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Wound VAC

Wound VAC Process: Benefits | Side Effects | Complications

What You Need to Know About Vacuum-Assisted Wound Closure (VAC) Overview Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is a method of decreasing air pressure around a wound to assist the healing. It’s also referred to as negative pressure wound therapy. During a VAC procedure, a healthcare professional applies a foam bandage over an open wound, and a vacuum pump creates negative …

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Scrupulosity

Scrupulosity: When Religious or Moral Beliefs Become OCD

Scrupulosity: When Religious or Moral Beliefs Become OCD If you’re obsessing about your ethics, it might not be such a good thing after all. It’s Not Just You “It’s Not Just You” is a column written by mental health journalist Sian Ferguson, dedicated to exploring the lesser-known, under-discussed symptoms of mental illness. Whether it’s constant …

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Z-Track Injection | Definition and Patient Education

Z-Track Injections Overview When a medication is injected directly into a muscle, it is called an intramuscular injection (IM). The Z-track method is a type of IM injection technique used to prevent tracking (leakage) of the medication into the subcutaneous tissue (underneath the skin). During the procedure, skin and tissue are pulled and held firmly …

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Mixed Hyperlipidemia

Mixed Hyperlipidemia: Symptoms | Causes | Treatment

Mixed Hyperlipidemia What is mixed hyperlipidemia? Mixed hyperlipidemia is a genetic disorder passed down through family members. If you have this disease, it means you have higher-than-normal levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and other lipids in your blood. The disorder contributes to heart disease and early heart attacks. Diabetes, hypothyroidism, obesity and alcohol abuse can make …

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Scalloped tongue

Scalloped tongue: Symptoms | Causes | Treatment

Scalloped tongue: What you need to know Overview People with scalloped tongue have tongues with indented, rippled, or scalloped edges. Scalloping is the most noticeable on the outermost sides of the tongue. Scalloped tongue is sometimes called a rippled tongue, crenated tongue, piecrust tongue, or lingua indenta. The condition is rarely painful or a sign …

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