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  • U.N. Tightens Safe Sex Guidelines for Visitors to Zika Zones

    Posted: 09/13/2016

    U.N. Tightens Safe Sex Guidelines for Visitors to Zika Zones TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- With evidence growing that the Zika virus can be transmitted sexually, the World Health Organization on Tuesday recommended that all travelers -- male and female, with symptoms or no symptoms -- practice safe sex or abstinence for six months after returning from areas where Zika is spreading. The United Nations health agency reiterated that mosquito bites are still the primary means of infection with ...

  • Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning

    Posted: 08/31/2016

    Use of Cancer-Linked Fibroid Device Declines After FDA Warning TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of power morcellators -- cutting tools used in minimally invasive gynecological procedures -- has dropped significantly for hysterectomies since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned against their use two years ago, a new study finds. Power morcellators have small blades that rotate rapidly. When used in minimally invasive hysterectomies or for the removal of noncancerous growths on t...

  • Unhappy at Work in Your 20s, Unhealthy in Your 40s?

    Posted: 08/29/2016

    Unhappy at Work in Your 20s, Unhealthy in Your 40s? MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Millennials, take heed: Job dissatisfaction in your 20s or 30s can undermine your health by mid-life, new research suggests. But really rewarding work may pay health dividends. "Those who are, on average, very satisfied versus satisfied tend to have better health in their 40s," said study lead author Jonathan Dirlam. He is a doctoral candidate in the department of sociology at Ohio State University. By their 40...

  • Uterine Prolapse

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Uterine Prolapse What is uterine prolapse? Uterine prolapse occurs when the muscles and tissue in your pelvis weaken. The weakness lets the uterus drop down into your vagina. Sometimes, it comes out through your vaginal opening. Nearly half of all women between ages 50 and 79 have this condition. What causes uterine prolapse? Uterine prolapse is caused when the muscles and tissue of the pelvic floor are weakened and can’t support the weight of the uterus. This lets it drop into your vagina. What are the...

  • Understanding an Intestinal Obstruction

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Understanding an Intestinal Obstruction An intestinal obstruction means that something is blocking your intestine. Food and stool may not be able to move freely. When your intestine works normally, digested food moves from your stomach to your rectum. Along the way, your body breaks food down into usable parts and turns the rest to feces (stool). You eventually eliminate it through a bowel movement. An intestinal obstruction may partially or completely block this natural process. A complete blockage is ...

  • Uterine Artery Embolization

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Uterine Artery Embolization What is uterine artery embolization? Uterine fibroid embolization is a procedure to shrink noncancerous tumors in the uterus called uterine fibroids. It does not use major surgery, so you may recover faster. You also may not need to stay in the hospital. Uterine fibroid embolization shrinks fibroids by blocking off their blood supply. The doctor injects very small particles like sand into the arteries that supply the fibroids. The particles stick to the vessel wall. This caus...

  • Ultrafast CT Scan

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Ultrafast CT Scan What is an ultrafast CT scan? An ultrafast CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays and a computer to look at your heart. The scan takes pictures very quickly. It gives your healthcare provider many details about your heart that other imaging tests can’t. Standard X-rays use a small amount of radiation to create images of your bones and internal organs. Standard X-rays are useful to help diagnose illness. But many details about internal organs and other structures can’t be seen. In ...

  • Urine Flow Test

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Urine Flow Test What is a urine flow test? A urine flow test calculates the speed of urine flow over time. It may be used to check how the bladder and sphincter are working. The bladder is part of the urinary tract. It’s a hollow muscular organ that relaxes and expands to store urine. It then contracts and flattens to empty urine through the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body (urethra). The sphincter muscle is a circular muscle. It closes tightly, like a rubber band, around the bla...

  • Upper GI Endoscopy

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Upper GI Endoscopy What is an upper GI endoscopy? An upper GI endoscopy or EGD (esophagogastroduodenoscopy) is a procedure to diagnose and treat problems in your upper GI tract (gastrointestinal tract). The upper GI tract includes your food pipe (esophagus), stomach, and the first part of your small intestine (the duodenum). This procedure is done using a long, flexible tube called an endoscope. The tube has a tiny light and video camera on one end. The tube is put into your mouth and throat. Then it is...

  • Upper Gastrointestinal Series

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Upper Gastrointestinal Series What is an upper gastrointestinal series? An upper gastrointestinal series is an imaging test of your esophagus, stomach, and first part of your small intestine (duodenum). The test is done with X-rays after you swallow a special beverage. The beverage contains either contrast or a powder called barium. A test of just the back of your mouth and throat (pharynx) and esophagus is called a swallow . It is called a barium swallow if barium is used. It is called a Gastrografin s...