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Older People’s Health Issues

Quality of life is often defined as a standard of health, comfort, and happiness and, as such, is highly personal. What one person views as quality life could vary widely with another person's. However, for many people, quality of life often revolves around health and health care options.

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Men s Health Issues

Men's Health Issues. The male reproductive system includes the penis, scrotum, testes, epididymis, vas deferens, prostate, and seminal vesicles. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a noncancerous (benign) enlargement of the prostate gland that can make urination difficult. Epididymitis is inflammation of the epididymis (the coiled tube on top

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Women s Health Issues

Preventive health care includes having regular gynecologic examinations, even when no symptoms are present, and screening tests. Screening tests are done before people have any symptoms to check for disorders that can be prevented or treated effectively if recognized early.

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Mental Health Disorders

Mental health (psychiatric or psychologic) disorders involve disturbances in thinking, emotion, and/or behavior. Small disturbances in these aspects of life are common, but when such disturbances cause significant distress to the person and/or interfere with daily life, they are considered mental illness or a mental health disorder.

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Home Health Care

Home health care is being increasingly used to meet the demand for long-term care. Home health care, which can reduce nursing home placement of patients by 23%, is less expensive than institutional care when home health aide and skilled care visits are scheduled appropriately. Home health care is provided by agencies, which vary in ownership

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Health Supervision of the Well Child

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Schizophreniform Disorder

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Overview of Mouth, Nose, and Throat Cancers

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One-Page Manual of Health

See a health care practitioner regularly for age-appropriate and sex-appropriate screening (blood pressure, glucose, and lipid levels; Pap smears, mammograms, and colon cancer screening; prenatal screening) and vaccinations. Be cautious about sun exposure and wear sunscreen.

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Personality and Behavior Changes

Disorganized speech or behavior. Hallucinations. Mood extremes (such as depression or mania) These categories are not disorders. They are just one way doctors organize different types of abnormal thought, speech, and behavior. These changes in personality and behavior can be caused by physical or mental health problems.

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Anorexia Nervosa

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Female External Genital Organs

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Overview of Child Neglect and Abuse

A team of doctors, other health care practitioners, and social workers attempts to address the causes and effects of neglect and abuse. This team works together with the legal system to coordinate care for the child. The team helps family members understand the child's needs and helps them access local resources. For example, a child whose

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Causes of High Health Care Costs

Health care costs in the United States are disproportionately high for many reasons. (See also Overview of Health Care Financing Overview of Health Care Financing Taking the cost of health care into account is an important part of health care planning. Costs of health care are higher in the United States than in other countries and put a strain

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Overview of Disorders of Phosphate Concentration

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Overview of Mental Health Disorders in Children

With a few exceptions, symptoms of mental health disorders tend to be similar to feelings that every child experiences, such as sadness, anger, suspicion, excitement, withdrawal, and loneliness. The difference between a disorder and a normal feeling is the extent to which the feeling becomes so powerful as to overwhelm and interfere with the

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Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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Preventive Health Care Visits in Adolescents

Annual health care visits (also called well-child visits) allow doctors and other health care practitioners to monitor physical growth Physical Growth During adolescence (usually considered age 10 to the late teens or early 20s), boys and girls reach adult height and weight and undergo sexual maturation (puberty). The timing and speed with

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Routine Psychiatric Assessment

Routine Psychiatric Assessment. Michael B. First. Patients with mental complaints or concerns or disordered behavior present in a variety of clinical settings, including primary care and emergency treatment centers. Complaints or concerns may be new or a continuation of a history of mental problems. Complaints may be related to coping with a

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Overview of Health Care Financing

Health care is paid for by government programs (such as Medicare and Medicaid), private health insurance plans (usually through employers), and the person's own funds (out-of-pocket). In the United States, health care is technologically advanced but expensive. Health care costs were about $3.6 trillion dollars in 2018 ( 1.

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Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Quitting smoking brings immediate health benefits that increase over time read more may also improve erectile function. Stopping or decreasing alcohol use Treatment Alcohol (ethanol) is a depressant. Consuming large amounts rapidly or regularly can cause health problems, including organ damage, coma, and death.

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Overview of Health Care Coverage for Older People

Some health care plans are managed. Managed care simply means that a health care plan gives directions to health care practitioners and institutions about what care should be provided and when. These directions are intended to help ensure better, more consistent care and to control costs.

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Rh Incompatibility

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Substance-Induced Disorders

For a mental disorder to be considered substance induced, the substance involved must be known to be capable of causing the disorder. Substances can be members of the 10 classes of drug that typically cause substance-related disorders: Alcohol. Alcohol Alcohol (ethanol) is a depressant. Consuming large amounts rapidly or regularly can cause

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Physical Problems in Adolescents

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Anatomy and Disease

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A reflection on my psychiatry rotation

A reflection on my psychiatry rotation. March 27, 2015 By Divya. One thing that has startled me since starting rotations is the prevalence of psychiatric conditions. So many patients that come to the hospital have underlying psych conditions that no one addresses and often do not even bother to elicit. However, psych conditions can play a huge

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Children with Chronic Health Conditions

Chronic health conditions (both chronic illnesses and chronic physical disabilities) are generally defined as those conditions that last > 12 months and are severe enough to create some limitations in usual activity. It has been estimated that chronic health conditions affect 10 to …

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Tuberous Sclerosis Complex

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Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome

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Care of Older People in the Home

covers home health care services that are classified as skilled nursing care, including wound care and monitoring of disorders such as heart failure or diabetes. However, the amount of and time frame for such coverage is limited. When people no longer need skilled care, they are usually responsible for the costs of any further nursing care.

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Niemann-Pick Disease

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Coarctation of the Aorta

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COVID-19 During Pregnancy

In addition, pregnant women should call their health care practitioner to determine whether they can have fewer prenatal visits and visits for testing (such as for blood or urine tests or ultrasonography). Reducing the number of visits can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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Understanding Medical Terms

Understanding Medical Terms. At first glance, medical terminology can seem like a foreign language. But often the key to understanding medical terms is focusing on their components (prefixes, roots, and suffixes). For example, spondylolysis is a combination of "spondylo, " which means vertebra, and "lysis," which means dissolve, and so means

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Problems Due to Hospitalization

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