Diseases and Conditions

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Massage Therapy for Back Pain

More than half of American adults seek medical treatment for back pain at some point in their lives.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

Metabolic Syndrome and Prediabetes

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

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 following tests or checkups.

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

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.

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.

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.

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 (Ear Infection)

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

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