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HEALTH

definition of health by Medical dictionary

health

 [helth]

a relative state in which one is able to function well physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually in order to express the full range of one’s unique potentialities within the environment in which one is living. In the words of René Dubos, “health is primarily a measure of each person’s ability to do and become what he wants to become.” 

Current views of health and illness recognize health as more than the absence of disease. Realizing that humans are dynamic beings whose state of health can change from day to day or even from hour to hour, leaders in the health field suggest that it is better to think of each person as being located on a graduated scale or continuous spectrum (continuum) ranging from obvious dire illness through the absence of discernible disease to a state of optimal functioning in every aspect of one’s life. High-level

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Big advances for dental implants

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Feed your gut

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Conquer your fear of dietary fat

For decades, high intake of fat was thought to cause weight gain, heart disease, and maybe even cancer. The solution? Go low-fat, which often meant consuming more carbs and more sugar. But nutritionists now suggest people actually need adequate amounts…

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Depression and heart disease:

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THERAPY

Local medical providers treating COVID-19 patients with promising antibody infusion therapy | Nation

Feb. 11—Another local medical provider is offering an intravenous antibody therapy that may help COVID-19 patients avoid hospital stays and recover more quickly with fewer complications.

The Wright Center for Community Health is now operating a Scranton outpatient infusion clinic administering the monoclonal antibody bamlanivimab, which received emergency use authorization as a COVID-19 treatment in November.

“Monoclonal antibodies are laboratory-made proteins that mimic the immune system’s ability to fight off harmful pathogens like viruses,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Developed by the pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co., bamlanivimab is a monoclonal antibody specifically directed against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It’s “designed to block the virus’ attachment and entry into human cells,” according to the FDA.

“We know what kind of neutralizing antibodies our body makes, either when we get an infection or when we get a vaccine,” said Dr. Jignesh

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DENTAL

Dental prophylaxis | definition of dental prophylaxis by Medical dictionary

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prophylaxis

 [pro″fĭ-lak´sis]

oral prophylaxis cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist, including removal of plaque, materia alba, calculus, and extrinsic stains; done as a preventive measure for control of gingivitis. Called also dental prophylaxis.

Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

den·tal pro·phy·lax·is

a series of procedures whereby calculus, stain, and other accretions are removed from the crowns and roots of the teeth, and the enamel surfaces are polished.

Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

den·tal proph·y·lax·is

(den’tăl prō’fi-lak’sis)

Measures to promote the health and prevent disease of the teeth and gums that include scaling and polishing procedures performed to remove plaque, calculus, and stains.

Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

den·tal proph·y·lax·is

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EXERCISE

definition of exercise by Medical dictionary

exercise

 [ek´ser-sīz]

performance of physical exertion for improvement of health or correction of physical deformity.

active exercise motion imparted to a part by voluntary contraction and relaxation of its controlling muscles.

active assistive exercise voluntary contraction of muscles controlling a part, assisted by a therapist or by some other means.

aerobic exercise a type of physical activity that increases the heart rate and promotes increased use of oxygen in order to improve the overall body condition.

ballistic stretching e’s rapid, jerky movements employed in exercises to stretch muscles and connective tissue.

cardiovascular exercise exercises to promote improved capacity of the cardiovascular system. They must be administered at least twice weekly, with most programs conducted three to five or more times weekly. The contraction of major muscle groups must be repeated often enough to elevate the heart rate to a target level determined during testing. Used in the treatment

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EXERCISE

Exercise and age: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to see benefits. Moving your body just 30 minutes a day is enough to improve your health.

An effective exercise program needs to be fun and helps to keep you motivated. It helps to have a goal. Your goal might be to:

  • Manage a health condition
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve your stamina
  • Be able to buy clothes in a smaller size

Your exercise program may also be a way for you to socialize. Taking exercise classes or exercising with a friend are both good ways to be social.

You may have a hard time starting an exercise routine. Once you do start, though, you will begin to notice the benefits, including improved sleep and self-esteem.

Exercise and physical activity can also:

  • Improve or maintain your strength and fitness
  • Make it easier to do the things you want to do
  • Help
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FITNESS

definition of fitness by Medical dictionary

fit·ness

(fit’nes),

1. Well-being.

2. Suitability.

3. In population genetics, a measure of the relative survival and reproductive success of a given individual or phenotype, or of a population subgroup.

4. A set of attributes, primarily respiratory and cardiovascular, relating to ability to perform tasks requiring expenditure of energy.

Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

fitness

(fĭt′nĭs)

n.

1. The state or condition of being fit; suitability or appropriateness.

2. Good health, especially good physical condition resulting from exercise and proper nutrition.

3. Biology The extent to which an organism is able to produce offspring in a particular environment.

The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

fitness

Health The ability or capacity to perform a particular task. See Aerobic fitness, Cardioivascular fitness, Physical fitness.

McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by

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HEALTH

Dr. Fauci is now a bobblehead, and a portion of each sale will go towards producing medical masks for healthworkers

Fauci, the nation’s top expert in infectious diseases, has long been celebrated in the medical world. But Fauci has gained a following beyond the medical world and evolved into a celebrity overnight thanks to his appearances at White House coronavirus briefings.

“Americans, including us, have fallen in love with Dr. Fauci and his simple and straightforward approach in giving us the facts and medical guidance that we need during these unprecedented times,” museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar told CNN.

“We think bobbleheads are the ultimate honor and after seeing the doughnuts, socks and shirts featuring Dr. Fauci, we knew we had to make a bobblehead of him.”

Fauci, 79, is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, appointed in 1984 to the position. He has advised multiple presidents, Democratic and Republican, and played a critical role in the government’s response to the AIDS epidemic.

His

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FITNESS

Physical fitness | definition of physical fitness by Medical dictionary

physical

 [fiz´ĭ-kal]

pertaining to the body, to material things, or to physics.

physical fitness a state of physiologic well being that is achieved through a combination of good diet, regular physical exercise, and other practices that promote good health.

physical therapist a rehabilitation professional who promotes optimal health and functional independence through the application of scientific principles to prevent, identify, assess, correct, or alleviate acute or chronic movement dysfunction, physical disability, or pain. A physical therapist is a graduate of a physical therapy program approved by a nationally recognized accrediting body or has achieved the documented equivalent in education, training, or experience; in addition, the therapist must meet any current legal requirements of licensure or registration and be currently competent in the field.

Persons wishing to practice as qualified physical therapists must be licensed. All 50 states of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth

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TREATMENT

definition of treatment by Medical dictionary

treatment

 [trēt´ment]

1. the management and care of a patient; see also care.
2. the combating of a disease or disorder; called also therapy.

Schematic of the treatment planning process using occupational therapy as an example. From Pedretti and Early, 2001.

active treatment treatment directed immediately to the cure of the disease or injury.

causal treatment treatment directed against the cause of a disease.

conservative treatment treatment designed to avoid radical medical therapeutic measures or operative procedures.

empiric treatment treatment by means that experience has proved to be beneficial.

expectant treatment treatment directed toward relief of untoward symptoms, leaving the cure of the disease to natural forces.

extraordinary treatment a type of treatment that is usually highly invasive and might be considered burdensome to the patient; the effort to decide what is extraordinary raises numerous ethical questions.

fever treatment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing
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