Sunday, December 21, 2008
NEW YORK, April 30 (Reuters) -- Are you suffering from chronic, unexplainable nausea? Ask your doctor to check for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. While heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD, a condition in which stinging stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, other symptoms can include angina-like chest pain, coughing, wheezing, hoarseness, shortness of breath -- and now chronic nausea, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
"In patients with unexplained nausea, gastroesophageal reflux disease should, therefore, be considered if results on standard tests are normal," reported authors Drs. Ronald Brzana and Kenneth Koch, of the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The good news is that GERD-related nausea is treatable, with most patients showing improvement after taking medication such as ranitidine or omeprazole, drugs that block acid secretion, or cisapride, a drug that speeds up the passage of food through the stomach.
Brzana and Koch looked at 10 patients who had chronic nausea for periods ranging between three months and six years; six of the patients also vomited two to eight times per week. The cause of the problem was unknown and the patients had not responded to treatment with a variety of drugs. After a series of tests, the researchers found that all 10 patients had gastroesophageal reflux disease.
"After we extensively evaluated a group of patients with chronic intractable nausea, gastroesophageal reflux disease was the only abnormality we could find," the authors wrote.
While the study is limited because it only involved a handful of patients, doctors should still consider GERD after ruling out ulcers, stomach cancer, an obstruction, or pancreas or gallbladder problems as a cause of nausea, they concluded.
SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine (1997;126:704-706)
Monday, December 15, 2008
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Saturday, December 6, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
2. Baby computer arrived and is the envy of all who lay eyes on it
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
I had the pleasure of working with Steve Clarke- yoga photographer extraordinaire - last week thanks to Blue Point. I had grave reservations about doing the shoot, but, not surprisingly, I really took to the experience. It seems my years of reading celebrity magazines were not a complete waste - I can now, apparently, strike a pose on cue, while simultaneously portraying that vague, distant look celebrities resort to when trying to secure red-carpet attention. I must admit, it was pretty fun!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
PETA has had a cooperative relationship with Liz Claiborne Inc. for many years. Through our work together, the company has made—and continues to make—many great strides to reduce the suffering of animals who are used and abused in the clothing industry. We would like to share an exciting development that has resulted from our discussions with Liz Claiborne Inc.: Juicy Couture—a high-end clothing company owned by Liz Claiborne Inc.—has now adopted a permanent fur-free policy. While Juicy Couture is still selling some fur items that were stocked before this policy was adopted, it has assured us that no new fur items will be procured and that as soon as the current stock of items has gone, the company will be completely fur-free.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
For me, the world comes down to two types of people: those who recognize the delicacy that is "space ice cream" and those who don't. Actually, there's a third group that I shutter to even mention - those that confuse "space ice cream" with the equally as satisfying, albeit far less amazing, "ice cream of the future" or "dipping dots" if you will. I, clearly, am a card holding member of the first group - those who would go to great lengths (i.e. space) to get space ice cream. As such, I was overwhelmed with tears/proclamations of disbelief when I was given the pictured treat for my birthday.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
About VOICES - VOICES, published by the Women’s Center, shares characteristics of both a literary magazine and a journalistic publication. We publish documentary writing, personal essays, and researched articles on specific topics as well as poetry, short fiction, drama, photography, and art. The magazine addresses issues relating to women and gender, but such a broad category allows for many different publication options. VOICES seeks to stimulate our readers’ perceptions of issues including sexuality, family, relationships, health and the body, coming of age, aging, cultural differences, race relations, creativity, athleticism, international issues, violence, government, legal issues, campus life, and many more. Gender is the common thread binding all the issues addressed in our pieces into a coherent and substantive publication.
but this is their idea of inspiration! I agreed to stay inside on account of illness this past weekend with the understanding that I would get substantial work done on my MAP. Suffice it to say I was not supported in my efforts.