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Friday, 02 November 2018 00:00

Laparoscopy

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To diagnose certain problems, a doctor needs to look directly into the abdomen and at the reproductive organs. This can be done with laparoscopy.

The word laparoscopy comes from the Greek words that mean “look into the abdomen.” A laparoscope is a small telescope that is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision (cut). It brings light into the abdomen so the doctor can see inside.

There are several reasons why laparoscopy may be recommended. Laparoscopy may be used if you have problems with infertility or if you want to be sterilized. It is also used to check for ectopic pregnancy, causes of pelvic pain and masses.

Diagnosis and Surgery

Laparoscopy is often used to diagnose causes of abdominal pain. If the doctor finds that he or she can treat the condition during the procedure, diagnostic laparoscopy can turn into operative laparoscopy. This procedure is used to treat many health problems.

Endometriosis. Tissue like endometrium (the lining of the uterus) sometimes grows in places outside of the uterus. One way to be certain that endometriosis is present is by laparoscopy.

Adhesions. Sometimes tissues in the abdomen stick together and form scar tissue called adhesions. Adhesions can cause pain. They can be separated during laparoscopy.

Fibroids. Fibroids are growths that form on the inside, outside or within the wall of the uterus. Laparoscopy can diagnose some fibroids.

Ovarian cysts. Ovaries sometimes develop cysts (fluid-filled sacs). These cysts may be harmless, causing only mild pain.

Hysterectomy. The laparoscope can be used to assist in a vaginal hysterectomy (removal of the uterus through the vagina). The laparoscope is used to help the doctor see inside the abdomen during part of the surgery.

Infertility and Sterilization

Women who have trouble getting pregnant may have laparoscopy to find problems like endometriosis or cysts.

Laparoscopy is also used for sterilization. In this operation, the doctor uses the laparoscope as a guide to block the fallopian tubes by cutting, clipping or burning them.

Ectopic Pregnancy

When a woman has pain in her lower abdomen during early pregnancy, the doctor may suspect an ectopic pregnancy. An ectopic pregnancy is one that may be located in the tube instead of the uterus. It may rupture the tube and cause abdominal bleeding that may require emergency surgery.

 

Friday, 02 November 2018 00:00

Fall Back Into Beautiful

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Fall is officially here. Just as you change your wardrobe with the change in seasons, so do your skin care and hair care needs. With the impending reduction in humidity and cool air, your skin may feel dryer. Your hair will be more manageable, but dryer, and your scalp may become flaky and itchy. Have no fear. Fall is the best season ever for re-beautification. This is the best time to do all the procedures that require you avoiding the sun. Now is the time to schedule chemical peels for dark spots and rough skin, and microneedling for acne scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Also, since laser hair removal required at least six treatments to be effective, start your treatments now to be hair-free by…
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Thursday, 01 November 2018 00:00

Under Armour Technology

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Visiting the dentist’s office has long been proven to improve a person’s overall health and prevent future dental issues. With the introduction of Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™, visiting your dentist can now also improve an athlete’s strength, endurance and reaction time and reduce athletic stress.

When athletes exert themselves, clenching the jaw is a natural reaction. But teeth-clenching triggers the excess production and release of hormones, such as cortisol. This produces stress, fatigue and distraction and can hinder an athlete’s performance. Under Armour’s innovative new line of custom mouthpieces and mouthguards are designed to improve athletic performance.

Powered by ArmourBite™, patented mouthwear technology developed by Bite Tech, Inc., Under Armour Performance Mouthwear™ relieves pressure on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and prevents the excessive production of performance-sapping hormones.

Local athletes can now be equipped with the same technology used by hundreds of professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes. The easy and completely painless custom-fitting process typically takes less than 20 minutes.

“Throughout history, soldiers, warriors and athletes realized that by preventing their teeth from clenching together with a leather strap or bullet, they were able to gain the edge they needed to get through, or even excel at strenuous or punishing activities,” said Bite Tech founder Jon Kittelsen. “ArmourBite Technology brings this ancient concept to today’s athletes with a comfortable, safe product.”

Bite Tech has conducted years of independent studies at some of the nation’s top universities and research centers, including The Citadel and IMG Academies. These studies have proven the science behind UA Performance Mouthwear.

 

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