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  • Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses?

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Does Your Child Need Eyeglasses? FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly 80 percent of what kids learn in their first 12 years is through their vision. Your back-to-school checklist should include making sure your child's eyesight is OK, an eye expert says. "Glasses may be the most important back-to-school supply many children get this year," Eileen Gable, a Loyola University eye specialist, said in a university news release. Vision problems are the fourth most common disability in children. Bu...

  • Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Diabetes Drug May Help Kids With Autism Fight Unwanted Pounds WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The diabetes drug metformin may help overweight children and teens with autism slim down, a new study suggests. The study included 60 people with autism, aged 6 to 17. The patients were overweight due to the side effects of taking antipsychotic medications for irritability and agitation. For the study, participants were given either metformin or an inactive placebo for 16 weeks. Those given metform...

  • Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of Electronic Cigarettes

    Posted: 08/26/2016

    Doctors Divided on Safety, Use of Electronic Cigarettes FRIDAY, Aug. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors disagree on the best way to answer patients' questions about electronic cigarettes, a new study finds. They also want more investigation of the devices -- specifically, about the safety of e-cigarettes compared to traditional cigarettes, according to the Stanford University researchers. While traditional cigarettes deliver nicotine when the smoker inhales burning tobacco, e-cigarettes heat liquid ni...

  • Depression Common After Time Spent in ICU

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Depression Common After Time Spent in ICU WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- One-third of former intensive care unit (ICU) patients have depression, a new review finds. Each year, more than 5 million seriously ill patients are admitted to ICUs in the United States. Rates of depression following discharge are far greater for these patients than for the general population, according to the study. "It's very clear that ICU survivors have physical, cognitive and psychological problems that greatly...

  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle Surgery

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Double Outlet Right Ventricle Surgery What is double outlet right ventricle surgery? Double outlet right ventricle surgery is a procedure that fixes a type of heart malformation called double outlet right ventricle (DORV). The normal heart has 4 chambers: 2 atria (upper chambers) and 2 ventricles (lower chambers). Blood flows from the right atrium into the right ventricle and from the left atrium into the left ventricle. There is a wall between the ventricles and between the atria. It stops blood from f...

  • Dyskeratosis Congenita in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Dyskeratosis Congenita in Children What is dyskeratosis congenita? Dyskeratosis congenita is a congenital disease. This means it is present at birth. It affects the skin and nails. In its most severe form, it causes bone marrow failure. When bone marrow doesn't make enough blood cells, it can be life-threatening. Dyskeratosis congenita is a very rare condition. What causes dyskeratosis congenita? In most cases, dyskeratosis congenita is inherited from a parent who carries the gene defect. It is present ...

  • Double Outlet Right Ventricle

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Double Outlet Right Ventricle What is double outlet right ventricle? Double outlet right ventricle (also known as DORV) is a type of heart malformation. It is present from birth. It’s when the heart and the main vessels leaving the heart do not develop the right way, leading to symptoms. A normal heart has 4 chambers: 2 atria (upper chambers) and 2 ventricles (lower chambers). Blood flows from the right atrium into the right ventricle and from the left atrium into the left ventricle. There is a wall bet...

  • Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) in Children What is DBA? Diamond Blackfan anemia (DBA) is a rare blood disorder. Children with DBA do not make enough red blood cells—the cells that carry oxygen to all other cells in the body. Blood cells are made in the bone marrow, the spongy insides of long bones. In children with DBA, many of the cells that would have become red blood cells die before they develop. What causes DBA? DBA may be passed down through families. In about half the children with the disorder, a...

  • Deep Brain Stimulation

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Deep Brain Stimulation What is deep brain stimulation? Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is a type of therapy that uses electrical stimulation to treat neurological conditions such as Parkinson disease (PD), essential tremor, and multiple sclerosis. DBS can be effective in treating movement problems such as tremors, stiffness, difficulty in walking, and slowed movement. While it does not cure these conditions, DBS can ease symptoms and decrease the amount of medications you need to treat the symptoms, thus i...

  • Dacryocystorhinostomy

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Dacryocystorhinostomy What is a dacryocystorhinostomy? A dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a type of surgery done to create a new tear drain between your eyes and nose. You may need this surgery if your own tear duct has become blocked. Your eyelids have two small openings that drain some of the tears covering your eye. Blinking pushes tears into these openings. From there, the old tears empty into a small tube and then into a larger area, called the lacrimal sac. This sac leads to a canal, called the naso...