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

Is fibromyalgia real?

Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood but real condition that experts believe may be caused when the brain essentially overreacts to external stimuli that would not typically cause pain. (Locked) More »

Avoiding the pain of kidney stones

Kidney stones are small hard stones, formed when high levels of minerals in the urine crystallize in the kidneys, forming a pebble-like mass. They can be very painful, but luckily, they are largely preventable. Eating a healthy diet, drinking enough water, and understanding other risk factors, can help head them off before they become a problem. (Locked) More »

Common summer skin rashes

Several rashes can cause discomfort during the summer months. People often develop an itchy, oozing rash after brushing against certain plants, such as poison ivy. A rash of tiny bumps with a prickly sensation (known as prickly heat) can result from sweating while wearing tight clothing. Some people get an itchy rash as an allergic reaction to sun exposure. It helps to see a doctor if one has poison ivy or if a rash persists and interferes with sleeping, working, or relaxing. More »

What is lupus?

Systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus for short) is an autoimmune disease. It occurs when the body mistakenly attacks the skin, joints, blood cells, kidneys, brain, and other organs. Medications can help suppress the autoimmune attack. (Locked) More »

Baby boomers: Don’t forget hepatitis C screenings

Despite a 2012 recommendation that all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C, an analysis of government health surveys suggests that only about 13% of baby boomers had been tested for hepatitis C by 2015, up just one percentage point from 2013. More »

How can I treat stubborn hiccups?

Hiccups that don’t respond to simple home remedies may respond to prescription medications, and may possibly respond to marijuana, acupuncture, or hypnosis. (Locked) More »

Should I get tested for hepatitis C?

People born between 1945 and 1965 (baby boomers) should be tested for hepatitis C, as recent improvements in treatment have increased the interest in identifying people with the virus who have no symptoms and no additional risk factors. (Locked) More »

Tips to cope when you’re juggling several chronic health issues

Managing several health conditions is complicated. Today’s optimal medical care involves seeing more types of doctors, having more tests, and getting more treatments than in earlier times. That can lead to confusion about treatment or a lack of medication compliance. To manage several chronic health conditions, it helps to become educated about the conditions and medications, keep track of when medications are taken and any side effects that develop, and get a good primary care physician to coordinate care. (Locked) More »