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

What’s the deal with autoimmune disease?

Have you ever heard of autoimmune diseases?  Do you, like millions of others, actually have one of them?  The term Autoimmune Disease is used to describe conditions in which the body's immune system – which is supposed to be defending the body against viruses, bacteria and other invaders – is thought to be involved in causing or perpetuating illness.  It's as if the body's defense system has turned on its host. More »

What causes hiccups?

It’s unclear what causes hiccups. However, they don’t typically last long. Home remedies for hiccups include rubbing the back of the neck, breathing into a paper bag, sipping ice water, and swallowing a spoonful of dry sugar. (Locked) More »

What causes my feet to suddenly become numb?

Tingling or numbness in the feet may be a sign of peripheral neuropathy, which is nerve damage that affects multiple nerves leading out from the spinal cord. Certain medical conditions can cause it, such as diabetes and nutritional deficiencies, as well as heavy alcohol intake and some medications. More »

Gum disease and the connection to heart disease

For me, it's been one of the more surprising observations in recent years:  study after study has shown that people who have poor oral health (such as gum disease or tooth loss) have higher rates of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack or stroke than people with good oral health. A number of theories have been proposed, including: More »

Whooping cough

Whooping cough is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called "Bordetalla pertussis."  Because these bacteria release chemicals that cause inflammation and swelling of the upper respiratory system, severe cough is a hallmark of the condition. Whooping cough is highly contagious and spreads from person to person by coughing or sneezing among people in close quarters.  To make matters worse, an infected (and contagious) person can spread the disease without knowing they have it. More »

Can the flu increase my heart attack risk?

A new study found that a person’s risk of heart attack is six times more likely to occur within the week following an influenza diagnosis. However, getting a flu vaccination can reduce the risk of illness and death from heart disease. (Locked) More »

Why am I losing weight?

Unexplained weight loss should be investigated. It may be caused by an overactive thyroid, cancer, or a chronic infection. More »