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Health Information Encyclopedia Abdominal girth 11/13/2011
Review Date: 11/13/2011 Reviewed By: David C.
Health Information Encyclopedia Acute 11/04/2012
Review Date: 11/4/2012 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, and Stephanie Slon. A.D.A.
Health Information Encyclopedia Adolescent development 01/27/2013
During adolescence, children develop the ability to: Understand abstract ideas, such as higher math concepts, and develop moral philosophies, including rights and privileges Establish and maintain satisfying relationships by learning to share intimacy without feeling worried or inhibited Move toward a more mature sense of themselves and their purpose Question old values without losing their identity PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT During adolescence, young people go through many changes as they move from childhood into physical maturity.
Health Information Encyclopedia Adolescent test or procedure preparation 05/12/2012
There are a number of ways to help an adolescent prepare for a medical test or procedure. First, provide detailed information and explain reasons for the procedure.
Health Information Encyclopedia Adrenal glands 12/11/2011
Adrenal glands are triangle-shaped glands located on top of the kidneys. The outer part of the adrenal gland is called the cortex and produces steroid hormones such as cortisol , aldosterone , and testosterone . The inner part of the adrenal gland is called the medulla and produces epinephrine and norepinephrine , which are commonly called adrenaline and noradrenaline. When the glands produce more or less hormones than your body needs, you can become sick.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aerobic 11/04/2012
Review Date: 11/4/2012 Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in body shape 11/16/2012
Your body shape changes naturally as you age. Some of these changes cannot be avoided but your lifestyle choices may slow or speed the process. The human body is made up of fat, lean tissue (muscles and organs), bones, and water. After age 30, the people tend to lose lean tissue. Your muscles, liver, kidney, and other organs may lose some of their cells. This process of muscle loss is called atrophy. Bones may lose some of their minerals and become less dense (a condition called osteopenia, or at its laterstage, osteoporosis).
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in hair and nails 11/05/2012
Your hair and nails function to protect your body. They also keep the temperature of your body steady. Another important function of the hair and nails is to help you (sense) feel things. As you age, your hair and nails begin to change. Hair Changes and Their Effects Hair color change. This is one of the clearest signs of aging. Hair color is due to a pigment called melanin , which is produced by hair follicles. These are structures in the skin that make and grow hair.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in hormone production 09/02/2012
The endocrine system is made up of organs and tissues that produce hormones. Hormones are natural chemicals produced in one location, released into the bloodstream, then used by other target organs and systems. The hormones control the target organs. Some organ systems have their own internal control systems along with, or instead of, hormones. As we age, changes naturally occur in the way that body systems are controlled.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in immunity 11/10/2012
Your immune system helps protect your body from foreign or harmful substances. Examples are bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood or tissues from another person. The immune system makes cells and something call antibodies that destroy these harmful substances. Aging Changes and Their Effects on the Immune System As you grow older, your immune system changes and does not work as well: It is slower to respond. This increases risk of getting sick.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in organs - tissue - cells 05/22/2011
All vital organs begin to lose some function as you age. Aging changes have been found in all of the body's cells, tissues, and organs, and these changes affect the functioning of all body systems. Living tissue is made up of cells. There are many different types of cells, but all have the same basic structure. Tissues are layers of similar cells that perform a specific function. The different kinds of tissues group together to form organs.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in skin 09/04/2012
Skin changes are among the most visible signs of aging. Evidence of increasing age includes wrinkles and sagging skin. Whitening or graying of the hair is another obvious sign of aging. Your skin does many things. It protects you from the environment, helps control your body temperature and fluid and electrolyte balance, and contains nerve receptors that allow you to feel sensations such as touch, pain, and pressure.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in sleep 09/03/2012
Sleep normally occurs in several stages. The sleep cycle includes: Dreamless periods of light and deep sleep Some periods of active dreaming (REM sleep) The sleep cycle is repeated several times during the night. AGING CHANGES With aging, sleep patterns tend to change. Most people find that aging causes them to have a harder time falling asleep, and that they awaken more often. Total sleep time remains the same or is slightly decreased (6.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the bones - muscles - joints 09/03/2012
Changes in posture and gait (walking pattern) are common with aging as changes in the skin and hair. The skeleton provides support and structure to the body. Joints are the areas where bones come together. They allow the skeleton to be flexible for movement. In a joint, bones do not directly contact each other. Instead, they are cushioned by cartilage in the joint, synovial membranes around the joint, and fluid.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the breast 11/30/2012
With aging, a woman's breasts lose fat, tissue, and mammary glands. This causes a reduction in the size and firmness of the breasts. Many of these changes are due to the decrease of in the body's production of estrogen that occurs at menopause. Without estrogen, the gland tissue shrinks making the breasts smaller and less full. The connective tissue that support that support the breasts dries out so the breasts sag. Changes also occur to in the nipple.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the face 11/30/2012
The appearance of the face and neck typically changes with age. Loss of muscle tone and thinning skin gives the face a flabby or drooping appearance. In some people, sagging jowls may create the look of a “double chin.” Your skin also dries out and loses the underlying layer of fat so that your face no longer has a plump smooth surface. To some extent, wrinkles cannot be avoided. However, sun exposure and cigarette smoking are likely to make them develop more quickly.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the female reproductive system 11/08/2012
Aging changes in the female reproductive system result mainly changing hormone levels . One clear sign of aging occurs when your menstrual periods stop permanently. This is known as menopause . The time before menopause is perimenopause. It may begin several years before the last menstrual period. Signs of perimenopause include first more frequent and then occasional missed periods, periods that last longer or shorter,and changes in the amount of menstrual flow.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the heart and blood vessels 09/04/2012
Some changes in the heart and blood vessels normally occur with age, but many other changes that are common with aging are due to modifiable factors that, if not treated, can lead to heart disease. BACKGROUND The heart has two sides. The right side pumps blood to the lungs to receive oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide. The left side pumps oxygen-rich blood to the body.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the kidneys and bladder 11/10/2012
The kidneys filter the blood and help remove waste and extra fluid from the body. The kidneys also help control the body's chemical balance. The kidneys are part of the urinary system, which also includes the ureters, bladder, and urethra. Bladder control can be affected by muscle changes and changes in the reproductive system. Aging Changes and Their Effects on the Kidneys and Bladder   As you age, your kidneys and bladder change.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the lungs 11/10/2012
The lungs have two main functions. One is to get oxygen from the air into the body. The other is to remove carbon dioxide from the body. Oxygen is needed by the body to work properly. Carbon dioxide is a waste gas the body produces when it uses oxygen. During breathing, air enters and exits the lungs. When you breathe in (inhale), air flows through the airways into the lungs. The airways are made of stretchy tissue. Bands of muscle and other support tissue wrap each airway to help keep them open.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the male reproductive system 09/04/2012
Unlike women, men do not experience a major, rapid (over several months) change in fertility as they age (like menopause). Instead, changes occur gradually during a process that some people call andropause.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the nervous system 11/10/2012
The brain and nervous system are your body’s control center. They control your body’s movements, your senses, your thoughts and memories. They also control the organs such as your heart and bowels. Nerves are the pathways that carry signals to and from your brain and the rest of your body. The spinal cord is the bundle of nerves that runs from your brain down the center of your back. Nerves extend out from the spinal cord to every part of your body.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in the senses 11/10/2012
As you age, the way your senses (hearing, vision, taste, smell, touch) give you information about the world changes. Your senses become less sharp and you may have trouble telling apart details. Sensory changes can affect your lifestyle. You may have problems with communicating, enjoying activities, and staying involved with people. Sensory changes can lead to isolation. Your senses receive information from your environment. This information can be in the form of sound, light, smells, tastes, and touch.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging changes in vital signs 11/10/2012
Vital signs include body temperature, heart rate (pulse), breathing rate, and blood pressure. As you age, your vital signs may or may not change. This depends on how healthy you are. Some medical problems can cause changes in one or more vital signs. Checking your vital signs helps your health care provider monitor your health and any medical problems you may have. Body Temperature Normal body temperature does not change much with aging.
Health Information Encyclopedia Aging spots - should you be concerned 04/13/2013
Aging spots, also called liver spots , are very common and are usually nothing to worry about. Always let your health care provider know if you have any new or unusual spots. Skin cancers may have many different appearances. Spots or sores related to skin cancers can be small, shiny, or waxy, scaly and rough, firm and red, crusty or bleeding, or have other features. See also: Skin cancer References: Melanocytic nevi and neoplasms.
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