How Chemotherapy is Used to Treat Cancer

Chemotherapy, commonly called “chemo”, is a systemic treatment that involves the use of chemicals (medication) to treat a disease. Although it can be used to treat a variety of diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, chemotherapy is usually used to treat cancer....

What Causes Heart Disease and How Can I Prevent It?

Over 600,000 Americans die every year from some form of heart disease, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. In fact, someone has a heart attack every 42 seconds in the United States. Although heart disease is a common condition, it can be...

Ear Infections in Children

Ear infections, known as acute otitis media, affect the little pocket of air behind the eardrum that contains the vibrating bones of the ear. They are accompanied by pain and inflammation, and they’re most common in children. In many cases, simple ear infections clear...

Cancer Prevention and Physical Activity

In the past 50 years, the number of overweight people in the United States has doubled. In fact, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) reported that 2 out of 3 adults are overweight or obese. Excess weight can lead to chronic diseases such as heart...

What is Tourette Syndrome?

Tourette syndrome, a condition of the nervous system, causes sudden, repetitive and uncontrollable behaviors. These behaviors include everything from words and sounds to simple movements, known cumulatively as “tics.” This condition tends to develop between ages 2 and...

What You Need to Know About Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction, also referred to as impotence, is a man’s inability to get or keep an erection suitable for sexual activity. While many men have occasional trouble maintaining an erection due to factors like stress or alcohol consumption, erectile dysfunction is...

Beat The Itch: Treatment and Prevention of Eczema

Eczema, a group of conditions that causes irritation or inflammation of the skin, affects between 10 and 20 percent of infants, and around 3 percent of children and adults in the United States. The most common form of eczema is called atopic dermatitis, or atopic...

Protecting Your Achilles Heel

Sports and related activities can cause a number of injuries, including an Achilles tendon rupture. The Achilles tendon is a strong cord in the leg that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone, and if it becomes overstretched, it can tear partially or completely (a...

Understanding Types of Radiation Therapy

In the simplest terms, radiation refers to energy that moves from one place to another through waves or particles. As a method of cancer treatment, radiation therapy uses X-rays, protons and other types of energy to help kill cancer cells and slow down the speed of...

Diabetes Mellitus: What is it?

Diabetes mellitus, or diabetes, is a group of chronic, lifelong diseases that affects the body’s ability to process insulin—a hormone that converts glucose into energy to fuel your body. Although there is no known cure for diabetes, there are several methods to help...

Neurological Disorders: Parkinson’s Disease

Several diseases can affect our ability to control how we move our body. Many of these diseases are known as “movement disorders”. Perhaps one of the most well-known movement disorders is Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that affects the central nervous...

Runners: How You Can Prevent Hip Damage

Hip joints are very flexible and have a wide range of motion. While this makes your hip joints advantageous for many types of movement, it also leaves them susceptible to injury. Running can take a toll on the ball-and-socket joint that makes up the hip. Every step...

What You Need to Know About Prostate Exams

Next to skin cancer, prostate cancer is the second-most common form of cancer found in American men. Like many other cancers, precautionary tests and screenings for prostate cancer are an important part of prevention and early detection. A prostate exam is used to...

Astigmatism; You’ve Heard It, But What Does It Mean?

The curve and shape of your eye affects the way you see the world around you. For example, if the lenses in your eye have mismatched curves, you may experience blurred distance and near vision, a condition called astigmatism. Eyes with astigmatism are more egg-shaped...

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