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zinc oxide topical (Desitin and Others)

zinc oxide topical (Desitin and Others)

What is zinc oxide? Topical zinc oxide is a non-prescription (OTC) over-the-counter) mild astringent with weak antiseptic properties. It is a skin protectant that is used to treat and prevent various skin conditions including minor abrasions, burns, chafing, diaper rash, insect bites, and minor skin irritation. What brand names are available for zinc oxide? Ammens […]

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Is Ringworm Contagious?

Is Ringworm Contagious?

What is ringworm? Ringworm is a rash caused by a fungus in the skin. Ringworm is caused by various genera and species of fungi (for examples, Trichophyton species, Epidermophyton species). The term ringworm is used because the rash often occurs in a ringlike, circular pattern. Ringworm is also referred to as a form of tinea […]

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Birth Control Pills (List of Oral Contraceptives and Side Effects)

Birth Control Pills (List of Oral Contraceptives and Side Effects)

What are birth control pills, and how do they work (mechanism of action)? Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) are medications that prevent pregnancy. They are one method of birth control. Oral contraceptives are hormonal preparations that may contain combinations of the hormones estrogen and progestin or progestin alone. Combinations of estrogen and progestin prevent pregnancy […]

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Could Extra Weight Weaken Your Brain?

Could Extra Weight Weaken Your Brain?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Senior Health News WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Extra pounds and a wider waistline won’t do your brain any favors as you get older, a new study suggests. In fact, obesity appears to accelerate brain aging by a decade or more, the researchers added. People with a wide […]

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U.S. Fertility Rate At All-Time Low

U.S. Fertility Rate At All-Time Low

THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. fertility rate continued to fall last year and reached an all-time low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Latest Pregnancy News The general fertility rate fell 2% between 2017 and 2018 among girls and women ages 15-44, according to a report released Wednesday by […]

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Smog Could Land Newborns in Intensive Care

Smog Could Land Newborns in Intensive Care

Latest Pregnancy News THURSDAY, July 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The danger that air pollution poses to the hearts and lungs of adults is well-documented, but new research suggests that newborns are also at risk. Infants of mothers who were exposed to high levels of air pollution in the week before giving birth were more […]

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Pregnant Women Exposed to More Risky CT Scans

Pregnant Women Exposed to More Risky CT Scans

Latest Pregnancy News WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Use of risky CT scans during pregnancy has risen significantly in North America in the past two decades, a new study finds. “It’s important to quantify exposure to ionizing radiation because it can cause cancer and birth defects, and should be kept to a minimum, […]

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Phenothiazine Antipsychotics

Phenothiazine Antipsychotics

What are phenothiazine antipsychotics? Phenothiazine antipsychotics are medications used to treat schizophrenia and manifestations of psychotic disorders. Some phenothiazine antipsychotics, like prochlorperazine and chlorpromazine, are used for nausea, vomiting, and hiccups. Although, the exact mechanism of phenothiazine antipsychotics is unknown, scientists believe that they may work by blocking the action of dopamine in the brain. […]

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Health Tip: Understanding Phobias

Health Tip: Understanding Phobias

(HealthDay News) — A phobia is an anxiety disorder that produces a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little danger, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Latest Mental Health News Phobias can range from a fear of highway driving to a fear of blood. When people are anxious and extremely self-conscious […]