Acne vulgaris is a common condition around the world, more so in adolescents. It's important to note that having a few pimples doesn’t mean one has acne; instead an entire clinical picture defines the condition.
Acne is more common on parts of th
Attention deficit disorder (ADHD) is a condition characterized by a spectrum of symptoms that must manifest between the ages of 6 and 12 years. Also, in order for the diagnosis to be made, these symptoms must be present for at least 6 months.
Alopecia is the term for hair loss. This may be either due to hormones, diseases, genetics, or age. It affects both men and women anytime during life. Surprisingly, over 40 percent of hair loss sufferers are women. Alopecia has led to an industry that nets billions of dollars in hair replacement
Living with Alzheimer’s disease can be tough. If you or someone you know is suffering from increasing memory loss, understanding Alzheimer’s can make it a little easier. Up to 70% percent of all cases of dementia (pr
Anemia occurs when the blood has a decreased number of red blood cells. This in turn can decrease the ability of the blood to carry oxygen for the body. It is estimated that over 3.5 million people suffer from anemia. That is about 1 in 77 people in the United States alone. It most commonly affe
If you have ever rushed to the hospital with a crushing pain in your chest only to be told you did not have a heart attack, you may be suffering from a condition known as Angina Pectoris. Many things can bring on an attack of this type of chest pain from coronary artery spasms, to an irregular
Anorexia Nervosa is one of a group of eating disorders that comes from issues with food and body image. Anorexia can be life-threatening if left untreated. It occurs in both males and females and over 20 million men and women in the United States suffer from eating disorders. The fatalities due
Remember the television show back in the 60’s “The Land of the Lost.” The people were happily going about their day when a huge dinosaur would pop up and they would essentially run for their lives and hide. This is what our bodies were made to do in situations of extreme danger. It is cal
Your appendix is a small organ attached to the intestines in the lower abdomen and researchers still don’t know the purpose for this organ. It can become blocked and inflamed leading to appendicitis. The condition can be very painful and serious if the appendix ruptures. Appendicitis is commo
Asperger’s syndrome is an “Autism Spectrum Disorder” that is named after Doctor Hans Asperger. What he found was certain kids had normal levels of intelligence and language development, but fell short in social skills and communication with others. It was first diagnosed as mild autism, bu
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways that leads to reversible and episodic troubled breathing. The cause of inflammation is unknown, but it's thought to be due to a variety of genetic and environmental factors.
Athlete’s foot can be both an uncomfortable and embarrassing thing to deal with. You will find out that just about everyone suffers from some type of fungal infection at some point in their lives. It helps to know that everyone has fungi living on their skin and under the right conditions, th
Back pain is a miserable and often debilitating condition suffered by 8 out of every 10 people. You may be fine one day and wake up one morning with a sharp pain that leaves you down in bed. You may also develop and slow growing dull pain that is bothersome. Acute back pain may last anywhere fro
Vaginal infections are a common complaint among women. Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal infection caused by bacteria, but can often be mistaken for a yeast infection. It is said to affect 21.2 million women in the United States alone. There is no relation to sexual intercourse as women who have
Bell’s palsy is a sudden onset of facial paralysis that causes one side of the face to droop. If you have Bell’s palsy, you most likely went to bed and woke up the next morning only to find you cannot move one side of your face. The condition is named after the surgeon in Scotland that disco
Bipolar disorder tends to have somewhat of a stigma surrounding it. This can lead sufferers or their families with little information on how to deal with it, because they are afraid to ask questions. Bipolar disorder was once known as, manic depression. It is one of the most serious forms of men
Cancer in general is an abnormal overgrowth of the body’s cells. The overgrowth can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Cancer cells form tumors and they can grow in many places. In bladder cancer, tumors form in the bladder. This is the area of your urinary tract that
Having a brain tumor does not necessarily mean brain cancer. A brain tumor is merely an extra collection of brain cells that formed a mass. They can be either cancerous or benign (non-cancerous). A brain tumor of any kind can be dangerous because it can interrupt nervous system processes like v
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States. It is the most common female cancer and 231, 840 cases are diagnosed each year. While rare, men can also suffer from breast cancer. The statistics are sobering at best. If you are facing breast cancer yourself o
An acute case of bronchitis isn’t fun to deal with. The cough can last for weeks and may send you to the doctor. Bronchitis happens when your bronchial tubes become inflamed due to a virus, bacteria, or something in the air you breathe. Bronchitis affects around 2.5 million people in the Unit
Bulimia is an eating disorder that is classified as a psychiatric illness. Sufferers “binge and purge” in order to prevent themselves from gaining weight. This disorder affects millions of people in the U.S. It is also known as, bulimia nervosa. It is most common in women, but can affect men
Bunions occur around the bottom of the big toe near the joint. They are an enlarged bump of tissue or bone that causes swelling and tenderness. You may notice a large bump on the outside of the base of your big toe with the toe pointing inward.
More women than men suffer from bunions an
The pain of carpal tunnel syndrome can be excruciating. It can come on while you are sleeping at night or while you are at work. Your hands tingle and turn numb, then sharp pains take over your wrist and arm. You try to ignore it, but after months you may be thinking you have carpal tunnel synd
Wheat has been a grain in the human diet for approximately 8,000 years. Wheat has been found in burial pits of settlements that were alive and well that long ago, along with loaves of Egyptian bread from 5,000 years ago. Celiac disease, a true gluten intolerance, affects around one percent of t
Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects 764,000 babies, children, and adults. It occurs when the brain is injured or malformed before birth. Affected children and people have poor muscle control and movement. There is an estimated 8,000 babies born with cerebral palsy in the Unit
Chlamydia is one of the highest reported reproductive infections in the United States. This disease is sexually transmitted and can be passed from mother to baby during birth. Chlamydia may not have any symptoms and can lead to infertility if left untreated. This article explains what chlamydia
Everyone feels fatigue once in a while. Lack of sleep, stress, and busy lifestyle can all prevent us from getting enough rest. In most cases, we recover quickly and go on with life. In cases of chronic fatigue syndrome, the fatigue doesn’t go away for months or even years.
The liver is actually a very strong organ that handles a lot of tasks for your body. However, liver damage can prevent it from functioning properly. Cirrhosis is long-term liver damage that causes liver failure over time. Cirrhosis is most often associated with heavy alcohol use, but it can hap
Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer affecting both men and women in the United States. The risk for colon cancer is around 1 in 20, but the number of people dying from colon cancer has been dropping at a steady rate due to advanced screening. It is most common in people over 50
The symptoms of a common cold can be all too familiar. A cold usually lasts anywhere from 1 or 2 weeks and clears up on its own. Statistics show that the common cold accounts for over 22 million missed school days in the US every year. The adult population averages around 2 to 4 colds a year pe
Your heart beats approximately 100,000 times per day and pushes around 2,000 gallons of blood through all of your vessels. In congestive heart failure or CHF, your body loses the ability to perform this function effectively and health complications develop. This article will help you understand
Conjunctivitis, also known as pinkeye, is one of the most common eye infections in the United States. It most often affects school age kids and is a major cause of school absences resulting in over 3 million missed school days every year. This article will give you helpful information about pin
Constipation is often something we don’t want to discuss. It can be miserable with bloating, stomach pain, and pressure. Many different things lead to constipation ranging from health conditions to low dietary intake of fiber. Over 42 million people in the United States suffer from constipatio
COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a chronic lung disease that is the third leading cause of death in the United States. It affects over 12.7 million adult Americans, but statistics show that almost 24 million people in the U.S. have some type of lung impairment so the numbers may
Crohn’s disease is one of the inflammatory diseases that affect the bowel. Around 1.6 million Americans are affected and there is no cure. Because it is lifelong and unpredictable, it can have a profound impact on quality of life. The good news is that Crohn’s is very controllable and with p
Cystic fibrosis affects over 30,000 people in the U.S and over 70,000 all over the world. It is a progressive lung and digestive disease that can be life threatening. Many people refer to the term “CF” and require lifelong treatment for the disease. The majority of cystic fibrosis cases only
Your body is made up of 60% water. When you lose fluids or don’t drink enough, you become dehydrated. Thirst is your body’s way of telling you that you are dehydrated. When the body fluid level dips even slightly, the thirst mechanism kicks in. But don’t wait, by the time you are thirsty
When you or someone you love has trouble remembering details, it may cause a lot of concern. Many people think they are suffering from Alzheimer’s and this isn’t always the case. Dementia has many different causes and only one of them is Alzheimer’s disease.
Over 4 million people
We all feel a little blue from time to time. For most people, feeling down and sad is perfectly normal once in a while. Depression however can be very serious and limit everything we do in life. From eating to sleeping, going to work, and interacting with others, depression doesn’t go away.
Diabetes or the body’s inability to maintain blood sugar levels is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. High blood sugar levels over time reduce energy and nutrients into your body’s cells and damage delicate organ tissue. It can lead to severe complications to the eyes,
Diverticulitis is a complication occurring in patients suffering from diverticulosis. Diverticulosis is a disease in which there are sac-like protrusions from the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. The out pouchings occur at sites where the blood vessels pierce through the gut wall. These sites
Feeling dizzy is never a good thing. You may feel dizzy for a number of reasons. There are a two different types of dizziness including; lightheadedness and vertigo. When you are lightheaded, you may feel very weak like you might pass out. When you have vertigo, the room feels like it is moving
Previously known as Ebola Hemorrhagic fever, Ebola Virus Disease can be caused by four distinct viruses that belong to the Filoviridae family. Members of the Ebola virus species include Ebola virus, Sudan virus, Tai Forest virus, and Bundibugyo virus. A fifth member of this family exists and it
If you or a loved one suffers from eczema, you are no stranger to the discomfort it brings. Eczema describes skin rashes that occur due to allergies or familial skin conditions. Over 10 to 20 percent of babies and 3 percent of older children and adults suffer from eczema. It often goes along wi
Endometriosis is a benign condition in which glands and tissue from inside the uterus are also present in other locations in the body. Usually the extra-uterine locations are within the pelvis in places like the ovaries, fallopian tubes (tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus), and/or the
Fibromyalgia can be a debilitating disorder. The aches and pains, along with fatigue affect over 12 million people in the United States. It is most common in women, but men can suffer from it too. Fibromyalgia is responsible for missed work and school and can severely impact the quality of life.
Gallbladder attacks can come on suddenly out of nowhere. It could be the middle of the night or just after a heavy meal. The pain can be excruciating and last for hours. Gallbladder attacks are caused by gallstones and a very common condition in the U.S.
Around 14.2 million women and 6.
Gastritis or inflammation of the stomach can be due to a variety of causes. Drugs such as aspirin and other painkillers, alcohol, infections, certain foods like coffee, and immune system diseases can all lead to gastritis.
Those suffering from gastritis can complain of nausea, bloating, an
Gout is a joint disease caused by an abundance of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a waste product that our body usually eliminates. If however there is decreased excretion or increased production of this metabolite it predisposes individuals to gout. Uric acid turns into a crystal form know
heart attack can be a very frightening thing. Even the thought of having one is a source of worry for most people. Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States affecting both men and women. There are over 610,000 deaths due to heart disease each year and that amounts to one
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. When it comes to heart disease, it is hard to think that someday you may suffer from it, but it can happen to anyone. Heart disease comes in many different forms and is caused by the coronary arteries becoming blocked or narrowed.
Heartburn or acid indigestion is a burning sensation felt in the chest typically after eating or while lying down.
This pain can be felt in the central part of the chest or in adjacent areas. At times, it can be hard to tell the difference between heartburn and a heart attack even for
If you have ever had a cold sore, it is a type of herpes and more common than you think. The different types of herpes (herpes simplex virus) causes blisters and sores on the body. There are many types of herpes, but the most common are; Herpes Simplex 1 (HSV1), Herpes Simplex 2 (HSV2). HSV can
Having a hiatal hernia can be a painful condition. They occur deep inside the body and cannot be seen from the outside like other hernias. Women are affected with hiatal hernia more than men and often as a result of pregnancy. Even though they can be painful, 50% of people affected with this co
Also known as hypercholesterolemia, high levels of cholesterol in the blood are associated with atherosclerosis, which is the deposition of cholesterol in blood vessels. Both good and bad cholesterol is present in our bodies and their functions differ with respect to fat deposi
HPV is not something many people want to talk about. Since it is a sexually transmitted disease, it is often embarrassing to ask questions about it. It is more common than you might think affecting over 79 million people in the United States. Every year, there are 14 million new cases diagnosed
Hypertension is a disease in which the blood flowing through arteries has increased pressure. When blood pressure is measured, two values are taken which are systolic (higher number) and the diastolic (lower number). If either of these numbers are increased beyond their normal r
Hypoparathyroidism has always been referred to as a “Rare Disorder” that in recent times is being found in larger numbers. The disorder results in low calcium levels due to low levels of parathyroid hormone. The incidence of cases in the U.S. that are not related to neck surgery total around
Impotence or erectile dysfunction is the inability to obtain an erection. Normally an erection happens when blood flow into the penis is increased by dilating blood vessels and blood flow out of the penis is decreased due to contraction of muscles. This entire process is control
Not getting enough sleep can be rough. You lay awake for hours and you try everything you can to doze off. Insomnia is a condition that affects millions of people in the United States. You may only have a case of temporary insomnia or you may suffer for a long-term period of time. It can affect
Hypermobility of joints means the joints move farther and more easily than most people’s joints. Hypermobile people can often do tricks that look like contortion and hypermobility is often valued in gymnasts and dancers. Sometimes, these people have chronic joint injuries due to the hypermobi
Any type of cancer diagnosis can be a scary thing. Kidney cancer is on the rise and there are around 61,560 new diagnosed cases of kidney cancer in the United States as of 2015. It tends to affect older adults around 65 years of age and is uncommon in adults less than 45 years old.
Leukemia is blood cancer. The bone marrow has a job of forming new blood cells. When you have leukemia, some of the blood cells that form are cancerous and take over the space that healthy blood cells occupy.
The statistics for leukemia are startling. Here are some quick facts about leu
As the name suggests, liver failure is described as the inability of the liver to do its job. The main functions of the liver include detoxification that rids the body of toxins and the generation of various substances like carbohydrates, fats, bile (helps in digestion), and pr
Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in men and women, ranking second to breast cancer and the most common cause of death from cancer. There are two types; small cell lung cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. There are about 221,200 new diagnoses made for lung cancer in the United St
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that affects over 1.5 million people in the United States and over 5 million people all over the world. Around 90 percent of people with this condition are women, but men can get it too.
There are several different types of lupus including; Systemic Lupus
Lyme disease is one of the most common diseases in the U.S. that you get from being bitten (vector borne). It is a very serious epidemic and spread via the bite of a deer tick. Lyme disease is actually a group of bacteria and you may be infected by one or have many co-infections. It received its
Lymphoma is one of the blood cancers and targets the lymphatic system. It is less common than lung or breast cancer, but still every 3 minutes someone in the United States is diagnosed with blood cancer. It only accounts for 9.4% of over one-million cancer cases, but is still the cause of over 5
Melanoma is a rare and dangerous form of skin cancer. It can occur anywhere on the skin and also in the eyes. Unlike the other skin cancers that are usually localized, melanoma invades surrounding structures and can spread to any part of the body. This condition is more common
Migraines are a form of headache that typically occur with other neurological symptoms.
1. Headaches occur on one side of the head
2. Sensitivity to light and noise
3. Nausea and vomiting
There are several phases to a migrai
You may have heard of Mono referred to as “the kissing disease.” The actual name is mononucleosis and is one of the most contagious infections in the human population. Nearly every adult in the United States was infected with mono at some point in their lives. It is a major cause of lost ti
Myasthenia gravis is a common neuromuscular disorder that occurs most likely due to a genetic defect with the immune system. It is an autoimmune disorder that just recently came to light over the last 20 years. In the United States, around 14 to 20 people out of 100,000 people have the disorder
Narcolepsy can be a debilitating condition. Sufferers can fall asleep at work, during a ball game, and most dangerously, while driving. The condition affects 1 out of every 2,000 people and is one of the most misunderstood conditions in healthcare. It commonly hits around the teen years and is l
Osteoporosis is a condition of the bones characterized by a decrease in bone density; the lower the density, the higher the risk of fracture. Bones that are less dense are weaker and can break even with minimal trauma. The weakness and fractures can also affect the shape of the bone causing indi
Pancreatic cancer is a rapid growing cancer that most of the time has a poor prognosis. Around 48,960 people in the United States are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Out of that number, 40,560 people die from pancreatic cancer. This type of cancer is the fourth leading type of cancer
Panic disorder is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. Anxiety and panic can be miserable. If you suffer from anxiety, you may feel very alone. Actually, there are around 40 million adults in the United States that suffer from some type of panic disorder. There are sever
Heel pain is most often caused by Planter Fasciitis. Over 2 million Americans suffer from this uncomfortable condition, which is caused by the breakdown of the heel area or an injury to the foot. It can affect one or both feet and the pain is most sever first thing in the morning. Activity can
Premenstrual syndrome or PMS refers to emotional and physical symptoms that are experienced by women in the latter part of their menstrual cycle. Most women do experience some complaints during their cycle, but in order to be diagnosed with PMS certain criteria must be met. First, the symptoms
The thought of pneumonia can be scary. While the statistics of pneumonia fatalities are improving, it is still considered a very serious illness. In the United States alone, pneumonia is responsible for 1.1 million hospital stays lasting 5 days or longer. It is most serious in adults over 65 an
Poison ivy is an allergic reaction caused by exposure to plants in the “Toxicodendron” family. The resultant skin lesions are due to the “poisonous” portion of the plant, urushiol. The poison ivy plant is recognized by its three leaflets which contain within them urushiol oil. The side e
Prostate cancer affects 1 in 5 men in the United States. Men tend to get nervous at the time of their yearly exam, because men over the age of 40 should have a prostate screening exam. Prevention is key in this type of cancer and early detection and treatment can increase the lifespan of men at
Smoking has been associated with a variety of diseases that can affect the lungs, heart, intestines, and oral cavity. Numerous cancers have also been linked with smoking which span the entire body. It’s important to know that most smokers, who ultimately quit, require multiple attempts before
Schizophrenia is almost a taboo thing in conversations. There is almost a stigma in the word itself. This means that many people are afraid to talk about this disorder or ask questions they may need answers for. Schizophrenia has long been enveloped in stereotyping, mystique and stigma. P
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine. Most cases are mild and do not progress to the production of symptoms nor does they require treatment. This occurs in adolescents during growth spurts around the time of puberty and is particularly common in young girls. Starting around the
stroke is a very serious health condition and needs quick treatment to prevent death or severe disability. Every year, strokes take almost 130,000 lives in the United States and that accounts for one out of every 20 deaths. Strokes are also one of the main causes of long-term disability and hand
Syphilis isn’t always a big topic of conversation. It is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that has always been prevalent in sexually active adults, pregnant women, and newborns born to mothers with syphilis. As of 2013, over 56,000 new cases of syphilis were reported. This is higher
Thyroid cancer is becoming increasingly common in people younger than 55 years old. There are 62,450 cases of thyroid cancer diagnosed each year in the United States. It can happen to anyone at any age, but the cases only amount to 2% in children. It is often symptomless in early stages, but eas
Female sexual dysfunction can be as common as male sexual dysfunction. Vaginismus not only causes problems with sexual intercourse, but also with daily life. It can cause issues with using tampons and pain with pelvic examinations by a doctor. This vaginal spasm can be very painful and over 30
If you have ever experienced vertigo, you know that it can put a damper on life. Feeling off-balance or like the “room is spinning” puts you at danger for falls and prevents you from doing things you need to do. Vertigo is very problematic for the elderly. Vertigo can put the brakes on for
Weight loss that is healthy and medically safe requires diligence. You don’t necessarily need “fad diets” or expensive medical weight loss programs. Doctor’s may recommend a program or even surgical intervention if your weight is compromising your health.
Obesity has almost reac