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A vasectomy is a procedure that a man can have to keep their partner from getting pregnant when they have sex. It makes a man sterile. When a vasectomy is done, the 2 tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis are cut and blocked. (These tubes are called the vas deferens, or vas.) About 3 months after the vasectomy, the fluid that is ejaculated during sex (semen) no longer contains sperm.
A vegetarian diet does not include meat. Vegetarians do not eat meat, poultry, or fish. Many vegetarians also avoid other animal products such as gelatin, rennet (used to make some kinds of cheese), and animal fats. Vegetarians who eat eggs and dairy products are called ovo-lacto vegetarians. People who avoid all animal products are called vegans.
When a virus gets into your body and grows it is called a viral infection. Your body’s immune system must destroy the viruses and keep more from being formed. Young children have trouble fighting viruses because their immune system is still developing.
Viral meningitis is an infection of the brain and spinal cord. The membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord become inflamed and infected. These membranes are called the meninges.
Viral meningitis is an infection of the meninges (the covering of the brain and spinal cord). Children with meningitis often have sudden symptoms of fever, headache, and neck stiffness. Children may also have nausea, vomiting, and a worse headache when in a lighted area. Sometimes infants with meningitis also have a bulging fontanelle (soft spot), irritable cry, and seizures. Meningitis can resemble a bad case of the flu.
Between the ages of 40 and 50, several changes in your eyes can affect your vision:
Vital signs are the measurements of body temperature, pulse, respiration rate (breathing rate), and blood pressure. Vital signs provide information about your general health. They offer clues to medical conditions. When you are sick, they are used to help check your return to good health.
A walker can help you walk if you have leg, hip, or balance problems, or if you are generally weak. A walker can support up to half of your body weight. There are different kinds of walkers: standard walkers, walkers with wheels, and walkers with wheels and seats.
Warts are small growths or bumps on the skin caused by a virus. Warts are most common in children and young adults, but older adults can have them also. They can grow on all parts of the body. They are commonly seen on the face, hands, feet, genitals, and rectal area.
Weaning from a bottle to a cup depends on your baby’s need to suck and his ability to drink from a cup. A baby is usually willing to be weaned between 9 and 18 months. When your baby is 6 months old, you can start giving him an open-rimmed cup, but wait to completely wean your baby until he is about 9 months old.