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  • Disease

    Rabies

    Rabies is an acute viral infection is transmitted to humans by a bite or by the exposure of broken skin to an infected animal's saliva. Immunization given early (preferably within 24 hours but certainly within 72 hours) can usually prevent the disease.

    Rabies is a deadly viral infection that is mainly spread by infected animals.

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Radial head fracture - aftercare

    The radius bone goes from your elbow to your wrist. The radial head is at the top of the radius bone, just below your elbow. A fracture is a break in your...

  • Disease

    Radial nerve dysfunction

    The radial nerve travels down the arm and supplies movement to the triceps muscle at the back of the upper arm. It also provides extension to the wrist, and helps in movement and sensation of the wrist and hand.  The usual causes of nerve dysfunction are direct trauma, prolonged pressure on the nerve, and compression of the nerve from nearby body structures.

    Radial nerve dysfunction is a problem with the radial nerve. This is the nerve that travels from the armpit down the back of the arm to the hand. It helps...

  • Disease

    Radiation enteritis

    The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.

    Radiation enteritis is damage to the lining of the intestines (bowels) caused by radiation therapy, which is a type of cancer treatment.

  • Injury

    Radiation sickness

    Radiation therapy is used to fight many types of cancer.  Radiation targets rapidly dividing cells like cancer cells. Radiation prevents cell division and the replication of DNA (the genetic building blocks).

    Radiation sickness is illness and symptoms resulting from excessive exposure to ionizing radiation. There are two basic types of radiation: ionizing and...

  • Special Topic

    Radiation therapy

    Radiation therapy is used to fight many types of cancer.  Radiation targets rapidly dividing cells like cancer cells. Radiation prevents cell division and the replication of DNA (the genetic building blocks).

    Radiation therapy uses high-powered x-rays, particles, or radioactive seeds to kill cancer cells.

  • Questions To Ask Your Doctor

    Radiation therapy - questions to ask your doctor

    You are having radiation therapy. This is treatment that uses high-powered x-rays or particles to kill cancer cells. You may receive radiation therapy by...

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Radiation therapy - skin care

    When you have radiation treatment for cancer, you may have some changes in your skin in the area being treated. Your skin may turn red, peel, or itch. You...

  • Surgery

    Radical prostatectomy

    Radical prostatectomy (prostate removal) is surgery to remove all of the prostate gland and some of the tissue around it. It is done to treat prostate cancer.

  • Test

    Radioactive iodine uptake

    Radioactive iodine uptake test is a type of nuclear test performed to evaluate thyroid function.  The patient ingests radioactive iodine (I-123 or I-131) capsules or liquid.  After a time (usually 6 and 24-hours later), a gamma probe is placed over the thyroid gland to measure the amount of radioactivity in the thyroid gland.  The values are then compared.

    Radioactive iodine uptake (RAIU) tests thyroid function. It measures how much radioactive iodine is taken up by your thyroid gland in a certain time...