Gastroenteritis Diet

For a gastroenteritis diet, take small amounts of food and fluids very frequently (every hour), rather than large amounts three times a day. DAY 1 CLEAR FLUIDS ONLY. Repalyte, Hydralyte and Gastrolyte (available from chemists and tastes better when cold) are best, but white grape juice, clear soups, Bonox, very dilute flat lemonade,…

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Intrauterine Device (IUD) – Insertion

The insertion of the Intrauterine Device (IUD) is done very simply by a general practitioner or gynaecologist, takes only a few minutes, and is usually pain free. Through a speculum (a collapsible metal tube) the doctor will examine the entrance to the womb (the cervix) and check the shape and size…

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Fracture – First Aid

Fracture first aid involves these steps:- Keep the victim as warm and comfortable as possible; Gently remove clothing from any open wound and cover it with a clean (preferably sterile) dressing Do not try to manipulate the bone or joint, as further (potentially very serious) damage may be caused Move the affected…

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Impotence

Impotence is the inability of a man to obtain a firm erection of the penis when sexually stimulated. It is a very common problem, and something that every man experiences at some time, particularly in middle age and older. The process of erection sometimes mystifies women. A man has no…

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Infertility – Male Diagnosis

Male infertility is far easier to investigate than female, so the male is often checked first by being asked to provide a fresh sample of ejaculated semen for analysis in a laboratory. If this shows that the sperm are alive and healthy and the joint factors above are absent, then…

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Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS)

Androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS) is an inherited genetic intersex problem that affects about one in every 20,000 people. It has also been called testosterone insensitivity syndrome, Reifenstein syndrome, Rosewater syndrome, Lub syndrome and Goldberg-Maxwell syndrome. Those affected have normal male chromosomes (46XY) but fail to respond to androgens (male hormones…

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Infertility – Female Diagnosis

Investigation of female infertility involves relatively old-fashioned but simple methods, such as: keeping accurate temperature charts regular blood tests of sex hormone levels performing an anti-Müllerian hormone test specialised x-rays surgical examination of the ovaries using a laparoscope (telescope like tube into the belly). Vaginismus is the term used for…

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Xanthelasma

Xanthelasma are yellow-brown nodules in the soft skin around the eye. They are common in the elderly but may be a sign of high cholesterol or triglyceride levels, arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), liver and other liver disease. Treatment is only necessary for cosmetic reasons and involves using diathermy, laser…

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Whooping Cough

Whooping cough (pertussis) was originally an infection of ducks that only passed to humans after these birds were domesticated many thousands of years ago. It is now a preventable bacterial infection of the respiratory tract that may be very serious in children. A much milder form of the disease (parapertussis)…

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Worms

The very thought of them makes most people cringe, but being aware of intestinal worms means that you can look after yourself and your family by treating an at the earliest opportunity. The most common worm (helminths) in developed countries is the pinworm (threadworm), but there are many other worms, which…

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