Category: P

Parenting

Parenting

Parenting is a relatively new word about a very old topic—raising children. Parenting can be done by one or both biological parents, by adoptive parents, or by any other person who informally takes the place of a parent. The goal of parenting is to raise children to be happy, healthy adults who can think for [...]

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Pap Test

Pap Test

The Pap test, also called “Pap smear,” was developed over fifty years ago. This test, in which cells are removed from the cervix and evaluated through a microscope, has dramatically decreased the number of cervical cancer deaths in this country. The Pap test can detect precancerous and cancerous changes of the cervix, allowing early detection [...]

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Panic Attack

Panic Attack

A panic attack is intense fear in the absence of real danger, which lasts for a period of time (usually 10-30 minutes) and then stops. The fear is accompanied by at least four of the following symptoms: (a) heart racing, pounding, or skipping beats, (b) sweating, (c) trembling or shaking, (d) difficulty breathing, (e) feeling [...]

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Pain

Pain

Persons perceive pain when their internal environment is threatened. Threats may occur from a variety of sources. Pain receptors are present in the skin, connective tissue, blood vessels, bony surface, and most organs. A major exception is the brain where pain is sensed rather than originated. Stimuli exiting these pain receptors travel from distant surfaces [...]

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