Preventing Measles

There is no cure for measles, so the best approach is to prevent people from getting infected, by vaccinating them before they are exposed to the virus. Vaccines are made from the kind of germ they are designed to protect against. Some vaccines are made from inactivated or killed viruses or bacteria. Others are made from certain products or parts of the invader, but not the whole disease germ.

Endeavor Drug-Eluting Stent to Treat Narrowing Coronary Arteries

In 2008, the FDA approved the use of the Endeavor Drug-Eluting Stent; this stent that has been changing the way narrowing coronary arteries are treated ever since then. This new stent provides a way for patients to be treated for this condition one time and not have to continue undergoing angioplasties each year - a problem that no one should have to deal with.

Peter Gets the Rx Help He Needs

Are you or someone you know struggling to pay for prescription medicine? If so, you may be able to identify with Peter. Pete is a retired mechanic who suffers from COPD. The majority of his income is supplied by Social Security. He also receives a small monthly pension from the factory he retired from. Pete manages to pay the rent on his tiny apartment, and pay his other bills, but he can't afford all of the prescriptions he needs to control his condition.

Things to Avoid While Taking Alcoholism Prevention Medicine

First of all, do not drink alcohol while on antabuse treatment. Symptoms like low blood pressure, fast heartbeat, nausea, flushing, chest pain, thirst, and vertigo may occur when alcohol is imbibed during antabuse therapy. You should not take antabuse for at least 12 hours after drinking alcohol. Note that reactions still may occur from drinking alcohol for several weeks after you have ceased antabuse treatment.

Baron G Dupuytren 1777-1835 French Surgeon

DUPUYTREN'S CONTRACTURE Thickening and contracture of the palmar fascia of the hand resulting in the eventual flexure of the 4th and 5th fingers. There is an association with alcoholic cirrhosis and manual work, but in most instances the etiology is uncertain. "The poor village boy who became a Baron and possessor of a King's ransom." G. Dupuytren was born in Pierre-Buffiere, France in 1777, the same year that Joseph Preistley told the world how he could produce oxygen by heating mercuric oxide.

J Cheyne 1777-1836 Scottish Physician

CHEYNE-STOKES RESPIRATION is a pattern of breathing with a gradual increase in the depth of respiration to a maximum, followed by a progressive decrease in the depth of respiration resulting in apnea; characteristically seen in coma associated with severe neurological insult. Cheyne was the son of a Scottish surgeon who grew up in Leith in the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Thomas Addison 1793-1860 English Physician

ADDISON'S DISEASE (Addison's Anaemia, Addison-Schilder Disease) Addison's disease is a rare endocrine or hormonal disorder resulting from primary adrenal insufficiency. The disease is characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, hypotension and increased skin pigmentation. It may occur after severe infection, massive adrenal bleeding, amyloidosis or surgical removal of the adrenal glands.

BG Babington 1794-1866 English Physician

BABINGTON'S DISEASE Babington's Disease is an autosomal dominant vascular dysplasia leading to telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations of skin, mucosa, and viscera. Epistaxis and gastrointestinal bleeding are frequent complications. Visceral involvement includes that of the lung, liver, and brain. It is commonly known today as hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT Syndrome) or Osler-Rendu-Weber disease.

R J Graves 1797-1853 Irish Physician

Robert Graves, the son of an episcopal clergyman was born in Dublin in 1797, the same year that Napoleon was leading his armies over the Alps to threaten the citizens of Vienna. He was a brilliant student and graduated with a first class medical degree in the fall of 1818 as Abraham Lincoln's mother Nancy, lay dying of 'milk fever' in a small wooden hut in the untamed forestlands of Indiana.

Thomas Hodgkin 1798-1866 English Physician

HODGKIN'S DISEASE Hodgkin's Disease or Lymphoma is a malignant growth of cells in the lymph system that occurs in children and adults. It is diagnosed by the presence of Reed-Sternberg cells, a cell specific to the disease. These cells are of B-cell lymphocyte origin, and overproduction of Interleukin-13 is related. The Epstein-Barr virus also appears to be a factor in 50% of cases.

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