Diseases and Conditions

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.

Asthma in Older Adults

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

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.

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.

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: When to Get an Allergy Test

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

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.

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.

BMD: Another Reason to Check for Ticks

The bite of a deer tick can pass on several diseases, including Lyme disease and Borrelia miyamotoi disease.

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.

Breaking the Habit: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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

Care of the Mouth and Teeth

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

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.

Claudication

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

COPD: End-of-Life Care

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

Dental Implants

Detailed information on dental implants, including types and potential risks

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.

Describing a Skin Condition

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

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.

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.

Diagnosing and Evaluating Heart Disease in Children

Detailed information on diagnosing and evaluating heart disease in children

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