Health Information

  • 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

    Allergies are problems of the immune system. Most allergic reactions happen when the immune system reacts to a "false alarm." Normally, the human body defends itself against harmful things, such as viruses or bacteria. But sometimes the defenses violently attack mostly mild things, such as dust, mold, or pollen.

  • 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 Medicines

    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 is trouble falling to sleep or staying asleep. One in 3 adults has bouts of insomnia.

  • 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.

  • 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 shot.

  • 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 3% of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20% to 30% of people 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 Healthcare Providers 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 in Children

    A tonsillectomy may be recommended if your child has throat infections that keep coming back.Adenoidectomy is recommended if your child has a lot of trouble breathing through the nose. Often the tonsils and adenoids are removed at the same time.

  • Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) in Adults

    Otitis media is infection or inflammation in the middle ear. Most kids have at least one ear infection by the time they are 3 years old. But, adults can also get ear infections.

  • Colonoscopy

    Colonoscopy is a procedure that lets your healthcare provider check the inside of your entire large intestine or colon.

  • Rubeola (Measles)

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

  • Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are tumors in a woman's uterus. They are usually not cancer.

  • Antibiotics

    Detailed information on the use of antibiotics and children

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

    Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death because the death happens when a baby is sleeping in a crib. It's one of the leading causes of death in babies from ages 1 month to 1 year.It happens most often between 2 and4 months old.

  • Claudication

    Claudication is pain in your thigh, calf, or buttocks that happens when you walk. It may be a symptom of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This is when narrowed or blocked arteries reduce the blood flow to your legs.

  • 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

    The tissue that lines the uterus is called the endometrium. Normally, if a woman doesn't get pregnant, this tissue is shed each month during her period. In endometriosis, tissue that looks and acts like endometrial tissue implants outside the uterus.This can cause pain, heavy periods, and infertility.

  • Bone Spurs Are a Thorny Problem

    Scientists believe bone spurs happen 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 Healthcare 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

    Healthcare providers 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 (UI) is the loss of urine control. You may not being able to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom. It may be a short-term problem caused by another health issue. Or it may be a long-term problem that you'll have to manage.

  • Your Child's Allergies: Dust Mites

    Detailed information on dust mite allergens

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

    Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). It may affect women who are able to get pregnant. It's a severe and chronic medical condition that requires attention and treatment. Lifestyle changes and sometimes medications can help manage symptoms.

  • 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

  • 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

    Head lice are tiny parasitic bugs that can infest the skin. They live on people's heads and feed on their blood. Head lice can cause intense itching.

  • 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

    About 50 million Americans have tinnitus. For nearly 25% of them, the phantom noise is distracting enough that they seek medical advice.

  • 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

    Everyone has experienced low back pain at one time or another. Most people can recover from low back pain with home treatment such as activity modification, weight loss, quitting smoking and other steps. Sometimes medication or surgery is needed.

  • 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

    Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic skin disorder. It commonly affects infants and may last until adulthood. It causes itchy, scaly patches on the skin.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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. This approach 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)

    Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of emotional and physical symptoms many women have in the days before their period starts. Lifestyle changes and sometimes medicines can help manage symptoms.

  • Care of Children's Mouth and Teeth

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

  • Gestational Diabetes

    Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that happens during pregnancy. The symptoms of gestational diabetes usually go away after delivery.But sometimes they do not, or you may develop type 2 diabetes later.

  • 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, healthcare providers 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 Medicines

    There are 5 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.

  • 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

    Tonsillitis means that your tonsils are inflamed. Your tonsils are large, fleshy glands at the back of your throat. These glands make antibodies that help fight infection.

  • Air Pollution

    Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

  • Metabolic Syndrome

    Metabolic syndrome is a condition that includes the presence of a cluster of risk factors specific for cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome greatly raises the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, stroke, or all three.

  • 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

    Infectious mononucleosis is characterized by swollen lymph glands, fever, sore throat, and chronic fatigue.

  • 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

  • Hereditary Hemochromatosis

    Hereditary hemochromatosis is one of the most common genetic disorders in the U.S. Itcauses your body to absorb too much iron from the food you eat.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Spirometry

    Spirometry is an easy test that tells your health care provider how well your lungs are working.

  • 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 healthcare 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.

  • Helping 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 tests or checkups described here.

  • 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.

  • Your Child's Asthma: School Strategies

    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 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 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. This results 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 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

  • Asthma in Older Adults

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

  • Medicines to Treat ADHD in Children

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

  • Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and soft tissues all over the body. It is an ongoing (chronic) condition. It can affect your neck, shoulders, back, chest, hips, buttocks, arms and legs.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Heart Attack

    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: Allergy Testing

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

  • Questions About Asthma Medicine

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

  • 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 prediabetes.

  • Your Child's Asthma: First Office Visit

    You may be wondering what questions the healthcare 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

    Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common infection of the nerves that is caused by a virus. It causes a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin.

  • How to Stay Healthy at Work

    Here are measures you can take to protect yourself from the flu at the office.

  • MS and Summer: Coping with Symptom Flareups

    Warm weather may have an impact on your MS symptoms. These tips can help.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Medicines

    Rheumatoid arthritis 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. They can be painful and keep you from moving around comfortably. Ascites can set the stage for an infection in your abdomen. Fluid may also move into your chest and surround your lungs. This makes it hard to breathe.

  • 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 or SAD

    Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It happens during certain seasons of the year--most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light therapy and antidepressants can help treat SAD.

  • Endometrial Cancer: Diagnosis

    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.

  • 12 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 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%--are female.

  • 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.

  • 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

    Regular dental checkups and cleanings, along with brushing and flossing often, are important for a healthy mouth and a health pregnancy.

  • Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Health Issues

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