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Adhesions

  • Also called: Abdominal adhesionsAdhesions are bands of scar-like tissue. Normally, internal tissues and organs have slippery surfaces so they can shift easily as the body moves. Adhesions cause tissues and organs to stick together. They might connect the loops of the intestines to each other, to nearby organs, or to ...

Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

  • Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence. Instead of growing straight, the spine develops a side-to-side curvature, usually in an elongated "S" or "C" shape; the bones of the spine are also slightly twisted or rotated.Adolescent idiopathic scoliosis appears ...

Adoption

  • Adoption brings a child born to other parents into a new family. Birth parents have a number of reasons for placing children for adoption. Overall, they want better lives for their children than they think they can give them.Children who are eligible for adoption come from many different settings. ...

Adrenal Gland Cancer

  • Your adrenal, or suprarenal, glands are located on the top of each kidney. These glands produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol, which helps you respond to stress and has many other functions.A number of disorders can affect the adrenal glands, including tumors. Tumors ...

Adrenal Gland Cancer

  • Your adrenal, or suprarenal, glands are located on the top of each kidney. These glands produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol, which helps you respond to stress and has many other functions.A number of disorders can affect the adrenal glands, including tumors. Tumors ...

Adrenal Gland Disorders

  • The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions.With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones. ...

Adrenal Gland Disorders

  • The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can't live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions.With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones. ...

Advance Directives

  • What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? Advance directives are legal documents that allow you to spell out your decisions about end-of-life care ahead of time. They give you a way to tell your wishes to family, friends, ...

African American Health

  • Every racial or ethnic group has specific health concerns. Differences in the health of groups can result fromGeneticsEnvironmental factorsAccess to careCultural factors On this page, you'll find links to health issues that affect African Americans.

After Surgery

  • After any operation, you'll have some side effects. There is usually some pain with surgery. There may also be swelling and soreness around the area that the surgeon cut. Your surgeon can tell you which side effects to expect.There can also be complications. These are unplanned events linked to ...

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