Illnesses and Diseases

Find answers to the most common questions about common illnesses that can affect you and your family.

10 Simple Health Things You Can Check Yourself

10 Simple Health Things You Can Check Yourself Hop on the scales -- Weighing yourself every month (not every day!) will enable you to spot any changes before your clothes become too tight or even too loose. Look in the mirror -- If your eyes are red and baggy, you probably need more sleep. The good news is that sleep is cheaper than cosmetic surgery and better for you, too. read more

4 Key Steps to Keep Your Hubby Healthy

Let's face it — between working long hours and being a seemingly invincible superdad, the man in your life could use some help staying healthy. Whether your husband seems like the picture of good health or the poster child for unhealthy habits, check out these simple tips and recommended screenings. Getting him on the right track now will help bolster his health in his later years. read more

Avoiding Lyme Disease

To avoid Lyme disease, be sure to look for ticks on your children <I>every day</I>. read more

Bug Off! Protect Yourself from These 6 Tick- and Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Ticks and mosquitoes are two of the leading carriers of diseases to humans, and warm summer weather makes these pests more active. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) outlines the 6 most common diseases that can spread through ticks and mosquitoes, signs and symptoms of each, and the best treatment options if someone in your family gets infected. To avoid getting bitten, follow these tips to avoid ticks, and find out which insect repellents are safest to use on your child. read more

Caring for Your Spouse During an Illness

Caring for Your Spouse During an Illness When one of you is sick, whether it's for several days or for many years, you need to take care of each other. Your relationship will change with an illness, but that doesn't have to mean it will change for the worse. There are ways to keep your relationship strong when one of you is ill. You need to keep communicating with each other and keep having fun together. Keep Communicating Marriage Q & A's Q: Does a positive attitude about an illness help? read more

Cause of Vitiligo

Although much research is being done, no one knows what causes the skin condition known as vitiligo. read more

Causes of Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia most commonly is related to the hormonal changes found with puberty, and tends to go away on its own with time. read more

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern?

Cell Phones and Brain Tumors: A Valid Concern? Since the 1990s, cell phones have been a daily accessory for most Americans. More than 82 percent of Americans, or 250 million people, now have a cell phone. That number is more than quadruple the number in 1997, when a mere 55 million Americans laid claim to owning one. This convenient device allows us to contact and be contacted by others at all times, but there is growing concern that cell phone users may be at risk for something far worse than their loss of privacy -- brain tumors. read more

Chickenpox Vaccine for Adults

Find out when it makes sense for someone to get the chickenpox vaccine. read more

Could Meningitis Cause Slurred Speech?

A problem with speech is probably not related to a central nervous system infection during the first month of life. read more

CP and School Performance

Many teachers are not well-versed in how CP manifests itself in the classroom. read more

Diabetes and Your Child's School

Diabetes and Your Child's SchoolIf you have a school-aged youngster with type 1 diabetes, you are already educating him or her in ways to live comfortably with the condition. But equally important, you want to be sure that school personnel — teachers, nurse, bus driver, lunchroom workers — are also informed of your child's special health needs. read more

Diarrhea: Causes and Treatment

Diarrhea: Causes and Treatment Diarrhea. The condition that makes a common denominator of us all. Everyone, at some time in his or her life, has had a bout of the “runs”—hopefully in situations where a bathroom was nearby. read more

Early Intervention and CP

Learn how to find early intervention programs for a child with CP. read more

Eating Smart When You Have Diabetes

Eating Smart When You Have Diabetes If you're diagnosed with diabetes, you should definitely seek the nutritional advice of a registered dietitian, preferably one who is certified as a diabetes educator (credentials will read R.D., C.D.E.). The goal of nutrition therapy is to restore and maintain blood glucose levels to as near normal as possible. This means balancing your food with insulin and activity levels. read more

Glucosamine and Osgood-Schlatter Disease

There is no published research on the effectiveness of chondroitin or glucosamine for the treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease. read more

Heart Murmurs

Many kids have murmurs heard by the doctor, but not all types are necessarily a problem. read more

Hepatitis B Vaccination and Autoimmune Phenomena

Unusual detrimental occurrences that seem to be related to the Hepatitis B vaccine are felt to be more coincidental than "cause and effect." read more

High Blood Pressure: Causes and Remedies

High Blood Pressure: Causes and Remedies Food for Thought Treating high blood pressure can reduce heart failure by more than 50%, strokes by 35% to 40%, to 25%. For reasons that are not completely understood, salt can play an active role in raising the blood pressure in people who are salt-sensitive. read more

How Do You Catch the Mumps?

Mumps is caused by a virus, and it is passed on in the same way as a cold. Read more information about this virus. read more

Is It Hazardous to Crack Your Knuckles?

It has never been scientifically proven that knuckle-cracking causes arthritis. read more

Kidney Stones on the Rise in U. S. Children

Kidney Stones on the Rise in U. S. ChildrenIf you need another reason to avoid feeding your children processed and junk food, you've got one: It's a suspected cause of a growing health problem in young children – kidney stones. read more

Learning About Diabetes

Learning About Diabetes Diabetes is most commonly known as Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. However, there are also gestational diabetes and other specific types of diabetes associated with genetic defects, with various diseases that injure the pancreas, or with drugs or chemicals, which may induce diabetes. In addition, you may be diagnosed with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and impaired fasting glucose (IFG)—a metabolic stage between normal glucose balance and full-scale diabetes. read more

Lethargy and Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A usually lasts several weeks, but prolonged or relapsing disease can last as long as 6 months. read more

Male Breast Development

Since gynecomastia is usually mild, we attempt to reassure boys that it's normal and nothing to worry about. read more

Managing Migraines

Managing Migraines If you have ever had a migraine headache, you’re well aware of the horrific agony. From severe pain to nausea and vomiting, migraines can be incredibly debilitating. The following list provides you with strategies to lessen the onset and intensity. Keep in mind, different things work for different people. And always check with your physician before starting any supplement (feverfew, omega-3s, calcium, or a multi-vitamin/mineral). read more

Mild Cerebral Palsy

To find other parents of children with CP, call your local or regional CP headquarters and explain your needs to them. read more

Mom Worried About Diabetes

When there is a family history of diabetes, it's appropriate to discuss suspicious symptoms with your pediatrician and have your child examined. read more

Mucus in Infant's Eyes

Mucus in the eyes may indicate dacrostenosis, which is a blockage of the tear ducts. read more

Preventing Heart and Blood Vessel Problems

Preventing Heart and Blood Vessel ProblemsCardiovascular disease is the term used to describe problems involving the heart (cardio) or blood vessels (vascular). The most devastating complications of cardiovascular disease are stroke and heart attack; these can often be fatal. In fact, cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death overall in the United States; the statistics that one in five Americans has cardiovascular disease includes women. read more