Health Information

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Allergy Overview
  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

    Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.

  • All About Blood Pressure Medication

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

  • Insomnia

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

  • 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.

  • Overview of Kidney Disorders

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

  • The Cluster Headache: Just Like Clockwork

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

  • Old Makeup Can Cause Serious Eye Infections

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

  • Aging Eyes and Glasses

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

  • Learning to Live with Heart Disease

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

  • Stopping Blood Pressure Drugs Risks a Stroke

    Medication to control high blood pressure only works if you take it.

  • Disorders of the Immune System

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

  • 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.

  • The Skinny on Skin

    The skin is your body's largest organ. It protects you against bacteria, viruses, dirt, wind, heat and cold. And it serves as a "window" to the body, alerting doctors when something is wrong.

  • 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.

  • Hiccup Remedies
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What Do You Know About Birth Defects?
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Diagnostic and Evaluation Procedures for Prostate Cancer

    Your doctor may evaluate possible prostate problems with an annual physical and a digital rectal exam or a test for prostate-specific antigen.

  • Prostate Cancer

    In the past 30 years, the five-year survival rate for all stages of prostate cancer combined has increased from 73 percent to nearly 100 percent.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Why Doctors Remove Cataracts

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

  • How to Manage Your Osteoarthritis

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

  • 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.

  • Otitis Media (Ear Infection)

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

  • Colonoscopy

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

  • Rubeola (Measles)

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

  • Uterine Fibroids

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

  • 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?

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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

  • 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.

  • Claudication

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

  • Is It Time for a New Joint?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Endometriosis

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

  • Bone Spurs Are a Thorny Problem

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

  • 6 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

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

  • Why Your Health Care Provider Tests Your Blood Sugar

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Heart Disease Risk: Cholesterol and Other Tests

    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.

  • 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.

  • Urinary Incontinence

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

  • Your Child's Allergies: Dust Mites

    Detailed information on dust mite allergens

  • Morning Sickness

    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.

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

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

  • Fever in Children

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

  • Diet for Lactose Intolerance

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

  • Is It a Virus or a Bacterium? Know the Difference

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

  • 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.

  • Lice

    Detailed information on lice, including diagnosis and treatment

  • Indoor Air Can Cause Health Problems

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

  • Appendicitis: Children and Teens

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

  • Tinnitus: Stopping the Sound in Your Head
  • AEDs: High-Tech Help for Heart Attacks

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

  • Major Depression in Adolescents

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

  • Managing Prehypertension Without Drugs

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lowering Cholesterol: Lifestyle Changes

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

  • A Red Face Could Signal Rosacea

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

  • How to Manage Prehypertension

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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

  • 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.

  • Care of the Mouth and Teeth

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

  • Managing Midlife Weight Gain

    Between the late 30s and late 40s, it's not uncommon for both men and women to gain 10 pounds.

  • Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

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

  • Helping Others Understand Your Migraine

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Short Height in Children

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Understanding Diuretics

    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.

  • 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.

  • Answers to Questions About HPV

    Learning about HPV can help you avoid infection and seek treatment, if necessary.

  • Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer

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

  • Sleep and Your Child

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

  • Take Care With Nasal Sprays

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

  • Tonsillitis

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

  • Air Pollution

    Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

  • Metabolic Syndrome

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

  • 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.

  • Liver: Anatomy and Functions

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

  • What You Need to Know About Vomiting

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

  • Infectious Mononucleosis

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Self-Treat or See a Health Care Provider?

    When you're sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds of dollars a year.

  • Hemochromatosis

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • About Stomachaches

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

  • Understanding Joint Pain

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

  • Understanding Prehypertension

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Acute Severe Asthma

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

  • Tracking Symptoms of Heart Failure

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

  • What Is Spinal Stenosis?

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

  • Smoking Hurts Your Back

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

  • 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.

  • Thyroid Gland

    Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function

  • 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.

  • Rotavirus Infections

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

  • 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 and Asthma When Traveling

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

  • 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.

  • Fibromyalgia

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

  • Help for Tension Headaches

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

  • Special Foot Care for Diabetes

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

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

  • How to Stay Healthy at Work

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seniors: Getting the Best 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

    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.

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

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

  • Endometrial Cancer

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

  • Anemia Quiz

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

  • Alzheimer's Disease Quiz

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

  • Twelve Weeks to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

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

  • 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.

  • 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.