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Questions You May Have Before A Laminectomy

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If your doctor is recommending that you see a neurosurgeon for a laminectomy, you are probably experiencing some feelings of worry and concern. Neurosurgery is serious, and as much as you want your back to feel better, going under the knife can seem like a big step. Keep in mind, however, that your doctor would not be recommending this procedure if they did not feel it was right for you. As you discover answers to the many questions you likely have, you will probably start to feel more comfortable about the procedure to come. Read More»

Concerned About Possible Hearing Loss? 3 Things To Know

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Hearing loss is a problem for many Americans. In fact, recent statistics from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) show that 15 percent of adults over the age of 18 are afflicted with some level of hearing loss, with the risk being most elevated for those who are between the ages of 60 and 69. Males are also known to have twice the risk of developing hearing loss as adult females. Read More»

What To Expect A Your Doctor Treats Your Sprained Ankle

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An ankle sprain can occur when you least expect it. A simple fall or misstep can leave you in excruciating pain.  Even though you may be anxious to receive treatment for your injury, you may not know what to expect. Here is a bit of information to help you better understand what is typically done to treat a sprained ankle. Examination In order for your doctor to properly diagnose your condition, they must first examine the injured ankle. Read More»

Here's What You Should Know About Getting An Allergy Skin Test Done

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Whether you’re susceptible to regular, irregular, or seasonal allergies, getting an allergy skin test done can help you identify exactly what’s causing your allergic symptoms so you can minimize your exposure and therefore your symptoms as time goes on. Here are the basics you should know about getting an allergy skin test done: The Initial Consultation You can expect to sit down with your allergy test doctor one-on-one and discuss your medical history as well as the allergy symptoms that you tend to experience throughout the year. Read More»

Alternatives To Inpatient Alcohol Rehabilitation Programs

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If you have an addiction to alcohol and want to stop drinking, then it is in your best interest to look into an alcohol rehab program. And, while the residential programs are successful for most people, there are some other options that are available to you that do not involve a live-in environment. Keep reading to learn about a few of them so you can start to develop the plan that works the best for you. Read More»

Infused Toothpicks? Why This Odd New Product Is Picking Its Way To Popularity

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An “infused” toothpick is not that new of an idea. Thirty years (and more) ago, toothpick companies would dip toothpicks in peppermint oil as a means of helping people feel as though they had fresher breath and cleaner gums after a meal. Since peppermint oil is also a natural digestive aid, the assumption was that the peppermint oil from the toothpicks would act in the same way as an after-dinner mint or mint gum. Read More»

Considering Implant Dentistry? 4 Questions To Ask Your Dentist

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After a dental injury or condition that has resulted in missing teeth, restoring your smile is important. Although having a complete smile is essential for your appearance, a full set of teeth will also help reduce the risk of dental complications, bone loss, and speech/eating issues. Of course, there are many options available if you want to restore your smile. Today, more and more people are opting for dental implants because of the many benefits they offer. Read More»

Parents Who Make Port Wine Stains "Fun" May Alleviate A Child's Anxiety

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Port wine stain birthmarks may cause a multitude of emotional problems in children if they are sensitive about their appearance. Thankfully, parents can take a unique step—making the stain fun—to stave off the need for treatment. However, removal is often the best option for children who can’t overcome their anxiety. Port Wine Stains May Make Children Anxious Port wine stains may trigger anxiety in many children because of the prominence the birthmark may have on their face. Read More»

Anesthesia Options for Surgical Abortion

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When having an early surgical abortion, there are several different forms of pain reduction to choose from. Your choice will likely be based on your own levels of comfort with the procedure, the types of anesthesia offered by the clinic where you are having your procedure, and when you have the procedure completed. There are four main types of anesthesia associated with surgical abortion.  Local Anesthesia  With local anesthesia, only your cervix is numbed. Read More»

Choose Your Own Adventure: 3 Medical Approaches To Weight Loss

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Many people who face ongoing struggles with their weight have tried every strategy available with limited results. Trying a medical approach to weight loss may be the tool you need to not only kickstart your weight loss, but find a strategy that helps you reach your long-term goals. Medically-Supervised Diets Medically-supervised diets typically consist of a very-low caloric diet (VLCD) that is designed to help you lose weight quickly, especially if you have many pounds to lose. Read More»