By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
What is a colonoscopy? Colonoscopy is an endoscopic procedure in which a thin tube of the size of your index finger is passed into the lower bowels including the rectum through the anal opening as a diagnostic procedure or as a therapeutic option. In any...
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...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
In modern medical science, invasive procedures used for diagnostic needs are rapidly being replaced with high definition imaging and virtual reality which enables an accurate diagnosis before any invasive procedures are applied on patients. This has reduced the morbidity and mortality associated in the diagnosis...
By: Patrick Sills
Our hearts serve as quite a wondrous organ in our bodies. Located slightly off-center and usually to the left side in the upper portion of the chest, this muscle expands and contracts continuously for the course of our entire lives. The heart is responsible for...
What is epigenetics?
By: Effie Moore Salem
Epigenetics is a new field emerging on the horizon where something new in genetics is being brought into focus. It seeks to understand if there are probabilities, and yes, even possibilities, of human genes being changed over periods of time by the influences of the...
New robot pill will report to doctors via wireless from inside you
By: Terrence Aym
A major step has been taken by medical technology towards the dream of a so-called 'smart pill.'Trevor Mundel, global head of development for the Swiss firm Novartis AG, plans to move aggressively ahead with a plan to introduce a breakthrough pill that contains a...
Advances in total joint replacement
By: Rhonda Buffington
Total joint replacement programs are growing in size and capabilities to help people with damaged joints get back to doing the things they love. New surgical techniques are improving the prospects for those needing joint replacement. Twenty years ago it was common for patients to...
By: Terrence Aym
Millions who have lost fingers, toes, hands, feet—even entire arms or legs—will have new hope in the not-too distant future. They may be able to regrow their own missing parts.If they do, they can thank the salamander.Elly Tanaka, a Max Planck...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Among the diagnostic techniques discovered in the last century, one of the most useful and safest technology is the MRI scan. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and as the name suggest, it uses high powered magnetic fields and certain pulsatile radio-frequencies in order to...
Function and importance of the thyroid gland
By: Jennifer Mcdonald
Function and importance of the thyroid gland The thyroid is a gland that is located over the trachea (wind pipe) which is right below the larynx (Adam's apple). The thyroid produces two hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These two hormones influence practically every function...

 

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