Sherry Christiansen is a Freelance Medical Writer with an extensive clinical background. Sherry has worked directly with patients in a clinical setting and has over a decade of experience writing and researching medical articles on health and wellness (including mental health and substance abuse topics). Sherry also led a small team of writers in the role of Chief Editor for a health and wellness website for seniors. With diverse research, writing and editing skills, Sherry has written & edited hundreds of published articles, backed by the most recent scientific research
Sherry’s articles and website content are published on prestigious websites such as Verywell Health, Medical News Today, Healthline, and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center's Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic (AlzU.org).
Early diagnosis of memory loss may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease
Crouse Health: Leading the Way in Robotic Surgery — Past, Present and Future
The Best At-Home Diabetes Tests for 2021
What to Expect Before, During and After Robotic Surgery
The most widely used system today involves a camera and the use of very small surgical tools attached to robotic arms. A specially trained surgeon controls the robotic arms from a viewing screen, which is usually situated in the same room as the operating table. But the viewing screen could be located far away, allowing surgeons to perform telesurgery from remote locations
Glasses for Macular Degeneration
Low vision is defined as visual impairment resulting in visual acuity of 20/70 or worse. Low vision that is due to eye disease cannot be corrected with regular eyeglasses.
If you have AMD, you may be happy to learn that there are several options for special glasses designed specifically
Diseases Involving the Immune Sytem
Causes and Risk Factors of Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a chronic neuromuscular autoimmune disease that causes skeletal muscles to weaken, particularly after strenuous activity. The muscles in the eyelids and those attached to the eyeball are commonly the first (and sometimes only) muscles affected in myasthenia gravis. Other muscles that may become weak include jaw, limb, and even breathing muscles.
There is no cure for MG, but some treatments are available that can help
How Hodgkin Lymphoma Is Treated
Multiple Myeloma Overview: Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
The term malignant describes the tendency to progressively worsen, invade, and destroy near
Can Vitamin D Lower the Risk of Respiratory Infections?
What Is the Shingrix Vaccine?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a Shingrix vaccination is one of the most effective ways to protect against shingles, as well as a serious complication of shingles called postherpetic neuralgia (PHN).
Who Should Get Shingrix?
According to the CDC, Shingrix is advised for adults who:
• Have ha
Patient-Controlled Anesthesia (PCA)
When it comes to pain management, it is helpful to understand your options so you and your h
What To Know About Lisinopril (Prinivil and Zestril)
ACE inhibitors cause the blood vessels to dilate (widen), lowering blood pressure. These medications block the activity of ACE, resulting in reduced angiotensin II production in the body. Angiotensin II acts directly on the blood vessels.
Lisinopril is availab
What to Know About Indapamide
Indapamide is available as an oral (by mouth) tablet. The brand name for indapamide is Lozol, but Lozol has been discontinued, so only the generic version (indapamide) is availabl
Alzheimer's Universe (): Free Online Course - Join Today!
Before a new drug or treatment can be used to treat a disease, it must first be carefully tested in a laboratory, then with live people, in what is called a clinical research trial, in order to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of the drug or treatment.
There is a protocol that is followed for every clinical trial, designed to answer a specific research question, as well as protecting the safety of the participants in the study. A protocol describes exa
What Is The FINGER Study?
Cannabis sativa L. and Nonpsychoactive Cannabinoids: Their Chemistry and Role against Oxidative Stress, Inflammation, and Cancer
In the past ten years there has been a lot of interest in the medicinal compounds in the Cannabis sativa L. plant, including cannabidiol (CBD). Cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), are recognized for their therapeutic effect
Quick Alzheimer's Prevention Pearl: Study Shows Diagnostic Testing for Seniors Helps with Early Alzheimer's Diagnosis
Years before AD symptoms are detected, pathology begins in the brain. This includes amyloid plaques and tau tangles (abnormal clusters of sticky protein in the brain). These changes interfere with normal brain functio
Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder
What Is Substance Abuse Disorder (Substance Use Disorder)?
Quitting is not a matter of willpower, nor is it a simple choice. This is because addiction involves physical and mental changes in the brain that make it difficult to stop using.
Whether a pe
What Is Atypical Depression?
Therefore, atypical depression is a specific type of presentation of major depressive disorder. It can also be associated with other mood dis
Signs and Symptoms of Paranoid Schizophrenia
For people with schizophrenia, the experience of paranoia can be persistent, extremely unpleasant, and even dangerous.
Up until 2013, schizophrenia was categorized into different subtypes, with paranoid schizophrenia being one of them. It is no longer considered a definitive
What Is Clinical Depression?
Clinical depression is considered a potentially chronic and severe disorder with medical comorbidities and high mortality. Understanding the signs and symptoms of clin
Can Vitamin D Lower the Risk of Respiratory Infections?
Intercostal muscle strain: Signs, treatments, and remedies
How High Blood Pressure Causes Heart Disease
Hypertensive atherosclerosis could result
How Are Atonic Seizures Different?
Atonic seizures oftentimes begin during childhood and are most common in children, although they may continue into adulthood. This type of seizure is often present in people who have other types of seizures as well, such as tonic or myoclonic seizures.
Surgical & Transplant Procedures
What to Expect from a Stem Cell Transplant
During cancer treatment, bo
What to Expect from an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant
The stem cells may be harvested either from the blood, using an apheresis procedure, or from the bone marrow, being aspirated using a long ne
Heart Bypass Surgery Overview
What Is Endovascular Surgery?
• The shape and location of the aneurysm
• The blockage may be too extensive
• Open surgical repair may last longer, which is better for younger people
• People may not like the lif
Retinal Detachment Surgery: Overview
If treatment of a detached retina is not performed immediately (within approximately 24 hours), permanent partial or complete vision loss can result.
Retinal detachment surgery is considered an emergency procedure. The goal of surgery is to reattach the retina to the back of the eye as soon as possible so th
Gallbladder Surgery: What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
Usually, the treatment of choice for various conditions of the gallbladder is a cholecystectomy (remo
Whipple Procedure: What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
A Whipple procedure lasts four to six hours and is performed under general anesthesia. It requires a hospital stay of seven to 10 days. Prepare by taking a look at what will happen on the day of surgery.
Follow your surgeon’s advice on when to stop
Nutrition, Health & Wellness
Cannabidiol (CBD) Benefits
(CBD) A Cross-Sectional Study of Cannabidiol Users
How and Why CBD is Being Used
This article is aimed at discovering who uses CBD, and how and why they used the phytocannibinoid. An online questionnaire was sent anonym
Will CBD Oil Result in a Positive Drug Test?
News stories are emerging across the country involving famous people who have gotten positive drug screening results for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the component of marijuana that can cause people to feel high. This is happening even though CBD oil is said to be THC-free.
What are the od
How Cannabidiol (CBD) Effects Sleep
Sleep is an essential fun
How many carbs should you eat each day to lose weight?
Carbohydrates are broken down into a simple form of energy called glucose. The body uses insulin to carry the glucose into the cells. When too many carbohydrates are consumed, the blood sugar level spikes, insulin rises, and the result of this is often weight gain.
Carbohydrates are the body’s
What is Involved in an Obesity Diagnosis?
In the last 40 years, obesity has become a major worldwide health issue. “Obesity is a serious concern because it is
Diabetes and Intermittent Fasting
Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Treatment Options
Gluten sensitivity can be severe (as in celiac disease) or mild, as in non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). The latt
What to Eat When You Have Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that results in the body making thick mucus. This mucus accumulation can prevent the small intestine from absorbing vital nutrients, including fats and vitamins. The disease may also interfere with the normal function of the pancreas, inhibit
What Are Adaptogen Herbs?
Adaptogens are components of herbal medicines that are said to help the body's resilience in dealing with physical and emotional stresses. Adaptogens are also said to ha
How Progesterone Promotes Brain Health
The hormonal influence on the body is very complex. Hormones are molecules made up of chemical substances. They act as messengers of sorts. They are made in
What Is Back Labor?
Back labor is a term that describes the discomfort that a person in labor experiences in the region of the lower back. The pain of back labor typically is felt in the lower back, but it may also occur in the hips, and it sometimes radiates (spreads) to the thigh area.
Usually, a person in labor will feel pain from contractions in the abdomen and pelvis.
Defining Premenopause, Perimenopause, and Menopause
The period when a female is no longer fertile is commonly known as men
Important Facts About Low Estrogen
Estrogen is considered a sex hormone because it regulates sexual development in females. It is also present in small amounts in males. Depending on the cause and effects of low estrogen, females who have low levels are sometimes prescribed synthetic estrogen.
Estrogen is the hormone that is primarily responsible for the sexual development in girls as they reach puberty.
• Initiates changes in bre
What Is Anovolation?
Anovulation can occur secondary to various underlying causes, including hormone imbalances, being overweight or underweight, and other medical conditions affecting the reproductive system.
Treatment for anovulation varies depending on the cause but may include lifestyle changes, medication, and
What Is a Non-Stress Test?
A non-stress test is noninvasive and does not pose any type of risk to the pregnant person or the fetus. If the test is failed, it usually indicates that more tests, further monitoring, or special care orders will be n
Does Chadwick's Sign Definitely Mean You're Pregnant?
Other early signs of pregnancy include Goodell’s sign (a softening of the cervix at around six to eight weeks of gestation) and Hegar’s sign (softening of the lower segment of the uterus
What Is ECV? (External Cephalic Version)
There are several types of breech positions, including:
• Frank breech (the fetus is positioned to be born buttocks-first with their legs stretched up toward their head)
• Footling breech (one or both legs are positioned to be delivered first)
An ECV procedure is u
Insurance & Miscellaneous Topics
Best Medicare Advantage Plan Providers of 2021
7 Dementia Support Groups of 2021
The 6 Best Medicare Supplement Insurance Companies of 2021
The 7 Best EMT Certification Programs of 2021
Anatomy & Physiology
The Heart: Anatomy, Function, and Conditions
The heart is an organ that weighs approximately 350 grams (less th
The Anatomy of the Biliary System
Bile is a greenish-brown, thick substance produced in the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Bile’s function is to be released into the small intestine when a fatty meal is ingested to help break down fats for absorption.
Once food ha
The Integumentary System: Your Skin, Hair, Nails, and Glands
The skin and its associated structures also retain bodily fluids, eliminate waste products, and regulate the body’s temperature. The integumentary system works with all other bodily systems—such as the nerv
The Anatomy of the Coronary Sinus
The coronary sinus is located on the heart’s posterior (behind) surface and is positioned between the left ventricle and the left atrium. All mammals, including humans, are known to have a coronary sinus.
The length of the coronary sinus is from 15 to 65 millimeters (0.59 to 2.5 inches). It is wider than most of the coronary vei
The Anatomy of the Subclavian Artery
The subclavian artery is a major blood vessel located in the thorax (chest area) that functions to carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to parts of the upper body, including the:
• Segment of the brain with oxygenated blood
The left an
The Anatomy of the Duodenum
Together, the duodenum and other organs of the alimentary canal (the pathway by which food enters the body and solid wastes are expelled) form the digestive system of the body.
The duodenum has been
The Anatomy of the Small Intestine
It is referred to as the “small” intestine because its lumen (opening) is smaller in diameter (at approximately 2.5 centimeters or 0.98 inches) than the large intestine (colon).
The primary function of the small intestine is to break down and absorb ingested nutrients whi
The Anatomy of the Superior Vena Cava
The importance of the superior vena cava is its function in