What is a Colposcopy?

A colposcopy is a procedure in which a doctor is able to examine the cervix, vagina and vulva for signs of disease, and it uses an item called a colposcope with a special magnifying lens. When might this test be right for you, and what types of conditions can it help...

Safe Sex: How to Prevent STDs

Sexually transmitted diseases are transmitted through sexual contact—they are caused by infected organisms that pass through bodily fluids like blood, semen or vaginal fluid, or often through shared needles. In rarer cases, STDs can be transmitted through childbirth...

Coping with Cancer

A cancer diagnosis not only changes your life, but it also changes the life of those around you. Cancer in any stage is a stressful life event, and treatment methods like chemotherapy and radiation therapy can take a toll on you both physically and mentally. Know that...

What is a Stroke?

Like other areas of the body, the brain needs oxygen to survive and carry out its many important functions. Blood brings oxygen to the brain and other organs, and when this flow to the brain is interrupted or reduced, it’s called a stroke. Strokes are a serious event...

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...

Should I Get A Vasectomy?

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....

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...

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...

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....

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...

Epilepsy and Seizures: Understanding the Connection

Epilepsy, a group of neurological disorders related to seizures, can affect people of all ages and there are about 65 million cases around the world. Understanding epilepsy also includes understanding seizures and how they affect the body. Here’s a look at seizures,...

What is Epididymitis?

The epididymis is a coiled tube that sits above and behind both testicles in males, and its job is to store sperm produced by the testicles before ejaculation. When this tube becomes inflamed or infected, a condition called epididymitis can develop. Epididymitis...

What’s Causing My Acne?

Acne, the most common skin condition in the United States, is a condition caused by clogged hair follicles. As oil and dead skin cells plug up these follicles, pimples and bumps can result. Teenagers are the most common group of acne sufferers, with a reported...

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