Definition 5-HIAA is a urine test that measures the amount of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) -- a breakdown product of a hormone called serotonin. This test tells how much 5-HIAA the body is producing. Alternative Names HIAA; 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid; Serotonin metabolite How the test is performed A 24-hour urine sample is needed. On day 1, urinate into the toilet when you get up in the morning. Afterwards, collect all urine in a special container for the next 24 hours. On day 2, urinate into the container when you get up in the morning. Cap the container. Keep it in the refrigerator or a cool place during the collection period. Label the container with your name, the date, the time of completion, and return it as instructed. For an infant, thoroughly wash the area around the urethra. Open a urine collection bag (a plastic bag with an adhesive paper on one end), and place it on the infant. For males, place the entire penis in the bag and attach the adhesive to the skin. For females, place...
What exactly is a "black box" warning? Simply put, it's the strongest warning that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can require on a drug's packaging. The FDA requires the black box warning when studies suggest a drug can cause a serious or life-threatening side effect. The text of the warning is set apart from other information in a black box, so that doctors, pharmacists, and patients can easily see it. What did the FDA advisory panel recommend? The FDA itself hasn't made a decision about acetaminophen, but an FDA advisory panel has made 10 recommendations concerning the drug. Among those recommendations, the panel voted to remove acetaminophen-containing painkillers such as Vicodin, Tylenol 3, and Percocet from the nation's formularies. It also voted in favor of removing all acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs from the market. But the panel voted to keep over-the-counter (OTC) pills that combine acetaminophen and other ingredients, su...
Within a week of being diagnosed with breast cancer, a good
friend of mine had enough dinners to feed an army. Learning that a
friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer is shocking, and
springing into action is often how we cope. Here are creative and
helpful ideas you can be help a friend after a breast cancer
Organize meals. It sounds basic, but when a mom cant
cook meals for her family for months without becoming nauseous, it
can wreak havoc on a household. Volunteer to make sure she has
dinner each night, or let her know that youll make sure her
childrens (and husbands) lunches are prepared and
waiting for them in the carpool each day.
Good old fashioned babysitting. Whether you volunteer to
take her children for an afternoon of distraction (and giver her
some peace and quiet at home), or offer to keep one child
entertained for an afternoon so that Mom can have some coveted
special time with another child, your friends lack of en...
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