Intestinal failure occurs when there is a loss of intestine or the gut doesn't function well enough to absorb nutrients and water, forcing the patient to use an IV for sustenance.
It can't compose a sonnet. It will never win the Nobel prize for physics.
Bacteria, viruses and fungi have long been considered the enemy of mankind. They have been responsible for lethal epidemics throughout human history and countless deaths from infection.
It's summer down south ... time to remind patients of the importance of protecting skin from the sun's harmful rays.
UAB has opened Alabama's first Integrative Medicine Clinic to offer cancer patients alternative and complementary therapies to their medical treatment.
Scientists who have studied the birth process have deemed the first hour after birth a momentous time for baby and parents. Staff at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center have recognized the importance of this bonding time and have developed clinical best practices for newborns delivered in their hospital.
New research, new tools bring new hope when it comes to preventing and treating breast cancer.
"Death of hope" may not be listed on many coroners' reports, but if you are trying to identify the killer causing an alarming increase in mortality and morbidity in middle-aged white Americans with a high school education or less, it's a prime suspect.
A new study of all cause death in the 12 months following the first incidence of psychosis found a much higher than anticipated death rate in those ages 16-30.
"There's a classic saying, and it's true - if you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism. Although some symptoms are commonly found in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), every individual is different.
Is nutrition a complex subject or simple? A keystone of good health?
All of the above, according to Micah Howard, MD of Decatur, who practices integrative medicine - a mix of conventional and non-conventional treatments tailored to each particular patient.
For epilepsy patients with frequent, often severe seizures that traditional medications fail to control, everyday life can be an ordeal.
Around one-fourth of all American adults have a patent foramen ovale (PFO). Although present in all humans at birth, this small flap-like opening -- the foramen ovale -- in the wall between the right and left upper chambers of the heart, usually closes during infancy.
A novel drug, Probuphine, was approved last year by the FDA as the first and only buprenorphine implant to treat opioid dependence. Probuphine implants, placed in the arm, give up to six months of continuous release of a low-dose buprenorphine that helps prevent withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Peanut allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis and fatal outcomes from food reactions in children. A new oral immunotherapy (OIT) treatment is proving to be a safe and effective way to eliminate the effects of the allergen in many sufferers through controlled exposure to peanuts.
In the days of door to door vacuum cleaner salesmen, a common sales technique was to astound the prospective customer by cleaning a huge pile of debris from the living room rug.
New guidelines for managing hypertension are expected this year. Meanwhile, in light of the SPRINT study and years of debate about blood pressure targets for older adults, many physicians face questions over how aggressively they should push for lower blood pressure numbers.
A recently developed cell phone application gives new meaning to the term 'house call.' The program, known as ChronicCareIQ, is an app that helps doctors remotely monitor the care of chronic patients.
An expert panel takes a fresh look at the most common mode of death and outlines 10 measures to try to flip the script.
Brooke MD Primary Care, honored as Huntsville's Medical Practice of the Year, utilizes an innovative patient care model. In response to the shortage of primary care physicians, Dr. Brooke Uptagrafft manages three nurse practitioners who are the principal patient care providers.
"The great thing about being part of Partnership for Patients is you have access to a lot of resources," says Vicki Britt, director of quality management at Pickens County Medical Center.
"This will fill an unmet need in mental health," says Tom Dooley, PhD, a Birmingham researcher with 13 patents for pharmaceutical and biotech developments to his name.
The Power of "Why?"
Primary care physicians see it almost every day. Patients come in complaining of fatigue. The exam is normal, labs raise no flags, and questions yield few if any clues.
The dissonance between how human bodies evolved to live and how modern life is pushing us to live has created a plague of lifestyle-related chronic illnesses. Diabetes, hypertension, immune disorders, obesity and a whole range of diseases of lifestyle are diminishing both the length and the quality of so many lives.
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