Diseases and Conditions

Introduction to Menopause

When a woman permanently stops having menstrual periods, she has reached the stage of life called menopause. This stage signals the end of a woman's ability to have children.

Is Bursitis Busting Up the Joint?

Bursitis can make simple movements of your shoulder, elbow, hip or knee seem monumental.

Is It a Virus or a Bacterium? Know the Difference

Knowing whether your infection is caused by a virus or a bacterium makes a difference in how it is treated.

Is It Time for a New Joint?

Millions of us struggle with pain and loss of motion because of joint damage caused by arthritis. If other treatments fail to offer relief, you may wonder about turning in your worn-out joints for new ones.

Keep an Eye on Your Child's Vision

It's best to catch vision problems while a child is very young. Later, problems are harder to correct.

Kids' Headaches: The Diagnosis Is Difficult

Most headaches in kids are caused by tension, not disease. Your pediatrician can determine what kind of headache your child has.

Know Your Peak Flow

You and your health care provider can use information from a peak-flow meter to help stop a flare-up in its tracks.

Learning to Live with Heart Disease

Millions of people diagnosed with heart disease enjoy active, satisfying lives. Instead of looking on their diagnoses as sentences to be invalids, they have used them as catalysts to make positive changes in their lives.

Lice

Detailed information on lice, including diagnosis and treatment

Liver: Anatomy and Functions

Detailed anatomical description of human liver, including simple definitions and labeled, full-color illustrations

Living with Parkinson’s Disease

You have a number of tools at your disposal for better managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and living a healthy, enjoyable life.

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 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.

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.

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.

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