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Essays on Medicine

Vegetarian Diet
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... to the forefront of Americans healthy diets. The word vegetarian, used to describe the diets of people who do not consume animal flesh, was not used until around the mid-1800s. The concept of vegetarianism, however, dates back much further. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras, considered by many to be the father of vegetarianism, encouraged a non-meat diet among his followers as a diet that was the most natural and healthful (Messina 3). A excludes the consumption of meat, and can be exercised by people for a number of reasons. The largest majority of individuals chose vegetarianism for health related reasons. For example, someone with an ulcer might be prescr ...



Euthanasia
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... from procedures that cause further suffering-provided, of course, that the treatment offers the patient no overriding benefits. The ph s performed even though a patient's survival is highly unlikely; although patients in arrest are unconscious at the time of resuscitation, it can be a brutal procedure, and if the patient regains consciousness, its aftermath can involve considerable pain. In many such cases, the patient will die whether or not the treatments are performed. In some cases, however, the principle of mercy may also demand withholding treatment that could extend the patient's life if the treatment is itself painful or discomfort. The principle of mercy ...



AIDS
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... can do to prevent becoming HIV positive. One items is that you can practice abstinence, or on a more realistic view, one should be monogamous and always use condoms. It has been researched that the use of condoms lowers the risk of becoming HIV infected by 90%. Although this protection is not 100% it is the only way that actually helps prevent you from getting the virus. I think that society should make condoms more accessible to young people, I believe they should have condom machines in girl and guys school bathrooms. I also feel that they should be distributed in school social events such as dances or proms, when it is most likely that they will be having s ...



Both Sides Of The Abortion Issue
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... States about 1.6 million pregnancies end in abortion. Women with incomes under eleven thousand are over three times more likely to abort than those with incomes above twenty-five thousand. Unmarried women are four to five times more likely to abort than married and the abortion rate has doubled for 18 and 19 year olds. Recently the U.S. rate dropped 6 percent overall but the rate of abortion among girls younger than 15 jumped 18 percent. The rate among minority teens climbed from 186 per 1,000 to 189 per 1,000. The most popular procedure involved in abortions is the vacuum aspiration which is done during the first trimester (three months or less since the ...



Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
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... groups of signs: microcephaly or small head, small eyes or short eye openings, under development of the lip with flat philtrum (upper lip ridges), thin upper lip and flat mid face. The last characteristic is signs of central nervous system damage. However damages appears to vary in every child. The causes of FAS are alcohol in pregnant womenís bloodstream circulates to the fetus by crossing the placenta. There the alcohol interferes with the ability to the fetus to receive sufficient oxygen and nourishment for a normal cell development in the brain and other body organs (FAS home page). Not all women who drink will have babies with FAS, however 40% of wom ...



Bursitis
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... limiting the movement of the affected area. Bursitis commonly strikes in the shoulders, elbows, knees, pelvis, hips or Achilles tendons. Bursitis can affect nearly anyone for any number of reasons. It affects mainly adults both male and female. The individuals most at risk are people who engage in excessive and improper stretching and people who are involved heavily in athletic training. Bursitis can be caused by many things. For one, it can be caused by injury or overuse of a joint. Strenuous unfamiliar exercise also can cause Bursitis. Plus, such diseases as gout, arthritis, and chronic infection of a joint can be likely causes. But frequently the cause of Burs ...



Abortion
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... end in . Women with incomes under eleven thousand are over three times more likely to abort than those with incomes above twenty-five thousand. Unmarried women are four to five times more likely to abort than married and the rate has doubled for 18 and 19 year olds. Recently the U.S. rate dropped 6 percent overall but the rate of among girls younger than 15 jumped 18 percent. The rate among minority teens climbed from 186 per 1,000 to 189 per 1,000. The most popular procedure involved in s is the vacuum aspiration which is done during the first trimester (three months or less since the women has become pregnant). A tube is simply inserted through the cervix a ...



Cocaine
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... no irrigation. Only two of the seventeen species yield sufficient levels of the alkaloid to justify mass cultivation for processing into . These two species, cultivated primarily in Peru, Bolivia, and Columbia, supply the worldís . It also can be harvested four times a year. Coca leaves have been used before recorded history by South American Indians, so the knowledge is derived totally from archaeological sources. Chewing coca leaves has been associated historically with the religious ceremonies of the Incas and reserved specifically for nobility. The coca plant was considered to be a gift from the gods and it was only used during religious rituals, burials, and ...



Plagues And Diseases
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... but have struck a chord with people around the world. Perhaps it is our inherent morbid curiosity. So, the question is, if these events happened once, why can't they happen again? Let us take a look at the most horrible, so far, of the plagues: The Black Death. It took Europe by storm from approximately 1345 to 1361. It would also make small comebacks throughout the next 400 years, but never like it did the first time. It also reached into Africa, China, Russia, and the Scandinavian countries. It was truly a worldwide pandemic. But, it has a secondary effect that not many people are aware of. The colonies of Greenland, settled by the Vikings, were stric ...



Xenotransplantation
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... in various patients for different time periods, showing a hope for the procedure in the future. Pigs were found to be the best donors in this process. Pigs are easily raised, have similar organs that are comparable in size and physiology to that of humans. Further more, pigs are free from the known pathogens that would put the general human population at risk, and few would voice ethical concerns about them being slaughtered for transplants since they are currently being killed for human consumption. could affect the overall quality of human life, if perfected. People would suffer less from hemophilia, diabetes, Alzeimers, Parkinsonís diseases, and aids. ...




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