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New Treatment Shows Promise For Asthmatics

Asthma

Asthma

A new treatment at the Cleveland Clinic shows promise in helping those with severe asthma. The procedure has been used in clinical trials for several years, and the outcome can be life changing for many patients who have it.

Life with severe asthma is hard. In order to prevent an asthma attack, Karen Ecker needed to live like a shut in.

“I couldn’t go outside without a mask. I was pretty much a hermit in my house,” Ecker said.

People with severe asthma often need to take powerful medications to open their airways. But sometimes even these medications aren’t enough.

“Any type of triggers like perfumes or lotions or air fresheners would send me into a pretty major asthma attack, and with that I would end up having to go to the emergency room,” Ecker said.

Ecker could only work fr...

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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

What is osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones become thin and weak, and break easily. It frequently goes undiagnosed until a fracture occurs, as there are no warning signs. The spine, wrist and hips are particularly vulnerable to fracture.

Osteoporosis symptoms

Occasionally a person develops a dowager hump or kyphosis at the top of their spine due to collapse of the vertebrae, and notices they have lost height. But mostly the thinning bones remain hidden away inside the body, with no symptoms or signs to alert someone to the fact that they have osteoporosis, until a minor bump or fall causes a bone fracture such as a broken hip or a crushed vertebrae.

The break that results can cause pain, disability and loss of independence, or even prove fatal, especially...

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Tachycardia

Tachycardia

Tachycardia

Tachycardia

Definition

Tachycardia is a faster than normal heart rate. A healthy adult heart normally beats 60 to 100 times a minute when a person is at rest. If you have tachycardia (tak-ih-KAHR-de-uh), the rate in the upper chambers or lower chambers of the heart, or both, are increased significantly.

Heart rate is controlled by electrical signals sent across heart tissues. Tachycardia occurs when an abnormality in the heart produces rapid electrical signals.

In some cases, tachycardias may cause no symptoms or complications. However, tachycardias can seriously disrupt normal heart function, increase the risk of stroke, or cause sudden cardiac arrest or death.

Treatments may help control a rapid heartbeat or manage diseases contributing to tachycardia.

Symptoms

When your heart’s rate is ...

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H3N2v

H3N2v

H3N2v

H3N2v

H3N2v is a variant of H3N2 influenza virus that infected 319 people in the United States in 2011 and 2012. When this virus occurs in pigs, it is called “swine influenza.” The virus does not usually infect people or spread among people. It is very different from human seasonal H3N2 viruses.

  • 306 of the cases occurred from July-September 2012.
  • Symptoms of H3N2v are similar to seasonal flu symptoms.
  • There has been limited person-to-person transmission and one death.

Is H3N2v a threat?

Most cases of H3N2v virus infection in 2011 and 2012 resulted in symptoms similar to seasonal flu: fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, and muscle aches. A few people were hospitalized and recovered. There was one death reported of an older adult with multiple underlying health conditions...

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H5N1

H5N1 Avian Flu

H5N1

H5N1

H5N1 is a highly pathogenic avian (bird) flu virus that has caused serious outbreaks in domestic poultry in parts of Asia and the Middle East. Highly pathogenic refers to the virus’s ability to produce disease. Although H5N1 does not usually infect humans, nearly 600 cases of human cases of H5N1 have been reported from 15 countries since 2003.

Most human cases of “highly pathogenic“ H5N1 virus infection have occurred in people who had recent contact with sick or dead poultry that were infected with H5N1 viruses. About 60% of people infected with the virus died from their illness.

Unlike other types of flu, H5N1 usually does not spread between people.

There have been no reported infections with these viruses in birds, poultry, or people in the United States.

You cannot get infect...

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