Diseases & Conditions

The human body is a remarkable structure. It's designed to efficiently manage the wear and tear of everyday life and fend off all sorts of threats. Most of us are healthy for most of our lives. But we're also susceptible to hundreds of injuries, diseases, and conditions. Some are quite common, others are extremely rare. Here are some of the most common conditions that affect humans.


Diseases & Conditions Articles

Getting protection from bug-borne illnesses

Applying insect repellent with at least 20% DEET to skin and clothing and checking the CDC website for updates are among the best ways to avoid infection with Zika virus, Lyme disease, and other bug-borne illnesses.  (Locked) More »

Atrial fibrillation: The latest treatment trends

More than one in six ischemic strokes can be traced to an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (afib). Blood-thinning drugs are typically used to prevent clot formation, but these carry risks of their own. Doctors now have newer and better drug and device options to help lessen afib stroke risk for more people. (Locked) More »

Concern about recurring hiccups

Hiccups are often caused by many everyday situations, including distention of the stomach (which can be the result of overeating), swallowing air, or drinking carbonated beverages. They usually go away on their own, but episodes that last longer than 48 hours could be a sign of certain medical problems.  (Locked) More »

Too much of a good thing?

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which are used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal problems, are the third most popular drug in the United States. But recent studies show their constant use may be linked to an increased risk of heart attack, fractures, and dementia. This has shed light on the potential dangers of long-term medication, especially those like PPIs that help to manage an ongoing condition.  (Locked) More »

Coming to terms with constipation

Constipation is rarely the symptom of a serious illness but can be triggered by medications or disruptions to one’s daily routine. Increased dietary fiber, regular exercise, and osmotic laxatives that bulk up stools can help alleviate constipation. (Locked) More »

Constipation: A connection to heart disease?

Chronic constipation has been linked to a slightly higher risk of dying of cardiovascular disease. One possible explanation: infrequent bowel movements lead to straining, which can raise blood pressure, stressing the heart and blood vessels. Many medications (especially painkillers) can promote constipation. Eating more fiber, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting regular exercise can help.  (Locked) More »