Diseases and Conditions

Low Back Pain

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

Low-Vision Devices

Low-vision devices are categorized as either optical or nonoptical. Optical devices are magnifying lenses or closed circuit TV. Nonoptical devices are large-print books and talking computers.

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.

Medicines to Treat ADHD in Children

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

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.

Metabolic Syndrome

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

Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes

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

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.

Metabolic Syndrome Worksheet

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

Metabolic Syndrome: Lowering Your Heart Disease Risk

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

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.

Migraines and Auras

Auras may include visual disturbances (jagged lines with bright spots or flashes); temporary, partial vision loss; numbness; and tingling sensations.

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.

MS and Summer: Coping with Symptom Flareups

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

Nonsurgical Treatment Options for Heart Attack

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

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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

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.

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.

Otitis Media (Middle Ear Infection) in Adults

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

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

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

Poor Oral Health Is a Problem for People with Diabetes

Diabetes is nothing to smile about. The disease can cause serious damage to your body. It can even harm your teeth.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

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

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

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

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