What is Gout and What Causes it?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. OK, so now that we know what it is, how did it get such a weird name? According to historians who study this sort of thing, the term “Gout” is derived from the Latin word gutta, meaning “a drop” (as in a drop of liquid – a reference to the belief that it was caused by a drop-by-drop accumulation of humors in the joints). It is a condition that has existed for centuries.READ MORE

Rhinitis Symptoms

What is Rhinitis?

Although the name sounds somewhat threatening, Rhinitis is simply irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside of the nose (“rhin” refers to the nose in medical terminology). The condition is usually accompanied by a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and post-nasal drip. READ MORE

Home Health Care Agencies Explained

Home health care agencies often get lumped together with home care agencies, but they are two distinct types of service. Home health care agencies provide “medical care” while home care agencies provide “non-medical care”. Although, some home health care agencies provide non-medical care as an additional service offering.READ MORE

Coroner

What is a Coroner and What Do They Do?

People often confuse coroners with Medical Examiners. Although they are associated with the same line of work, there are key differences. A Medical Examiner is a licensed forensic pathologist (Medical Doctor) specializing in the investigation of violent, unexpected, suspicious or unattended deaths. A coroner on the other hand, is an elected or appointed public official whose primary duty is to determine and certify cause of death. READ MORE

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