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The Side Effects of Omeprazole

If there is one thing profound about the medicines that we use every single day is that they all have some harmful or not so harmful aftereffects. If there is something even more interesting it is that although all these drugs have harmful effects, not all human beings will get these horrible symptoms. The same thing applies to the Omeprazole side effects. Omeprazole, known most commonly as sodium bicarbonate is normally prescribed to treat ulcers and or infection of the stomach. It normally takes about four to eight weeks to treat the ulcers and ten to twenty eight days to cure infected pylori of the stomach. The Omeprazole side effects in question are therefore aftereffects that arise from its long term use.

Injectables Offer Post-surgical Options For Rhinoplasty Patients

Rhinoplasty, sometimes referred to as a "nose job, " can improve the shape, size and general appearance of the nose. However, imperfections following rhinoplasty are common, which is why some surgeons have turned to injectable fillers as a means of smoothing out irregularities and asymmetries that remain after initial rhinoplasty surgery. An article appearing in the November/December issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a publication of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), discusses the potential benefits and risks of soft tissue fillers as an adjunct to surgical reshaping of the nose. According to ASAPS statistics, rhinoplasty is among the top five surgical cosmetic procedures, with 152, 434 procedures performed in 2008.

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Common Cholesterol Lowering Medications

Being diagnosed with high cholesterol means that you are going to have to make some changes in your life in order to lower your cholesterol levels back to acceptable levels. The normal diet of today includes many foods that are high in saturated fats and these contribute to a worldwide epidemic of high cholesterol. The first thing your doctor is likely to recommend is a cholesterol lowering medication. Before prescribing cholesterol lowering medication your doctor will check the levels of both your good cholesterol or HDL and your bad cholesterol or LDL. Your HDL should be 400ml/dL or more and your LDL level should not measure over 200ml/dL, if they are you may need to be put on medication to bring them back to where they should be.

Sinus Infection and Antibiotics - Know the Facts

The correlation of sinus infection and antibiotics is pretty clear cut, but for some reason it is a natural response of the doctor to dole out prescription antibiotics when you go to his office complaining of a sinus infection. I am thinking maybe this is because if the pain, swelling, cloggy feeling is bad enough to get you there then it must be bad enough to treat. A good thing to know in sinus drainage is, that if it is clear it is viral and if it is colored it is bacterial. You only treat bacterial infections with antibiotics as they will not work on viruses. Another bit of advice for people that is good to know is that colds are not sinus infections.

Regenerative Medicine - Treatment With Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

New developments in the use of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) are appearing every month in the literature. The initial hurdle is to be able to reprogram adult human cells without using agents that might cause cancer. The first reprogramming method used a viral delivery system to introduce the reprogramming genes into cells. But a virus can insert into the cell's genome, possibly causing severe unanticipated outcomes such as cancer. Also, refinement of the reprogramming factors is necessary. The initial group was composed of Oct-4, c-Myc, Sox2, and Klf4 genes. c-Myc has potent oncogenic properties - expression of c-Myc can cause a cell to become cancerous.

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An MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan - Not So Scary After All

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a non-invasive method of using magnets and radio waves to look deep inside the human body. An MRI scan provides far greater detail than a traditional X-ray and can help Doctors to diagnose a wide variety of different ailments. This article is a non-technical overview from a patients perspective, to help those who are about to undergo a scan or are concerned about what's involved. We all tend to expect the worst and it's quite normal to be concerned about any medical procedure but an MRI scan really is nothing to worry about and although the technology behind MRI is very complex, it requires little of the patient, other than an ability to lie still, breathe normally and put up with some noise - more on that later.

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