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FDA Issues Pistachio Recall Warning

The FDA is recommending that US consumers stop eating pistachios nuts after Kraft Foods issued a pistachio recall on a trail mix product. The pistachio recall is due to high levels of salmonella bacteria. So far, there have been no reported sicknesses due to the pistachio salmonella exposure....

A Complete Guide to Puberty & Why Parents Need to Understand It Better

A Complete Guide to Puberty & Why Parents Need to Understand It Better

Let's start with the definition provided by Medilexicon's medical dictionary."Puberty is a Sequence of events by which a child becomes a young adult, characterized by the beginning of gonadotropin secretion, gametogenesis, secretion of gonadal hormones, development of secondary sexual characteristics...

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What Is a Bulging Disk?

A bulging disk refers to a spinal condition. This ailment, which is usually in the lumbar (lower back) region, happens when a spinal disk actually bulges through a gap in the spine. Disks are actually soft and are made from a gelatinous material that helps in giving a cushioning effect to the...

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What Is a Chiropodist?

A chiropodist is a medical professional who specializes in treating foot problems. A chiropodist is also known by the common term “foot doctor.” The word “chiropodist” is the British equivalent of “podiatrist”, which is the common American term for foot doctor. The word “chiropodist” actually means...

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What Is a Muscle Spasm?

Muscle spasms are the involuntary tightening of muscles. A muscle spasm is usually painful. Muscle spasms come in many different types and are usually treated using different medical solutions, a change in diet or with physical therapy. But there are also other types of muscle spasms that are more...

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What Is a Tincture?

In pharmacology, a tincture is an alcohol-based derivative or extract taken from a fresh herb or any other plant material. Tinctures are often used in alternative medicine or as a dietary supplement. Only few pharmaceutical companies still manufacture medicines in the form of tinctures. But the...

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What Is an HMO?

An HMO stands for Health Maintenance Organization, and refers to a particular type of health care plan that was founded in the United States. An HMO is different from traditional or typical health coverage in that it already specifies and gives doctors guidelines on how doctors should conduct their...

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What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a type of protein that can be found in grains like wheat, barley and rye, which means it can be found in bread and various kinds of cereals. But it should be noted that not all grains actually have gluten. Some examples of grains that are gluten free include corn, wild rice, millet,...

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What Is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia is the name of a process of helping a terminally ill person die painlessly. Euthanasia, otherwise known as assisted suicide or mercy killing, is considered an illegal act in the United States. Usually euthanasia is done by administering a lethal injection consisting of drugs that are...

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"The Lancet" Withdraws Paper Linking Vaccinations and Autism

The Lancet,"is a well respected medical journal from Britain that publishes many scientific and medical breakthroughs, including the 1998 study that linked modern vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella, to autism. Dr. Andrew Wakefield studied and reported 12 children with chronic intestinal...