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Osteomyelitis (“osteo” meaning bone and “myelitis” meaning inflammation of the fatty tissues) is a rare but serious infection in the bone. Osteomyelitis can affect people of all ages and can occur in any bone. While osteomyelitis was once thought to be incurable, acute cases can usually be treated and resolved…

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Compartment syndrome is a dangerous condition that occurs when swelling in one “compartment” of the body is unable to self-alleviate due to restrictions the construction of the body places on fluid moving from one zone to another. When the pressure from excess fluid builds to dangerous levels, organs can lose…

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It is not difficult to envision the body as being comprised of different “compartments,” with each area of the body separated from the rest by tissue known as fascia. These compartments are obvious upon observation, with the arms and legs being separate compartments from the chest. Having the body compartmentalized…

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Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) occurs when a portion of the bowel dies, and is most common in newborn infants. Risk factors include prematurity, heart disease, and birth asphyxia. Because the risk factors are well-established in the medical literature, doctors and nurses should be on the lookout for any of the symptoms…

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Though birthing classes are not mandatory, many parents choose to attend them, hoping to be as prepared as possible for the event. Learning breathing exercises and other skills that might help minimize pain (as much as it can be minimized) can provide expectant mothers and fathers with a greater sense…

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Retained Products of Conception (RPOC) are remnants of the placenta and other tissue which can remain in the uterus postpartum. Doctors should carefully monitor for signs of RPOC, as this condition leaves the mother particularly vulnerable to developing sepsis. One of the most common, and dangerous, signs of RPOC is…

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A study presented in the December 2017 edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences highlights a potential breakthrough treatment for sepsis. Sepsis, which affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year, and which is fatal in one-third of emergent cases where prompt treatment does not take place, is…

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Some degree of physical disability is to be expected when a person experiences a stroke. Strokes occur when blood flow is restricted to an area of the brain, either from a clot or from a brain bleed, resulting in the death of brain cells. Whatever functions these cells perform must…

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Fitbits, iWatches, and other wearable fitness technology have allowed millions of Americans to have a better grasp of their fitness. Setting and achieving goals, such as taking 10,000 steps every day, is much simpler to achieve when a bracelet or watch is keeping track. As technology improves, these devices are…

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