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

Bringing awareness to aneurysms in the chest

A thoracic aneurysm is a weak spot in the wall of the heart’s largest blood vessel (the aorta) as it passes through the chest. Most are found by accident during a test for another reason. Certain people should be screened for this rare but potentially deadly condition. These include people with a bicuspid aortic valve and certain genetic conditions; those whose close relatives had a thoracic aneurysm; and those who had surgery to replace an aortic valve before age 70.  (Locked) More »

The danger of “silent” heart attacks

Silent heart attacks, known as silent myocardial infarctions (SMIs), account for 45% of heart attacks and strike men more than women. They are “silent” because they can occur without the classic intense heart attack symptoms. Knowing the warning signs can ensure men seek medical attention and treatment and help avoid another, larger heart attack. (Locked) More »

What causes a cough after a cold?

A persistent cough that remains after an infection has been treated can last for a month or two. There are several treatments that may offer relief, such as antihistamines or a bronchodilator inhaler.  More »

What is a lacunar stroke?

Lacunar strokes, which account for about one-fifth of all strokes, occur in small arteries deep within the brain. Although these strokes may not cause symptoms, those that do may cause weakness in the face, arm, or leg on one side of the body.  (Locked) More »

What to do for bronchitis

Although bronchitis may last up to three weeks, it usually doesn’t warrant antibiotics or medical treatment. Rest, fluids, acetaminophen for pain, nonprescription cough remedies, and steam therapy can ease symptoms. (Locked) More »

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

The best time to get an annual flu shot is in mid-October. However, it’s not too late to get the shot in December, since people are still at risk of getting flu for several more months. (Locked) More »

Numb fingers? Icy toes? It may be Raynauds.

Raynaud’s phenomenon is an extreme reaction to cold in fingers, toes, and nose that can be painful but transient. If it develops later in life, it can signal a serious underlying condition and might require medical treatment to prevent complications. (Locked) More »