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    Allergy Research

    Research on allergies is focused on understanding what happens to the human body during the allergic process, the sequence of events leading to the allergic response and the factors responsible for allergic diseases. Scientists supported by NIAID found that, during the first years of their lives, children raised in a house with two or more dogs or cats may be less ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Treatment

    h4. Medicines If you cannot adequately avoid airborne allergens, your symptoms often can be controlled by medicines. You can buy medicines without a prescription that can relieve allergy symptoms. If, however, they don’t give you relief or they cause unwanted side effects such as sleepiness, your health care provider can prescribe antihistamines and topical nasal steroids. You can use either medicine ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Prevention

    h4. Avoidance h4. Pollen and Molds Complete avoidance of allergenic pollen or mold means moving to a place where the offending substance does not grow and where it is not present in the air. Even this extreme solution may offer only temporary relief because a person sensitive to a specific pollen or mold may develop allergies to new allergens after repeated ...
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    Airborne Allergies - Diagnosis

    People with allergy symptoms, such as the runny nose of allergic rhinitis, may at first suspect they have a cold, but the “cold” lingers on. Testing for allergies is the best way to find out if a person is allergic. h4. Skin tests Allergists (doctors who specialize in allergic diseases) use skin tests to determine whether a person has IgE antibodies ...
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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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    Migraine

    h4. Introduction Despite efforts made in 1962 and 1988 to better define the clinical parameters of migraine, concepts of the basic pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible for the disease have remained essentially unchanged until the last decade. Therapeutic efforts concentrated on countering the vasodilatory status of the cerebral circulation to which was attributed the clinical manifestations of migraine. During the past decade, however, ...
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    Latex Allergies

    h4. Introduction While there have been sporadic reports of adverse reactions to latex products since the 1920's, there has been an unprecedented increase in the prevalence of latex allergies since the late 1980's. After the first North American reports of allergic reactions to latex in 1989, an alarming number of cases were reported to the Food & Drug Administration, including 15 ...
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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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    Avian Influenza

    Avian Influenza
    h4. Introduction Most of Asia and parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, are currently experiencing expanding outbreaks of an avian influenza that is decimating domestic fowl populations, infecting and killing people that have unprotected contact with the infected birds, and causing genuine concern in the medical and scientific communities throughout the world. The reason for the multi-national concern is ...
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    The Cardiovascular System

    The Cardiovascular System
    h4. THE HEART h4. The Structure of the Heart The size and position of the heart - Despite its heavy workload, the heart is not a large organ. It is about the size of the person's clenched fist and weighs 10 to 12 ounces. It is hollow and roughly conical in shape, with the narrow end pointed downward, to the left, ...
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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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