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Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococcus (VRE)

Enterococcus is a type of bacteria. It commonly lives in the intestines and in the female genital organs. Most of the time it does not cause infections. When it does cause an infection, vancomycin is an antibiotic often used to treat it. However, some enterococcus bacteria can change and become resistant to vancomycin. This means...

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Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are veins close to the skin that are swollen or stretched. Veins in the legs and pelvic area are most often affected. Varicose veins are more common in women. They can appear at any time in adulthood, especially during or after pregnancy. They may worsen as you get older.

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Vasectomy

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...

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Vegetarian Diet

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...

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Viral Infections

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.

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Viral Meningitis In Adults

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.

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Viral Meningitis In Children

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),...

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Vision Changes Due To Aging

Between the ages of 40 and 50, several changes in your eyes can affect your vision:

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Vital Signs

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.

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Walkers

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.

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