Three basic types of vaccines: Modified live, killed and toxoid
By: Tami Port MS
With last year's H1N1 swine flu outbreak and this season's whooping cough epidemics, vaccines, and their safety are on everyone’s mind. Should you get a live or killed virus vaccine? What is the difference, and what are the pros and cons of each? The...
Three basic types of vaccines: Modified live, killed and toxoid
By: Effie Moore Salem
Vaccines protect the body against diseases in one of three ways, weakened live organisms, killed organisms or by a toxoid method. The first method, with live viruses ensure against the disease, but the live organism will have been weakened to the point they will not...
The link between waist circumference, body mass index (BMI) and obesity
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Obesity is currently defined by the body mass index (BMI). Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) consider anyone with a BMI of 30 or greater to be obese. Those with a BMI less than this but greater than 25 are termed "overweight." These...
By: Kat Centeno
The body mass index (BMI) has long been used as a measurement for obesity. It calculates using a person's height and weight. An adult with a BMI greater than 25 is said to be overweight while an adult with BMI greater than 30 is said...
American Society of Anesthesiologists: Guidelines developed by the chronic pain management task force
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
The management of chronic pain has been a major public health issue over the last few decades. In April 2010, the Chronic Pain Management Task Force of the American Society of Anesthesiologists published their updated practice guidelines for the management of chronic pain in the...
World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for chronic pain management
By: Alicia M Prater PhD
Chronic pain management is currently a divisive health issue due to the opioids used to treat some manifestations of pain. Many doctors and treatment professionals look to the World Health Organization (WHO) for guidance regarding such issues. First developed in 1998, the WHO guidelines for...
By: Patrick Stephen Baker
Number 10: Syphilis is as deadly as it is widespread. Worldwide over 12 million people per year are diagnosed with this killer and this number does not count the undiagnosed sufferers. A sexual transmitted disease, or STD, Syphilis can also be transmitted from infected mother...
By: Omar Salvador
The mechanisms of defense against infections are organized along several lines. In the first place, there are devices of a purely mechanical nature - such as the skin, whose outer surface is composed of dead cells - which guard against the entrance of bacteria into...
By: Alexis Fischer
Hypoxemia is low blood oxygen content. It is usually defined as a hemoglobin oxygen saturation of under 90% or an oxygen partial pressure of under 60 mmHg. There are five different causes of hypoxemia that will be discussed below. 1. Hypoventilation Also known as respiratory...
Medical science breakthroughs in the control of infections and inflammation
By: Omar Salvador
Control of infections and inflammation: One of the most notable successes in medical science Through the years, medical science has had numerous notable successes. Perhaps one of its most spectacular victories is the control of infections and inflammation. By simple definitions, infections are diseases caused...

 

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