Monthly Archives: April 2017

Skin Cancer: Causes and Prevention

Preventing Skin Cancer Skin cancer, a disease in which skin cells grow abnormally, is among some of the most commonly diagnosed types of cancer. Skin cancer is often caused by exposure to the sun and ultraviolet (UV) radiation, but there are also other kinds of skin cancer. Most cases of skin cancer are preventable with the right habits.... Read more »

How IUDs Work

Certain birth control methods involve the insertion of a physical device into the body to prevent pregnancy. One example is an intrauterine device, or IUD. An IUD is a T-shaped device made of plastic, and it’s inserted into the uterus by a doctor. The goal of an IUD is to prevent the fertilization of female... Read more »

What is Oncology? Understanding Medical Specialties

Fiber and Digestion - How to Stay Regular An oncologist is a doctor who studies, diagnoses and treats cancer. Some oncologists also participate in research and clinical trials to help find better ways to prevent, treat and cure cancer. Oncologists also have a care team that assists with various patient needs. Here is a basic introduction to this vital medical field. Types of... Read more »

Angina: Recognizing and Treating Chest Pain

Chest pain can be caused by a variety of factors, and there are different types of chest pain. One condition, called angina, is chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart. Angina is relatively common, but it’s also tough to differentiate among other causes of chest pain in many cases. Technically, angina is... Read more »

Understanding Narcolepsy: Causes & Treatment

Narcolepsy is a chronic sleep disorder that causes sudden, overwhelming attacks of daytime drowsiness or sleep. It can also make staying awake for a significant period of time very difficult. There is no cure for narcolepsy, and it can be accompanied by a condition called cataplexy—a sudden loss of muscle tone that leads to loss... Read more »

Should I Get A Vasectomy?

Ebstein's anomaly Many forms of birth control exist for both men and women, and one of the most effective and permanent is called a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a procedure for males that stops the release of sperm during ejaculation, which prevents fertilization of the female egg. Because of the permanence of the procedure and some of... Read more »

What is Psoriasis? Symptoms & Treatment

Skin cells in the body have a typical life cycle, but this cycle can be interrupted by a skin condition called psoriasis. A relatively common condition, psoriasis causes cells to build up too quickly on the surface of the skin, leading to scales and patches on the skin that are itchy, dry and sometimes painful.... Read more »

What You Need to Know About Immunotherapy

Some forms of treatment like radiation therapy and chemotherapy are made to introduce external combatants into the body to prevent the development and spread of cancer. Immunotherapy, however, is designed to increase the body’s natural level of defenses. Immunotherapy targets the body’s immune system using substances made from the body or designed in a laboratory.... Read more »

Recognizing and Treating ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex condition that affects each individual in different ways. Its effects vary with age, and it can change as people get older. The term attention deficit disorder (ADD) is often used interchangeably with ADHD. However, since the release of the DSM-IV in 1994 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), the... Read more »

Caring For Your Lungs: Preventing Bronchitis

Bronchial tubes carry vital oxygen to and from the lungs. When these tubes become inflamed or stop functioning as well as they should, this is a condition called bronchitis. Bronchitis can be caused by a respiratory infection or outside irritants and pollutants, and it can affect people both acutely and chronically. Fortunately, there are several... Read more »