Diseases and Conditions

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 Medicine

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

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 happens 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, healthcare providers 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.

Take Action to Beat Heart Disease

Even if you already have atherosclerosis or have had a heart attack, there’s a lot you can do to prevent future heart problems.

Take Care with Nasal Sprays

A medicated nasal decongestant spray may offer fast relief when your nose is congested and running. It can reduce swelling and clear mucus from your nasal passages quickly.

Teens and Prescription Drugs

Many young people take prescription drugs because they believe they are safer than street drugs, but they can be just as dangerous if taken improperly.

The Cluster Headache: Just Like Clockwork

Cluster headaches -- called "cluster" because of their pattern of striking in groups or clusters -- hit at the same time of day for a period of weeks or months, then vanish as suddenly and as mysteriously as they appeared.

The Lowdown on Low Blood Pressure

Doctors often consider chronically low blood pressure too low only if it drops suddenly or causes noticeable symptoms.

The Metabolic Syndrome: At Risk for Depression

People with more visceral fat or an apple-shaped body—two factors associated with the metabolic syndrome—are more likely to have depression.

The Truth About Triglycerides

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Most of your body's fat is stored as triglycerides.

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