Imperial Valley News Center
- Written by Russell Rian
Dallas, Texas - UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a common signaling mechanism to produce interferons - a family of proteins used to signal the immune system when the body needs to defend itself against a virus, tumor, or other diseases.
- Written by Ruben A. Mesa, M.D.
Imperial, California - Possibly. Doctors use the term "pica" to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value - such as ice, clay, soil or paper. Craving and chewing ice (pagophagia) is often associated with iron deficiency anemia, although the reason is unclear. At least one study indicates that ice chewing might increase alertness in people with iron deficiency anemia.
- Written by Mayo
Scottsdale, Arizona - Allergy shots are injections you receive at regular intervals over a period of approximately three to five years to stop or reduce allergy attacks. Allergy shots are a form of treatment called immunotherapy. Each allergy shot contains a tiny amount of the specific substance or substances that trigger your allergic reactions. These are called allergens. Allergy shots contain just enough allergens to stimulate your immune system - but not enough to cause a full-blown allergic reaction.
- Written by Brian Kilen
Rochester, Minnesota - When people have health questions, many turn to the Internet, and Google in particular, as the first stop for finding health information. Now, when users ask Google about common health conditions, they will get relevant medical facts up front. For example, a search for arthritis will show, up front, a few basic facts about arthritis and a definition. To ensure quality and accuracy, teams of doctors including expert clinicians at Mayo Clinic have reviewed the facts, and have written succinct definitions for the conditions.
- Written by Edward R. Laskowski, M.D.
Imperial, California - Isometric exercises are contractions of a particular muscle or group of muscles. During isometric exercises, the muscle doesn't noticeably change length and the affected joint doesn't move. Isometric exercises don't effectively build strength but can help maintain muscle strength - often in a rehabilitative setting.
- Written by Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale, Arizona - If you're like many people, you may be eating and drinking more sugar than you realize because it's added to so many foods and beverages. That added sugar means added calories.
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