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What to expect from a bronchoscopy

What to expect from a bronchoscopy

A bronchoscopy is a procedure that allows a doctor to examine the inside of the lungs, including the bronchi, which are the main pathways into the lungs. During a bronchoscopy, a doctor inserts a thin tube containing a light and camera into the lungs through the nose or mouth. The doctor can use the findings […]

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What are the signs of not eating enough?

What are the signs of not eating enough?

Typical signs that you’re not eating enough can include feeling tired, getting ill more often, hair loss, or skin problems. While obesity and related conditions are on the rise, the dangers of undereating are relatively overlooked. Undereating can have a range of adverse effects on a person’s health and wellbeing. In this article, we look […]

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Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

Low vitamin D levels may raise bowel cancer risk

In the largest study of its kind, low levels of vitamin D are linked with a significant increase in colorectal cancer risk. Conversely, higher levels appear to offer protection. Vitamin D and colorectal cancer may be linked. Vitamin D is produced in the skin after contact with sunlight, as well as absorbed in our guts […]

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Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?

Why do I feel pain in my ear when swallowing?

Ear pain when swallowing can be extremely uncomfortable and interfere with everyday activities such as eating, drinking, and talking. There are many reasons why a person’s ears might hurt when they swallow. The three most common causes of this pain are infections of the: ear nose throat In this article, learn the best ways to […]

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The curious case of a blind woman who sees motion

The curious case of a blind woman who sees motion

In the most comprehensive brain analysis of a blind person to date, researchers have mapped the neural pathways of a 48-year-old woman who can only see objects when they move. A woman whose occipital lobes (depicted here) are almost entirely damaged developed the ability to see objects in motion. “The miracle of plasticity and redeployment […]

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How can disc desiccation be treated?

How can disc desiccation be treated?

The spine is made up of bones called vertebrae, in between which are small fluid-filled discs. Desiccation of those discs is a common disorder caused by the tissues becoming dehydrated. The discs between the vertebrae in the spinal column absorb shock and impact and prevent the bones from rubbing against each other. There are five […]

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What is refeeding?

What is refeeding?

Refeeding syndrome can develop when someone who is malnourished begins to eat again. The syndrome occurs because of the reintroduction of glucose, or sugar. As the body digests and metabolizes food again, this can cause sudden shifts in the balance of electrolytes and fluids. These shifts can cause severe complications, and the syndrome can be […]

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Lower back pain and vaginal discharge: What to know

Lower back pain and vaginal discharge: What to know

Lower back pain and vaginal discharge can each develop for a wide range of reasons. These symptoms are common on their own. When they occur together, it can point to an underlying condition. In this article, learn about seven possible causes of lower back pain and vaginal discharge. We also explore risk factors and treatment […]

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Thyroid Disease and Menopause

Thyroid Disease and Menopause

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Medical Author: Ruchi Mathur, M.D.Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR A 48-year old woman came into my office a few months ago. She was complaining of fatigue and a sense of depression. In addition, she was concerned that her weight had begun to “shift” to her middle and her […]

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Heart disease: Erectile dysfunction may double risk

Heart disease: Erectile dysfunction may double risk

If you have symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it might be a good idea to have your heart health checked. This is the main finding of a new study that suggests that erectile dysfunction might be an early sign of heart disease. For men, erectile dysfunction may be a predictor of heart disease. Heart disease is […]