Outward curvature of the spine, causing a humped back. Treatment includes physical therapy and wearing a back brace, and in some cases surgery. Surgery for kyphosis may involve inserting a metal rod in the spine and restructuring some bones, and it is usually followed by wearing a back cast and then a back brace for some time.
- Kyphosis, postmenopausal cervical
An outward curvature (kyphosis) of the cervical vertebrae (the bones of the neck), creating a hump at the back of the neck. This condition, once thought to be a characteristic deformity of older women, was called a dowager’s hump. A dowager was a woman of high social rank whose husband was dead but who had […]
the British pathologist William Boog Leishman who in 1903 wrote about the protozoa that causes kala-azar and the researcher C. Donovan, who made the same discovery independently the same year.
- La Leche League
An organization that helps and supports breastfeeding mothers with advice, ideas, and both legal and medical advocacy. Abbreviated LLL.
- La Montagne, John
(1945-2004) Medical scientist and administrator who helped develop numerous vaccines and made significant contributions to the international effort against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. He played a central role in the organization of the Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, an international effort involving agencies in many countries. He was involved in the development of the swine […]
- Lab result
The result of a test done in a laboratory.