Category: V

Vitamins

Vitamins

Vitamins are a group of substances found in foods that are essential for growth, health, and preservation of life itself. The relationship between important food components and health and well-being had been known for hundreds of years, but the specific role of these components was discovered in the 20th century. Vitamins are grouped together as [...]

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Violence

Violence

Violence is a major contributor to premature death, injury, and disability both in the United States and throughout the world. Each day throughout the world, an average of 4,400 people die from violent acts, for a total of 1.6 million deaths each year. Since many violent deaths are unreported, this estimate is an undercount. Many [...]

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Venous Thromboembolism

Venous Thromboembolism

Venous thrombosis is the presence of a blood clot within a superficial or deep vein and the resultant inflammation in the blood vessel wall. Thrombosis most commonly occurs in the legs, but can also occur in the arms. Signs of thrombosis include tenderness in the involved veins, presence of a palpable “cord” in the leg, [...]

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Veils

Veils

A veil is a length of cloth worn by women as a covering for the head and shoulders, and often in Eastern countries for the face. The practice of veiling began in Mesopotamian cultures as early as 4,000-5,000 years ago as an adaptation to desert life, that is, for protection against the sun, wind, and [...]

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Vaginismus

Vaginismus

Vaginismus is defined as the involuntary spasm of the pelvic muscles surrounding the outer third of the vagina. Such spasm may interfere with or prevent sexual intercourse. In some cases, vaginismus may prevent insertion of almost anything into the vagina, including tampons, fingers, or speculums used in gynecologic examinations. The psychiatric diagnosis of vaginismus is [...]

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Vaginal Bleeding

Vaginal Bleeding

Normal menstruation begins between the ages of 10 and 17 years. Once ovulatory cycles ensue, women will have regular and predictable bleeding every 24-35 days, lasting 3-7 days with a predictable amount of flow. Most women lose 2-4 tablespoons of blood with each menses (30-40 ml). The majority of blood loss occurs over 1-2 days, [...]

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