By Christine Ammer

With a lot details to be had on women's health and wellbeing, it's valuable to have a unmarried accomplished, authoritative resource. This thoroughly up to date variation of a favored reference presents a wealth of trustworthy details in this extensive subject. In transparent, hassle-free language, "The Encyclopedia of Women's Health", 5th version covers the whole variety of women's healthiness concerns - in addition to fabric on basic wellbeing and fitness concerns comparable to vitamin, workout, and disorder remedy. via explaining the newest clinical discoveries and coverings and supplying transparent, concise details, this useful advisor permits ladies to develop into knowledgeable, energetic clinical shoppers. New entries contain dependancy, angina pectoris, bariatric surgical procedure, botox, inflammatory bowel sickness, mitochondrial sickness, premenstrual dysphoric affliction, stem telephone, and extra.

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During infancy and childhood the corticoids are produced in amounts proportional to body size; in puberty and thereafter the androgens are produced in significant amounts, but it is not known whether this is a cause or a result of pubertal changes. In old age corticoid production continues but that of the adrenal androgens may decline, a change that some think may be responsible for OSTEOPOROSIS and other bone changes of old age. In order to function, the adrenal cortex must be stimulated by another hormone, ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), produced by the pituitary gland.

At this writing there is no definite cure for AIDS. Four kinds of drug are currently available to treat HIV infection. The oldest is the antiviral agent azidothymidine (AZT; later renamed zidovudine, or ZDU), first approved in 1987. In pregnant women who test positive for HIV, it cut by two-thirds the risk of the mother’s transmitting HIV to her baby. Moreover, Cesarean delivery also cuts the risk and combined with AZT, the chance of infecting the baby drops to 2%. In 2004 a new study showed that a single dose of a generic AIDS drug, nevirapine, given to mothers during labor and to babies after delivery, prevented transmission of HIV in four out of five cases.

Combining alcohol with other drugs, even with necessary medications, can have severe and sometimes fatal results. Combining sleeping pills, antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication with alcohol is particularly dangerous, and contrary to popular thought, caffeine can enhance rather than counteract alcohol’s effects. Heavy drinking during pregnancy can cause serious and irreversible birth defects. Babies of alcoholic mothers are at risk for fetal alcohol syndrome, a pattern of physical and mental defects that includes severe growth deficiency, heart defects, malformed facial features, a small head, abnormalities of fine motor coordination and mental retardation.

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