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Measles: a non-trivial disease. by Mike S. Patient Expert Posted Sun 14 Dec 2008 11:06pm Thanks to the Gutenberg Project I have recently discovered a very old report on measles, by W. C. Rucker, Assistant Surgeon General, United States Public Health Service, 1913. It begins starkly enough with the grim statistic that 11,000 children in the USA died of measles in 1910. For those who have no memory of measles I offer this description f ... Read on »
The Down syndrome Glossary by Stephanie B. Patient Expert Posted Tue 27 Jan 2009 6:30pm px;border:none;"> Acute: Of abrupt onset, in reference to a disease. Acute often also connotes an illness that is of short duration, rapidly progressive, and in need of urgent care. Alzheimer's disease: See: Alzheimer disease. Analysis: A psychology term for processes used to gain understanding of complex emotional or behav ... Read on »
Heart scan curiosities 3 by Dr. William D. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 8:52am Note the shape of the chest in this 64-year old man. The front of his chest (upper portion of scan) is concave. In other words, if you were looking at this man (shirtless, of course) face to face, his chest would bow inward, rather than the usual outward configuration. The official name for this is "pectus excavatum". Compare th ... Read on »
SPOTLIGHT CASE AND COMMENTARY: Weighing In on Surgical Safety by Healthcare Research & Quality Posted Wed 11 Aug 2010 5:00am Weighing In on Surgical Safety Commentary by Jay B. Brodsky, MD; Michael Margarson, MD Identify the comorbidities associated with obesity that place patients at higher risk for surgical complications. Understand elements of the STOP-BANG questionnaire that help scre ... Read on »
Tongue Scalloping: A Simple Marker for Sleep Apnea? by Dr. Steven P. Medical Doctor Posted Thu 21 Jan 2010 7:40am 4 Comments Besides the typical descriptions of physical features for someone at risk for obstructive sleep apnea (such as male, overweight, obnoxious snoring, and a big neck), one physical finding that's rarely mentioned is tongue scalloping (click here for picture). This is when you have impressions or ridges on the sides of your tongue where it sits aga ... Read on »
Genetics Home Reference: D-bifunctional protein deficiency by nih.gov Posted Thu 17 Apr 2014 11:06am On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis Additional information Other names Glossary definitions Reviewed April 2014 What is D-bifunctional protein deficiency? D-bifunctional protein deficiency is a disorder ... Read on »
Boob talk: an update on our breastfeeding situation by RunnJRun Posted Fri 31 Jan 2014 7:08am In case you missed it, and want to read about it, I recently wrote about our struggles with breastfeeding. I foolishly thought that breastfeeding would be easy. I am an idiot. I finally found a lactation consultant that would come to my house and help me figure out why we were having such a difficult {painful} time with breastfeedi ... Read on »
Breathing Lessons for Sleep Apnea Sufferers by Dr. Steven P. Medical Doctor Posted Thu 14 Jan 2010 10:40am Proper breathing is fundamental to good health and vitality. It's also the most basic physiologic function that we must do to survive. Improper breathing can lead to illness, disease, and ultimately, death. Ancient Hindu cultures recognized this basic principle and developed very sophisticated breathing techniques that we now realize are scient ... Read on »
I'm Okay! by Shannon .. Registered Nurse Posted Fri 17 Oct 2008 6:18pm Really, I'm fantastic! And no, I am not making a drug-induced post. It's been over 8 hours since my last pain medication, and I have no pain right now unless I open my mouth too big or if I swallow (weird, huh?). Greg, I know you were really hoping for a post during my medication-induced state that made me blush later, but your not getting it! ... Read on »
Q: What’s a deviated septum? by Dr. Steven P. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 12 Jan 2010 1:27pm Q:
  What’s a deviated septum? A:  The nasal septum is the midline partition that divides your nose into your right and left nasal cavities. You have other septums in your body as well, including your heart and your frontal nasal sinuses. The front part of the nasal septum is made of cartilage, but parts of the rear are made of thin bone. I ... Read on »