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Emergency Room Secrets: Falls, Fractures, and “FDGB”

Emergency Room Secrets: Falls, Fractures, and “FDGB”

“FDGB” is a common occurrence in the Emergency Department setting. The first question is: How common and varied is FGDB? The second question is: Exactly what is FDGB? Our emergency room secrets include the story behind that code.

You see, in medicine we use mnemonics, abbreviations, and medical slang like they’re

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:

Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable

Blurred Vision Is Often a Sign of a Serious Condition

Blurred Vision Is Often a Sign of a Serious Condition

If you’re blessed with the gift of perfect or near-perfect eyesight, it can be quite jarring when you first experience a significant period of blurred vision. You’re not sure whether it’s a temporary occurrence or a sign that you might be losing your eyesight.

Blurred vision refers to a lack of

Adult ADHD: A Condition Worthy of Focus

Adult ADHD: A Condition Worthy of Focus

Many people joke about having ADHD when they get easily distracted or act impulsively. However, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is no laughing matter. It can be a lifelong—and sometimes debilitating—condition. And it may be more common than you think: Estimates show that up to 10 million of us in the

8. Helping Yourself

Although there is still no cure for dementia, our growing knowledge of the factors involved in its development have demonstrated that the lifestyle choices we make help to reduce our personal risk. Furthermore, you don’t have to be in your twenties for those changes to have an impact. A groundbreaking

4. Alzheimer’s Disease

Although it has likely been around since the start of humanity, it has only been in the past century that we’ve known about Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The growth in our knowledge and understanding of the disease combined with our increasing lifespan and the aging of the baby-boomer generation has led

3. Dementia

Dementia is not a specific disease, but rather a term used to describe a decline in cognitive ability severe enough to prevent someone from performing everyday activities. The cognitive skills affected can include all thinking skills, from the ability to make judgments to organizing speech, although memory loss is by

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).

Delirium is considered a medical emergency.

4. Who Is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Simply getting older raises your risk for Alzheimer’s, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most likely, several factors interact to set off the chain of events that cause Alzheimer’s disease. The process may begin

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