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Vicoprofen is the brand name for an oral analgesic medication. It is prescribed for short-term management of acute pain, such as post-surgical pain or active cancer treatment, generally for less than ten days.1 Vicoprofen is a fixed-dose combination of hydrocodone bitartrate and ibuprofen. Hydrocodone bitartrate is a semi-synthetic opioid.2 Its immediate-release (IR) form is commercially
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Chemical peels are a widely used procedure for the management of acne scars. Also known as chemexfoliation, chemical peels for acne scars involve applying one or more chemical agents, of variable strength, to the skin’s surface. The process creates a controlled chemical-induced injury to the skin. Wounding promotes epidermal and dermal regeneration and tissue remodelling
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Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) may sound purely medical to most, and training about it may only stir the interest of healthcare workers. Contrary to this belief, though, bloodborne pathogens training is a requirement for many people—whether working individually or in a laboratory and office setting—handling blood and other bodily fluids on a regular basis.  The Occupational
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Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed an integrated clinical and CT-based AI nomogram (CIAIN) to predict which COVID-19 patients need a ventilator. CIANE can more precisely identify patients at an earlier disease presentation who may need intubation and invasive mechanical ventilation. The novel approach would decrease disease progression and mortality. The study included a
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A molar pregnancy is a nonviable pregnancy characterized by an abnormal growth of placental tissues.1 The resulting growth is not an embryo, but it triggers the symptoms of early pregnancy. It is a rare gynecological condition that ends in pregnancy loss and can affect women at any reproductive age. However, the risk is often higher
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Receding gums are gums that have pulled away from the teeth, exposing their root surfaces. This leaves the teeth at risk of decay, infection, and loss. If the recession is severe, it can cause symptoms, such as tooth sensitivity, pain, or infection. Can this process of gum receding be reversed? The gums (gingiva) form the
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Sunshine plays an important role in many of our body’s biological processes, but the modern lifestyle limits sun exposure. For years we have heard the message to limit our exposure to sunlight, especially during the middle of the day to prevent skin cancer. Sunscreen application has become part of our daily routine, ensuring we slather
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Beets, and in particular beetroot juice, are known to have many health benefits. For example, beets are great for your cardiovascular well-being.1 That is, eating this vegetable promotes a healthy heart and a good flow of blood throughout the body. Beets may also have some benefits for diabetes. Beets also have a high fibre content,
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Candesartan is a medication used to lower blood pressure.  How does candesartan work, what is it used for, and what are the potential side effects? Candesartan is a prescription medication, and it belongs to the angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) class of pharmaceuticals.1  It is available in pill form or liquid, and this chemical compound
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Pulp is the soft mass of connective tissue that is located in the center of the tooth. Dental pulp also contains nerves and blood vessels to provide essential nutrients to keep the tooth healthy and working properly. A pulpectomy is the removal of pulp tissue from all parts of a tooth that has become irreversibly
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Neurapraxia is the mildest type of nerve injury.1 It is a common disorder of the peripheral nervous system – the system of nerves that function to relay information between the brain, spinal cord, and the rest of the body. A person with neurapraxia will experience a loss of motor and sensory function. These functions are
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Consuming cannabis products doesn’t have the same effects on the respiratory system as smoking it – but are edibles bad for your heart? Cannabis, which is derived from the hemp plant, is widely known for its psychoactive and anti-nausea properties.  The active ingredient in cannabis that is associated with these effects is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Cannabis
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A growing body of research is investigating the potential health benefits of turmeric.  Can turmeric for endometriosis help reduce pain and other symptoms? What is endometriosis? Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the uterine glands and endometrial tissues are present outside of the uterus.1  These extrauterine tissues and chronic inflammation can cause painful
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TENS machines – or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation – are small devices that are connected to electrodes that are placed on the skin. The device sends low voltage electrical currents to the electrodes that stimulate the nerves. Commonly used in pain relief, there is some research suggesting a benefit of TENS for labor pain. TENS
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Any injury that is sustained on the human body could be potentially life-threatening if it results in massive amounts of bleeding. However, a wound to the chest area is especially risky because not only is the victim in danger of bleeding out, but a wound to the chest could potentially disrupt their breathing capabilities. A
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Strep throat is a common and highly contagious bacterial infection that is caused by the bacteria known as Group A Streptococcus (GAS).1 Doctors can easily test for strep throat via a rapid test.4 This means that the doctor takes a gentle swab from the back of the throat with a cotton swab and tests it
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Functional profiling is a dynamic process that uses each patient’s living cancer cells to select chemotherapy drugs in the lab to determine the best treatment for each individual. While the concept may seem new to some, Los Angeles-based Dr. Robert Nagourney, an internationally recognized pioneer in cancer research, has successfully been applying this technique for
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