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When the pain and disability from arthritis get too much to bear, a person may decide to look for solutions. My husband is one such person who has just decided to do something about the pain which began eight years ago. His right wrist is severely afflicted with a "bone on bone" case of osteoarthritis. Being a right handed man, the pain started to interfere with daily activities like writing, eating and dressing years ago. But he is a very accepting man who decided to just live with it. An occasional anti-inflammatory medication or acetaminophen was all that was needed to keep going. On one occasion, the pain in his wrist was so severe that he could not hold onto a fork and required a steroid injection - but this was far from a regular occurrence. As long as he was careful, he got by just fine.
In the past year, another problem with the wrist started to compound the problem. Numbness started to creep into his thumb and half of the fingers. One day while hunting for pheasants, h...
As a breast cancer survivor, the past three and a half years have been an amazing learning experience for me. As powerful as my personal experience was, learning and becoming an educated advocate has also given me the opportunity to know when to speak up on an issue, and taught me the importance of weighing all aspects and facts before doing so.
Having said that, on Monday, November 16, 2009, the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University released an analysis led by Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, MD, MPH (of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and a CISNET member), along with six independent team of researchers, which suggests that mammography screening should be done every other year and discouraged the efficacy of women performing breast self-exams and the usefulness of clinical breast exams.
I read the Mandelblatt study with shock, disbelief, outrage, then fear, and sadness for the women who might follow these guidelines.
I will address their rec...
We're often asked questions about extended-release medications and how they are used. Following are the most frequently asked questions. Q: What is the difference between extended-release and regular medication? A: The active ingredients in regular medications are usually released within 15 to 30 minutes of when they are injested. Often they are prescribed to be taken three or four times a day. The active ingredients in extended-release medications are are released over a much longer period of time and are usually taken only once or twice a day. The mechanisms by which extended-release medications are released into the body vary according to the medication. If you want to know more details about the specific mechanism used in a particular medication, ask your pharmacist. The important thing to know is that the medication is gradually released into your body so that it remains at a more constant ...
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