- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Suicide prevention
Suicide: What to do when someone is suicidal
When people say they are thinking about suicide, or act as though they may be considering harming themselves, it can be upsetting. You may not be sure what to do to help, whether you should take them seriously, or if your intervention might make the situation worse. Sunday is World Suicide Prevention Day. Learn what you can do and how you can help someone in danger of suicide.
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Symptoms of sepsis
Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection that occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. Early treatment of sepsis, usually with antibiotics and large amounts of IV fluids, improves chances for survival. Learn more about sepsis, including the symptoms and risk factors.
Cervical dysplasia: Is it cancer?
Cervical dysplasia is not cancer. The term indicates that abnormal cells were found on the surface of the cervix. Cervical dysplasia can range from mild to severe, depending on the appearance of the abnormal cells. Dysplasia could go away on its own. Or, rarely, it could develop into cancer. Learn more from Dr. Shannon Laughlin-Tommaso, a Mayo Clinic obstetrician and gynecologist.
Video: How CPAP controls sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. Continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, is a treatment option for sleep apnea. As you sleep, CPAP provides air at a pressure just high enough to prevent the collapse of your airway. Watch this short video to learn more about how CPAP may help you.
Low-fiber diet do's and don'ts
Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables and grains not digested by your body. Your health care provider may recommend a low-fiber diet for a number of conditions or situations. Depending on your condition and tolerance, you may need a diet that is more or less restricted. Here's what you need to know if you're following a low-fiber diet.