Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that can endanger both the mother and baby. It is characterized by increased blood pressure, protein in the mother's urine and often by swelling. Preeclampsia can lead to seizures, stroke or other organ failure and can also put the baby... Read more
If a woman has irregular periods; excess hair growth over her face, chest and back; extreme problems with acne; or difficulties becoming pregnant, she may have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an endocrine disorder that is thought to be one of the leading causes of... Read more
Sinusitis is a condition in which you experience inflammation in your nasal passage that interferes with mucus drainage. When you have had this condition for more than eight weeks despite treatment attempts, you are considered to have chronic sinusitis.
"First, you should see your primary care physician... Read more
Many of us know that eating in front of the TV is a bad habit that contributes to weight gain. But eating at your desk can also cause you to consume more than what your body needs.
When you eat lunch or a snack at your desk,... Read more
If you feel tired all the time, there may be a simple reason, such as not sleeping or not exercising enough or not eating a healthy diet. Or, you could suffer from one of several medical conditions that cause fatigue.
Thyroid problems can cause low energy, as... Read more
As you age, it may take you a little longer to remember a person's name or follow a complex cooking recipe. But when this slower processing begins to interfere with your daily life, it is time to consider screening for dementia.
"Alzheimer's disease is the most common... Read more
When an older patient falls and fractures a bone, there may be other problems that caused that fall. Health problems that could lead to a fall include high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, pneumonia, heart failure or poorly controlled diabetes.
R. August Ritter III, MD
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Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can be very dangerous for a woman who is pregnant. There are two main types of hypertension issues in pregnant women – those who develop it as a part of a condition called preeclampsia or "toxemia" and those who have hypertension... Read more
Acid reflux can significantly impair your life. There are many ways you can control this condition, including watching your diet, making lifestyle changes and taking medications.
Diet: Try eating several small meals during the day, rather than a few large ones. Stick to low-fat, high-protein foods and... Read more
If you have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and frequently experience symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea, you may benefit from trying a special eating plan called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligo- Di- Monosaccharides and Polyols – all types of carbohydrates... Read more
If you frequently listen to loud music while using earbuds or headphones, you could be damaging your hearing. An MP3 player played at 70 percent of its top volume is nearly as loud as a chainsaw.
"Over time, earbuds and headphones can cause noise-induced hearing loss when... Read more
When you injure a joint in your body, you should not merely focus on repairing that joint – you must also tend to the muscles that contribute to the stability and movement of that joint. Those muscles are called the kinetic chain. Saint Francis Medical Center’s... Read more
A panel of experts has recommended that heavy smokers receive an annual computed tomography (CT) scan to screen for lung cancer. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says current and former smokers ages 55 to 80 who have smoked at least 30 "pack-years" should undergo the... Read more
There is a good reason why coaches pull athletes from games after they suffer a blow to the head: The effects of a concussion sometimes last for decades after the injury. And the sooner an athlete returns to their sport after the concussion, the more likely... Read more
About 52 million people in the United States suffer from osteoporosis, a condition resulting from severely low bone density. Low bone density occurs when your body is unable to make enough new bone tissue to replace the tissue it has lost.
Patrick R. Knight, MD
"People with osteoporosis... Read more
There are many causes of diaper rash, including prolonged exposure to a soiled diaper, chafing, an allergic reaction or a bacterial or yeast infection. Diaper rash can be quite painful for babies, so you should treat it right away.
"The most effective way to treat diaper rash... Read more
While no one knows exactly what the appendix does, we do know that when it becomes inflamed, it needs to be removed, immediately. This inflammation, called appendicitis, can lead to a ruptured appendix, which in turn can lead to an infection in the abdominal cavity.
F. Michael... Read more
The average age for menopause in the United States is 51. But for many women, symptoms can begin years before the permanent end of their fertility. Women need not suffer in silence; doctors can help treat hot flashes, emotional symptoms, depression and other problems caused by... Read more
Fifth disease is a viral infection best recognized by the red rash it causes on the cheeks. It is common among school-aged children and is sometimes called “slapped-cheek disease” because children with the infection look as though their cheeks have been slapped. The first symptoms are... Read more
According to the National Institutes of Health, 15 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have some amount of hearing loss related to noise at work or recreational activities. The best way to prevent this, of course, is to avoid exposure to high decibel (dB) noise.... Read more