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

Periods, Pregnancy, Menopause — And Sleep

Researchers aren't sure why women seem to have more trouble sleeping than men, but they have noticed that women have the most difficulty when hormone levels fluctuate.

Physical Therapist

Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

Planning for End of Life

You need to understand your options and take time to consider what will help you reach the end of your life with dignity, comfort and a sense of control.

Pregnancy and Oral Health

Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

PMDD is a much more severe form of premenstrual syndrome. Women with a personal or family history of mood disorders or postpartum depression may be at higher risk for this disorder.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Most females experience some unpleasant or uncomfortable symptoms during their menstrual cycle. The type and intensity of symptoms vary.

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: A Range of Treatment

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) 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

Say Goodbye to Dry Skin

What can you do to avoid scratching and flaking your way through the winter months? Here are some tips to try.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal affective disorder, a type of mood disorder, can occur in late fall to early winter or late spring to early summer.

Self-Treat or See a Health Care Provider?

When you’re sick, knowing whether you should treat yourself at home or see your doctor can save you time and hundreds of dollars a year.

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 (Herpes Zoster)

Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common viral infection of the nerves, which results in a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin anywhere on the body.

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 Adds Another Wrinkle to Aging

Everybody knows smoking is bad for your health. Now here's something you may not know: Smoking is bad for your looks. It's true.

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.

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