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The regrown hair may be white at first but pigmentation recovers later. Allopurinol Alpha Adrenergic Blockers A drug used to treat GOUT, acting by suppressing the formation of uric acid. It is also being used in treatment of uric acid stone in the kidney. Also called adrenoceptor-blocking agents or alpha blockers, these drugs stop the stimulation of alpha-adrenergic receptors at the nerve endings of the SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM by HORMONES with ADRENALINE-like characteristics. The drugs dilate the arteries, causing a fall in blood pressure, so they are used to treat HYPERTENSION and also benign enlargement of the PROSTATE GLAND.
In many cases the cause remains unknown, even though the events may be repeated, and the large majority of babies ‘grow out’ of the condition. Much controversy surrounds the suggestion – confirmed by hidden video-recording in hospitals – that a small minority of these babies have been subjected to repeated, brief, deliberate suffocation (see under MUNCHAUSEN’S SYNDROME). Treatment is that of the underlying cause, if discovered. Parents may also be offered an APNOEA monitor, a device attached to the child – especially when asleep – which sounds an alarm if breathing stops for more than 20 seconds.
It is studied by dissection of bodies bequeathed for the purpose, or of the bodies of those who die in hospitals and similar institutions, unclaimed by relatives. The general term for any one of a group of HORMONES which govern the development of the sexual organs and the secondary sexual characteristics of the male. TESTOSTERONE, the androgenic hormone formed in the interstitial cells of the testis (see TESTICLE), controls the development and maintenance of the male sex organs and secondary sex characteristics.
Black's Medical Dictionary: 42nd Edition by Harvey Marcovitch