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Allergies

Allergies are a reaction your body may have to substances it sees as harmful or foreign.

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Allergies: Controlling Your Environment

Pollens from grasses, weeds, and some trees can be carried through the air for miles. These pollens land in the eyes, nose, and airways, causing the symptoms of allergies or asthma. Although it is hard to avoid pollens completely, some suggestions are:

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Allergy Tests

An allergy is your body’s reaction to a substance that is normally harmless. With allergies, your body sees the substance as harmful or foreign and your immune system reacts to the substance. The immune system is the body’s natural defense against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances.

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Alternative Or Complementary Ways To Control Pain

Acupuncture has been proven to help treat pain, both chronic and acute. It appears to stimulate the release of chemicals that the body makes naturally for pain relief.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of a large group of disorders known as “dementias”. It is an irreversible disease of the brain in which the progressive degeneration of brain cells causes thinking ability and memory to deteriorate. Alzheimer’s disease also affects behaviour, mood and emotions, and the ability to perform daily living activites.

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Amniocentesis

Early in pregnancy the cells can be tested for some genetic problems the baby might have. Your primary healthcare provider may advise you to have this test at this time if:

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Amputation

Amputation is the loss of all or part of a body part on the outside of your body. It may be something as small as a fingertip or it may be an entire arm or leg.

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Anal Fissure

An anal fissure is a small tear in the skin of the anus. The anus is the opening of the rectum where bowel movements (BMs) leave the body. Anal fissures are a fairly common problem.

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Anemia

Anemia is a blood problem. It can be either:

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Anesthesia

Anesthesia is a medicine given during childbirth, surgery or a procedure so that you won’t feel pain. It helps keep you relaxed and calm during the procedure. The type of anesthesia you have will depend on your medical history, any allergies you have to medicines, the results of any tests you have and a physical exam, as well as the type of procedure you are having done.

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