Floods can be a destructive force, and early warnings about the stages of a flood should be heeded.River image by D'D?'?D¡ãD?D?D1 from Fotolia.comThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) oversees the National Weather Service, which issues weather warnings for all kinds...
This case report describes an unusual presentation of splenic rupture in a patient with blunt abdominal trauma.
Because you never know when or where an emergency will occur, a first-aid kit is a good preparation method that ensures that you and your loved ones will be protected. While you can purchase a pre-packed first-aid kit, packing your own items may prove more comprehensive in cases of emergency. Pack t
Many types of treatments and therapies exist to battle cancer---including laser surgery or therapy. Laser therapy is typically considered when the patient is dealing with a growth on the skin or the outer lining of an internal organ. Once a cancer has become malignant, however, laser surgery becomes
It may sound dramatic, but a smoke alarm really can mean the difference between life and death. If a fire starts in your home, the extra time a smoke alarm gives you to escape and call the fire department can also limit the amount of damage done to your property. If you're a landlord, it's your resp
Two specialized fields of medicine are optometry and pediatrics. Optometrists are doctors of optometry who specialize in vision care, and pediatricians are medical doctors who are experts in the health care of children. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for optometris
Gain a better understanding of the etiology behind PCS and the symptoms associated with this condition.
For many second-degree burns,home treatment is all that is needed for healing and to prevent other problems. Rinse the burn Rinse burned skin with cool water until the pain stops. Usually rinsing will stop the pain in 15 to 30 minutes. The cool water lowers the skin temperature and stops the burn fr
Propane, a liquefied petroleum product, is used in over 14 million homes across the United States, according to the National Propane Gas Association. It fuels a wide range of home appliances, including cook-tops and ovens to furnaces and water heaters and is a popular source of energy due to its low
If you were bitten by a snake or lizard that you know or suspect is poisonous, callor other emergency services immediately. Do not wait for symptoms to develop.
As provider shortages plague ICUs nationwide, can hospitalists fill the gap?
Laparoscopic roux-en-Y gastric bypass may be associated with adverse events.
During a natural or manmade hazard, emergency managers and the general public need both one- and two-way forms of communication, but the hazards' conditions can cause loss of electrical power and telecommunications and block travel, further endangering the public. With common methods of communicatio
One of the most popular features of Medscape Surgery, "Ask the Experts" continues to be expanded in depth and breadth.
You are probably most familiar with polarized light in terms of polarized sunglasses. These moderately high-end glasses filter out light and reduce glare, and are extremely popular with sport fishermen and other water-based professionals because they make it easier to see through and around water ev
Find out new ways to promote faster healing for chronic pressure ulcers.
Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays when the skin is not accustomed to being in direct sunlight can result in sun poisoning. This is a condition where the skin appears to have a sunburn and hives. Sun poisoning can be extremely painful and can blister and peel. People with fair skin are particula
When a person consumes alcoholic beverages, it is the liver that processes the majority of the chemicals in alcohol. About 90 to 98 percent of all alcohol ingested is processed by the liver, with the remainder leaving via urination or sweating.
This case study presents a unique approach to management of enterocutaneous fistula. Find out how negative pressure wound therapy helps.
Is it a knife in the heart to a surgeon to feel that he or she is 'too old' to operate, or is this just the natural end to a distinguished career? Medscape readers' opinions cut both ways.