Medicine Essays & Term Papers

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Cancer Hippocrates gave cancer ( Greek for crab ) its name because it spread through tissues like the movements of a crab. At first oncogenes, genes with highly specialized functions were said to be the " cancer genes ". This of course was wrong as oncogenes promote normal cell division and growth as well as the repair and replacement of damaged cells. Cancer starts when one out of as many as one trillion cells goes awry. When first damaged the cell loses its external controls and

Nuclear Medicine There are many things to be said about Nuclear Medicine. During the 20th century the world has seen many changes in medicine. One of the most ingenious creations of the century in the health field is Nuclear Medicine and Radiology. It is easily argued that modern medicine is the greatest accomplishment in human history1. This is a very big achievement, in the fact that there have been some extraordinary inventions. Just to name a few: electricity, the telephone and e

I went to Hawaii on vacation to get a tan, but I got something else instead. Ultraviolet rays are stronger, and hotter near the equator. When I got home I got x-rays. I was sent for treatment with gamma rays. Wow! What a vacation. It was so hot that I had to jump into a pool just to cool off. Ultraviolet rays have wavelengths between 10nm and 430 nm. They also have a very high frequency of about 10,000,000,000,000,000 Hz.- 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 Hz. Photon energy emissions a

With most old aged people the chance of cancer rises. The best way to help combat this for the older people is secondary prevention. This type of prevention involves screening tests or examinations, which help with early detection of cancer. The sooner that the cancer is found the better the chances of defeating it. For this screening to be applicable, the disease must be common and curable. Screening people at the age of 60 could help decrease the number of deaths because it will mos

MN Talking Points On Colon Cancer Treatment and Prevention As representatives of the citizens of New York State, we have a responsibility to ensure that everyone has access to the highest quality health care possible. As a State Senator. I have worked aggressively to fight for increased funding for cancer education and prevention, and to improve and expand health care coverage and treatment, including legislation we are working hard to approve -- the Women s Health and Wellness Act -- whic

 “Conventional medicine has little to learn from alternative medicine”. Today many people in the UK and US choose to be treated by methods that are not based on Western scientific methods, that is the science and practice of medicine which is standard in the West. These methods are known as “Alternative medicine” or “Complementary medicine” ,which include homeopathy, acupuncture, osteopathy, aromatherapy, chiropractic medicine, and reflexology among others. Chine

Veterinarian Medicine plays a big role in the United States. Helping animals is the biggest concern of all veterinarians. When getting a puppy, you should bring it to the vet for 3 check-ups before it starts on it's annual shot and check-up. Veterinarains look over the animal and see if it has any signs of worms or respiratory problems. If any of these problems are found, medicine will be given for about a month or so. I have been working at a veterinarian's clinic for about 2 years n

Finding a hero today is not a very easy thing to do. Especially a hero comparable to Beowulf. After thinking for a long time the closest person I could think of is Lance Armstrong. He is a two-time Tour de France winner who was survived testicular cancer. Lance won the Tour de France in 1996. Shortly after he was diagnosed with a rare form of testicular cancer that spread to his stomach, lungs, and brain. He had 11 masses in just his lungs some of which the size of golf balls. After h

David Black's book Medicine Man chronicles Aaron Kenigsberg's third year of medical school. In the process of describing his hectic life it teaches the reader three very important things. It educates the reader about the future of medicine, it shows how dedicated a doctor must truly be, and it contrasts the medicine of the past with that of the present and future. Aaron Kenigsberg's entire third year of medical school seems to be one of harried excitement. The constant activi

Norman Cousins’ book Anatomy of an Illness as Perceived by the Patient is the story of one man’s ablity to overcome the typical medical model of dealing with a disability, and how the mind is an amazing healing tool. This book is not just about Norman’s disability, bu also about his belief that if you want something bad enough, you can get it. I found this book particulatly interesting because I am currently trying get off my allergy medication, and cure myself through

The author tells the story of two Native-American (Chippewa) families whose lives interweave through several generations during the years 1934-1984. The primary setting is a reservation in North Dakota. The main characters, Marie and Nector Kashpaw and Lulu Lamartine, are colorful, sympathetic people caught in a love triangle that endures for most of their adult lives. "Love medicine" represents an attempt by a Kashpaw grandson to assure once and for all that his aging grandfather will lov

Many people say that with knowledge one for-fills one’s life. As human beings, we have the obligation to exceed and surpass ones present knowledge through material, spiritual, and philosophical stand points. Daily we struggle to surpass ourselves in a material way. As we live our lives we strive to pursue excellence in ones chosen field, be it doctor, lawyer, teacher, etc. By pursuing the knowledge of medicine, for example, one not only satisfies our material need of money, but al

It is undeniable that the conditions of today’s life and age emphasize in instant results. Everyone wants a quick answer to their problems. Perhaps, this is why traditional medicine appeals to many. If a patient is sick, he or she is diagnosed and instantly receives a synthetic drug to treat his or her illness, regardless if this is the best form of treatment. Alternative medicine is the most effective method of treatment because it is based on natural healing methods, treats patien

In the Renaissance, some aspects of medicine and doctors were still in a Dark Age. Outbreaks of disease were common, doctors were poor, medicine was primitive and many times doctors would kill a patient with a severe treatment for a minor disease! But, there were other sections where medicine and the use of medications improved greatly. This paper is written to illustrate the “light and dark” sides of medicine in the Renaissance. The filth of the cities promoted the spread

Alex Jaime Biology Jan. 7 "2000" Pg Report. "Biotechnology in Human Medicine" Biotechnology is the science by which scietist change or manage biological systems in living things. This science allows humans to better understand, and apply their learnings to things such as agriculture, industry and human medicine. One of the ways scientist are learning more about medicines is by performing labs that are called cultures. This is when microorganisms or cells are grown in a cont

During the Civil War, weapons and medicine were a big part of surviving and winning the war, for both the north and south. The new weapons were creating massive losses in the north and south. There was also poor drinking water, and un-sanitized tools for the hospitals, which caused disease throughout the wounded men. The medicine could not keep up with the epidemic of wounded and disease. During the start of the Civil War, weapons were the main production to win the war, but the med

Biology Project Bronchitis Bronchitis is an infection of the larger air passages in the lungs. When bronchitis is in your system it connects to the trachea, and gives you a persisting cough. This makes you cough up phlegm as well as sputum. This infection is acquired in mostly babies, smokers, and the elderly. CAUSES- there are many causes for bronchitis the main one is smoking. Getting a cold or the flu are two more possible ways to get bronchitis. Bronchitis is more common to som

Bronchitis is when the line the bronchial tubes become inflamed. As with the common cold, virtually everyone has had bronchitis at some time. It usually is caused by a viral infection that spreads to the bronchi. There are several types of bronchitis; the most common types are acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is the inflammation of mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes, it usually only lasts a few days. Chronic bronchitis is when acute bronchitis lasts for months at a time and re

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head cold (acute bronchitis), or it may continue or return regularly for many years, causing worsening of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are more likely to get bronchitis than others. Men are effected more than women, out numbering them 10 to 1. The reasons for this are unknown. Smokers are 50 times more likely to get chronic bronchitis than non smokers. Acute bronchitis i

Bronchitis - Summary- DEFINITION Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head cold (acute bronchitis), or it may persist or return regularly for many years, causing progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are more susceptible than others; Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women, out numbering them 10 to 1 the reasons are unclear. Of course smokers are 50 times more likely to get

Bronchitis Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head cold (acute bronchitis), or it may persist or return regularly for many years, causing progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are more susceptible than others; Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women, out numbering them 10 to 1 -- the reasons are unclear. Of course smokers are 50 times more likely to get chronic bronchitis than non-smoke

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head cold (acute bronchitis), or it may persist or return regularly for many years, causing progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are more susceptible than others; Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women, out numbering them 10 to 1 cc the reasons are unclear. Of course smokers are 50 times more likely to get chronic bronchitis than noncsm

Bronchitis is the inflammation of the bronchi. It may develop suddenly, following a head cold (acute bronchitis), or it may persist or return regularly for many years, causing progressive degeneration of the bronchi and lungs (chronic bronchitis). Certain people are more susceptible than others; Men are more of a target to bronchitis than women, out numbering them 10 to 1 ©© the reasons are unclear. Of course smokers are 50 times more likely to get chronic bronchitis than

Secondhand Smoke What is secondhand smoke? Second smoke is the smoke breathed out by smokers and the smoke from the burning end of a cigarette, cigar or pipe. The smoke from the burning end of a cigarette has many harmful chemicals. Secondhand smoke is also called environmental tobacco smoke (ETS); exposure to secondhand smoke is called involuntary smoking or passive smoke. Why should you worry about secondhand smoke? Secondhand Smoke causes about 3,000 deaths each ye

What fills our air with pollution, are lungs with smoke, and are gums with holes. Tobacco is the answer. There are people everyday that die due to Tobacco. Innocent by standers are becoming ill due to second hand smoke. That is why tobacco should be illegal. Everyday people light up, smoke, and die. Ciggrearetts have seventeen toxins that are deadly. Cigarettes are addictive therefore it is very hard to quit, because of the nicotine is what causes the addiction. The nicotine and the

TOBACCO ??? It is a proven fact that tobacco companies target teenagers in their advertisements. But who wouldn't spend six million dollars to target us? Teenagers are the next generation. We are the ones that are going possess the big houses, the fancy cars, and most importantly, the big bucks. We're the ones that are going to college with our parent's money, and we are the ones most susceptible to advertisement ploys and we are the ones that need peer approval. All these factors make teenag

Illness Ryan Thompson 4th Hour Miss Howard November 7, 1996 During times of illness there is certain things one cannot bring themselves to do. Everyone has had one of these times. That time for me is right now. As i have been diagnosed with bronchitis and tonsillitis it is very difficult to concentrate on the computer screen when the medicine you take makes you nauseous. As I sit down to type up my homework my headache worsens. but yet I continue on at my meagerly pace to finis

Asthma What is Asthma ? Asthma is a disorder that affects 20% of Australians in their childhood. It causes airways to narrow making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms may include loss of breathe in cold weather, wheezing and whistling. It may occur periodically in sudden sharp attacks. When an attack occurs - The muscles around the wind pipe tighten shrinking the airways. The wind pipe lining then swells (picture) and a mucus called phlegm develops causing the cough to intensify and sl

Imagine your child wheezing, working hard for every breath he takes. You rush him to the Emergency Room. He is suffering from another severe asthma attack, which he developed when he was a baby. Why? Your child has been expose to secondhand smoke. This scenario may not be your community s worst problem, but I just want to address some concerns on the affects of secondhand smoke to children s health and their future. Secondhand smoke affects everybody, but most especially it affects children s

Just as a fire needs oxygen to burn, the human body also needs a continuous supply of this essential element for the process of combustion that goes on constantly in every cell. We ordinarily do not think of a body metabolism as combustion, yet that is what is: the controlled burning of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to provide energy. The job of the respiratory system is to furnish the oxygen that combines with these fuels in each of the billions of cells, and to carry away

The effect of drugs can be harmful to the body. They can damage nerves at are use for thinking. According to the "Nation Institutes of Health"(NIH), cannabis is one of the most popular used drugs in America ranking third after tobacco and alcohol. Marijuana (the most common form used in America), is made of the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis sativa plant, and looks like oregano. It is usually smoked in a pipe or in hand-rolled cigarettes. Hashish (hash) is a dried-caked resin from

NO SMOKING Smoking is a bad and unhealthy habit in which a person inhales and exhales the smoke of the tobacco or any substance in a cigarette or a pipe (gran diccionario 843) People should not smoke because, obviously, it affects the smoker and also, it affects all the people that are around them. There are several reasons why people should stop the habit of smoking. To see why, we have to be conscious about the consequences of smoking. First of all, physically ,the smoker s teeth b

"According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were a little over 300,000 deaths related to AIDS in 1997. That's like taking half the people in Baltimore county and making them disappear. Another 75,000 died from alcohol. In addition to that, 20,000 died from illegal drug use, and 25,000 died from motor vehicle crashes. But if you were to add those numbers up, they still wouldn't equal the amount of deaths that were related to tobacco. In fact, each year, smoking

Smoking and its effects on the body I am doing my drug project on smoking. In some countries, smoking causes one-third of all cancer deaths. It causes diseases of the heart, lung, digestive tract, kidney, bladder. There are many other health risks. There are over 4,000 chemicals in cigarette smoke and 200 of those are known poisons. Pregnant women who smoke may have miscarriages, low birth weight, still birth, and premature birth. There are a few reasons why people smoke. Most teenage

My Name is… and I’m an Alcoholic “I had my first drink when I was about five years old…from then on, alcohol was my constant companion, friend, and spiritual advisor…25 years later…I laid in the middle of my living room with a loaded rifle in my mouth wanting to end it all” (Alfred). Alcoholism is a chronic disease in which a person may become dependent on alcohol, to the extent where it affects your life. Alcoholics have an uncontrollable ne

Target High Risk Areas for Medication Errors Medication errors are among the biggest issues in health care settings today. The effect of managed care is one of the causative factors. The need to contain costs has invariably doubled the nurses' workload making them less efficient as caregivers. Example of problem is the high incidence of medication errors. Nurses' workload has increased tremendously regardless of the fact that most of these patients are of great acuity, thereby predispo

ADHD Understanding the Problem Understanding the Problem | Getting Help | Sustaining Hope This three-part article provides an excellent overview of the current state of knowledge regarding a disorder that is often called the most "over-diagnosed" mental problem--attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD. The extensive use of medication for emotional disorders is controversial for some people. While the National Institute of Mental Health--which commissioned this article--is

A hypothesis which states how a minor surgery does not decrease ear infections in children is not adequately proven by some scientists in the article " Ear-infecton surgery has limited gain ". The claim that the use of antibiotics, helps morewhen it comes to decreasing ear infections is not well supported. Scientists investigated 280 children who recieved medication and underwent surgery for ear infections. However, this resulted in infection rates being subscribed or successful in

Several months ago my best friend, Dana McFarland, tried to do a terrible thing. She tried to take her own life by overdosing on some pills. I was really shocked when I found out. I asked her why she didn’t let anyone know how she was feeling. She replied, “I felt like no one would understand.” I told her she could always talk to me about anything, and I would do my best to try and help her. Dana told me that she had felt really depressed for weeks. She also told me she

Medication Errors are among the biggest issues devoted in health care setting today in America. According to a recent Journal of the American Medical Association, medication error causes more than 10,000 of injures and deaths every year. Medication giving include five basic rights: Right patient, Right medication, Right route, Right dose, and Right time. Contrary to the above is medication errors. However, most common errors are occurred by poor transcriptions, drug interactions, drug

Hypoglycemia Hypoglycemia is a condition in which the amount of sugar in the blood drops to an abnormally low level. It occurs in association with a number of diseases and can affect anyone. “Blood sugar, more formally known as glucose, is the fuel all cells in your body uses for heat and energy” (Hypoglycemia, (Low Blood Sugar)). Glucose is produced by the breakdown of glycogen, a pancreatic hormone that tends to raise sugar in the blood. Glucose enters the cells of your body

Till Death Do Us Part Today, many people believe marriage is almost like dating. Some men and women meet, and before they get to know one another they make the choice to be wed. That is why divorce rate is higher than it has been in history. Divorce is now a popular solution to problems that many American couples have. Most of these problems could easily be avoided if both individuals would communicate with each other. Communication is used to help let opinions about certain subjects

Being Sane in Insane Places The day I arrived at the mental hospital. The staff asked what was wrong with me. I told them I was hearing voices. I was of course lying. I had butterflies in my stomach. I felt strange and deviant falsifying my sickness. After a quick evaluation, I was admitted into the mental hospital. I felt nervous and kind of anxious wondering what would become of me. After a day went by I told them the voices had stopped. They didn’t believe me. No matter how ha

Most people don’t even know what they what to be when they grow up while they are still in high school, some don’t even know when they are entering college. I, on the other hand, have a precise idea on which career I would like to pursue. Most kids, like me, go through the “ I want to be a doctor” phase, and the “ I want to be a lawyer” or “ veterinarian “ phase, which I did as well, but I have this uncontrollable urge to earn as much money as I can, and for some

This article defines schizophrenia and discusses its affects on people whom have this disease. The article also expands on the new information gained about schizophrenia from years of research and advantages from new technology. To briefly summarize this article, schizophrenia usually begins between the ages of 16 and 30, men often being affected earlier than women. Many schizophrenics begin to speak incoherently and see or hear things no one else does. People with this disease go in an

The Misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder ADD is a disorder that is very challenging to diagnose because the symptoms can be varying in number and intensity can show a positive diagnosis. Even the official scale of DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders); created and updated by the American Medical Association; can be questioned for validity. In the past ten years there have been many studies done on the problems of over-diagnosis and over-prescription. Be

In the case of Denise, the single mother, and her eight year old daughter, Sally, the two of them face a moral dilemma. Denise cannot afford the anticonvulsant drugs needed to control Sally s extreme seizures. Since she cannot afford them she steals the medicine from the drug store where she is employed as a check-out clerk. This way she can still provide a home, food and clothing for her daughter and herself. This, in essence, keeps Sally alive and Denise self-sufficient. Denise believes s

Mrs. McCaulskyDwarfism ReportACHONDROPLASIA In medicine, ACHONDROPLASIA is known as being undersized, orless than 50in. in height. Having short limbs, a normal sized trunk, large headwith a depressed nasal bridge and small face. This is a result of a disease inthe thyroid gland. It can also be caused by Down syndrome or absorption, acartilaginous tissue during the fetal stage. Hypochondroplasia, a mild form ofdwarfism. Spinal tuberculosis and the deficiency of the pituitary glan

Schizophrenia is a disastrous mental illness present in 1% of the world s population. Doctors are still unsure of the causes of schizophrenia, and no medical cure has been discovered for this illness. Physicians have developed medical treatments, although the problem is getting the patient to stay on the medication, which contains many side affects. Many alternative medications have been tested for instance marijuana is believed to help schizophrenics battle their illness. Schizophrenics sh

Schizophrenia Schizophrenia is a complex and puzzling illness. Even the experts are not sure exactly what causes it. Some doctors think that the brain may not be able to process information correctly. There are structural and chemical abnormalities that cause the brains of people with schizophrenia to get overloaded by too much information from the outside world. People without schizophrenia usually filter out unneeded information, for example, the sound of a train whistle in the backgrou