I just returned from a long weekend with my dad, step mom, and little brother inStamford,Connecticut. It was a very long drive there—about eight hours—because of traffic going past the shore points inNew Jersey, then around busyNew York City. Of course, the bumper-to-bumper was well worth it when I finally got to see my sweet dad. He has been suffering from a very serious blood disorder since last summer, and was just last month released from the hospital after a long stay in isolation. His prognosis looks good, and he seems to be making a full recovery. He is almost completely bald though from the chemo, so that was quite a shock upon first glance. Dad was still dad under that bald head though, and I was thrilled to see him and spend some much needed quality time with my “Yankee” family.
My step mother is seriously one of the sweetest people on earth, and she is most definitely a nurturer. And by nurturer, I mean she loves to feed me. Every morning of m...
Urine collection - clean catch; Clean catch urine specimen
Normal values will depend on the specific test ordered, for example, whether you've had a urinalysis or urine culture.
What abnormal results mean
If the urine sample was sent for urinalysis, abnormal results may indicate the presence of white blood cells, red blood cells, or excessive amounts of protein.
If the urine sample was sent for urine culture, abnormal results may indicate excessive growth of bacteria, a urinary tract infection , or a bladder infection.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly progressive motor neuron disease affecting as many as 20,000-30,000 people in the United States. One of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, ALS affects people of all races and ethnic backgrounds, typically between the ages of 40 and 60.
ALS attacks the nerve cells (motor neurons) that control voluntary movement and strength. Motor neurons are located in the spinal cord and brain. In ALS, motor neurons gradually die which interferes with muscle control and movement, ultimately leading to death. The cause of ALS is still unknown although research has identified a genetic risk factor in familial (inherited) cases of ALS which account for 5-10% of all ALS cases diagnosed.
New research published in the Annals of Neurology suggests that the consumption of foods containing colorful carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene and lutein, may prevent or delay the ons...
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