Diseases and Conditions

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.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a group of emotional and physical symptoms many women have in the days before their period starts. Lifestyle changes and sometimes medicines can help manage symptoms.

Prescription Drug Addiction

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

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.

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.

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.

Questions About Asthma Medication

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

Rheumatoid Arthritis: Medicines

Rheumatoid arthritis 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.

Rotavirus Infections

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

Rubeola (Measles)

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

Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It occurs during certain seasons of the year – most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light therapy and antidepressants can help treat SAD.

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.

Shingles

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common infection of the nerves that is caused by a virus. It causes a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin.

Short Height in Children

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

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.

Smoking and Asthma

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

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.

Special Caution on Concussions

Concussions affect many athletes, but these sports injuries are the least understood.

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.

Strength Training and Heart Disease

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

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden and unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death because the death happens when a baby is sleeping in a crib. It’s one of the leading causes of death in babies from ages 1 month to 1 year. It happens most often between 2 and 4 months old.

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