- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Answers to questions about organ donation
Organ donation: Don't let these myths confuse you
Over 100,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. It's estimated that every day 20 patients in the U.S. die because of the lack of donor organs. Being an organ donor is a generous and worthwhile decision that can be a lifesaver. If you've never considered organ donation or aren't sure if you want to be a donor, here are answers to some common organ donation myths and concerns.
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Alzheimer's prevention: Is it possible?
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia — a continuous decline in thinking, behavioral and social skills that disrupts a person's ability to function independently. Scientists believe that for most people, Alzheimer's disease is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time. Staying physically and mentally fit could be key to lowering your risk. Learn more from Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.
Slideshow: Choose the right foods for weight control
Strategically choosing foods based on their energy density can make all the difference in your weight control efforts. Energy density is the number of calories (energy) in a given amount (volume) of food. By choosing foods that are low in calories but high in volume, you can eat more and feel fuller on fewer calories. Are your energy density food choices helping you reach your goals?
First aid for burns
A burn is tissue damage that results from scalding; overexposure to the sun or other radiation; contact with flames, chemicals or electricity; or smoke inhalation. Treatment depends on the severity of the damage. Major burns require immediate medical care. For minor burns, self-care measures at home can protect the wound and reduce pain. Learn more about first aid for burns
Opioid use during pregnancy
Opioid use poses special concerns during pregnancy. Many complications have been associated with opioid dependency during pregnancy, including preterm birth, miscarriage and fetal death. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists states that pregnancy shouldn't be a reason to avoid treating acute pain because of concern for opioid misuse or neonatal abstinence syndrome. However, it's important to understand the risks posed by opioid use during pregnancy and alternative therapies to help you manage your pain. Here's what you need to know.