Medical Articles

Food Poisoning – Know Your Compensation Rights

With the credit crunch beginning to bite, this year many people have chosen to take a summer holiday in this country rather than going abroad. Many of us use a holiday as a welcome break from cooking food at home, however every year there are a small number of food poisoning outbreaks in the UK…

Untreated Peptic Ulcer can Lead to Serious Complications

Peptic ulcer is a common disorder of the digestive system that causes inflammation, irritation and lesions to internal tissues and organs. Peptic ulcers generally occur on the premises of infection with Helicobacter pylori (bacteria that often populate the interior of the stomach), triggered by an overproduction of gastric acids and pepsin. Helicobacter pylori weaken the…

Acid Reflux Bacteria

Acid reflux disease or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) can be described as reflux of gastric acid into the lumen of our esophagus. It happens when there is increased acid secretion from the gastric mucosa. The muscular tone of the gastro-esophageal valve is also reduced in this situation. Stomach acid irritates the esophageal mucous membrane…

Complications of Hyperacidity

Hyperacidity is becoming a major health issue all over the world. A sedentary lifestyle with little or no exercise and unhealthy eating habits are the main culprits. Contrary to popular belief, it a serious disease and it should be treated as early as possible. Taking pills every time you get a heart burn is definitely…

The Dangers of Gastritis

For the uninitiated, Gastritis is the inflammation of the stomach that is similar in many ways to a mild ulcer. While sometimes caused by alcohol and aspirin, it can also be caused by high levels of stress and from bacteria present in the system. In terms of pains, the illness is related to a highly…

Interesting Facts About a Nursing Career

Nursing is a noble profession. Without these people, no one will be able to look after the patient when the doctor is not available. It should be pointed that there is a shortage of nurses in the US. The government for its part has hired foreign nationals to fill the gap but this is not…

How to Deal With Different Types of Edema?

In common parlance, edema implies a swelling of certain body tissues due to excess water content. Professionals define it as an accumulation of excess fluid in certain parts of the body’s tissues. The extra fluid accumulates outside of the capillaries in the spaces between the cells. Thus, the tissues become soggy and swollen. Edema manifests…

Geriatric Medical Coding – Coding for Dementia

Geriatric medicine involves health concerns of the elderly population, and these cover a number of syndromes and conditions. Dementia, urinary incontinence, osteoarthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, hypertension, hearing concerns, and hyperthyroidism are some of the major conditions. Geriatricians carry out various examinations and offer counseling sessions for their patients. Practitioners in this field also…

Heart Attack: Causes, Risks and Prevention

Heart attack, medically known as Myocardial Infarction, is the sudden stoppage of the heart due to death or damage to a large part of the heart muscles known as myocardium. It is widely acknowledged that heart related conditions (cardiovascular diseases) are the number one cause of death and disability in the United States and most…

Heart Disease – A Woman’s Silent Killer

Did you know that women are less likely to survive heart attacks than men? It may be because women do not seek and receive treatment as soon as men. Or it may be because women’s hearts and blood vessels are smaller, thus more easily damaged. Doctors are working on finding answers to these questions. There’s…

Can Tuberculosis Affect the Kidneys?

Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that usually affects the lungs. However, it can hit other organs in a person’s body. Are the kidneys one of these? Before going forward onto this information, please remember that what you read here should not be taken as advice from qualified medical personnel, as I’m not qualified to…

What Is Pleurisy?

What is Pleurisy? Pleurisy is also known as pleuritis. It is the inflammation of the lining that protects the lungs, called the pleura. This protective covering separates the lungs from the heart, diaphragm, and chest wall as well as other anatomical structures. The membrane also helps protect the lungs from trauma and pressure. What is…