a widely eaten berry that has also been used for medicinal purposes throughout history. It is not know why red raspberry may have health benefits, but it may be due to antioxidant or muscle relaxant properties. Red raspberry has been used to relieve symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions, heart problems, menstrual discomfort, easing labor and delivery, and morning sickness of pregnancy. More recently, “raspberry ketone” has been promoted as a weight loss aid, promoting weight loss by increasing norepinephrine release in the body and speeding up metabolism, including increasing heart rate. However, scientific proof is lacking, and people with certain medical conditions or those taking certain medications may be negatively affected by taking raspberry supplements.
- Red yeast rice
Rice that has been fermented by the red yeast, Monascus purpureus. Red yeast rice has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine. More recently, it has been used to lower blood lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides. It acts to lower cholesterol because the red yeast Monascus purpureus inhibits the action of HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme […]
- Red-green colorblindness
28-45, 1798). It is the first recognized account of red-green colorblindness.
- Reed-Sternberg cell
A type of cell that appears in patients with Hodgkin’s disease. The number of these cells increases as the disease advances.
The recommendation of a medical or paramedical professional. If you get a referral to ophthalmology, for example, you are being sent to the eye doctor. In HMOs and other managed care schemes, a referral is usually necessary to see any practitioner or specialist other than your primary care physician (PCP), if you want the service […]
An involuntary reaction. For example, the corneal reflex is the blink that occurs upon irritation of the eye.