2010 Medical Minutes Archive
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December 2010 - Scalds & Burns
Scald injuries can be very painful and can mean prolonged treatment. Sixty percent of scalds are suffered by infants and young children. The elderly and people with disabilities are also often scald victims. Scalds frequently happen in the kitchen and bathing area.
November 2010 - Smoking Cessation
The American Cancer Society says kicking the tobacco habit can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease within one year. Overtime, quitting smoking can reduce your risk for stroke and lung cancer. Giving up cigarettes can also improve the lives of people around you. Need help: Call Tobacco quit line: 1-800-784-8669 (1-800-QUITNOW)
- When Smokers Quit – The Health Benefits Over Time
- Calculator – How many cigarettes is that?
- Guide to quitting smoking
October 2010 - Breast Cancer
Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer cells grow in the breast tissue. Cancer occurs when cells in the body divide without control or order. If cells keep dividing uncontrollably, a mass of tissue forms. This is called a growth or tumor. The term cancer refers to malignant tumors. They can invade nearby tissue and spread to other parts of the body. Although most people think of breast cancer as affecting women, men can develop breast cancer as well. Breast cancer in men can be more aggressive.
TV Medical Minutes
September 2010 - Chest Pain
Chest pains are often an indicator of a heart attack. Heart attacks, a killer of men and women, are usually caused by clots in an artery. They deprive the heart muscle of needed oxygen and blood. Some people think that heart attacks affect only men. However, coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attacks, is the number one killer of women, according to the American Heart Association. What may be different for women than men is the symptoms. Instead of chest pains, women may feel heartburn, lightheadedness, or discomfort in the neck, jaw, shoulder, back or abdomen. Regardless of whether you are a man or a woman when it comes to surviving a heart attack, time is muscle. If you think youre having a heart attack, get medical help immediately.
August 2010 - Catch the Curve
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that shouldnt be there. The best defense is early detection. Scoliosis has no cure, and while overloaded backpacks may injury muscles and joints, they do not cause scoliosis. In many cases, the cause of scoliosis in not known. The condition impacts both genders. It can affect infants and adults, but its general onset is ages 10 to 15. A scoliosis screening takes less than a minute and requires no needles.
July 2010 - Summer Heat
The summer heat is on! Its important that you take care of yourself in the heat. If you must work or exercise in hot conditions, drink plenty of fluids and take frequent breaks in the shade. These will help in avoiding heat exhaustion or worse heat stroke. Also, remember to take care of your skin and avoid sunburn. Sunburn is a risk factor in skin cancer. Sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or greater can help. The sunscreen should block both UVA and UVB rays.
March 2010 - Physical Rehabilitation
When a loved one needs physical rehab, family members are often unsure of what they should do. A physical rehabilitation patient may need to learn again how to walk, talk, or basic skills for taking care of themselves, such as how to get dressed or cook. Family and friends, though, are an important part of a persons recovery. They need your encouragement, support, and patience.
February 2010 - Losing Weight is Best for Your Heart
When your body weighs too much your heart has to work harder than it should. If youre overweight or obese, one of the best things you can do for your heart is lose weight. Obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease, diabetes, and many other serious medical conditions. For some people shedding pounds is something they can do with exercise and determination.
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January 2010 - Options for Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence can interrupt your daily life, but you can regain your freedom. The topic of bladder control is often one that many would prefer to avoid, but the first step is to talk with your physician. What kind of treatment you need depends on many factors, including what type of urinary incontinence you have. Urinary incontinence can often be treated with behavioral changes, medicine, and surgery. Slings are one surgical option for people with stress incontinence; while neurostimulation is an option for people with overactive bladders. These minimally-invasive surgeries can give you the freedom to enjoy your life without worry.