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.
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.
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.
In January, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published an addendum to 2010 guidelines for the diagnosis and management of food allergy in the United States. The addendum is specific to U.S. guidelines for preventing peanut allergy.
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.
"It's an exciting time. There has been a great deal of recent progress in understanding the mechanisms involved in the development of Alzheimer's," neurologist and neuroscientist Erik Roberson, MD, PhD, and UAB associate professor of neurology said.
With the increased popularity of extreme conditioning programs (ECPs), a group of Birmingham physicians noticed an increase in the rate of injury among participants of these programs.
Say that you have patients who don't have health insurance. They're not eligible for Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, the Veterans Administration, Medicaid/Medicare, or for a subsidy through the Affordable Care Act.
A growing recognition that health happens throughout communities has led to increasing emphasis on the social determinants of health and a host of innovative interventions.
At one point or another, everyone has had a two-cup coffee day. What makes you reach for that second cup? Perhaps it's the belief that the extra caffeine may jolt us into having a more productive day.
I am not an idealist. In fact, I would consider myself a realist.
About one-third of the population has some form of insomnia at any given time, and 10 percent of that group has chronic insomnia. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75 percent of Americans say they've had at least one symptom of a sleep problem a few nights a week or more within the past year.
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.
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