Can thyroid cancer be prevented?
Generally, development of a thyroid cancer cannot be prevented. However, in the case of familial medullary thyroid cancer, where gene mutations that increase the risk of developing the cancer have bee…
How are nosebleeds treated?
Simple nosebleeds that are not caused by head trauma and that occur in otherwise healthy people can usually be treated using first aid measures. Other medical measures include: nasal spray - spraying …
How common is failure to thrive?
It is difficult to know exactly how common this failure to thrive is, because it does not have a standard definition. It is a common cause for admission of children under two years of age to hospitals…
How common is squamous cell carcinoma?
Skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma, is the most common type of cancer.
How often do I need to brush my teeth?
For good oral health, it is important to brush your teeth 2-3 times a day. More frequent brushing may not be beneficial, as it may wear down your tooth enamel.
If there is blood in my stool do I have bowel (colon) cancer?
Blood in the stool is a common symptom of bowel (colon) cancer, but it can also be caused by many other conditions. However, if you find blood in your stool, it is important to have it properly assess…
Is MERS contagious?
MERS appears to pass from camels to humans and between people who are at close contact such as family members or healthcare personnel treating MERS patients.
My nails are soft and break easily, what can I take to help make them stronger?
There are many causes of soft and easily broken nails, including deficiencies in iron, calcium, vitamin A, D and the B vitamins. A simple blood test to determine if you are deficient in any essential …
What are mosquito-borne illnesses?
'Mosquito-borne illnesses' is an umbrella term for several different diseases that share the same mode of transmission - they are all passed between humans (and animals) via mosquito bites.
What can be done at home to treat heart failure?
If you are diagnosed with heart failure and want to stop it getting worse, you may want to: monitor your fluid intake and retention; limit your salt intake; quit smoking, and; restrict your alcohol in…
What can be done during long-distance travelling to prevent a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Wearing compression stockings can improve blood flow which may help prevent formation of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Regularly getting out of your seat to stretch your legs can also help.