs to your tissues and ...
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    Exercise Physiology Basics

    h4. Introduction To maintain a healthy lifestyle, the importance of physical activity can not be underestimated. It is the single most important endeavor that one can participate in to promote health throughout a lifetime. For decades, epidemiological research has accumulated highlighting the health benefits associated with regular physical activity. Furthermore, there is overwhelming research illustrating the morbid and mortal consequences of ...
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    Medical Record Keeping for Health Care Providers

    h4. Introduction: The Purpose of Medical Records Medical records serve many purposes. First and foremost, they document the history of examination, diagnosis and treatment of a patient. This information is vital for all providers involved in a patient's care and for any subsequent new provider who assumes responsibility for the patient. In disciplinary or peer review matters, medical records can justify ...
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    Nutrition and Immunity

    h4. INTRODUCTION The immune system is the body's primary defensive survival mechanism. It can determine what is "self," which needs to be protected - and what is "non-self," which needs to be destroyed. A properly functioning immune system allows us to live a life virtually free of illness and disease. Nutrition plays a key role in maintaining optimal immune function. Recent ...
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    Practical Nutrition for Clinicians

    Practical Nutrition for Clinicians
    Introduction Clinical practitioners need to know about nutrition because research and experience show that proper nutritional care can reduce medical complications, speed healing, and improve outcome in sick people. In the hospital, clinical dietitians are taking an increasingly proactive role in planning and executing treatment regimens. Doctors now routinely order nutrition assessments and seek advice on formulas, diets and supplementation; pharmacists, ...
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    Protecting Your Professional License

    h4. Introduction History This section is offered for background only, as it is very confusing and of limited value. Many years ago, the state of Florida recognized the importance of professional regulation. A system of regulation developed in which each profession was responsible for regulating its own kind. It soon became apparent that there were common issues among all of the ...
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    Prostatic Carcinoma

    Prostatic Carcinoma
    h4. Introduction Prostate cancer is the second leading malignancy of men in the United States; wherein approximately 300,000 cases are diagnosed and 41,000 men die annually. It is second only to lung cancer in terms of male cancer deaths. Although this disease can be treated effectively when it is confined to the prostatic capsule at time of detection, it is beyond ...
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    Oral Cancer

    h4. Premalignant Lesions Many malignant lesions have their predecessors. The status of any lesion, whether benign or malignant, can only be confirmed by histologic examination. The American Cancer Society guidelines suggest that lesions which have an unknown source and that fail to heal within two weeks undergo biopsy. Unfortunately, patients may dismiss lesions which are asymptomatic as harmless. Yet squamous cell ...
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    Pre-Anesthetic Assessment

    h4. Historical Perspectives During the 1970's and even later a shotgun approach to pre-anesthetic assessment was routine. Reasons for this attitude included the argument that broad based testing was good screening for patients who might not otherwise seek medical advice on a regular basis. Indeed, it was suggested that the information thus gained might well negate the need for an annual ...
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    Hypothermia

    h4. Introduction Hypothermia is defined as a core temperature of less than 35 degrees C. Below this temperature the body systems for thermoregulation begin to fail. The body's ability to minimize heat loss through radiation, convection, respiration, conduction, and evaporation are very limited. The very young and the very old are the most susceptible to hypothermia as a result of their ...
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    Osteoporosis

    h4. Introduction Osteoporosis remains a serious health problem for society. It is estimated that 36 million Americans, both men and women, suffer from the disorder, which is responsible for a high risk for serious fractures especially of the spine, hip and wrist. It is an insidious disease, sometimes referred to as the silent thief, as it slowly drains away bone mass, ...
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    Substance Abuse

    Substance Abuse
    h4. Introduction Substance abuse and addiction comprise a public health problem with wide-ranging social, economic, and physical consequences. Drug-related deaths have more than doubled since the early 1980s. Although substance abuse costs American society more than $135 billion a year, there is no real way to put a price on the overall costs to society. Increased crime, disease, devastation of families, ...
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    Nutrition in Health and Disease

    Nutrition in Health and Disease
    h4. Introduction The interaction between genes and the environment plays a major role in the human life cycle from birth to death beginning with fertilization through the stages of growth, development, and aging. The role of nutrition, which can modify the genetic base, is of crucial importance in this life cycle. Human nutrition is a science that deals with nutrients and ...
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