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Bibasilar atelectasis: Symptoms, causes, and complications

Bibasilar atelectasis: Symptoms, causes, and complications

Atelectasis is a partial or total collapse of one or both of the lungs. It occurs when tiny air sacs in the lungs known as alveoli deflate. Bibasilar atelectasis is the collapse of the lowest lobes in both lungs. Bibasilar atelectasis can cause severe complications if left untreated. How doctors deal with it will vary […]

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What to know about punctal plugs for dry eye

What to know about punctal plugs for dry eye

A punctal plug is a small device that blocks tear duct drainage. Punctal plugs may help to relieve the symptoms of chronic dry, itchy, or burning eyes. Doctors use a procedure called punctal occlusion surgery to insert punctal plugs, which may be a temporary or long-term solution. The procedure is straightforward, but there is a […]

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Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

Antifungal drug kills dormant colorectal cancer cells

Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed type of cancer in the United States. Though various treatments are available for it, certain tumor cells are therapy-resistant. Now, research suggests that an antifungal drug may be effective against these persistent cells. Can itraconazole, an antifungal drug, eliminate therapy-resistant cancer cells and halt tumor progression? The […]

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Broken eye socket: Symptoms, surgery, and recovery

Broken eye socket: Symptoms, surgery, and recovery

A broken eye socket usually causes intense pain, swelling, and a black eye, which make it easy to diagnose. The eye socket is the bony structure surrounding and protecting the eye. In addition to the eye, it houses all the muscles, nerves, and connective tissues that connect to and move the eye. Some parts of […]

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What is biceps tenodesis?

Biceps tenodesis is a surgical procedure used to reduce pain in the shoulder and surrounding area. It is an option when pain is caused by problems with the biceps tendon in the arm. In this article, learn about the types of procedure, who could benefit from it, possible complications, and alternative treatments.

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Dry needling vs. acupuncture: What the research says

Dry needling vs. acupuncture: What the research says

Dry needling and acupuncture involve puncturing the skin with thin needles for therapeutic purposes. While a shared aim is to provide relief from pain, the practices are otherwise very different. Practitioners of dry needling attempt to release tension from knots and pressure points in muscles. Acupuncturists insert needles to release endorphins and affect the nervous […]

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Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

Common toothpaste ingredient may promote colon cancer

Researchers claim that there is an “urgent need” to test triclosan, a common chemical in household products. After preliminary studies, scientists conclude that it might cause colonic inflammation and promote colon cancer. Could a common toothpaste ingredient be causing more harm than good? Triclosan is not necessarily a household name, but the products that it […]

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Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

Can these hormones provide the key to autism, schizophrenia?

People with neuropsychiatric disorders — such as schizophrenia and autism — often display, among other symptoms, impaired social behavior. To address this, researchers looked into the impact of two hormones on social attitudes. Can oxytocin and vasopressin help to regulate impaired social behavior? In a new study, investigators at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia […]

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What is the difference between heatstroke and heat exhaustion?

Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are illnesses caused by exposure to extreme heat. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress into heatstroke, which may be life-threatening. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), above-average temperatures or unusually humid weather kills more than 600 people in the United States each year. As temperatures rise, […]

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What to know about hyperlordosis

What to know about hyperlordosis

Hyperlordosis is a condition in which there is an excessive spine curvature in the lower back. Hyperlordosis creates a characteristic C-shaped curve in the lower back, or lumbar region, where the spine curves inward just above the buttocks. It often occurs as a result of poor posture or a lack of exercise. In this article, […]