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.
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.
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.
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.
Get the Right Help for Headaches
When seeking treatment for headaches, start with your primary care provider.
Getting Help for Impotence
Nearly all American men experience occasional impotence, and an estimated 30 million suffer from chronic impotence. But despite its prevalence, the condition is treatable in most cases.
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.
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.
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.
Health Risks of Alcohol and Drug Abuse
It's important to understand how alcohol and drugs can affect your health and well being.
Heart Attack Treatment Options
Not everyone who has had a heart attack needs open-heart surgery, such as a bypass operation.
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.
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.
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.
Heart Disease: Considering Cold Relief
Colds and the flu can be serious for people with heart disease.
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.
Heart Disease: Keep Your Gums Healthy
People with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than people with healthy gums.
Heart Disease: Terms to Know
A short glossary of medical terms associated with heart disease.
Heart Failure and Physical Activity
If you have congestive heart failure, you may wonder if physical activity is good for you.
Heart Failure: Breathe More Easily
Heart failure makes it hard for oxygen to get into the blood, causing shortness of breath.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help Your Teen Take Charge of 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.