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Overview: Coronary artery disease (CAD)

Coronary artery disease (CAD, also called coronary heart disease, or CHD) is a condition in which the arteries that supply the heart with oxygen (called coronary arteries) have become narrower. The symptoms can vary greatly, depending on how narrow the arteries have become and how long it has been going on. It can lead to complications such as heart failure and heart rhythm problems. If a coronary artery suddenly becomes completely blocked, it can result in a heart attack.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: February 26, 2013

Medicines for Type 2 Diabetes: A Review of the Research for Adults

This summary covers the research on the benefits and possible side effects of medicines to lower or control your blood sugar. It will help you talk with your doctor or other health care professional to decide which medicines are best for you.

Comparative Effectiveness Review Summary Guides for Consumers [Internet] - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US).

Version: June 30, 2011

How do cancer cells grow and spread?

The human body is made up of billions of cells. Cells are the tiny building blocks of our tissues and organs. We all started life as a single cell. That cell made an internal copy of itself (replication) and then divided into 2 cells.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: March 19, 2010

What is cholesterol and how does arteriosclerosis develop?

The human body needs cholesterol to work properly. For example, cholesterol is needed to make certain hormones and it is an important building block for cell walls. But too much cholesterol in the blood can sometimes mean an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: August 29, 2013

How does the tongue work?

“Having something on the tip of your tongue”, “biting your tongue” or speaking “tongue-in-cheek” – this set of muscles covered with mucous membrane appears in so many idioms for good reason: the tongue is a true all-rounder. It is not only very movable, which allows us to speak, suck or swallow in a coordinated way. It is also a sensory organ responsible for tasting and the most sensitive place for our sense of touch. In addition, the tongue contains many cells of the body’s defense system, and even plays a major role in body language.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: January 23, 2013

Methods for Delivering Insulin and Monitoring Blood Sugar: A Review of the Research for Children, Teens, and Adults With Diabetes

This summary discusses what research says about different ways to measure blood sugar and take insulin. It describes what researchers know about how each option compares to the others to help you control your blood sugar level.

Comparative Effectiveness Review Summary Guides for Consumers [Internet] - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US).

Version: September 4, 2012

The safe use of anti-clotting medication

When we hurt ourselves and it starts to bleed, our bodies make sure that the bleeding soon stops and a clump of blood (a blood clot) forms to close the wound. This reaction is very important, because it ensures that we lose as little blood as possible, stops germs from getting into the wound, and allows the wound to heal.

Informed Health Online [Internet] - Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG).

Version: June 9, 2011

Smart Health Choices: Making Sense of Health Advice

This book aims to help consumers and practitioners develop the skills to assess health advice – and hopefully to make decisions that will improve the quality of their care. For some people, making better-informed decisions could be life saving. We hope that it will be useful if you are struggling to come to terms with an illness or injury, and the best ways of managing it. Or you may simply want to lead a healthier life, and may be wondering how to make sense of the often conflicting flood of health information that deluges us every day, through the media, and from our friends and health practitioners.

Hammersmith Press.

Version: 2008
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Testing Treatments: Better Research for Better Healthcare. 2nd edition

How do we know whether a particular treatment really works? How reliable is the evidence? And how do we ensure that research into medical treatments best meets the needs of patients? These are just a few of the questions addressed in a lively and informative way in Testing Treatments. Brimming with vivid examples, Testing Treatments will inspire both patients and professionals.

Pinter & Martin.

Version: 2011
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