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News Medical's "MediKnowledge" series is a selection of articles written by experts who have been invited as recognized leaders in their fields to offer opinion within the confines of his or her area of medical expertise.

  • Endometriosis: Delayed Diagnosis Impacts Disease Management and Patient Well-Being

    Endometriosis: Delayed Diagnosis Impacts Disease Management and Patient Well-Being

    Endometriosis is a common yet poorly understood illness that affects women of reproductive age and is often under and misdiagnosed. It is believed that endometrial cells that normally line the uterus grow outside the uterus, attaching to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the lining of the pelvic cavity. [More]
  • Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

    Idiopathic Anaphylaxis

    Anaphylaxis is the most extreme form of severe allergic reactions which can be life threatening and requires emergency medical treatment. It can affect anyone of any age, sex, race and stature. [More]
  • Art as Therapy

    Art as Therapy

    The most common misconception held about art therapy, is that it involves the therapist interpreting the artwork, and deciphering and unravelling the meanings hidden within; on the contrary, it is the creator of the image, not the therapist, who has this pleasure. The role of the therapist is primarily an insightfully enabling one. [More]
  • The Quest for an Acute Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment: Why Progesterone Could Be On Track To Become the First FDA-Approved Therapy

    The Quest for an Acute Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment: Why Progesterone Could Be On Track To Become the First FDA-Approved Therapy

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States, contributing to as many as a third of injury-related deaths. When a patient presents to the emergency department with a TBI in isolation or as part of multi-system injury, he or she is stabilized, evaluated and a treatment plan is determined. [More]
  • Global travel and antibiotic resistance

    Global travel and antibiotic resistance

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has called antibiotic resistance one of the biggest threats to human health today - and international travel is contributing to the problem.
  • Congenital heart disease and exercise

    Congenital heart disease and exercise

    The number of adult patients with congenital heart disease is growing worldwide. Advances in medical treatment, percutaneous interventions, and surgery offer the vast majority of these patients a good life expectancy. However, life long follow-up is needed, especially for patients with residual lesions or sequels of previous interventions. [More]
  • Management of Myeloma

    Management of Myeloma

    Our increased understanding of myeloma biology has resulted in significantly improved patient outcomes although, until recently, the major gains have been achieved in patient’s aged < 70 years. [More]
  • Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

    Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

    The human intestine contains at least 10^14 bacteria, with hundreds to thousands of different species, which exist in harmony with their host. The role of this intestinal flora, or microbiota, in maintaining the health of an individual is increasingly being appreciated. [More]
  • Migraine research

    Migraine research

    Migraine is a common and disabling neurological condition. Migraine is currently estimated to affect more than 860 million people worldwide. Migraine has recently been rated by the Global Burden of Disease Study from the World Health Organization as the third most common and eighth most burdensome disease on the planet, and it alone is responsible for 3 % of disability attributable to a specific disease worldwide. [More]
  • What is Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease?

    What is Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease?

    Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease or CJD, (Hans Gerhard Creutzfeldt, 1885 - 1964, German psychiatrist and Alfons Maria Jakob, 1884 - 1931, German psychiatrist) (also called subacute spongiform encephalopathy), is a rare, well characterized clinicopathological entity defined by a rapidly progressing dementia associated with pathognomonic vacuolation in the cortex giving a microscopic appearance of spongiform change. Both humans and animals may be affected. [More]
  • New hope for adults with amblyopia (lazy eye)

    New hope for adults with amblyopia (lazy eye)

    Amblyopia is a visual developmental disorder in which the vision through one eye fails to develop properly in early childhood. The deficit is not in the eye itself but in the visual areas of the brain. [More]
  • Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

    Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

    World Sickle Cell Day is June 19 and was created by the United Nations in 2006 to raise global awareness for sickle cell disease as a public health problem. Sickle cell disease is an extremely debilitating medical condition. [More]
  • Detecting breast cancer in dense breasts

    Detecting breast cancer in dense breasts

    This article is about the problem of detecting tumors in dense breasts, and how many states are tackling the problem by requiring doctors to tell women that mammograms don’t work well for those who have dense breasts. I will also discuss effective solutions to this problem. [More]
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

    OCD is a condition consisting of obsessions or compulsions, or, more commonly, both. This is nothing to do with addictions to gambling, alcohol, exercise or eating, for example, which are quite different. OCD symptoms are never pleasurable and are usually aimed at preventing harm. [More]
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery

    Minimally invasive spine surgery

    For over forty years, lumbar spine (back) surgery was destructive to structures of the spine while at the same time attempting to rectify disorders of the spine. [More]
  • Promoting sounder sleep in older adults

    Promoting sounder sleep in older adults

    Sleep is vital for overall health. Poor sleep can cause daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and mood deterioration and has implications for poor health outcomes. Getting six or fewer hours each night may also provoke increased appetite leading to risk of weight gain and, in the longer term, the risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular conditions. [More]
  • Hepatitis C treatment: no benefits and possible harm

    Hepatitis C treatment: no benefits and possible harm

    Patients with hepatitis C have two concerns. The first concern relates to how likely it is that he or she will develop end-stage liver disease, namely either symptoms of cirrhosis that will incapacitate them, lead to the need for a liver transplantation, or even death, or primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma). [More]