Doctors are rethinking the treatment of meniscal tears. The meniscus is a horseshoe-shaped piece of cartilage on both sides of the knee joint. It acts as a shock absorber and lubricates the joint. It also helps support the knee and keeps it steady and stable. In the past, injury to the meniscus usually required surgery to remove it. Today's doctors know how important it is to save the meniscus whenever possible. The decision to treat a meniscal tear is more complicated now. The doctor must look at the patient's anatomy and the injury itself to decide on the best treatment. Most meniscus tears are one of two types. A healthy meniscus can tear from trauma to the knee. And in older adults, tears in an aging, damaged meniscus can occur from normal forces. In either case, damage to nearby ligaments often occurs along with the meniscal tear. If more than one structure is torn, surgery to repair the damage is more likely to be needed. The exact method of repair depends on the size, location, a...
In the 1980s, when I was in college, disaffected teens across America dipped into the gloom. I was young and in love with the music; a college disc jockey on the FM dial. Siouxsie and the Banshees were my soundtrack. I wore beaten-on blue eye shadow, streaked blush and crimson lips—imitating Siouxsie Sioux, the iconic Goth lead singer of this British band.
“Look at me! I’m hurting.” That’s what I was trying to tell my mother and others, when I wore this mask. It was a cry for help. I wouldn’t let others see in; the real me was off-limits. Perhaps that was an unconscious way to protect myself from a level of closeness I wasn’t ready for. I’m not of the mindset that my abused makeup was simple teenage experimentation: the illness merely collided with my youth, so you couldn’t differentiate the two. The cosmetics book author, Paula Begoun, got it right: “Blue eye shadow should absolutely be illegal.”
The illness is subtle, and manifests itself in aberrations of personality, t...
Generic Name: EMOLLIENTS - TOPICAL Hydrating Healing Top Uses
This medication has 2 types of ingredients (emollient,
keratolytic) that work together to treat or prevent dry, rough, scaly, itchy
skin (e.g., eczema, keratosis, xerosis). Dry skin is caused by a loss of water
in the upper layer of the skin. Emollients are substances that soften and
moisturize the skin and decrease itching and flaking. Emollients/moisturizers
work by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin that traps water in the
skin. Petrolatum, lanolin, mineral oil, and dimethicone are common
Lactic acid, salicylic acid, and urea are keratolytics.
They increase moisture in the skin by softening/dissolving the horny substance
(keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. This helps the dead
skin cells fall off and helps the skin keep more water in. Higher strengths of
urea are used to treat corns, callous, and some nail problems (e.g., ingrown...
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