Word Wednesday

Join us weekly for Word Wednesday! Word Wednesday (WW) is a weekly educational blog that provides accessible definitions for complex public health and medical terms. WW thoughtfully identify single words, acronyms, and phrases that can sometimes be misunderstood or misused. The goal of WW will be to assist in providing a better understanding of words and phrases regularly used in our community-based work. Words, after all, are a powerful tool and with Word Wednesday we hope to share in the beauty that is words!

Anoscopy

Get to Know Your Words: Anoscopy

Anoscopy An anoscopy is an examination using a small, rigid, tubular instrument called an anoscope. This is inserted a few inches into the anus in order to evaluate problems of the anal canal. Anoscopy is used to diagnose hemorrhoids, anal fissures, and some cancers Make your bottom a top priority and RSVP to our 2nd…

Anal Dysplasia

Get to Know Your Words: Anal Dysplasia

Anal Dysplasia  Anal dysplasia is a condition in which some of the cells within the anus have transformed into abnormal cells. High resolution imaging is needed to detect these abnormal lesions Anal dysplasia is not cancer, but it is a pre-cancerous condition. In other words, if the abnormal cells are left untreated, they can turn…

Hypertension

Get to Know Your Words: Hypertension

Hypertension High blood pressure is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. Blood pressure is determined both by the amount of blood your heart pumps and the amount of resistance to blood flow…

hypotension

Get to Know Your Words: Hypotension

Hypotension Low blood pressure might seem desirable, and for some people, it causes no problems. However, for many people, abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension) can cause dizziness and fainting. In severe cases, low blood pressure can be life-threatening.  Make sure to stop by the John Bell Health Center to have your blood pressure measured!  

Get to Know Your Words:q.i.d, qid

q.i.d, qid Latin – quater in die Four times a day Many don’t realize that there are Latin abbreviations on their prescription bottles! Knowing the abbreviations can empower you to take your medication safely! It may be easy to confuse “q.1.d or q1d” for qid however it is important to see the difference. QID: Ever…

Diastolic Pressure

Get to Know Your Words: Diastolic Pressure

Diastolic Pressure The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts within the arteries in between heartbeats, that is, when the heart is not actively ejecting blood into the arteries. After the heart is finished contracting, the cardiac ventricles relax momentarily so that they can be refilled with blood, in preparation for the next…

Systolic Pressure

Get to Know Your Words: Systolic Pressure

Systolic Pressure The pressure exerted by your blood flowing through your arteries is not constant but is dynamic, and constantly reflects what the heart is doing at a given moment. When the heart is actively beating (an event called “systole”), it is ejecting blood out into the arteries. This dynamic ejection of blood into the…

tid

Get to Know Your Words: t.i.d., tid

t.i.d., tid Latin – ter in die Three times Latin is no longer commonly used but it can still be found on your prescription bottle! Understanding what information is on your prescription label and what that information means can help you lead a safer and healthier life. TID: In Latin, ter in die means three…

bds

Get to Know Your Words: b.d.s, bds, BDS

b.d.s, bds, BDS Latin – bis die sumendum Two times a day You may be thinking that the pharmacy where you fill your prescription does the deciphering for you. While that’s true, you should read the prescription and go over the directions with your doctor before you leave their office. Understanding the abbreviations found on your…

q1d

Get to Know Your Words: q.1.d., q1d

q.1.d., q1d Latin – quaque die Every day Many don’t realize that there are Latin abbreviations on their prescription bottles! Knowing the abbreviations can empower you to take your medication safely. There are about 1.5 million preventable medication errors each year, according to a 2006 report from the Institute of Medicine. Roughly one-third of those…

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