Health Information

  • 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
  • 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.

  • Periods, Pregnancy, Menopause--And Sleep

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

  • Urinary Incontinence in Children

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

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis) in Adults

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

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

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

  • Using Allergy Medications

    Keep these guidelines in mind when looking for allergy relief.

  • All About Blood Pressure Medication

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

  • Insomnia

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

  • Kids' Headaches: The Diagnosis Is Difficult

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

  • Q and A: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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

  • All About Muscle Cramps

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

  • Overview of Kidney Disorders

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

  • The Cluster Headache: Just Like Clockwork

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

  • Old Makeup Can Cause Serious Eye Infections

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

  • Aging Eyes and Glasses

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

  • Learning to Live with Heart Disease

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

  • Disorders of the Immune System

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

  • A Simple Way to Keep the Flu Away

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What Do You Know About Prostate Health?

    Prostate cancer and other diseases of the prostate are common.

  • Why Doctors Remove Cataracts

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

  • How to Manage Your Osteoarthritis

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

  • Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

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

  • Otitis Media (Ear Infection)

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

  • Colonoscopy

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

  • Rubeola (Measles)

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

  • Uterine Fibroids

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

  • Antibiotics

    Detailed information on the use of antibiotics and children

  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

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

  • Claudication

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

  • Is It Time for a New Joint?

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

  • 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.

  • Is Bursitis Busting Up the Joint?

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

  • Endometriosis

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

  • Bone Spurs Are a Thorny Problem

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

  • Varicose Veins

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

  • Why Your Health Care Provider Tests Your Blood Sugar

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

  • Mental Health: Finding the Help You Need

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

  • A Woman's Guide to Beating Heart Disease

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

  • Glasses Can Help Even Young Children

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

  • 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.

  • Urinary Incontinence

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

  • Your Child's Allergies: Dust Mites

    Detailed information on dust mite allergens

  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

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

  • Fever in Children

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

  • Diet for Lactose Intolerance

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Thriving After a Heart Attack

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

  • Ease the Pain of Muscle Cramps

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

  • Lice

    Detailed information on lice, including diagnosis and treatment

  • Indoor Air Can Cause Health Problems

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

  • Appendicitis: Children and Teens

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

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

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

  • Major Depression in Adolescents

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

  • Managing Prehypertension Without Drugs

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

  • Low Back Pain

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

  • When You Have an Eye Allergy

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

  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lowering Cholesterol: Lifestyle Changes

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

  • A Red Face Could Signal Rosacea

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

  • How to Manage Prehypertension

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

  • Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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

  • 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.

  • Your Child's Diabetes Care Team

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

  • Alternatives to Alcoholics Anonymous

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

  • Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

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

  • 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.

  • Hypertension: Children 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.

  • 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.

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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

  • 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.

  • Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

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

  • Helping Others Understand Your Migraine

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

  • Helping Someone with a Mental Illness

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

  • What Is Post-Traumatic Stress?

    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.

  • The Word on Talk Therapy

    Talk therapy helps people gain insight into and resolve their problems through verbal exchanges with the therapist.

  • Short Height in Children

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

  • Babies Need 'Tummy Time'

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

  • All About Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Concussions: Caution Is a No-Brainer

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

  • Sleep and Your Child

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

  • Take Care With Nasal Sprays

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

  • Tonsillitis

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

  • Air Pollution

    Detailed information on air pollution and air pollution prevention

  • Metabolic Syndrome

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

  • Liver: Anatomy and Functions

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

  • What You Need to Know About Vomiting

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

  • Infectious Mononucleosis

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

  • The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

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

  • The Truth About Triglycerides

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

  • Tinea Infections (Ringworm)

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

  • 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

  • Heart Attacks and Women

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

  • How to Take Part in Every Medical Decision

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

  • About Stomachaches

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

  • Understanding Joint Pain

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

  • Understanding Prehypertension

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

  • 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?

  • What You Need to Know About Mental Illness

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

  • Know Your Peak Flow

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

  • Diabetes and Sensitive Topics

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

  • How to Manage Diabetes During Illness

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

  • Understanding Kidney Disease

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

  • Traveling with Asthma

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

  • Your Child's Asthma Action Plan at School

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

  • Help Your Teen Manage Asthma

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

  • Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

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

  • Diabetic Skin Troubles

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

  • Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet

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

  • Understanding Atherosclerosis

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

  • Metabolic Syndrome: Managing Salt

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

  • What Is Cardiac Asthma?

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

  • Strength Training and Heart Disease

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

  • Heart Failure: Breathe More Easily

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

  • Heart Disease: Considering Cold Relief

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

  • What Is a Transient Ischemic Attack?

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

  • Clinical Guidelines for Heart Failure

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

  • Heart Disease: Communicating with Several Providers

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

  • 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.

  • Acute Severe Asthma

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

  • Tracking Symptoms of Heart Failure

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

  • What Is Spinal Stenosis?

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

  • Smoking Hurts Your Back

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

  • What to Do About a Pain in the Neck

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

  • What Are the Health Effects of Air Pollution?

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

  • Don't Ignore Dry Eyes

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

  • Thyroid Gland

    Detailed information on the thyroid gland, including anatomy and function

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Prescription Drug Addiction

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • What You Must Know About Suicide

    In many cases of suicide or attempted suicide, undiagnosed and untreated mental illness--especially depression--is to blame.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • COPD: End-of-Life Care

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

  • Heart Disease: Keep Your Gums Healthy

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

  • Heart Attack Treatment Options

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

  • Heart Disease: How Disease Management Helps

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

  • Asthma: When to Get an Allergy Test

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

  • Questions About Asthma Medication

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

  • Smoking and Asthma

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

  • Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes

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

  • Asthma: First Doctor Visit for Your Child

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

  • A Kids' Asthma Journal

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

  • Metabolic Syndrome: Lowering Your Heart Disease Risk

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

  • Metabolic Syndrome and Soft Drink Consumption

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

  • The Metabolic Syndrome: At Risk for Depression

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

  • When You're Taking Heart Medications

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

  • 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.

  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

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

  • How to Stay Healthy at Work

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

  • MS and Summer: Coping with Symptom Flareups
  • Genetics and Illness: What's Your Fate?

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

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Range of Treatment

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

  • Finding the Right Rehab Program for Substance Abuse

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

  • When Rest Doesn't Relieve Fatigue

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

  • Prevention of Heart Disease Starts in Childhood

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

  • Ascites

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

  • What Every Parent Should Know About Vaccinations

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

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

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

  • Endometrial Cancer

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

  • Anemia Quiz

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

  • Alzheimer's Disease Quiz

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

  • Twelve Weeks to a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

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

  • All About Color Blindness

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

  • 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.

  • Medical Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

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

  • Living with Parkinson's Disease

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

  • 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
  • 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.