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Arrhythmia

Arrhythmia

Introduction to Arrhythmia An irregular heartbeat is an arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia). Heart rates can also be irregular. A normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates don’t necessarily occur together. Arrhythmias can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow (called bradyarrhythmias […]

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Having HIV May Heighten Stroke Risk

Having HIV May Heighten Stroke Risk

Latest HIV News MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — People with HIV have a greatly increased risk of a common heart rhythm disorder that’s a leading cause of stroke, a new study shows. The increased risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) from HIV is similar to or higher than known risk factors such as diabetes […]

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A ‘Supercool’ Breakthrough for Patients Awaiting Liver Transplant

A ‘Supercool’ Breakthrough for Patients Awaiting Liver Transplant

Latest Digestion News MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A new “supercooling” technique can triple the length of time a donor liver can be preserved before transplantation, researchers say. The new method — which cools the liver to 21.2 degrees Fahrenheit without freezing it — could make significantly more livers available for transplant. Currently, […]

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Are Shorter Folks at Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

Are Shorter Folks at Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Being shorter than average can bring numerous annoyances, but a new study suggests it might also heighten a person’s odds for type 2 diabetes. The German study found that each additional 10 centimeters (about 4 inches) of height was linked to […]

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Docs Prescribe More Opioids at Certain Time of Day

Docs Prescribe More Opioids at Certain Time of Day

Latest Chronic Pain News MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — As the day wears on and doctors are rushed and tired, they are more likely to prescribe opioid painkillers, a new study finds. Interestingly, they weren’t more likely to prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, or physical therapy, the researchers said. “These findings support […]

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New Prosthetic Leg Can Feel Touch, Reduce ‘Phantom Limb’ Pain

New Prosthetic Leg Can Feel Touch, Reduce ‘Phantom Limb’ Pain

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Chronic Pain News MONDAY, Sept. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — After losing a lower leg, Savo Panic received a prosthetic limb that helped restore movement. But prostheses are imperfect, and he suffered tremendous “phantom” leg pain. Now, European scientists say they’ve developed a technology that restores natural feeling and improves […]

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Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia)

Sickle Cell Disease (Sickle Cell Anemia)

What is the outlook for sickle cell anemia? Can it be cured? The life expectancy of persons with sickle cell anemia is reduced. Some patients, however, can remain without symptoms for years, while others do not survive infancy or early childhood. Nevertheless, with optimal management patients can now survive beyond the fourth decade. Most patients […]

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Lymphedema

Lymphedema

Lymphedema facts Lymphedema is a condition that results from impaired flow of the lymphatic system. Symptoms of lymphedema include swelling in one or more extremities. The swelling may range from mild to severe and disfiguring. Primary lymphedema is present at birth; secondary lymphedema develops as a result of damage to or dysfunction of the lymphatic […]

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How to Fight Hidden Causes of Inflammation

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Arthritis News TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Tamping down inflammation is a must for people with a chronic inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. But you can be exposed to damaging inflammation without having a specific medical condition. Inflammation prevents the body from adequately reacting to stressors […]