Handle Any Health Scenario with “The Doctors”

Our friends at The Doctors television show shared some abbreviations they use to care for patients that can also help you at home.

By Joe Kita from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2012
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    F.A.S.T.

    Travis Stork says: To recognize and react to a stroke, think F.A.S.T.: Facial droop, Arm weakness, Slurred speech, Time to call 911.

    A.B.C.D.E.

    Drew Ordon says: To tell if a mole might be cancerous, remember your A. B. C. D. E.: Asymmetrical shape, Border irregularity, Color variation, Diameter larger than 1/4-inch, Evolution (change over time).

    B.R.A.T.T.Y.

    James Sears says: To treat diarrhea and upset stomach in kids or adults, eat B. R. A. T. T. Y.: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast, Tea, Yogurt.

    A.C.C.E.S.S.

    Lisa Masterson says: To gauge your osteoporosis risk factors, use A. C. C. E. S. S.: Alcohol use, Corticosteroid use, low Calcium levels, low Estrogen levels, Smoking, Sedentary lifestyle (they all may raise your risk).

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