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Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy is a weakness or paralysis of a facial nerve. There is a facial nerve on each side of the face. The facial nerves control movement of the muscles of expression. When one of the nerves is weak or paralyzed, that side of the face droops and it may be hard to smile. You...

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Beta Blockers

Beta blockers are a class of medicines that can slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. Atenolol, bisoprolol, carvedilol, metoprolol, nadolol, propranolol, and timolol are generic names for common beta blockers. Which one is best for you depends on your condition and health.

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Beta Strep During Pregnancy

Beta strep is the name of a common type of bacteria that usually does not cause any problems.

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Biking, Rollerblading, And Skateboarding Safety

People of all ages enjoy rollerblading, skateboarding, and bike riding. These activities are great forms of exercise, but they are not without the risk of injury. In order to prevent injury in these recreational activities there are some important rules that one must follow.

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Bile Duct ERCP Exam

ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography) is a procedure that may be done to examine your liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, and pancreas. Your healthcare provider puts a slim, flexible, lighted tube called an endoscope into your mouth and passes it through the esophagus and stomach into the small intestine. Your provider finds the opening of the bile...

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Binge Eating Disorder

Binge eating is eating large amounts of food within a short time. Binge eating is a treatable medical illness that involves lack of control over eating. It is not just a matter of failing to use will power or having poor eating habits. Overeating does not always mean that a person has a binge eating...

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Biopsy

A biopsy is a procedure for taking a piece of tissue for testing. After tissue is removed, it is sent to a lab where it is examined under a microscope or tested. Biopsies are used to help diagnose infections, cancer, and other diseases. The way they are done depends on the part of the body...

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Bipolar (Manic-Depressive) Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a condition that causes extreme changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. There are usually two “mood phases”, a manic phase and a depressed phase. In the manic phase you feel highly energized and are very active. In the depressed phase you are very sad, hopeless, and just don’t care about anything.

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Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Bipolar disorder is a condition that causes extreme changes in mood, thinking, and behavior. There are usually two mood phases, a manic phase and a depressed phase. In the manic phase your child has an unusually high amount of energy and is extremely active. In the depressed phase your child is very sad, hopeless, and...

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Birth Control Methods

Birth control methods are ways to keep from getting pregnant when you have sex. There are many different ways to try to prevent pregnancy. Some methods work better than others.

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