Medical Minute: Male Incontinence

Slim Thug

Slim Thug

We’ve all seen the TV commercials for male and female incontinence. Incontinence can be an embarrassing and humiliating experience, as evidenced by rapper Slim Thug who wet himself while rushing to the restroom.

Urinary urgency is the urgent need to empty the bladder immediately. Wetting yourself before you can make it to the restroom is called incontinence.

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Medical Minute: Marfan Syndrome

Medical Minute: Marfan Syndrome

Baylor men’s basketball standout Isaiah Austin will not realize his dream of playing for the NBA.

Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes connective tissue problems due to fibrin weakness. People with Marfan’s tend to be tall, with lanky arms and legs. They may also suffer heart defects and serious problems with their lungs and eyes.

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Medical Minute: Cancer Signs Women Might Miss

Breast cancer

Chances are 1 in 5 of you has cancer, will have cancer, or knows someone who has cancer. According to the American Cancer Society: there will be an estimated 1,665,540 new cancer cases diagnosed and 585,720 cancer deaths in the US in 2014. I personally know 3 young people under the age of 35 who have been diagnosed with cancer in the past year alone.

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Medical Minute: Deadly Ebola Virus Spreads to Liberia; Can it Spread to America?

Ebola outbreak in Guinea

The deadly Ebola virus outbreak has spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone from neighboring Guinea, health officials say.

The Ebola outbreak has killed 78 victims so far and the death toll is growing daily. So far four deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone have been attributed to the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever. 2 health care workers are among the 118 new cases of Ebola, ABC News reports. The Ebola outbreak in Guinea is making headlines all over the world, primarily because there is no known cure or treatment for Ebola.

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Medical Minute: Anorexia Nervosa

Medical Minute: Anorexia Nervosa

New photos posted on social media by Whitney Houston‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, suggests she may be suffering from Anorexia Nervosa, an eating disorder characterized by a starvation diet and low self-esteem.

Bobbi Kristina’s attention-seeking behavior is indicative of youngsters who didn’t develop strong bonds with their parents or primary caregivers. Bobbi’s mom, Whitney, and her dad, singer Bobby Brown, had busy careers that kept them on the road for long periods of time.

People who suffer from Anorexia have an irrational fear that they are gaining too much weight. They obsess about staying thin due to an altered body image disturbance or the perception that they are too fat.

Anorexia Nervosa usually begins in adolescence and affects more girls than boys.

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Medical Minute: 7 Heart Attack Warning Signs Women Shouldn’t Ignore

7 Heart Attack Warning Signs Women Shouldn't Ignore

According to a report on Foxnews.com, an estimated 38,000 women under age 50 suffer heart attacks each year in the United States.

Studies show that most women can’t differentiate between a heart attack and indigestion.

Most women who are having a heart attack put off going to the emergency room because the symptoms are so vague. Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack can mean the difference between life and death.

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Medical Minute: Abdominal Distention (Ascites)

Lil' Kim Sighting, NYC

Tongues were wagging when rapper Lil’ Kim showed up at a NY Fashion Week event on Wednesday night with a distended abdomen. Kim’s appearance sparked rumors that she was pregnant. The 39-year-old rapper’s abdomen was so distended she had difficulty walking and had to be carried by a member of her entourage.

Abdominal distention means swelling or bloating of the abdominal cavity but not of the stomach itself. The swelling can be caused by overeating or swallowing large amounts of air, such as when chewing gum.

Abdominal distention in a female is often mistaken for pregnancy.

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