What to Expect with Ear Tubes

A common treatment for children with persistent fluid buildup in the ear or regular ear infections is called ear tubes (also known as tympanostomy tubes, ventilation tubes or pressure equalization tubes). These are small, hollow cylinders that are surgically inserted...

Women and Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to become weak and brittle, often as a result of a change in hormones or deficiency of calcium or vitamin D. Women are at a much higher risk for osteoporosis than men. Why is this and what can women do to reduce their...

A Brief Overview of the Immune System

The immune system is your body’s defense mechanism against disease and infection, and is responsible for targeting and destroying substances that it recognizes as foreign or different from normal, healthy tissues in the body. What are the major components of the...

Tips for Soothing Diaper Rash

Typically occurring in infants and children under 2 years old, diaper rash is a condition that appears on the skin under a diaper. It can also be found in people who are incontinent or paralyzed and must wear a diaper. Most babies get diaper rash at least once early...

What are My Options for Arthritis Treatment?

Arthritis is a progressive condition that causes joints to become damaged over time, and they can become inflamed or painful in many cases. This condition is most common in people over the age of 65. Treatment methods for arthritis focus on relieving pain and...

How Can I Stop Snoring?

No one likes to think that they snore while sleeping, but in reality, about 45 percent of all normal adults snore on occasion. Snoring can be a nuisance and commonly creates issues with sleep for a spouse who cannot get a good night’s sleep. In addition, about 75...

Hyperthyroidism vs. Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a vital gland in the body, responsible for producing a hormone called thyroxine. Thyroxine helps regulate metabolism and protein synthesis along with numerous other functions, including development. When the thyroid produces too much thyroxine, this is...

Can I Get Tested for Allergies?

There are all kinds of allergies out there, and to help make them easier to identify, your doctor might suggest allergy testing. Most doctors use skin tests because they’re less expensive than blood tests and are quick and reliable, but both kinds of tests might be...

How Do I Know if I Have a Herniated Disc?

A herniated disc refers to a problem with one of the discs between the individual vertebrae that make up the spine. Think of the spinal disc as a jelly donut, with a softer center inside a tougher exterior—a herniated disc is like the “jelly” pushing out through a...

What is Eustachian Tube Dysfunction?

The eustachian tubes are small tubes running between the middle ears and the upper throat, and they’re in charge of equalizing air pressure and draining fluid from the middle ear (behind the eardrum). The eustachian tubes can become clogged and lead to pain, hearing...

Tips for Managing Diabetes

Diabetes is a challenging disease to manage, and keeping blood sugar levels in a healthy range can be difficult. Blood sugar is affected by several different factors, and managing them all at once is never easy. For the estimated 29 million people living with diabetes...

What are Allergies and How to Recognize a Reaction

Allergic reactions can span a wide range of possible symptoms and outcomes, and they’re very common—as many as 30 percent of US adults and 40 percent of children have some kind of allergy. Here are the basics of allergic reactions and how to recognize moderate or...

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