A listing of General Health Conditions Articles

Uterine Fibroids

What are uterine fibroids? Uterine fibroids are bundles of smooth muscle and connective tissue that can be as small as a pea or as large as a…

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Ulcers (Duodenal or Gastric)

What is an ulcer? An ulcer is a small wound that occurs in the stomach (gastric ulcer) or the first portion of the small intestine (duodenal ulcer).…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the entire body, but especially the joints.…

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Psoriasis

What is Psoriasis? Psoriasis is an extremely common skin disorder characterized by the appearance of plaque-like, silvery scale lesions caused by a…

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Prostate Enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia)

What is Prostate Enlargement? The prostate is a single, doughnut-shaped gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds…

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Prostate Cancer Prevention

What is prostate cancer? The prostate is a single, doughnut-shaped gland about the size of a walnut that lies below the bladder and surrounds the…

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Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson's Disease? Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurological disease resulting from damage to the nerves in the area of the brain that is…

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Osteoporosis

What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis literally means "porous bone." Osteoporosis involves both the mineral (inorganic) and nonmineral (organic matrix,…

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Osteoarthritis

What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease) is a form of arhtritis (inflammation of a joint) caused by…

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Obesity

What is Obesity? Obesity is defined as a state of being more than twenty percent above "normal" weight, or having a body-fat percentage greater than…

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Multiple Sclerosis

What is Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis is a syndrome of progressive nerve disturbances that usually occurs early in adult life. It is caused…

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Migraine Headache

What is Migraine Headache? A migraine is a vascular-type headache characterized by a sharp pounding pain located within one side of the head. The…

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Menopause

What is Menopause? Menopause denotes the cessation of menstruation in women, which usually occurs when a woman reaches the age of fifty but may…

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Macular Degeneration

What is Macular Degeneration? The macula is the area of the retina where images are focused. It is the portion of the eye responsible for fine…

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High Cholesterol

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the body that serves several vital roles. It is a building block for various hormones and…

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High Blood Pressure

What is High Blood Pressure? High blood pressure is a major risk factor for a heart attack or stroke. The blood pressure denotes the resistance…

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Herpes

What is Herpes? Herpes simplex is a virus that is responsible for cold sores and genital herpes. There are two types of Herpes simplex viruses: type…

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Hepatitis

What is hepatitis? Hepatitis refers to inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by many drugs and toxic chemicals, but in most instances…

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Gout

What is Gout? Gout is a common type of arthritis caused by an increased concentration of uric acid (the final breakdown product of purine-one of the…

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Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a recently recognized disorder that is regarded as a common cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain and…

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Diabetes

What is Diabetes Mellitus? Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disorder of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism characterized by fasting elevations…

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Is the Dark Ages of Type 2 Diabetes Care Lifting?

When medical historians look back on the last 70 years of medicine, they will refer to it as the Dark Ages of drug therapy. There are numerous…

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer (PC) is the most diagnosed form of cancer in American men. Each year there are roughly 200,000 men that are diagnosed with PC and…

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Premenstrual Syndrome

What is Premenstrual Syndrome? Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a recurrent condition of women, characterized by troublesome symptoms seven to…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the large intestine with no evidence of accompanying…

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Insomnia & Sleep-wake Cycle Disorder

What is Insomnia? Insomnia refers to a difficulty in achieving or maintaining normal sleep. There are two basic forms of insomnia. In sleep-onset…

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Hypoglycemia

What is Hypoglycemia? Hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar. Normally, the body maintains blood sugar levels within a narrow range through the…

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Gallstones

What are Gallstones? Gallstones are round or oval, smooth or faceted lumps of solid matter found in the gallbladder (the sac under the liver where…

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Depression

What is Depression? Depression is characterized by feelings of low self-esteem, pessimism, and despair. Clinical depression is more than feeling…

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Constipation

What is Constipation? Constipation refers to the inability to defecate. Hard, small and difficult-to-pass stools are the most frequent complaint.…

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Congestive Heart Failure

What is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive heart failure (CHF) refers to an inability of the heart to effectively pump enough blood. Weakness,…

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Common Cold

What is the Common Cold? The common cold is an upper respiratory tract infection that is caused by a virus. Typically, people with a cold will…

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New Research Helps Unlock the Secrets of Obesity

New studies are helping to combat the obesity epidemic by offering clues about why we gain weight and the best ways to lose it. Research published…

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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

What Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Non-Ulcer Dyspepsia? Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and non-ulcer dyspepsia (NUD) are medical terms…

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Chronic Candidiasis

What is Chronic Candidiasis? Chronic candidiasis, or yeast syndrome, is a complex medical syndrome attributed to an overgrowth in the…

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Cerebral Vascular Insufficiency

What is Cerebral Vascular Insufficiency? Cerebral vascular insufficiency refers to decreased blood supply to the brain. It is extremely common…

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Cataracts

What are Cataracts? Cataracts are white, opaque blemishes on the normally transparent lens of the eye. They occur as a result of free-radical or…

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a common, painful disorder caused by compression of the median nerve that passes…

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Canker Sores

What are Canker Sores? Canker sores (aphthous stomatitis is the medical term) are single or clustered shallow, painful ulcers found anywhere in…

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Breast Cancer Prevention

What is Breast Cancer? For many women, breast cancer is the disease they fear most. The frightening statistic is that about one in seven or eight…

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New Guidlines for Hypertension?

What is behind the new guidelines for treatment of high blood pressure? In case you missed it, last week new classifications of high blood pressure…

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Allergies and Hay Fever

What are Allergies and Hay Fever? Allergies refer to an abnormal immune response that can produce a wide range of symptoms (e.g., hives, asthma,…

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Hypothyroidism

What is hypothyroidism? The thyroid gland is located in the front of the neck below the voice box. It is just about the same size and shape - and…

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Food Allergy

What is Food Allergy? A food allergy or sensitivity occurs when there is an adverse reaction to the ingestion of a food. The allergic reaction may…

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Cancer (Chemotherapy Support)

What is Chemotherapy? Chemotherapy refers to the use of drugs to treat cancer. For many people, the very thought of chemotherapy evokes horrific…

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Bladder Infection (Cystitis)

What is a Bladder Infection? Bladder infections occur when bacteria invade the urinary bladder. Bladder infections are very common in women—10…

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Bronchitis and Pneumonia

What is Bronchitis and Pneumonia? Bronchitis is an infection or irritation of the bronchi—the passageway from the windpipe (trachea) to the…

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Atherosclerosis

What is Atherosclerosis? Atherosclerosis is the process of the hardening of an artery due to the build-up of cholesterol-containing plaque.…

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Arrhythmia

What is Arrhythmia? Arrhythmia refers to a disturbance in the rhythm of the heartbeat. Some arrhythmias are very mild and nothing to worry about…

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Anxiety

What is Anxiety? Anxiety is an unpleasant emotional state ranging from mild unease to intense fear. But while fear is a rational response to a real…

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