How To Treat Bunions
March 29, 2013 – 12:00 am | No Comment
A bunion is a deformity that is mainly made up of a lateral deviation of the great toe which enlarges due to a tissue or a bone. It is a serious foot problem. These are formed within the foot and not on the surface of the foot. An arthritic condition and  a result of bone degeneration it is found as  a lump on the outside portion of the big toe. Bunions are seen near the joint of the toe and sometimes  [...]

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CMP Blood Test
January 12, 2011 – 1:50 am | No Comment
The CMP or comprehensive metabolic panel blood tests is a group of tests which doctors often order to obtain crucial info regarding the present status of organs like the liver, kidney, blood glucose/proteins, electrolytes & acid-base equilibrium. Irregular outcomes & particularly grouping of irregular outcomes could be indicative of an issue that requires addressing. The CMP blood test is classically an assemblage of fourteen tests which have approval, naming & allotted Current Procedural Terminology number or CPT coding as a group by Medicare, though laboratories might amend the tests numbers plus/minus. As most insurers even deploy such naming & CPT coding during their claims dispensation, standardization of this group of tests is the case all through the U.S. Though this test is carried out randomly, patients are requested to go fasting for around ten to twelve hours (consuming only water) prior to the scheduled time of blood withdrawal for the test. The CMP blood test  [...]

eGFR Blood Test Implications
January 10, 2011 – 2:14 am | No Comment
The eGFR blood test is deployed for screening & detecting preliminary harm to the kidneys & for monitoring its status. Also termed as Calculated (Estimated) Glomerular Filtration Rate, it is conducted by asking for a creatinine test & computing EGFR. When a physician is keen on evaluating kidney condition he/she would order for creatinine test as part of a regular CMP (Comprehensive Metabolic Panel) alongside BUN (blood urine nitrogen) test. This is generally suggested for monitoring people with identified kidney ailment & for diabetics & those with high blood pressure which might be leading to kidney harm. eGFR Blood Test – Reasons for Ordering it The eGFR Blood Test determination, with no additional testing can be done at the analogous instant when blood samples are forwarded for measuring creatinine. According to the NKF (National Kidney Foundation) recommendation, its calculation could be done routinely whenever creatitine test is conducted. The physician might  [...]

Breast Cancer Screening Confusion Resolved - Best Breast Health Info
December 14, 2010 – 5:31 am | No Comment
Breast Cancer Screening Confusion Resolved – Best Breast Health Info
Testing or no testing or to be more specific - when to undergo testing - is the most important question. During Nov-09, the United States Preventive Services Task Force suggested that females must be swapping their post-forty yearly mammography for bi-yearly screening & totally cease doing BSE (breast self exams). The USPSTF even reported proof that lesser frequency mammograms can have analogous efficacy at spotting cancers. Lesser testing will even be a money-saving strategy, although the association maintains that costing is not a consideration in such cases. Moreover, the group disputes, BSE has not been substantiated to lessen mortalities however could be leading to several unnecessary physicians trips. The amendments in breast cancer screening have fed fuel to ire of debates (irrefutably, around forty thousand females are dying due to breast cancer on a yearly basis), with due credit to contradictory information on mammogram effectiveness. Present studies have not shown any concrete  [...]

Heart Test for Patients - Cutting-Edge, Cheap & Low-Tech
November 23, 2010 – 1:15 am | No Comment
Heart Test for Patients – Cutting-Edge, Cheap & Low-Tech
High-priced medical tests such as CAT & MRI scans assist physicians in better disease diagnosis. However occasionally the finest devices doctors employ are particularly low-technology alike measuring tapes or bathroom weighing scales. Presently, a novel trial advises heart surgeons might want to include stop watches in their medical bags. Over fifty percent of patients undergoing traditional heart surgery in the United States, Canada are sixty-five years old in the least & increasingly more patients being in their eighties or also nineties. Noting the amount of time taken by aged patients in walking 5m or around fifteen feet considerably enhances a physician’s capability in predicting if those patients would be capable of withstanding the rigors & stresses of surgery, the trial unearth. In geriatrics studies a gait speed test has surfaced as a corroborated gauge of infirmity in aged individuals & a forecaster of health – physically and cognitively. However it has not  [...]

Life-Saving D.I.Y. Health Checks for Men – Part III
September 2, 2010 – 1:55 am | No Comment
The adage ‘A stitch in time saves nine’ holds completely true for all men who can easily do these at-home health check-ups for earlier identification of health issues to be tackled head on. Check-up for – Faultily acting Moles Largely melanoma cases are detected often among males after forty years of age who have been having it for some period of time and have overlooked the indications or plainly failed in noticing them. Melanoma among males is classically diagnosed in the regions like neck, upper portion of the back, head hence it is trickier in spotting and catching earlier on. Subsequent to showering, the skin must be scanned for any irregularity. In particular, one should be checking for the following during mole examination. A-     Asymmetry B-      Borders (Blurry/uneven bordering) C-      Colour (blackish/multiple hued) D-     Diameter (over ¼ inch diameter-wise or increasing in size) E-      Evolving (changed size/outline) In  [...]

Life-Saving D.I.Y. Health Checks for Men – Part II
September 1, 2010 – 12:05 am | No Comment
Attention all men, these seven express health checkups could be a real life saver. Check-up for – RHR RHR or resting heart rate suggests the amount of strain the heart is undergoing when pumping blood and is an able pointer of general fitness and additionally signalling diabetes or cardiovascular ailment in case it is elevated. Factually, scientists from Italy have discovered that people with RHR crossing seventy beats/min or bpm have nearly seventy-eight percent greater risk of suffering cardiovascular-related death. For checking your RHR, totally emptying the bladder since a partial or full urinary bladder could heighten cardiac rate. Now the person is to be seated for 1-2 minutes prior to checking wrist/neck pulse and then counting heart beats in fifteen seconds. That figure is to be multiplied by four to obtain beats/minute. As a rule-of-thumb, forty to sixty beats/minute is indicative of elevated amounts of heart fitness. D.I.Y. Damage Control Regularly following a cardio  [...]

Life-Saving D.I.Y. Health Checks for Men – Part I
August 30, 2010 – 3:07 am | No Comment
Life-Saving D.I.Y. Health Checks for Men – Part I
The adage ‘Denial can leave a person dead’ is so pertinent to men who largely avoid visiting the doctor until they are in grave pain or truly haunted by something. A more prudent approach is to do a regular assessment of one’s health with some simple yet precise dawn check-ups. Although these are by no means a substitute for regular physician appointments, they can assist a person in sorting the trifling from the troublemakers. Check-up for - Spooky Gums Any reddishness, inflamed condition or blood loss from the gums could arise because of gingivitis which could advance to gum disease. This has been associated with the leading exterminator among males – cardiovascular disease. The bacterial forms present as a result of gum disease make an entry into the blood and are potential offenders for inflammation arising in other body regions, inclusive of the heart resulting in ASCVD (Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease). Moreover, gum disease could even signal diabetes - a condition  [...]

EndoPAT Fingertip Screening Test – Express Heart Disease Monitoring Tool
July 7, 2010 – 1:25 am | No Comment
EndoPAT Fingertip Screening Test – Express Heart Disease Monitoring Tool
A common confounding query that people pose regularly to their cardiologist is ‘How do I recognize whether I would develop heart disease? Even as there are no simple answers, the EndoPAT (Endothelial Peripheral Arterial Tone) is a pain-free, non-invasive device that could measure heart health by merely a fingertip test. Created by Itamar Medical, an Israel-based company, EndoPAT had earlier received FDA acceptance during 2003 and has been widely popular among celebs and managed to garner the stamp of acceptance from U.S. physicians and reputable medical institutions such as the Mayo Clinic. EndoPAT Heart Test – Manner of Functioning Even though there are ultrasound testing presently available to assist physicians in assessing whether a person has early inception of heart disease, the EndoPAT is capable of looking way ahead – up to nearly 7 years in the future and could sense if or not the arteries are becoming lesser elastic and measures health of blood vessels. Many of the tools  [...]