Today's Medical Fact
Eating breakfast helps to burn calories throughout the day.
Click one of the letters above to be taken to a page of all terms beginning with that letter.
- Satiety is the feeling of satisfaction or fullness after eating.
- Saturated Fat
- Saturated fat is a fat that is solid at room temperature. Saturated fat is referred to as a bad fat, as eating a diet high in saturated fat may contribute to weight gain, high LDL cholesterol, and heart disease. Foods high in saturated fat include high-fat dairy products (cheese, whole milk, cream, butter, ice cream), skin and fat of chicken and turkey, lard, palm oil, coconut oil, high-fat fresh and processed meat.
- Shingles, also called herpes zoster, is an infection of the nerve ends characterized by a painful rash and blisters on the skin, due to a reactivation of the same varicella-zoster virus that causes chickenpox.
- Skin Cancer
- Skin cancer is a type of cancer that grows in the skin cells, commonly caused by exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. Cancer is a disease caused by the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. There are three common types of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and malignant melanoma - which are named after the type of skin cell.
- Sleep Apnea
- Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by the repeated temporary interruptions in breathing that occurs while a person is sleeping.
- Small Intestine
- The small intestine is an organ located between the stomach and the large intestine where food digestion and absorption of nutrients from digested food occurs. The small intestine measures about 20 feet and comprises of three parts, the duodenum, the jejunum, and the ileum.
- The spleen is a large, oval, dark-red organ located between the stomach and diaphragm that helps to fight infection, filters the blood, and removes and destroys old or damaged blood cells from the blood stream.
- Steroids are a particular class of chemicals that regulate body function. Some steroids are produced naturally by the body, while synthetic steroids are manufactured for treating diseases. There are many groups of steroids, including: corticosteroids which are used to treat allergies or to relieve swelling and inflammation (such as prednisone); and anabolic androgenic steroids which are used by people who wish to build muscle and increase their body size.
- Sterols are one of the three classes of fats (other types are triglycerides and phospholipids). Sterols are compounds that are naturally found in the fatty tissues of the body. Important sterols include cholesterol, vitamin D, and the sex hormone testosterone.
- Stoma is the stomach opening created during bariatric surgery by stapling or placing an adjustable band around the upper part of the stomach.
- The stomach is a muscular sac-like organ of the digestive system located between the esophagus and the small intestine. The stomach helps in the digestion of food by mixing it with digestive juices (gastric acid and enzymes) and turning the food into a thin liquid.
- Strep Throat
- Strep throat is an infection of the throat and tonsils caused by the streptococcus bacteria.
- A stroke is a disease that affects the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain. Other names for stroke are "brain attack," cerebral infarction, cerebral hemorrhage, cerebral accident, cerebrovascular accident (CVA), and cerebrovascular disease.