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Swollen Lymph Nodes (Glands)

Swollen Lymph Nodes (Glands)

How is the cause of swollen lymph nodes diagnosed? Swollen lymph nodes closer to the surface of the body are generally diagnosed by a doctor’s examination and feeling for areas known to have coalescence of lymph nodes, for example, swollen lymph nodes under the arms (axillary lymph nodes), swollen lymph nodes in the sides of […]

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Fewer New Measles Cases in U.S. Last Week

Fewer New Measles Cases in U.S. Last Week

TUESDAY, July 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — There were just over a dozen measles cases reported last week in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. Latest Infectious Disease News As of Thursday, there had been 1,109 reported cases in 28 states, an increase of 14 cases from the previous […]

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clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS)

clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS)

What is clonidine, and how does it work? Clonidine (Catapres, Catapres-TTS) is an oral and topical (applied to the skin) medication prescribed by a doctor for the treatment of high blood pressure (hypertension). It acts by stimulating receptors on nerves in the brain that reduces the transmission of messages from nerves in the brain to […]

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Former NFL Star Tedy Bruschi Recovering From Stroke

Former NFL Star Tedy Bruschi Recovering From Stroke

MONDAY, July 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — Former NFL star Tedy Bruschi is recovering after suffering what’s commonly known as a mini stroke. Latest Heart News The 46-year-old three-time Superbowl champion suffered the “transient ischemic attack” — considered a warning sign for a major stroke — on Thursday, according to a statement from […]

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bisacodyl suppository and enema (Dulcolax, Biscolax)

bisacodyl suppository and enema (Dulcolax, Biscolax)

What is bisacodyl-rectal suppository, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Bisacodyl is a stimulant laxative. It stimulates the muscles in the wall of the small intestine and colon to generate a bowel movement. It also alters water and electrolyte levels in intestines, increasing the level of fluids which also produce a laxative-like effect. […]

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citric acid/sodium citrate

citric acid/sodium citrate

What is sodium citrate (alk) citric acid? What is it used for? Sodium citrate/citric acid is used to make urine less acidic and therefore prevent formation of kidney stones. Sodium citrate/citric acid also is useful as a buffer and neutralizing agent for gastric acid. Sodium citrate is broken down to sodium bicarbonate which decreases the […]

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Kidney (Renal) Failure

Kidney (Renal) Failure

Source: iStock Kidney failure definition and facts Kidneys are the organs that filter waste products from the blood. They are also involved in regulating blood pressure, electrolyte balance, and red blood cell production in the body. Symptoms of kidney failure are due to the build-up of waste products and excess fluid in the body that […]

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nortriptyline (Pamelor)

nortriptyline (Pamelor)

What is nortriptyline? What is nortriptyline used for? Nortriptyline is in the class of drugs called tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and is used for treating depression. Other drugs in the same class include: Individuals with depression may have an imbalance in neurotransmitters, chemicals that nerves make and use to communicate with other nerves. Like all TCAs, […]