A Bit More Healthy Archive February 2011

Spotting Ovarian Cysts

Spotting Ovarian Cysts

The menstrual cycle will certainly tell the tale if you have ovarian cysts.

By Boris Pasternak

HEALTH An ovarian cyst is a collection of fluid within a normally solid ovary. It forms when an egg is released from the ovary during ovulation. In the days before ovulation, the follicle forms, growing around the egg. However, in a few cases, a damaged follicle fails to open and release the egg.

Curing Worst Headache of My Life

Curing Worst Headache of My Life

Exquisite pain describes the pinnacle of human suffering.

HEALTH Over the span of a few days, a headache progressed in intensity from uncomfortable to debilitating. The maximum recommended dosage of over-the-counter acetaminophen had negligible effect. At 11 PM on the third day, I sat in a recliner, eyes wide open, coming to grips with my insufferable pain.

Pediatric Immediate Care Facilities

Pediatric Immediate Care Facilities

There's a special place for sick children, besides a crowded emergency room.

By Genna Macmahon

HEALTH If your young child is suffering from an illness, all planning automatically steps out of your head. It is 11 pm at night and your son has a 103-degree temperature. You are aware that he must see a physician but in your haze and turmoil it's impossible for you to decide what to do and where to bring him.

Is The Skin Cell Gun Real?

Is The Skin Cell Gun Real?

Compared with science-fiction results, does this device really spray-on skin or snake oil?

DERMATOLOGY A video touting a revolutionary breakthrough is going viral. Hundreds of thousands of viewers are amazed with a miraculous device called the Skin Cell Gun. It resembles a large airbush with a compressor. Instead of spraying paint or dyes, it allegedly sprays stem cells harvested from healthy patient skin.

Healthcare's Online Triage

Healthcare's Online Triage

The role of a triage nurse is to categorize patients in order of urgency.

TRAUMA A growing number of patients are seeking care online. Some healthcare providers allow patients to email physicians. This may provide a useful avenue for questions about non-urgent symptoms. Some health plans include access to a nurse 24 hours a day. Whether communicating over the phone or via email, it is important to provide sufficient pertinent information so the medical professional can make an informed assessment.