Where's the Wisdom in Wisdom Teeth?
Often these teeth are troublemakers that decide to turn crooked, refuse to grow in completely, or become misshapen.
Swimmer's Ear: Not Just for Swimmers
Sounding Off About Coughs
Coughs, those mini-explosions in your throat, are valuable weapons in your body's self-defense arsenal. Their assignment: keep airways clear by quickly expelling intruders from the lower respiratory system -- principally your throat and upper lungs. If dust, fluid, viruses, bacteria or even tumors block any part of this region, your cough reflex takes explosive action.
Feeling 'Pins and Needles' Is a Circulation Problem
Having a limb fall asleep and then feeling pins and needles is more common if you have poor circulation.
Allergies: Nothing to Sneeze At
Roughly one person in four has some kind of allergy. The most common is "allergic rhinitis," which includes seasonal hay fever and year-round allergies to dust, animal dander, mold and some foods.
Why the Doctor Treats Snoring Seriously
The movies and television depict snoring as funny, even hilarious. But snoring is no joke: It's a medical problem that can have serious health and social implications.
Smoking Adds Another Wrinkle to Aging
Everybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.
Smoking and Gum Disease
Do you have healthy gums? You may kiss them goodbye if you're a smoker.
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.
Why the Doctor Gives You an EKG or ECG
Did you know that electrical currents flow throughout your body? Because the strongest of these travels through your heart, doctors are able to monitor your heart by placing electrical sensors on the surface of your skin. They do this by giving you an electrocardiogram -- abbreviated either ECG or EKG (from the original German spelling of the word).
Bed-Wetting: Help Your Child Stay Dry at Night
Do not become angry if your child can't stay dry during the night. Never punish or tease your child for bed-wetting. Support and patience are the keys in helping your child.
What Is Pertussis?
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract.
Is It an Allergy or a Cold?
This information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) can help you determine if you're suffering from allergies or a cold.
Using Allergy Medications Wisely
Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.
What Those Blood Pressure Numbers Mean
The two blood pressure numbers indicate how much pressure builds up in the arteries as the heart beats and between beats.
All About Blood Pressure Medication
Several kinds of medicine are commonly prescribed for high blood pressure. Here are some of the main types.
The Many Causes of Insomnia
Anxiety and stress are the most common causes of insomnia. But sleeplessness can also be caused by a variety of medical conditions, medications and environmental factors.
How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Hairs
Folliculitis, or ingrown hairs, can occur anywhere on the skin or scalp. It resembles pimple-like eruptions or crusty sores.
What Is Motion Sickness?
Motion sickness occurs when your senses offer your brain conflicting reports about what you're doing.
For Young Women, What's Your Stroke Risk?
Women who are obese or who have gained more than 44 pounds since they were 18 years old are about two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than lean women who have not gained a lot of weight.
Strokes and Heart Attacks: What's the Difference?
Although their symptoms and effects can be similar, strokes and heart attacks are two different medical problems.
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.
Women with Asthma Can Have Healthy Babies
Pregnant women with asthma are just as likely to have healthy, normal babies as women without asthma -- as long as their disease is kept under control.
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.
Break Through the Alcoholic's Psychological Defenses
The most important thing that friends and family can do for an alcoholic is to stop enabling the addictive behavior.
All About Muscle Cramps
Muscle cramps -- involuntary muscle contractions -- are common. But even though they can be quite painful, they don't cause damage.
The Warning Signs of Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is a stealth illness. It may often be silent for many years -- until it has reached an advanced stage.
Work and Cancer: How to Cope
Cancer survivors know how important a job can be to their psychological and financial well being. Here are tips to improve the ability to continue working, as well as some ways to handle workplace discrimination during treatment.
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.
Stopping Blood Pressure Drugs Risks a Stroke
Medication to control high blood pressure only works if you take it.
Men Over 50 Need Annual Prostate Exam
The best weapon against prostate cancer is catching it early.
Cleft Palates Can Be Repaired, Overcome
When the Immune System Chooses the Wrong Target
Doctors divide autoimmune diseases in two categories: Those that attack a specific organ and those that target many organs.
Diabetes: Take Care from Head to Toe
For people with diabetes, eyes and feet can be potential trouble spots. You should have an eye exam and a foot exam every year.
Antibiotics Not the Cure for the Common Cold
Most of the time, however, a cold passes in a week, with or without the use of antibiotics. Taking these drugs does not help you get better faster. In fact, it can create problems.
Helping the Heart Through Cardiac Rehab
A rehabilitation program often can help heart patients live better with their disease and recover from medical procedures like surgery and angioplasty. But experts say that only 25 percent of those who could benefit from cardiac rehab are getting it.
A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away
You can avoid the flu this season by taking one simple step: Get a flu vaccination.
Your Skin's Worst Enemies
As children, many of us were brought up with the notion that looking good meant lying out in the sun to achieve a tan. Little did we know the dangers of excessive sun exposure.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic disease that involves the regulation of blood sugar and occurs in two different forms, type 1 and type 2.
Allergy Medications and Vaccinations for Older Adults
As you age, you should check with your health care provider about any allergy medications you take and make sure you are up to date on your shots.
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?
Are Feet at Fault for Back, Hip, and Knee Woes?
If you are having problems with back pain, shin splints, knees or hips, look to your feet. Although these ailments might seem totally unrelated to one another, they can sometimes be linked to problems that start with your feet and how they're built, foot experts say.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Still a Mystery
Picture being able to accomplish only half as much each day as you used to—with nothing obvious to account for your exhaustion. That's life for people suffering from CFS.
Side Effects of Medicine May Increase With Aging
Sometimes medicines can cause side effects and actually make a person feel worse. Side effects are more common as people age, so it's important to understand how to identify and prevent side effects.
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.
Don't Rush into Cataract Surgery
Surgery is necessary only when vision reaches a point that, even with prescription lenses, a person is unable to see well enough to do the things he or she wants to do.
When to Get a Colorectal Cancer Check
All women and men at average risk for colorectal cancer should have a screening test for colorectal cancer beginning at age 50. People who are at higher risk for colorectal cancer may need to begin screening tests at an younger age.
Facts About Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, with more than a million new cases diagnosed each year.
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.
Treating Teen Acne
Just about every teen will find at least one blackhead or whitehead on his or her skin by age 17, and some teens will develop more severe acne, which can leave scarring if not treated.
Vaccine Offers Hope for Children’s Earaches
Earaches are common during childhood, but a vaccine can ease the pain for thousands of kids.
Experts aren't sure what causes most scoliosis, but if anyone in your family has it, your child has a 20 percent chance of developing it.
What Do You Know About Birth Defects?
About High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a sneaky ailment. The condition has no symptoms that you can see or feel. Having your blood pressure checked is the only way to know if it is high.
What You Need to Know About Strep Throat
Strep bacteria pass from one person to another through nose and throat fluids when an infected person coughs or sneezes or touches another person or object with a hand contaminated by these fluids.
Beware of Diarrhea Dehydration in Infants, Toddlers
Poopy diapers are bad enough, but who wants to deal with baby’s diarrhea? Unfortunately the condition isn’t just a smelly mess, it’s also a health concern, because it can lead to dangerous dehydration.
Hypothyroidism and Depression
Chances are you know the difference between occasional sadness and depression. But here's a fact you may not know: Hypothyroidism, a common thyroid disorder, can cause depression.
A Fresh Look at Common Skin Problems
Skin problems such as pimples, blackheads, rashes, and oily skin are common in both teens and adults. But you don't necessarily need a dermatologist to treat them.
What You Need to Know About Hives
Hives occur when something prompts cells to release histamine, a chemical found in the skin.
How You Can Beat the Stomach-Ulcer Bug
Most peptic ulcers are caused by pesky bacteria called Helicobacter pylori. These bacteria live in the stomach and intestines.
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.
All About Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in people older than 60.
Getting Help for Impotence
Nearly all American men experience occasional impotence, and an estimated 30 million suffer from chronic impotence. But despite its prevalence, the condition is treatable in most cases.
Good News for Breast Cancer Detection and Care
More women are surviving breast cancer because the disease is being detected earlier.
On the Road to Recovery
Although you can get support from others, including doctors, friends, and family, you play the biggest role in your own recovery.
Screening for Prostate Cancer
If you are a man, you are at risk for prostate cancer. The risk for prostate cancer increases with age. Your risk is also higher if you are African-American or have a family history of prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that men over age 50 get tested for prostate cancer once a year.
Questions for Men About Prostate Cancer
Important answers about prostate cancer and the fears that accompany it.
A Closer Look at Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is not a disease; it is a disorder that interferes with the normal function of the large intestine (colon) and is characterized by cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.
All Kinds of Problems Can Beset Your Nails
About half of people with nail problems have fungal infections. For some of these people, antifungal medications may help.
Special Caution on Concussions
Concussions affect many athletes, but these sports injuries are the least understood.
What Is Angioplasty?
When you feel chest pain from blocked arteries, you might see an interventional cardiologist for treatment.
What to Expect at Your Mammogram
A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It can find changes in the breast when a lump is too small for you or your doctor to feel.
What You Need to Know About STDs
Your body usually tells you when you are in danger -- your heart races, you breathe hard, your palms sweat. But when it comes to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), you may not have any warning signs.
Live Well with Congestive Heart Failure
If you have CHF, it's important to stick with your treatment, even when you're feeling better. You also need to maintain healthy habits.
More Than Just the Baby Blues
As a new mom, your body is going through lots of changes—not just physically, but emotionally, too. If you can’t seem to shake the “baby blues,” there may be a bigger issue at hand than lack of sleep. Discover the warning signs that signal help is needed.
Solving the Breast Cancer Puzzle
Investigators report headway against breast cancer, the disease that worries women more than any other.
The Lowdown on High Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, you need to know, so you can control it. If you don't, you increase your risk for serious illness.
Protect Yourself Against Chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States, but many people don't know about it.
What Do You Know About Prostate Health?
Prostate cancer and other diseases of the prostate are common.
Stroke Awareness for All Ages
Strokes occur when something interferes with the normal flow of blood to the central nervous system. Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer.
What Are Kidney Stones?
Many stones are as small as a grain of sand. Other stones may be pea- or marble-sized and more difficult to pass.
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.
Action Plan for 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.
Ministrokes Deserve Maximum Attention
A ministroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), is a brief episode of stroke symptoms caused by temporary interruption of blood flow to the brain. Most people suffer TIAs without realizing it.
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Symptoms of tonsillitis vary greatly depending on the cause of the infection, and can occur either suddenly or gradually.
Middle Ear Infections in Children
Middle ear infections are the most common cause of earaches in children. Most youngsters have had at least one such infection by the time they are 3 years old.
What You Need to Know About AIDS
Homosexuals and heterosexuals alike are at risk. Infected people can pass HIV on to anyone with whom they have intimate contact. Men can infect female or male partners, as can women.
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.
Why Measles Remains a Threat
Children still need immunization because measles remains a significant threat abroad. Worldwide, more than 800,000 children die each year from measles.
An Rx for RSV
The Facts About Fibroids
Fibroid tumors may sound like a serious condition, but for many women who have them, they're just a fact of life.
Using Antibiotics Safely and Wisely
Antibiotics have been misused so much in recent years that doctors now face an alarming problem. Bacteria that once were easily controlled have become resistant to many antibiotics.
A Woman's Guide to Cancer Screenings
You run two miles every other day and lift weights twice a week. You've been trying to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat. You don't smoke. When it comes to your health, you figure you've got everything covered. But when was the last time you saw your doctor for a health screening?
How to Reduce the Risk for SIDS
The number of cases for sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, is starting to decline. A lot has to do with proactive steps parents are taking to lower their babies’ risk. Here are nine every parent should know and follow.
Caring for a Child With Type 1 Diabetes
If your child suddenly develops a fever and grows weak, tired and nauseated, the youngster probably has the flu or some other virus. But the symptoms could also be warning signs of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.
Sore Throat: Is It Strep or Viral?
Although many people assume that a sore throat means strep throat, most sore throats are not strep.
Seven Proven Treatments for Arthritis Pain
Although there's no cure for arthritis, the symptoms can be treated effectively in many cases. Here's a look at some proven treatments.
Some New Information on Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
Like cancer or heart disease, alcoholism is a primary chronic disease with its own symptoms and causes. The disease is progressive and often fatal if not treated.
Why Leg Pain Can Break Your Heart
How do you know the difference between ordinary cramps and a real medical problem? Take this quiz and learn some distinctions.
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.
Attention Deficit Disorder in Adults
ADD can have a significant social impact on a person's life, affecting relationships in the family and on the job.
Prostate Cancer: A Range of Treatment Options
If your health care provider has told you that you have prostate cancer, you may soon face a difficult choice of treatment options.
How to Fight Stress-Related Diseases
No one can avoid all stress -- and a certain amount actually is good for you. But it's always best to keep unhealthy levels in check when possible.
Chronic Fatigue and Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
What You Need to Know About Hearing Aids
If your doctor recommends a hearing aid, these suggestions can help you determine which kind will suit you best.
Is Bursitis Busting Up the Joint?
Bursitis can make simple movements of your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee seem monumental.
The Mystery and Misery of Endometriosis
Pelvic pain, disabling cramps, extreme fatigue, painful sex, or infertility—all can warn of endometriosis.
Soothe That Sore Throat
Sore throats abound in cold, flu, and allergy season. Do you know when you should put up with a sore throat, take a pain reliever, or see a doctor?
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.
Six Facts on Obesity
We've all heard warnings, yet many of us keep gaining weight. More than half of American adults are overweight or obese, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Varicose Veins Rarely Pose a Threat
It's alarming to see them, twisted and bulging, on your legs or feet, but varicose veins usually aren't dangerous.
Why Your Doctor 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.
Children and Cholesterol
If you, your parents or your parents' siblings had a heart attack before age 55, you should have your child's cholesterol tested.
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.
All About Gallstones
Gallstones are rocklike substances that form inside the gallbladder, a sac-shaped organ that is on your right side, just under the liver.
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.
Emphysema and AAT Deficiency
The first symptoms of AAT deficiency usually are shortness of breath, wheezing following activity, and a decreased ability to exercise.
Keeping Blood Sugar in Check
The official term for blood sugar is glucose, and having either too little or too much of it occupies the minds of people with diabetes daily -- even hourly. But keeping blood sugar at safe levels can be achieved by most patients through monitoring, diet, exercise and drug therapy.
What Is Erectile Dysfunction?
It is normal for men to experience changes in erectile function, such as taking longer to achieve an erection. When the problem becomes persistent, it can be a sign of a physical or emotional problem.
Scientists have learned that other substances may give you and your doctor new clues about your heart disease risk. And that's good news. Coronary heart disease, in which fatty deposits build up in your arteries, is the nation's top killer.
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.
This Is the Reason... Fall's a Great Season
When there's just a bit of a bite in the air, it's time to get outdoors and have some fun. Here are some ideas for fall activities that will get your family moving.
Eating Disorders in Men
Boys and men have eating disorders, too. Males make up 5 to 15 percent of patients with anorexia or bulimia and 35 percent of those with binge-eating disorder.
Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children
Detailed information on diagnosing and evaluating heart disease in children
Unlocking the Mystery of Recurrent Miscarriage
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.
Taking OTC Pain Relievers
At first glance, visiting the pain-reliever section of your drugstore might just give you a headache -- if you don't already have one. After all, there are more than 150 products on the market to choose from.
Incontinence: A Fairly Common Problem
Bladder and bowel control are complex processes that involve the brain, spinal cord and muscles of the bladder, bowel and pelvis. Loss of bladder or bowel control can be caused by problems with any of these components.
It's not the dust mite itself that causes trouble for people, but its shed skin and fecal matter. These substances bring misery to millions of allergy sufferers.
It’s hard to think positive when you’re feeling sick and nauseous. But those common pregnancy symptoms can benefit your baby. Find out how, and what it takes to ease your symptoms.
PMDD: Debilitating but Treatable
The most severe form of premenstrual syndrome, called PMDD, is marked by a depressed mood, increased anxiety and difficulty with interpersonal relationships.
When Your Child Has a Fever
Most medical professionals agree a fever by itself is not an illness; it is a symptom of an underlying problem. Fevers actually can be a positive sign the body is fighting an infection. However, a fever can cause discomfort for a child.
Is It a Milk Allergy or Intolerance?
A food allergy is not the same as food intolerance, although some of the symptoms are the same.
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.
Discovering Diabetic Autonomic Neuropathy
Diabetic autonomic neuropathy usually occurs after a person has had diabetes for at least 20 years or has had poor control of blood sugar.
All About Kidney Stones
A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney out of substances normally dissolved in the urine.
Sensible Use of Sleep Aids
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.
Head Lice Are No Reason for Shame
Don't panic if your child has head lice. They are common and are more of a nuisance than a health risk.
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.
Could That Stomachache in Your Child Be Appendicitis?
A "tummy ache" is a common complaint in children. Usually, it's nothing serious.
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.
Understanding Teenage Depression
The medical community once thought depression affected only adults. The risk for the condition begins in the early teens, however, and increases steadily through the mid-20s.
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.
The Side Effects of Cancer Treatment
Chemotherapy and radiation treatments save lives. They also can bring a variety of temporary but unpleasant side effects.
Get Help to Get Around
Many people see canes and walkers as a badge of advancing years and frailty, and go to great lengths to resist using them.
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.
Living Better with Low Vision
If you have low-vision symptoms, talk to your eye-care professional, who can help you find resources and visual devices to make the most of your remaining vision.
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.
COPD: More of Us Are Out of Breath
You take an average of 16 breaths every minute. It's a reflex—you don't pay attention unless there's a problem. But a rising number of us literally can't catch our breath.
Living with Eczema
Eczema is an inflammation of the skin that can have a variety of causes. There are acute and chronic forms of eczema. Two common types of eczema are atopic and contact dermatitis.
In Children: Corticosteroids for Asthma
Daily inhaled corticosteroids are a key part of the treatment for children with mild, moderate or severe persistent asthma. "The possible side effects of medication are far less important than the known effects of untreated asthma," says William E. Berger, M.D., president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
For Seniors: Is It More Than the Blues?
Although anyone can suffer from depression, it is particularly common among older adults. Depression affects 15 out of every 100 adults older than 65.
Pneumonia and Influenza
Flu and pneumonia are respiratory illnesses that should not be taken lightly. In the United States, pneumonia and the flu combined are the sixth leading cause of death. Older adults are at greater risk than younger adults for contracting pneumococcal pneumonia, the most common bacterial form of the disease.
Rosacea and Adult Acne
Rosacea causes redness, tiny bumps or pimples and small blood vessels to appear on the cheeks and nose.
How to Stick With Your Treatment Plan
Many Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, and most rely on regular tests and treatments to be healthier, more comfortable and more productive. But many people with chronic illnesses find it daunting to keep up with prescribed treatments.
What to Do After Your Diagnosis
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with a serious or chronic condition, you likely have a lot of questions regarding treatment and long-term health. Here are some suggestions on how to find accurate information.
When to Call the Doctor for Chronic Disease Problems
Between regular appointments, what should you do if symptoms flare up, or new ones appear?
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.
Managing Arthritis with Exercise
Exercise has important health benefits for everyone -- regardless of age and physical condition. But for people with arthritis, working out regularly, and within their limits, is critical.
Getting the Most From Physical Therapy
Physical therapists teach people recovering from surgery or with injuries, sprains or arthritis how to perform exercises that will help them gain strength and mobility and prevent recurring injury. Here are suggestions to help you get the most from physical therapy.
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.
Diseases from Your Pets, Both Common and Exotic
Whether you have a turtle or a parrot or a tabby cat, the best prevention against disease is cleanliness.
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.
Keeping Depression at Bay
It's important not to underestimate the dangers associated with depression, especially if you've had multiple episodes or lingering symptoms. For example, people who don't get treated for their depression have a higher risk for suicide.
Helping to Prevent 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.
Smoking and Asthma Don't Mix
One of the major triggers for asthma attacks is cigarette smoke. Cigarette, pipe or cigar smoke is especially harmful to people with asthma because it damages the cells in the lungs that make the protective coating lining the bronchial tubes.
All About Aging Eyes
Do you know the difference between normal changes in vision that occur with age and abnormal changes caused by age-related eye disease? Here are some answers.
When to Seek Help for Your Mental Health
What distinguishes mental illness from problems of daily living is its severity or persistence over time. Mental illness includes mental disorders of thought, mood or behavior. People with a mental illness may have great difficulty with daily routines and tasks, responsibilities of family, work or school, or personal relationships.
Essential Self-Care for Arthritis
If you have arthritis, taking your medication and following your doctor's orders are essential. But self-care can be just as important in your daily and long-term management of the disease.
Help for Inguinal Hernias
A hernia doesn't occur overnight. The most common kind is actually set in motion right before you're born.
Chlamydia Can Lead to Infertility
A lot of us don't realize that chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can cause no symptoms, meaning you could have an STD and not know it.
Cut Your Cholesterol, Without Drugs
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.
COPD Remains Widely Undetected
COPD develops slowly, and people are often not diagnosed with it until their 50s, when the disease has greatly affected their lung function.
Diabetes Tops Child Obesity's Health Risks
Children who weigh too much face a broad array of health problems, with type 2 diabetes leading the list.
If Your Child Needs Treatment for Weight Issues
If your doctor suggests a treatment program to help your child lose weight, look for one that involves both you and your child.
Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
The symptoms of OCD vary widely from person to person. Without treatment, OCD can last for a lifetime.
Steps Women Can Take to Reduce Their Diabetes Risk
Type 2 diabetes can be especially deadly for women. Of the nearly 16 million Americans with diabetes, more than half are female.
Is an Insulin Pump for You?
Insulin pumps deliver a steady, measured dose of insulin through a flexible plastic tube called a catheter.
Managing Rheumatoid Arthritis
The treatment goals include reducing joint swelling, relieving stiffness, preventing joint damage and maintaining joint function.
Massage Therapy for Back Pain
More than half of American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives.
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.
Evaluating Complementary Cancer Cures
Although some complementary and alternative methods have been scientifically proven to promote healing or reduce symptoms, many have not.
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.
Essential Eye Care for Diabetes
If you have diabetes, you can take steps to reduce your risk for vision loss or blindness.
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.
Medication Strategies During Pregnancy
No one can say for sure that a medication is safe to use while you're pregnant. But, avoiding medicines may not be a good idea, either. It may be wiser to treat an illness than ignore it.
Taking Steps Against Athlete's Foot
Athlete's foot usually develops between your toes and on the bottoms of your feet.
What Is Celiac Disease?
People with this disease can't tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, barley and rye.
Managing Adult Acne
Shifting hormone levels make women prone to breakouts. This is especially true if you have ovarian cysts, are pregnant or are starting or stopping birth control pills.
Strategies for Managing Type 2 Diabetes
Here are some common obstacles that you may have encountered and tips for getting beyond them.
Biofeedback: Another Way to Manage Pain
This technique can ease migraines and tension-type headaches, as well as low back pain and fibromyalgia.
Summer Foot Care for Diabetes
Here are suggestions that can help you to enjoy the summer months while protecting your feet.
Hypertension: Children Can Have It, Too
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, isn't limited to those 18 and older.
Don't Rule Out Adult-Onset Asthma
Women are more likely than men to have asthma. Women also have more asthma attacks.
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.
Planning for End of Life
You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.
All About Work-Related Asthma
Occupational asthma is a lung disease in which the airways overreact to dust, vapors, gases, smoke or fumes that exist in the workplace.
Beating an Eating Disorder
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have risen steadily to affect nearly 10 million women (and 1 million men).
Your Asthma Health Care Team
An entire team of health care experts is on hand to help people with asthma manage their symptoms and continue to live normal, active lives.
Exercise Can Ease Fatigue of Chemotherapy
Although exercise is an important for everyone, it's especially beneficial for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are undergoing chemotherapy.
Coping with PMS
PMS symptoms occur one to two weeks before your period and may be severe enough to interfere with your normal daily activities.
Your Arthritis Health Care Team
No matter what form of arthritis you have, your role as part of your health care team can make the difference in how well you function with pain, stiffness or inflammation.
How Much of a Threat Is Bird Influenza?
Influenza, with its fever, aches, fatigue and threat of complications, seems a uniquely human illness. But the flu, caused by a virus, can infect animals and birds, as well.
Depressed Kids Need Help
Teen depression is a serious illness. The benefits of getting help, including taking medications if needed, far outweigh the potential risks.
The Quest for Whiter Teeth
The experts say most of us can have whiter teeth. What's more, many of us can do it ourselves with an over-the-counter (OTC) tooth-whitening product.
Managing Midlife Weight Gain
Between the late 30s and late 40s, it's not uncommon for both men and women to gain 10 pounds.
Learn About Gestational Diabetes
Gestational diabetes does not cause birth defects. Most women with gestational diabetes have healthy, full-term babies.
Helping Others Understand Your Migraine
You and your loved ones will benefit if they understand your condition and how best to help.
Cold Sores: A Common Complaint
Most people who get cold sores were infected with HSV1 before age 20, usually by kissing someone with the virus.
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.
SAD: Let the Light In
During the dark days of winter, many people develop signs of depression that are tied to the changing amount of daylight.
What Is Post-Traumatic Stress?
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.
Caring for Your Sick Child
You should always call a doctor if you have any doubts or questions about how to take care of your sick child at home.
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.
The Word on Talk Therapy
Talk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.
Free Your Home of Asthma Triggers
Common asthma triggers are dust mites, pets and pet dander, cockroaches, mold, tobacco smoke and pollen.
Hope on the Horizon for Breast Cancer
In recent years, researchers have discovered new and better ways to detect and treat breast cancer—and to keep it from coming back.
Male menopause is a condition caused when testosterone levels decrease in aging men.
A Checklist to Help You Spot Hearing Loss
Parents and pediatricians should know how to detect hearing problems at various stages during a child's first three years of life.
Don't Sell a Short Kid Short
Some children grow more slowly than others. Height in the low normal range is still normal, doctors say.
Working with Your Diabetes Health Care Team
Diabetes affects the body in many complex ways, and having a team to help you stay as healthy and vital as possible, for as long as possible, is key.
What Is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a viral infection that causes severe diarrhea in children. A vaccine is now available to help protect youngsters against this illness.
For Obese Teens, Surgery Is the Last Resort
Extreme obesity plagues more than a million teens and young adults, experts estimate. What's a parent to do?
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.
With Diabetes and Insulin, Carbohydrates Count
Carbohydrates are one of the three main parts of food; fats and proteins are the other two. All three components can affect your blood sugar level, but carbohydrates do so more quickly.
All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs
According to the American Heart Association, there are five main types of cholesterol-lowering medications.
Oral Health and Asthma
If you have asthma, does your dentist know? This is important for good oral health, especially if you use a corticosteroid inhaler.
Living With a Chronic Health Condition
Learning about your condition and doing your best to manage it can help you live a less fearful and more expansive life.
Keep Your Kidneys Working Well
Your kidneys are your body's filters. They remove waste and excess fluid from your blood.
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.
Stroke Recovery Begins with Rehabilitation
A stroke can cause problems with speech, vision, memory, balance or coordination. It can leave part of the body weakened or paralyzed, among other physical problems.
Diuretics help your blood pressure go down by helping your body to get rid of extra water and salt by producing more urine.
There's Hope for Sciatica
Sciatica is often painful but rarely causes serious or permanent damage.
Lifestyle Choices for Cancer Survivors
Life as a cancer survivor can be as rich and rewarding as you decide to make it. In fact, increased awareness of mortality is all some people need to feel more alive than ever.
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.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: It's All in the Wrist
Do you spend your days using a computer, sorting mail or assembling small parts? If your workplace duties put stress on your wrists, you may be at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Answers to Questions About HPV
Learning about HPV can help you avoid infection and seek treatment, if necessary.
Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century
Infectious diseases have always caused illness and death, but in the last decade, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has noticed a disturbing trend: The number of new infectious agents has been on the rise. These include the West Nile virus, monkey pox and hantavirus.
Help Your Children Breathe Easier
Air pollution hurts infants and children more than adults, studies show. Kids' lungs are still developing, they breathe faster and they spend more time outdoors.
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.
If your child often has a sore throat, you may wonder whether he or she has tonsillitis, or inflamed tonsils.
Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention
The Threat of Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that greatly raises your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Is Your Child Too Sick for Day Care or School?
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Public Health Association have guidelines that can help you make up your mind.
All About Viruses
Viruses are familiar from the common diseases they cause: colds and flu, for instance. But what are they, and how do they cause sickness?
Keeping Your Liver Healthy
The liver is a multitasking organ, with many functions. Nearly all the blood that leaves the stomach and intestines passes through the liver for processing.
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.
Treatment Options for Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is a type of cancer that typically develops in men ages 20 to 35. It can be treated and is usually curable.
What Do You Know About Mono?
Often called "mono" for short, mononucleosis is an infection by the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), one of the herpes viruses.
Understanding the Power of Addiction
When addicted, the drug user will do just about anything to obtain the drug.
The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure
Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.
Emergency Symptoms for People Who Use Insulin
Under certain circumstances, people who take insulin can have symptoms that require immediate action and, in some cases, treatment in a hospital emergency room.
Phobias Are Common, But Treatable
Most of us worry or get nervous every now and then. But, for people with anxiety disorders, these feelings occur all too often, and they may be overwhelming.
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.
What Is Scalp Ringworm?
Scalp ringworm isn’t caused by a worm. The infection is the result of a fungus, the same one that leads to athlete’s foot.
When Your Child Has Type 1 Diabetes
With knowledge, practice and a supportive health care team, you can take care of your child without diabetes taking over your lives.
Self-Treat? Or See a Doctor?
When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars a year.
How to Assess Your Risk for Chronic Disease
Here are ways to help you fine-tune your lifestyle to promote optimum health.
Ways to Take a Bite Out of Your Dental Bills
The most effective way to lower your dental bills is to take care of your teeth, and to make sure your children do the same.
What Is Hemochromatosis?
It's a condition in which too much iron is absorbed from food and retained in the body.
What You Must Know About Meningitis
Meningitis is an infection and inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.
Avoiding Fall Allergy Triggers
If allergies bother you in the fall, you’re most likely sensitive to one or more molds, weeds, trees or grasses.
Understanding Your Osteoarthritis Medication
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, most often affects weight-bearing joints such as the knees and hips. It also can affect the hands and spine.
5 Ways to Avoid Colds and the Flu
You don't want to spend this winter battling a runny nose, a nagging cough or a fever. Here's what to do.
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.
Know Your Family's Health History
To find out what your family risks are, ask people on both sides of your family. Start with your parents, siblings and children.
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.
Real-Life Ways to Manage Diabetes
If managing diabetes seems like a full-time job, keep in mind it’s a task that can’t be taken lightly. Diabetes is the fifth-leading cause of death by disease in the United States.
High Blood Pressure Glossary
Knowing the definitions of terms your doctor may use when talking with you about your blood pressure is important.
The Good and Bad News 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.
Prehypertension is a new 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.
All About Your Nails
Did you know that fingernails grow faster than toenails? Or, that nails grow faster in the summer than in the winter?
Second Opinions for Cancer
Whether you’re facing major surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy, a second opinion can help ensure you’re getting the most targeted, effective treatment for your condition.
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.
Stop the Spread of Germs at Work
Illnesses such as the flu and colds are caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. They’re usually spread from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Allergy Terms to Know
A short glossary of asthma terms.
Don’t Let Asthma Triggers Dampen Spring Fever
Don’t let your asthma triggers dampen spring fever. You can still enjoy the season by managing your exposure.
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.
Asthma Terms to Know
It's important to understand common terms used in asthma management.
Overcoming Exercise Barriers With COPD
Here are some common reasons people don’t exercise. Are any of these true for you?
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.
Living with COPD and Asthma
If you have COPD and asthma, you know that they cause similar symptoms.
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.
Score an A+ with Your Child’s Asthma Action Plan
The best way to prepare the school staff to meet your child’s needs is to develop an asthma action plan.
What Is Nocturnal Asthma?
Nocturnal asthma, also called sleep-related asthma, can happen at any hour during sleep, but symptoms worsen at night.
Help Your Teen Take Charge of 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.
The Connection Between Heart Failure and COPD
If you have COPD, it may be difficult to tell whether you also have heart failure (HF). This is because the two diseases have similar symptoms and common risk factors.
COPD: Managing Sodium and Potassium Intake
Two nutrients that are critical to keep in check when you have COPD are sodium and potassium. Here are tips on how to watch your intake of them.
COPD: Tips for Easier Dressing
When you have COPD, even getting dressed can sometimes seem like a challenge.
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.
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: Terms to Know
A short glossary of medical terms associated with heart disease.
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.
Migraines and Endometriosis
Women who have endometriosis may also be more likely to have migraines, according to a recent Italian study.
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.
Help for COPD and Depression
Having a chronic condition such as COPD can lead to depression. You can get help. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms.
Understanding Status Asthmaticus
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.
Make Sure You Understand Your Treatment
For optimum health, you need to understand your health problem and your treatment plan, including how to take prescription medications.
Stages of Substance Abuse
People who become addicted to drugs or alcohol typically go through predictable stages of abuse. Understanding these stages can help you recognize a problem and seek help before substance use becomes an addiction.
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.
Secondhand Smoke, Firsthand Problems
Breathing even a little smoke can be harmful, because there is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke. The only way to protect yourself and the people you love is to provide a 100 percent smoke-free setting.
Thyroid Trouble Is Tough to Pin Down
What causes thyroid disorders, and why do they strike women five to eight times more often than men? The answers aren't clear.
ADHD Drugs Safe, Experts Say
Parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) face a tough choice: whether to medicate their children or not.
Guard Your Baby from Rotavirus
A vaccine can protect babies from rotavirus, the most common cause of severe diarrhea in infants.
Facing Up to Alcohol in the Workplace
Alcohol-dependent employees incur twice the health care costs of the average employee, are more likely to steal from their employers, are more likely to be involved in workplace accidents and are five times more likely to file worker’s compensation claims.
Allergies on Vacation
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.
Mental Health Glossary
Knowing the definitions of terms relating to mental health can help you recognize a disorder and seek help for yourself or someone you love.
Essential Foot Care
Years of wear and tear can be hard on your feet, as can shoes that don’t fit properly. Injuries and disorders of the feet can affect your mobility.
Age and Asthma
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.
Taking Care with Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a tick-borne bacterial infection that most often targets the skin, joints, brain, and heart, although any part of the body can be affected.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a complex, often misunderstood illness. Its symptoms are chronic pain, sleep problems, and fatigue. There’s no known cure for the condition, but symptoms can be eased through lifestyle changes and possibly medication.
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.
Medications that Can Treat Alzheimer's 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.
Coping with Miscarriage
A pregnancy ended by miscarriage can be a traumatic loss. Unfortunately, it’s one that many women experience. Knowing how to deal with your feelings and find support can help you cope during this difficult time.
HIV Prevention Is Still Important
New drug treatments can delay the effects of AIDS and are helping patients live longer. But the reality is that no medicine can cure AIDS or the virus that causes it, HIV. Once inside the body, HIV destroys immune system cells, making it difficult to fight off illness.
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.
Using a Surgeon's Tools to Erase the Years
It's called plastic surgery, but there's no plastic involved. In this case, "plastic" refers to the ability of the surgeon to reshape the skin, the face, or other body parts. With advances in technique and an aging population, plastic surgery is more popular than ever.
Treat Kids' Headaches Seriously
Youngsters' most common head pain is a tension headache—a dull ache that feels like pressure around the head.
Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime
The basics of implant surgery haven't changed much in decades, but the materials dentists use have improved markedly.
Cancer Survivor Tips
Learning how to take care of your physical and mental health after a cancer diagnosis is the key to living your life to the fullest.
Prescription Drug Addiction
Three kinds of prescription drugs are potentially addictive: opioids, tranquilizers, and stimulants.
When a Family Member Is in Recovery
The person in recovery may seem to have a different personality—more serious, more careful, more private—and the family may feel uncertain about how to relate.
Pregnancy: What’s Normal … and What's Not
Some pregnancy changes are caused by hormones. Others are caused by the pressure and weigh of your growing baby.
Turning Prediabetes Around
Having prediabetes means that you are likely to develop full-blown diabetes within 10 years. But lifestyle changes can prevent that from happening.
Say Goodbye to Dry Skin
What can you do to avoid scratching and flaking your way through the winter months? Here are some tips to try.
Stay Healthy After Breast Cancer
Now that your treatment is over, you may be tempted to stop going to the doctor for a while. But, it’s more important than ever to have regular checkups.
New Rules for OTC Cold Relief
You'll face new hassles as you sneeze and sniffle. You'll have to ask your pharmacist or a store worker for medications that include pseudoephedrine.
For More Babies, Birth Comes Too Soon
One in eight U.S. babies is preterm, says the Institute of Medicine. That's a rise of 30 percent in recent decades.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
Half of Americans experience some degree of hair loss. Hair loss affects both men and women, but with different results.
In Support Groups, You Get (and Give) Help
In a mutual support group, people just like you face similar ordeals and challenges.
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.
What to Do After a Stroke
Stroke may cause physical and mental difficulties. But the good news is that you can recoup some or all of your previous abilities.
Bacteria resistant to antibiotics are causing a growing number of infections, both in hospitals and in schools and other community settings.
Make Your Dentist Your Partner
One of the most important things you can do to ensure great oral health care is to develop a good relationship with your dentist.
For a Smile That Dazzles Think Veneers
Veneers can fix a variety of problems—teeth too short, too far apart, misshapen, or damaged. But the most common reason for veneers is discoloration.
What Is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease refers to more than one disease. It's a large collection of diseases involving your gums and the bones inside your mouth.
Men and Depression
Instead of asking for help, men who are depressed are likely to drink alcohol to excess, take drugs, or become frustrated, discouraged, and irritable.
When to Call the Doctor for Childhood Illnesses
Many childhood illnesses are mild enough to be treated at home. But what about when the symptoms are more severe?
Taking Care of Arthritis Flares
If they’re not treated, flares can eventually lead to lack of mobility and debilitating pain.
What You Must Know About Suicide
In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness—especially depression—is to blame.
Give Bad Breath the Brush-Off
Although it's rarely a sign of a major medical problem, bad breath can cause embarrassment, low self-esteem and even social isolation.
The High Cost of Smoking
When people consider the cost of smoking, they usually focus on the cost of the cigarettes alone. But that's only the first step.
Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
It's important to understand how alcohol and drugs can affect your health and well being.
Women and Depression: Understanding the Gender Gap
A woman’s unique biological, social, and cultural factors may increase her risk for depression.
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).
Caring for an Ill Loved One
Caring for anyone is difficult, even in the best of circumstances. Here are tips to help make the task easier.
COPD: Coping with Stress
Life can be full of stress sometimes, especially when you’re managing a health condition like COPD.
COPD: Safe Oxygen Tips
If you use oxygen to help manage the symptoms of COPD, be sure to handle it with care.
COPD: Home from the Hospital
Here's what to do to help prevent another flare-up—and stay out of the hospital.
COPD: End-of-Life Care
What kind of care would you want if you were no longer able to speak for yourself?
COPD: A Quit-Smoking Plan
The first step is to choose a quit date and mark it on your calendar.
COPD: Heartburn Is Common
It’s possible to take medications that control stomach acid to help relieve the symptoms of GERD.
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: Exercising Indoors
When the weather turns cold, it's a good idea to move your workout indoors.
Asthma: Out of Breath at a Meal
Try to breathe evenly while chewing. If you begin feeling short of breath, take a break between bites.
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: HFA Inhalers
Your new inhaler is better for the environment and just as good for your asthma as your old inhaler.
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.
Asthma: A Worsening of Symptoms
By recognizing the early warning signs and talking with your health care provider, you can help keep little flare-ups from turning into big ones.
A Kids' Asthma Journal
Do you want to gain better control over your asthma? Put it in writing!
COPD: When Symptoms Get Worse
Be aware of the early warning signs of change, such as more frequent symptoms or the onset of a new symptom.
COPD: Medicines for Maintenance
Maintenance medicines work for an extended time after you take them.
COPD: Boost Your Strength with Exercise
Check with your health care provider about the level of strength training that makes sense for you, and keep some ground rules in mind.
COPD: Good Nutrition Is Important
Eat several small meals throughout the day rather than three big meals. Big meals fill up your stomach, which can press on your lungs and make breathing harder.
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.
Coping with Chronic Pain
Effective pain treatments are available. You can also take steps yourself to ease ongoing discomfort.
Help for Heel Pain
Heel pain has many possible causes. Learning about the symptoms can help you take care of your heels and prevent problems.
Mold Can Affect Your Health
People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions may be more sensitive to mold.
About Balance and Safety
A balance disorder is a disturbance of the inner ear that can make you feel unsteady or like you’re moving or spinning.
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.
Women and Substance Abuse
When a woman has a substance-abuse problem, her whole family is affected because she’s often the key to family stability.
High Blood Pressure Can Damage Kidneys
High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is the second leading cause of kidney disease in the United States, after diabetes.
Shingles: A Second Strike by the Chickenpox Virus
The varicella-zoster virus can get you twice. Its painful, long-delayed second strike is known as shingles.
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorders, which include autistic disorder, affect children in different ways. Some children have mild symptoms, others have severe limitations.
Heed the Warning of Prehypertension
In many cases, the progression to high blood pressure occurs within four years of being diagnosed with prehypertension.
Traveling? Take Steps to Reduce Your Risk for Infection
The demands of work and family don’t always allow us to control when or where we have to travel. And with the increasing number of U.S. cases of the 2009 H1N1 flu, busy travelers have another reason to feel stressed.
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.
Protect Yourself This Flu Season
What’s different about this year’s flu season is that you need two different vaccinations—one to protect against the three seasonal flu strains that are circulating and a second vaccination to protect against 2009 H1N1 influenza.
Lupus: The Skinny on Your Skin
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.
Coping with Hair Loss During Cancer Treatment
Hair loss, known medically as alopecia, is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, the drugs used to attack the cancer cells in your body. Hair loss can be difficult emotionally because of the way it alters your appearance.
End-of-Life Concerns for Cancer Patients
How you choose to live out and prepare for the end of your life, are choices that you are able to make, to make this time as meaningful as possible.
What Is Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm?
Exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) used to be called exercise-induced asthma. The term bronchospasm means tightening and narrowing of the tubes that bring air in and out of your lungs.
How Your Child Can Live Well with Asthma
With the right asthma action plan, most children with asthma can live full and active lives.
Lymphedema After Breast Cancer
After you have been successfully treated for breast cancer, you face another potential problem—lymphyphedema, a swelling that occurs in the arm, breast, or chest area after breast cancer treatment.
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.
Coping with Dry Mouth During Cancer Therapy
Dry mouth is a common complaint during some types of cancer treatments.
Cancer Caused by Chemotherapy or Radiation
the likelihood of chemotherapy or radiation treatment causing a second cancer is rare. Nevertheless, cancer can occur in some instances, so it’s important to be aware of the potential risks involved before undergoing these cancer treatments.
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.
When a Spouse Has Cancer: What to Do and How to Cope
Being a caregiver for a spouse who has cancer may be the toughest job you’ll ever have. It may also be the most vital and the most rewarding. As the spouse, you become part of the cancer treatment team.
Does Ageism Exist in Cancer Care?
Older adults are less likely to be screened for cancer in the first place. And if they are diagnosed with cancer, it's less likely that their doctors will recommend treatment to cure the cancer.
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.
Why Childhood Immunizations Are Important
Vaccinations not only protect your child from deadly diseases such as polio, tetanus, and diphtheria, but they also keep other children safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing dangerous diseases that used to spread from child to child.
Older Adults and the Common Cold
Cold and flu season is hard on everyone, but for older adults who may have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it’s especially challenging.
When Sadness Is Seasonal
If you feel depressed during fall and winter months, you may have a form of depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
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.
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.
Wound Care Critical for Diabetes
Because a person with diabetes has poor blood circulation, wounds of all kinds heal slowly and are easily infected. In addition, high blood glucose leads to high levels of sugar in body tissues, causing bacteria to grow and infections to develop more quickly.
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.
Stress and Older Adults
Studies show that long-term stress can damage brain cells, leading to depression. Depression is one of the most dangerous effects of stress in older people.
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.
Keep an Eye on These Symptoms
It’s important to be aware of a number of signs that can alert you to a serious health problem. Check out these symptoms that shouldn't be ignored.
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.
Help for Hair Loss
When hair loss becomes excessive, resulting in thinning hair or bald patches on the scalp, factors other than the natural cycle of hair growth and loss are responsible.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Living with Lupus
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.
What's Your Cancer Risk?
Certain risk factors increase the chance that a person will develop cancer. Many of these factors, such as smoking or eating an unhealthy diet, can be avoided. Others, such as family history and aging, can't, but everyone can benefit by avoiding known cancer risks.
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.