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  • What are some of the most common reasons for not taking thyroid medication? There are many reasons why you might avoid taking medication, but of course there are many important benefits, as well.

    Taking My Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Concerns

    Taking My Thyroid Medication: Benefits and Concerns

    by Boo McCourt165

  • Jaundice is characterized by yellow skin due to excess bilirubin in the body, or hyperbilirubinemia. The color may indicate the presence of a major health problem.

    Causes of Jaundice and a High Bilirubin Level

    Causes of Jaundice and a High Bilirubin Level

    by Linda Crampton6

  • Pareidolia is a condition in which one perceives familiar patterns in inanimate objects. One of the most common examples is seeing faces. This is known as facial pareidolia.

    Face It: You Just Might Have Pareidolia

    Face It: You Just Might Have Pareidolia

    by Stephen Barnes13

  • Klova sleep patches helped me get the sleep I need. Learn how to use them properly to get the best results.

    Klova Sleep Patches Review

    Klova Sleep Patches Review

    by Carter Lynne0

  • Our faces can say so much about us—the mood we are in and the emotions we feel. However, look more closely, and it can also reveal something about our physical health.

    How Poor Health Shows on Your Face

    How Poor Health Shows on Your Face

    by Helen Murphy Howell32

  • Since 1975, when Lyme Disease was first discovered near Old Lyme, Connecticut, the illness has spread to every continent except Antarctica.

    Understanding Lyme Disease

    Understanding Lyme Disease

    by Harry Nielsen2

  • Urinary Tract Infections can occur in any person of any age. The one thing they have in common is that they totally suck. Learn at-home-treatment options and ways to prevent future infections.

    What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

    What Causes Urinary Tract Infections?

    by Kierstin Gunsberg9

  • Tangles of alpha-synuclein fibrils in the brain are a feature of Parkinson's disease. Under some circumstances, the substance also appears in nerves surrounding the gut. Evidence suggests that it can travel from the gut to the brain, where it may cause or contribute to Parkinson's disease.

    The Digestive Tract and Parkinson's Disease: A Possible Link

    The Digestive Tract and Parkinson's Disease: A Possible Link

    by Linda Crampton47

  • Colon bacteria make butyric acid. This acid improves the health of the intestinal lining. It may also reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of colon cancer.

    Butyric Acid, Gut Bacteria, and Colon Health

    Butyric Acid, Gut Bacteria, and Colon Health

    by Linda Crampton16

  • Costochondritis, or chest wall pain, can be painful and can cause mobility problems. These are the exercises that help me manage this condition.

    Managing My Costochondritis With Exercise

    Managing My Costochondritis With Exercise

    by Kymberly Fergusson47

  • Histamine has important functions but also causes the symptoms of hay fever. It's released from mast cells. Helpful techniques can prevent or reduce hay fever symptoms.

    Histamine, Mast Cells, and Hay Fever Allergies

    Histamine, Mast Cells, and Hay Fever Allergies

    by Linda Crampton20

  • Treponema pallidum pertenue is a spirochete bacterium that causes yaws. The disease has made a comback after being almost eradicated. In its most serious form it can cause deformities and disabilities.

    The Yaws Disease and a Spirochete Named Treponema

    The Yaws Disease and a Spirochete Named Treponema

    by Linda Crampton18

  • In light of the U.S. government’s relaxation of rules surrounding the use of asbestos, now is a good time to look at the health concerns of this mineral.

    The Dangers of Asbestos

    The Dangers of Asbestos

    by Rupert Taylor1

  • Are you home from school or work because you're sick but you've checked Facebook one too many times already? Here's 22 productive things to do when you're home sick and bored.

    Things to Do When You're Home Sick and Bored

    Things to Do When You're Home Sick and Bored

    by Kierstin Gunsberg2

  • Tips for living with dizziness and inner ear disorders. These are the techniques I use to reduce my symptoms and get on with my life.

    Eight Ways to Cope When You're Dizzy

    Eight Ways to Cope When You're Dizzy

    by Kim Kennedy33

  • Atrial fibrillation and heart disease in general are topics that are close to my heart (no pun intended). I hope this article inspires you to look into your own health and take preventative measures where you can.

    Atrial Fibrillation: My Father Is Always Out of Rhythm!

    Atrial Fibrillation: My Father Is Always Out of Rhythm!

    by Sarah Hurst0

  • Vitiligo is a skin disorder involving loss of melanin, the pigment that colors skin. It's most likely an autoimmune condition. A variety of treatments are available.

    Vitiligo: Skin Pigment Loss and Treatment

    Vitiligo: Skin Pigment Loss and Treatment

    by Linda Crampton30

  • Chronic hives are a result of an underlying disease condition. My experience is with acute hives, which results from an allergic reaction that may occur only once in a lifetime.

    Chronic Hives and Angioedema Survey

    Chronic Hives and Angioedema Survey

    by John R Wilsdon12

  • The Black Death, or bubonic plague, did not die with its victims all those centuries ago. It is alive and killing right here in the 21st century!

    The Black Death in the 21st Century

    The Black Death in the 21st Century

    by Helen Murphy Howell33

  • McKenzie Method exercises and stretches are a great way to combat lower back pain from bulging/herniated discs and compressed sciatic nerves.

    McKenzie Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

    McKenzie Exercises to Reduce Back Pain

    by Kymberly Fergusson17

  • Rabies is found throughout the world, caused by lyssavirus that is transmitted through bite wounds. The disease is now treatable, though the success rates vary immensely.

    Rabies in Humans: Symptoms and Treatment

    Rabies in Humans: Symptoms and Treatment

    by Leah Lefler8

  • Doctors and other professionals advise against popping cold sores—and for good reason—but the temptation will always be there. Learn how it worked for me and how to do it safely.

    Can You Pop a Cold Sore? My Experience

    Can You Pop a Cold Sore? My Experience

    by crissytsu140

  • Can fallen arches cause knee pain? Not only that, flat feet affect the entire body structure. Learn how the foot works and practice these simple exercises to cure the painful symptoms of fat feet.

    How to Fix Flat Feet (With Targeted Exercises)

    How to Fix Flat Feet (With Targeted Exercises)

    by Juliette Kando FI Chor28

  • Recovery from a pulmonary embolism takes a lot of time. Lung damage from blood clots is very serious. Based on my own experience with this condition, I will share what to expect during your recovery.

    What to Expect During Pulmonary Embolism Recovery

    What to Expect During Pulmonary Embolism Recovery

    by Lena Welch746

  • If you've recently had a colostomy, you may have a lot of questions about food and eating. As a fellow ostomate, here are my tips how to approach your diet.

    Diet and Food Tips for Colostomy Patients

    Diet and Food Tips for Colostomy Patients

    by Alobeda2

  • Do you know, or suspect someone has sleep apnea; maybe even yourself? This is a condition that not only affects your sleep, but it contributes to many other life-threatening disorders. I know personally what it can do because I have it.

    Sleep Apnea: Do You Have It? Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

    Sleep Apnea: Do You Have It? Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

    by Gerry Glenn Jones4

  • You no longer need to endure the embarrassment of cold sores. From effective first aid to long-term prevention, modern developments have transformed life for cold sore sufferers.

    How to Beat Cold Sores

    How to Beat Cold Sores

    by Kate Swanson21

  • Eczema is a distressing condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, dry and cracked. It afflicts children and adults alike.

    What Is Eczema and How Do I Treat It?

    What Is Eczema and How Do I Treat It?

    by Eugene Brennan10

  • Lower back pain affects more than 80% of people at some point in their lives. It hurts to sit, walk, and lie in bed. These natural treatments are effective and can be done easily in your own home.

    Sciatic Pain—Natural Treatments & Home Remedies

    Sciatic Pain—Natural Treatments & Home Remedies

    by Kymberly Fergusson120

  • Acid reflux disease is the result of a variety of genetic, age-related, and environmental factors. Some are controllable and some are not.

    How Do You Get Acid Reflux Disease?

    How Do You Get Acid Reflux Disease?

    by Scott S Bateman16

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