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Understanding the 'Pins and Needles' Feeling

Having a limb fall asleep and then feeling pins and needles is more common if you have poor circulation.

Allergy Overview

Periods, Pregnancy, Menopause — And Sleep

Researchers aren't sure why women seem to have more trouble sleeping than men, but they have noticed that women have the most difficulty when hormone levels fluctuate.

Urinary Incontinence in Children

Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting, or accidental urination in children who should be able to control their bladder. Girls usually have bladder control before boys do. The diagnosis of enuresis is for girls older than 5 and for boys older than 6.

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults

Detailed information on whooping cough, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Cold vs. Allergy: How Do I Know the Difference?

Detailed information on the differences between the common cold symptoms and symptoms of allergies

Using Allergy Medications

Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.

All About Blood Pressure Medication

Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.

Insomnia

Insomnia, the term for having trouble sleeping at night, is one of the most common sleep complaints. About one in three adults has bouts of insomnia that last a few days at a time.

Kids' Headaches: The Diagnosis Is Difficult

Most headaches in kids are caused by tension, not disease. Your pediatrician can determine what kind of headache your child has.

Q and A: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Rituals such as hand washing, counting, checking or cleaning are often performed in hope of preventing obsessive thoughts or making them go away. Performing these rituals, however, provides only temporary relief, and not performing them markedly increases anxiety. Left untreated, obsessions and the need to perform rituals can take over a person's life. OCD is often a chronic, relapsing illness.

All About Muscle Cramps

Muscle cramps -- involuntary muscle contractions -- are common. But even though they can be quite painful, they don't cause damage.

Overview of Kidney Disorders

Detailed information on kidney conditions, including kidney function, nephrology, kidney problem causes, kidney disease symptoms, and 1 labeled, full-color anatomical illustration

The Cluster Headache: Just Like Clockwork

Cluster headaches -- called "cluster" because of their pattern of striking in groups or clusters -- hit at the same time of day for a period of weeks or months, then vanish as suddenly and as mysteriously as they appeared.

Old Makeup Can Cause Serious Eye Infections

Most cosmetics have long shelf lives, but since they can be contaminated with bacteria after only one use, it is a good idea to keep track of how long you have been using products such as mascara and eyeliners.

Aging Eyes and Glasses

As your eyes age, their lenses become less flexible, and they slowly lose their ability to focus. It's an ongoing, lifelong process called presbyopia, which you begin to notice between ages 40 and 45.

Learning to Live with Heart Disease

Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives.

Disorders of the Immune System

When your immune system doesn’t work the way it should, it is called an immune system disorder.

A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.

Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes affects the way the body metabolizes, or uses, digested food to make glucose, the main source of fuel for the body.

Ability to Concentrate Isn't What It Used to Be

With today's world filled with flashing images of MTV, quick news reports, and fast-food restaurants on every corner, are we capable of concentrating as well as we used to?

The 'Soft Teeth' Myth

Children who inherit the family trait of cavities don’t have “soft teeth,” as many people suspect. Instead, a mother’s dental history may be to blame. But with the right habits, you can help prevent cavities in your little one.

Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging

In general, only about three percent of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20 to 30 percent of persons in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.

What Do You Know About Birth Defects?

Describing a Skin Condition

Detailed information on questions a physician may ask you in describing your dermatological condition and its location

How to Keep Your Gums and Teeth Healthy

Brushing and flossing your teeth isn't hard to do, and doing both properly can help prevent gum disease and tooth loss.

How to Prevent Osteoarthritis

The less unnecessary stress you put on your joints, the less likely they are to wear out prematurely.

Special Caution on Concussions

Concussions affect many athletes, but these sports injuries are the least understood.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Women suffer more frequent and severe symptoms from STDs. Some STDs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to both infertility and ectopic pregnancy.

What Do You Know About Prostate Health?

Prostate cancer and other diseases of the prostate are common.

Why Doctors Remove Cataracts

A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens, a clear, soft structure behind the pupil that works much like a camera lens. The top cause of cataracts is aging. In fact, more people over 70 have cataracts than not.

How to Manage Your Osteoarthritis

Taking arthritis medication is important, but what you do for yourself, including exercising, doing relaxation exercises and managing your emotions and attitudes, is just as crucial to your ability to lead an active, productive life.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Symptoms of tonsillitis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually.

Otitis Media (Ear Infection)

Detailed information on otitis media, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy uses a small camera to examine the inside of the colon. It is typically used to screen for colon cancer, and to asses other injuries, abnormalities, or disease.

Rubeola (Measles)

Detailed information on measles, including symptoms, complications, prevention, and treatment

Uterine Fibroids

Some estimates say that 20 to 50 percent of women of reproductive age have fibroids, although not all are diagnosed. In most cases, fibroids are benign.

Antibiotics

Detailed information on the use of antibiotics and children

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

SIDS stands for sudden infant death syndrome. It is a leading cause of infant death in the U.S. The causes of SIDS are unknown, but researchers have learned more about factors that can put your baby at risk. Learn which ones parents can prevent.

Claudication

Detailed information on claudication, including causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and a labeled, full-color anatomical illustration

Is It Time for a New Joint?

Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments fail to offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.

Is Bursitis Busting Up the Joint?

Bursitis can make simple movements of your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee seem monumental.

Endometriosis

Women with endometriosis develop tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue outside the uterus, usually on other reproductive organs inside the pelvis or in the abdominal cavity.

Bone Spurs Are a Thorny Problem

Scientists believe bone spurs occur because of osteoarthritis or when the body tries to heal itself after a trauma by replacing bone.

Varicose Veins

Detailed information on varicose veins, including causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and full-color anatomical illustrations

Why Your Health Care Provider Tests Your Blood Sugar

In adults, a screening blood sugar test is generally used to determine if your blood sugar is too high. For adults, having an elevated blood sugar usually will not give you symptoms and may indicate a pending or current problem with type 2 diabetes.

Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

When your life seems to be spinning out of control, it's OK to seek professional mental health help.

A Woman's Guide to Beating Heart Disease

Surveys show fewer than one in 10 women perceive heart disease as their greatest health threat. But it's the nation's number one killer, and women are its prime target.

Glasses Can Help Even Young Children

Doctors who specialize in children's eye care say children usually become near- or farsighted between ages 6 and 12. But even infants can wear glasses if they need help to see well.

Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children

Detailed information on diagnosing and evaluating heart disease in children

Understanding Repeated Pregnancy Loss

In the past, a woman who miscarried several times might never know why it happened. Today, more and more women are finding out the causes of their recurrent miscarriages.

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a bathroom.

Your Child's Allergies: Dust Mites

Detailed information on dust mite allergens

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

PMDD is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Women with a personal or family history of mood disorders or postpartum depression may be at higher risk for this disorder.

Fever in Children

When your child has a fever, the body resets its thermostat at a higher temperature. This helps the body fight off invading microorganisms.

Diet for Lactose Intolerance

Detailed information on lactose intolerance, including a list of foods that contain lactose

Is It a Virus or a Bacterium? Know the Difference

Knowing whether your infection is caused by a virus or a bacterium makes a difference in how it is treated.

Thriving After a Heart Attack

Over the long term, your quality of life is tied to how severe your heart attack was and how it was treated. Beyond that, any change will depend largely on you.

Ease the Pain of Muscle Cramps

Cramps do not mean there is a problem with the muscle itself; rather, experts believe they happen when the fluid and electrolyte imbalance catches up to you or when a nerve overstimulates a muscle.

Lice

Detailed information on lice, including diagnosis and treatment

Indoor Air Can Cause Health Problems

Don't assume you're safe just because you're inside. The air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities.

Appendicitis: Children and Teens

Appendicitis, an infection of the appendix, is the most common reason for a child to need emergency abdominal surgery.

Tinnitus: Stopping the Sound in Your Head

AEDs: High-Tech Help for Heart Attacks

Technology has given us the automated external defibrillator (AED), which is turning up far from hospitals. Some schools and public buildings already have AEDs.

Major Depression in Adolescents

Depression is a mood disorder that involves a adolescent's body, mood, and thoughts. It can affect and disrupt eating, sleeping, or thinking patterns.

Managing Prehypertension Without Drugs

Even if your blood pressure is normal or high-normal, you're still at increased risk for hypertension (high blood pressure), the condition in which your heart works too hard and the resulting forceful blood flow harms arteries.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain can range from mild, dull, and annoying to persistent, severe, and disabling pain. Pain in the lower back can restrict mobility and interfere with normal functioning.

Low-Vision Devices

Low-vision devices are categorized as either optical or nonoptical. Optical devices are magnifying lenses or closed circuit TV. Nonoptical devices are large-print books and talking computers.

When You Have an Eye Allergy

Eye allergies usually affect both eyes. The main symptoms of an eye allergy include itchy eyes, increased tearing, red or pink eyes, and mild swelling of the eyelids.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Atopic dermatitis is a hereditary and chronic skin disorder that mostly affects infants and young children, but may last until a child reaches adolescence or adulthood.

Healing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

People who feel they're unable to regain control of their lives because of their responses to the trauma may have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

Celiac Disease Can Harm Digestion

Celiac disease, or celiac sprue, is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food.

Hospices Offer Comfort at Life's End

As medical progress prolongs our lives, the end can linger. So, more and more people are turning to hospice care.

Preventing a Second Heart Attack

Most Americans survive a first heart attack. By taking action, however, they can significantly reduce their chances for a second heart attack.

Lowering Cholesterol: Lifestyle Changes

People with a strong genetic predisposition to high cholesterol need medication to control cholesterol. But a lot of us don't.

A Red Face Could Signal Rosacea

Although the cause of rosacea is unknown, people with fair skin who blush easily may be at the greatest risk for it.

How to Manage Prehypertension

Prehypertension is a new term that alerts people to the very real risk of developing chronic high blood pressure if they don't take timely steps to improve their lifestyle habits.

Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

The symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.

What's Up With Sinusitis?

Millions of Americans are affected by sinusitis every year. Even so, it's often misdiagnosed and misunderstood by people with the condition.

Your Child's Diabetes Care Team

Having a child with diabetes can be overwhelming. Fortunately, a team of experts can guide you now and in the years to come.

Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

Some treatment programs teach problem drinkers to reduce their drinking, an approach that appeals to people who otherwise might not seek treatment.

Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they have advanced symptoms, which may include a broken hip or wrist, low back pain or a hunched back.

High Blood Pressure: Kids Can Have It, Too

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.

Migraines: Should You Take Preventive Medication?

For some people, taking medication every day can help prevent migraines and make them less painful when they occur.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Most females experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle. The type and intensity of symptoms vary.

Care of the Mouth and Teeth

Most children should begin regular dental care by the time they turn 1 year old.

Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a pregnant woman has elevated glucose levels and other symptoms of diabetes—but did not have diabetes before she became pregnant.

Helping Others Understand Your Migraine

You and your loved ones will benefit if they understand your condition and how best to help.

Helping Someone with a Mental Illness

Caring for someone you love who is sick or disabled is never easy. When the illness affects your loved one’s state of mind, the demands placed on you can be especially difficult.

What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

For some people, frightening memories of a terrible event can resurface months or even years after the ordeal. In reliving the event, people become fearful and unable to cope with daily life.

8 Mistakes Heart Patients Make

The way you respond to a heart attack can make a profound difference in what happens to you in the future.

Take Action to Beat Heart Disease

Even if you already have atherosclerosis or have had a heart attack, there’s a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.

Finding Support for Emotional Issues

How do you know when your emotions are of the everyday sort, or when you could benefit from seeing a therapist?

Short Height in Children

Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, doctors say.

Babies Need 'Tummy Time'

Putting babies to sleep on their backs has dramatically reduced the incidence of SIDS. One unexpected side effect: Many infants now have a flattened head.

All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

According to the American Heart Association, there are five main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.

Twins and Premature Birth

If you’re pregnant with twins, you’ll want to carefully consider this advice. It can help increase your chances for a full-term pregnancy.

Answers to Questions About Your Child's Mental Health

Although some behavior problems can be attributed to normal child development, some require professional help.

Helping Someone with Memory Loss

In older people, it's easy to mistake memory problems for the everyday forgetfulness that some people experience as they grow older.

There's Hope for Sciatica

Sciatica is often painful but rarely causes serious or permanent damage.

Arthritis and Exercise: Q and A

Doctors and physical therapists say people with arthritis can improve their health and fitness through exercise without damaging their joints.

Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer

Although concussions range from mild to severe, they're all serious injuries that can harm the way the brain works.

Sleep and Your Child

Without enough shut-eye, children are more likely to struggle with their school studies, do poorly on the playing field, and suffer depression.

Take Care With Nasal Sprays

A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.

Tonsillitis

Detailed information on tonsillitis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment

Air Pollution

Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

Metabolic Syndrome

Most people who have metabolic syndrome have insulin resistance. This may be a beginning of the development of type 2 diabetes.

Liver: Anatomy and Functions

Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

What You Need to Know About Vomiting

Although nausea and vomiting can make you feel miserable, it's important to remember that these are not diseases, but rather symptoms of many illnesses.

Infectious Mononucleosis

Detailed information on infectious mononucleosis, including symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and transmission

The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.

The Truth About Triglycerides

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Most of your body's fat is stored as triglycerides.

Tinea Infections (Ringworm)

Detailed information on the most common types of ringworm, including diagnosis and treatment

Hemochromatosis

Detailed information on hemochromatosis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Heart Attacks and Women

For many women, a heart attack may feel like a strange discomfort in the back or some other easily ignored sign, instead of crushing chest pain.

How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

Well-informed people who play a significant role in deciding how they’re going to treat their health conditions are likely to feel better about the decision process.

About Stomachaches

Most stomachaches are nothing more than indigestion or gas. But stomach pain also could be appendicitis, gallstones, or a tubal pregnancy.

Understanding Joint Pain

Sprained ankles and wrists, arthritic knees and hips and torn rotator cuffs all have one thing in common: They result in joint pain.

Understanding Prehypertension

Prehypertension is a term that alerts people to the risk of developing chronic high blood pressure if they don’t take timely steps to improve their lifestyle habits.

What You Need to Know About Mental Illness

Every year, one in four Americans suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder that interferes with their ability to function at work or school or in their daily lives.

Know Your Peak Flow

You and your health care provider can use information from a peak-flow meter to help stop a flare-up in its tracks.

Diabetes and Sensitive Topics

Diabetes affects every part of your life, and it can create problems that aren’t easy to talk about with your health care provider.

How to Manage Diabetes During Illness

The stress of illness or injury can cause blood sugar to rise and make insulin less effective. This can lead to serious problems, including diabetic coma. That’s why it’s important to know what to do when illness strikes.

Understanding Kidney Disease

Too often, diabetes leads to kidney disease. But it doesn’t have to. When kidney problems are caught early, you can take steps to prevent more serious kidney disease.

Traveling with Asthma

Whether you pack a suitcase every week or once a year, you probably know that traveling takes a little extra preparation when you have asthma.

Your Child's Asthma Action Plan at School

The best way to prepare the school staff to meet your child’s needs is to develop an asthma action plan.

Help Your Teen Manage Asthma

Having asthma isn’t easy, and for most kids, neither is being a teen. Here are some common teen issues and suggestions for easing your child’s concerns.

Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

Many people with diabetes need to change their treatment plan at some point. There are advantages to this. For example, taking insulin can make it easier to manage your blood sugar.

Diabetic Skin Troubles

About one-third of people with diabetes get a skin problem sooner or later. Fortunately, most problems can be prevented or easily treated.

Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet

To help manage your condition, fill in the dates on which you had or will have the following tests or checkups.

Understanding Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis can start as early as childhood and can lead to many health conditions, including heart disease and stroke.

Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt

A key way to reduce the effects of metabolic syndrome is to lower high blood pressure. Reducing the amount of sodium and salt in your diet is a great start.

What Is Cardiac Asthma?

Cardiac asthma can the same symptoms as true asthma, but the symptoms are caused by heart failure, which leads to buildup of fluid in the lungs.

Strength Training and Heart Disease

If you think that you can’t begin a strength-training program because you have heart disease, think again.

Heart Failure: Breathe More Easily

Heart failure makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood, causing shortness of breath.

Heart Disease: Considering Cold Relief

Colds and the flu can be serious for people with heart disease.

What is a Transient Ischemic Attack?

A transient ischemic attack (TIA), also called a ministroke or warning stroke, causes symptoms similar to those of a stroke.

Clinical Guidelines for Heart Failure

As a patient, understanding the basics of the guidelines can help you take a more active role in your treatment.

Heart Disease: Communicating with Several Providers

If you are like most people with heart disease, you have several providers who each treat you for a different health issue.

Asthma: Dealing with Your Child's School

Research shows that informed, supportive teachers and staff can play a big role in helping students manage their asthma.

Migraines and Auras

Auras may include visual disturbances (jagged lines with bright spots or flashes); temporary, partial vision loss; numbness; and tingling sensations.

Heart Failure and Physical Activity

If you have congestive heart failure, you may wonder if physical activity is good for you.

Asthma on Campus

College can pose challenges for the student with asthma. New and unfamiliar living quarters, school and social stresses, and other factors can trigger a flare-up.

Acute Severe Asthma

Asthma can be unpredictable, but it is important to recognize the difference between a minor flare-up and an attack that could be life-threatening.

Tracking Symptoms of Heart Failure

If you have congestive heart failure, knowing your body can help you manage your condition.

What Is Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis is a condition in which the spinal canal narrows and pinches the nerves, resulting in back and leg pain.

Smoking Hurts Your Back

Smoking damages your arteries, and it’s thought that the damaged arteries in the discs and joints in your back may lead to pain and injury.

What to Do About a Pain in the Neck

Most neck pain is caused by sleeping on a bed that’s too soft, poor posture, stress, neck strains or degenerative joint disease that occurs when the joints of the neck become inflamed or a disc pushes outward from its normal position.

What Are the Health Effects of Air Pollution?

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tracks five major air pollutants that cause significant health effects: ground-level ozone, nitrogen oxides, sulfur oxides, carbon monoxide and microscopic particles called particulate matter.

Don't Ignore Dry Eyes

The condition called dry eyes may feel a sand-like grittiness that can range from mild to severe.

Thyroid Gland

Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function

Rotavirus Infections

Detailed information on rotavirus, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

Allergies and Asthma When Traveling

If you’re heading out of town, and you or your child has allergies or asthma, proper planning can help you keep sneezes, sniffles, wheezing and attacks under control.

Asthma in Older Adults

Many people think of asthma as a childhood disease, but it often occurs as a new condition in older adults.

Medications to Treat ADHD in Children

Children who have ADHD are often given medication as part of their treatment plan. The type of medication most often chosen is a psychostimulant.

Fibromyalgia

Detailed information on fibromyalgia, including cause, triggers, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Help for Tension Headaches

Almost everyone has a tension headache from time to time. These headaches aren’t caused by disease. They are so common they are considered to be “normal” headaches.

Special Foot Care for Diabetes

It's not high blood sugar, heart disease, or stroke that most often puts people with diabetes in the hospital. It's their feet.

Drugs that Can Treat Alzheimer Disease

Many people believe that Alzheimer’s disease can't be treated. The truth is that medications are available that may help slow the progression of symptoms.

Why Quit Smoking?

You know you should quit smoking. But you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here are some reasons to help you commit to quitting.

Hepatitis C: A Threat from the Past

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Over time, HCV can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer. Most people who have hepatitis C don’t have any symptoms for years. Many don’t know that they are infected until their liver is already damaged.

Introduction to Menopause

When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.

Dental Implants

Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks

Prescription Drug Addiction

Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.

Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support Group

Mental health support groups offer support, understanding, and helpful information to people struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other conditions.

Keep an Eye on Your Child's Vision

It's best to catch vision problems while a child is very young. Later, problems are harder to correct.

Get the Right Help for Headaches

When seeking treatment for headaches, start with your primary care provider.

How COPD Affects the Lungs

Every breath can be a chore when you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD: End-of-Life Care

What kind of care would you want if you were no longer able to speak for yourself?

Heart Disease: Keep Your Gums Healthy

People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.

Heart Attack Treatment Options

Not everyone who has had a heart attack needs open-heart surgery, such as a bypass operation.

Heart Disease: How Disease Management Helps

Participating in a disease management program gives you the chance to ask questions about exercise, medication, diet, and other treatment options.

Asthma: When to Get an Allergy Test

If you think you may have allergies, talk with your health care provider about getting tested.

Questions About Asthma Medication

It's good to learn as much as you can about your asthma medications.

Smoking and Asthma

Did you know that smoking cigarettes can make your asthma worse?

Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes

Metabolic syndrome is marked by higher levels of glucose in the blood. That's also a sign of pre-diabetes.

Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child

You may be wondering what questions the provider will ask or what tests and exams your child will need.

A Kids' Asthma Journal

Do you want to gain better control over your asthma? Put it in writing!

Metabolic Syndrome: Lowering Your Heart Disease Risk

Control your blood pressure, keep your cholesterol in check, and take your medicine as prescribed.

Metabolic Syndrome and Soft Drink Consumption

Regular soft drinks contain sugar—empty calories in your diet. Sugary drinks also raise insulin levels, which causes you to put on more deep fat.

The Metabolic Syndrome: At Risk for Depression

People with more visceral fat or an apple-shaped body—two factors associated with the metabolic syndrome—are more likely to have depression.

When You’re Taking Heart Medications

These medications are life-giving and powerful. It's important to take them just as your doctor has prescribed.

Teens and Prescription Drugs

Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.

Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common viral infection of the nerves, which results in a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin anywhere on the body.

How to Stay Healthy at Work

Because the 2009 H1N1 flu virus spreads from person to person, it is possible to catch the virus at work. Here are measures you can take to protect yourself at the office.

MS and Summer: Coping with Symptom Flareups

Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate?

Although inheriting certain genes might boost your chances of contracting a disease, it's rarely a sure thing. Often, your lifestyle and environment can join with disease-prone genes to make a potential disease a reality.

Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Range of Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be a frustrating condition to deal with because it doesn’t have an easily identifiable cause. It’s an autoimmune disorder, which means your immune system literally attacks your body—in this case, your joints.

Finding the Right Rehab Program for Substance Abuse

Drug addiction and alcohol addiction are chronic diseases that can be treated as successfully as many other chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes.

When Rest Doesn't Relieve Fatigue

Everyone feels fatigued now and then, but when lifestyle changes don't ease your tiredness, it's time to talk with your health care provider.

Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

You may think of heart disease as a problem for adults, not your young children. But diet and exercise habits started in childhood can begin a lifetime of heart health, or a lifetime of heart damage.

Ascites

Ascites is a condition in which fluid collects in spaces within your abdomen. Although the most common cause of ascites is cirrhosis of the liver, for about 10 percent of people with ascites, the cause is cancer.

What Every Parent Should Know About Immunizations

Where can you as a parent turn to for the facts about vaccine safety? The first place to go is your child's doctor.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, a type of mood disorder, can occur in late fall to early winter or late spring to early summer.

Endometrial Cancer

Cancer of the endometrium is a disease in which cancerous cells are found in the lining of the uterus. It is highly curable when found early.

Anemia Quiz

Answer this one: What is the most common cause of anemia?

Alzheimer's Disease Quiz

Find out more about this degenerative disease of the brain by taking this quiz.

Twelve Weeks to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Heart disease is a killer, but you can do plenty to reduce your risk and prolong your life. Research shows that making lifestyle changes can decrease your risk of cardiovascular heart disease and help you control it if you already have it.

All About Color Blindness

Most people with color blindness -- also called color vision deficiency -- can see certain colors. Usually, the difficulty involves distinguishing between shades of red and green.

Understanding Eating Disorders

At least 8 million people in the U.S. are living with an eating disorder. The overwhelming majority – about 90 percent – are female.

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Disease

Research is shedding light on ways to cut risk, and treatments can make life easier and more comfortable after a diagnosis.

Heartburn Medicine May Put Your Bones at Risk

Recent studies have found that people who take proton pump inhibitors are significantly more likely to break their hipbone or any other bone.

Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Some symptoms may indicate the possibility of a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately by a health care provider.

Living with Parkinson’s Disease

You have a number of tools at your disposal for better managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and living a healthy, enjoyable life.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Health Issues

people who are gay, lesbian, or transgender may be at greater risk for health problems because they don’t always see a doctor when they need to. This may be because they feel embarrassed, have had a bad experience, fear judgment, or have a health care provider who is uninformed.

How to Beat Serious Stress

When you're faced with a highly stressful event in your life, the strategies outlined here will help you cope.

All About Menopause

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