The appendix is often thought of as a useless organ, but it may be helpful. In appendicitis, the appendix becomes inflamed and swollen and may rupture.
A sleep study may help you stop snoring and start sleeping through the night. Here's what the experience of having a sleep study was like for me.
How does having a urinary tract infection affect your ability to run? What precautions should you take, and when should you see a doctor?
Sleep architecture is the amount of time spent in each sleep cycle. Abnormal architecture may be caused by sleep-disordered breathing, periodic leg movements, or other sleep disorders.
Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are poised to spread in the United States thanks to climate change and a little pest.
A secret language, dark jokes, and grueling membership dues. A folklorist's look at the culture of cancer survivors.
How specially trained dogs help to warn type 1 diabetes patients by alerting them when their blood sugar is low.
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is an invisible disease that affects various autonomic functions of the body. It results in low blood pressure, high heart rate, and fainting.
An asthma inhaler can transform the life of an asthma sufferer. All asthmatics should have some kind of inhaler and understand how to use it.
Cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, which produce indole-3-carbinol in our digestive tract. The latter chemical is thought to decrease the risk of colon cancer. New research may explain how this process works.
Whether having pets as an infant causes or prevents childhood asthma has long been debated. Some research has shown that owning pets early on can reduce sensitivity to allergens, but experts have not reached a consensus.
When a person undergoes surgery, the raw surfaces created can leak out tiny amounts of fluid that usually get absorbed back into nearby capillaries. However, in some instances, the leaking fluid may accumulate, leading to a fluid-filled collection known as a seroma.
Some of us do not feel comfortable hearing the cracking and popping that occur when being adjusted by a regular chiropractor. Alternative chiropractic services offer a much gentler technique.
Did that 3D movie just turn your stomach? Learn more about "3D motion sickness," what causes it, and how widespread it really is.
Gynecomastia affects up to 50% of males, yet few have heard of this condition. The author interviewed specialist Dr Hassan Nurein to learn more about causes and treatments for this condition.
CPAP use is not common in children, and it can be hard to find practical advice for helping children adjust to this therapy. A basic guide for starting CPAP therapy in children with sleep apnea.
When we think of infections that IV drug users get, we think of HIV. But there are so many other infections IV drug addicts can contract that can be potentially life-threatening. Here are just a few.
So, what helps migraines go away fast? While there is no exact cure, a number of effective treatment options can help get rid of the symptoms.
There are a lot of over-the-counter choices to treat allergies. Learn the differences between Allegra and Claritin, Benadryl and Sudafed, and Flonase and Afrin. Don't let allergies ruin your day!
What I've learned about living with diabetes. Diabetes education is vital. Living with diabetes does not have to be a lifelong prison sentence.
Some people don't believe fibromyalgia exists, but patients with this painful condition certainly do. Learn about why it is so hard to diagnose, symptoms, and the current treatment options.
If there's any one thing that will mess with your circadian rhythm—and your sleep in general—it's Daylight Saving Time.
Concentrated oxalic acid is poisonous. Oxalic acid and oxalates are present in plants and may cause health problems such as kidney stones.
Growing up with a cleft lip and cleft palate is a unique experience, and I want to share my story in the hopes that it will help others understand what it was like, and to spread awareness and promote empathy for others with this condition.
Women need to be aware of the top issues affecting their health. With the medical technology and information available today, it is totally possible to avert these health problems and live longer.
I was born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. I am here to share how this condition affects my day-to-day life, including my love life.
Costochondritis is a rare condition results that in inflammation of the cartilage connecting a rib to the breastbone (sternum). I have personally experienced this condition.
People with phantosmia have an illusory sense of smell; they smell things that simply are not there. Read more about this uncommon smell disorder.
Osteoarthritis has become quite prevalent in our society, and there are several types. This article is based on my own experience with this condition, as well as my research.
An injection of epinephrine in anyone suffering from a severe allergic reaction or severe asthma attack can be lifesaving, but many people do not use it when needed or do not use it properly.
Ambien has been a great prescription sleep medication for some, but others need something extra to help them sleep. Is it really safe to take melatonin while using Ambien?
Epidemic typhus is caused by bacteria in contaminated lice feces that enters the body via bites. Murine typhus bacteria enter the body in flea feces. The first disorder is generally more serious.
Even when you've tried and failed to find the right doctor with the answers to your unexplained symptoms, don't give up. Keep trying! The doctor you seek may be the very next one you see.
Oftentimes, we parents forget that we need just as much support as the child(ren) we raise. If your child also has a health issue, you may completely forget to look after yourself.
After you decide to have a mastectomy, you will have many other decisions to make. Do you want reconstruction? If not, do you want to wear a prosthesis or will you "live flat"?
This paper explores a study on the use of yoga to improve the quality of life for female patients with breast cancer.
Low back pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions faced by millions each day. A few simple stretches and strengthening exercises may be an effective remedy.
When we lose a loved one, sometimes we get stuck blaming ourselves for things that were not our fault.
How are migraines and seizures similar in terms of their symptoms and triggers? How can you tell the difference between these two types of neurological disorders?
The story of a young U.S. military academy grad's struggle to become an Army Ranger while battling a life-changing diagnosis.
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder of the 15th chromosome. This is what I've learned as a mom to two Angels.
It's no secret that obesity has become a serious problem in America. This article explores the causes of obesity and the effects it can have on your health and well being.
Chicken pox is much less common in adults than it is in children, but it can have some nasty symptoms. I recently went through this unfortunate experience. This is what you should look out for.
There are more people out there with MS than you probably imagine. This is what the progression of the disease has been like for me.
What is a CPAP? How to determine if you need one, types of masks and sizes available, and how to find the perfect-fitting mask. Advice from my own experience.
TMD (Temporomandibular joint disorder) is a problem that takes place in the jaw region. TMD sufferers experience a lot of pain and discomfort, such as headaches, difficulty chewing, or a stiff feeling in their jaw. The severity of TMD varies, and different ways can be used to reduce the pain, such as exercises and possibly surgery.
When your spouse passes away, you may experience broken heart syndrome, which puts you, as the grieving mate, at a higher risk for cardiovascular events. Tips for the bereaved spouse along with suggestions for family and friends to help get through the grieving process are included.
In this article, I will describe the different kinds of sleep paralysis and share my experience with it. I will also discuss how I got rid of the symptoms.
Hantavirus cardiopulmonary syndrome is a rare but serious, sometimes deadly, respiratory disease that has been found mostly in rural areas of the western U.S. The disease is caused by a hantavirus that is carried by rodents and passed on to humans through infected rodent body fluids and droppings.
Itching nonstop because of eczema? Find out how to get rid of this condition with these 10 simple tips.
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CRPS, formerly known as RSD, is a real disease that causes excruciating pain, depression, anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Chemicals in urine react with pool disinfectants. The resulting products can be irritating to the eyes, skin, and airways and might cause more serious effects.
Getting a diagnosis for a medical condition can be devastating and leave you with more questions than answers. Here are a few ideas to help you cope with the unexpected news.
Here are five great online resources for MS patients and their families that provide emotional support, disease information, need-based grants, registries for clinical trials, and more.
Susan Holland was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of 2016. She shares the story of what led up to the cancer diagnosis, the diagnosis, and the importance of having an advocate.
Oral mucositis, a common complication of chemotherapy, can be very painful and difficult to live with. This article will give you some advice on how to eat and cope when you have this condition.
Try this recipe for a cucumber parsley whey protein smoothie. Includes a video of the author preparing it.
Anemia affects both children and adults. Anemia due to low red blood cell counts is different from leukemia which is a low white blood cell count. Anemia affects the ability of the red cells to carry oxygen to all body organs. Leukemia affects the ability of white cells to fight infections.
How can you support a loved one through their grieving process? As people grieve, they need the assurance and support of those closest to them.
In July of 2004 my mother called us three kids together for a family meeting. Immediately, my gut told me something was wrong.
When children experience grief during their early developmental stages, their emotional health is compromised. Our actions as adults can help them work through their grief and learn to trust again.
Insomnia is a hell beast in itself, but the side effects can be so much worse than the lack of sleep itself. It's nearly impossible to live a normal life.
Lupus is a unique, sometimes deadly auto-immune that presents differently for everyone. This article focuses on the many ways that lupus can manifest in each individual and provides patient insight into this disease.
Sinus headaches can be a real pain. Here you'll find information on what causes sinus headaches, how to treat them, and the best ways to get rid of them for good.
Injuring part of the hand can cause long-term pain if not treated correctly in the initial stages. Learn how a mere pinky injury affected my life, and what I did about it.
This article discusses the staging of cancer and the various complications that arise during treatment.
Beyond the physical disabilities, multiple sclerosis can also affect memory. For me, I mourn lost childhood memories.
This is the story of how I survived a battle with prostate cancer. I received my diagnosis at the age of 38, which is a young age for this disease.
A hunched posture not only looks bad—it is also a bad sign. If your posture looks hunched, that means your spine is hunched, as well. Learn what causes a hunched back and how to correct it.
How to prevent and treat an ear infection. Also includes tips about how to address the pain associated with ear infections.
With proper management and some patience, you can overcome molluscum contagiosum. This article will teach you how to manage the condition to minimise its impact on your life.
Stress is one of the most common causes of adult acne today. In this article, we'll see how stress causes acne, how it worsens your acne, how you can manage your stress-acne, and other triggering factors.
For some people, nail biting is severe enough to cause nerve damage or permanent nail loss. If you have this nasty little habit, there are ways to nip it in the bud before it goes too far.
What causes the sound in a white noise machine? What are white noise machines used for? This article explains how this simple machine can help you sleep.
The hilarious story of what one person did when she discovered she had a problem with ingrown toenails.
Sleep deprivation might be the most effective means of torture known to man. Here are some tips on how to get through your day if you didn't get much sleep the night before.
Are you experiencing heartburn? Read this article to learn more about the causes and treatments for this condition.
How to take care of a viral fever? If you're running a fever, it's a good idea to find out more about it, i.e., viral fever symptoms, treatments, home remedies and prevention.
Symbrachydactyly is a congenital hand malformation that occurs in 1 in 32,000 births. I was born with this condition, and this is my story.
Escherichia coli is a bacterium that exists as different strains. Some strains live in our gut and are very helpful. Others cause foodborne illness and disease.
The following guide will attempt to address all the main concerns contributing to sleep deprivation with tips on improving your sleep hygiene.
Learn about the different complications of gout if you are not careful in treating your high uric acid in the blood.
Losing a loved one is the hardest thing we ever have to deal with. Coming to terms with them no longer being present on this planet is hard to swallow. Let's celebrate life and remember them forever!
For me, the grief of losing my husband felt like the panic you feel just before you fall. This is my advice to people who are trying to comfort a friend or loved one who is grieving a loss.
Aldosterone is a hormone that affects blood pressure. Excess aldosterone can cause high blood pressure and low aldosterone can result in low blood pressure.
"A chronic illness is a constant and sometimes overwhelming companion. Only the power of a warm heart can alleviate the deep chill." - Robert K. Massie
Maybe you were diagnosed with IC, but the diet and symptoms don't fit the diagnosis. Could it be something else like a recurrent infection? Find out here.
When you book extra hitchhikers into your jail! Learn about ways to treat your inmates and prevent the lice from spreading.
Considering the pros and cons of sharing the diagnosis and updates about chronic illnesses such as cancer on social media
Living with lactose intolerance can be difficult. In this article, I identify foods and beverages that are safe to consume, as well as items that surprisingly contain milk.
Accutane is a powerful drug with some serious side effects. It is mainly used in the treatment of severe cases of acne. The article summarises everything you need to know about Accutane and acne.
A diet that is rich in nutrients and omits harmful foods may help to control asthma. Asthmatics must take prescribed medications even if they have a good diet, however.
Does it seem like no matter how hard you try, your belly doesn't seem to go away? It could be due to something called diastasis recti, or abdominal splitting.
Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects approximately 17 million Americans. Many don't know they have it, as it's often confused for acne. Rosacea needs to be treated differently.
Wake up lights mimic the light and timing of the risin sun. Here are the best wake up lights for better sleep.
Although there's no official medical "cure" for lactose intolerance, sufferers can learn to manage it so completely that they never experience any symptoms.
If you suffer from frequent nosebleeds, it can be distressing and embarrassing. What are the most common causes?
You may already know about the usual advice for insomniacs, but the place you sleep—your bedroom—is often overlooked. Learn how to create the perfect sleep-friendly bedroom.
Sever's disease is a horrible name that makes parents and gymnasts cringe. Despite its name, Sever's disease is a common gymnastics injury, and it can be easily managed.
Corn allergies and intolerances mean avoiding all sources of corn derivatives. But what happens when you get sick? How do you find safe medication? What do you eat? A guide to all this and more.
Spotting fordyce spots for the first time can be very distressing and can make people think of cancer. This article aims to provide some reassurance and explain what is really going on.
A personal account of symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for avascular necrosis of the femoral head (AVN). Also, a list of available resources in the UK.
With over 8 million people working shift work, the mental and physical effects are astounding. Whether this is you, or someone you know, there are important things you need to know.
The only grief we can speak to is that which we've personally experienced. No two experiences are the same.
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.
Diabetes can wreak havoc on the body. No where is this more prevalent than in the eye. Learn how diabetes causes problems in the retina, how these issues are diagnosed, and their possible treatments.
My life was not ruined by having a cleft lip and palate, although it could have been. From my own experience, I'll share those difficulties and successes that can help others thrive.
Your illness symptoms may be caused by your sensitivity to electromagnetic fields. Learn what electromagnetic field sensitivity is and how you can live with this affliction.
Do you know your partner's HIV/AIDS status? Do you know how to tell if they're at risk of having the Human Immunodeficiency Virus?
When Geraldine Ferraro was diagnosed with cancer, she was given 3 years to live. She lived for 12 more years. Learn what she believed helped her cope—and why she survived far longer than expected.
Our son tested positive for dengue with his platelet count dropping to 15000/cumm. We had no choice but to go for blood transfusion. Thankfully, the transfusion worked, and he recovered.
Toxoplasma gondii causes toxoplasmosis and may affect brain chemistry and our behavior. The pork tapeworm may enter our brain and cause serious health problems.
Symptoms of glaucoma often do not show up until considerable visual loss has occurred. This is not the case for diabetics, however. Someone with diabetes is at much higher risk for vision loss.
Throughout my journey, I discovered the incredible resilience required of the creative mind in overcoming serious adversity. The journey fosters growth and helps me find new meaning.
I have come to learn that I will never be the person I was before my condition worsened, and I have accepted this fact. However, this does not mean I'm not allowed to be angry.
This is my experiences with gallstones. I also share the information I've gathered about the diagnosis and symptoms of this condition.
Although you may think you already know about all of the common sense methods to treat insomnia, they are worth going over again. That's because they really work.
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.
Liver spots are a common skin condition typically caused by sun exposure. Learn more about its causes, treatments, and removal options below.
Symptoms of advanced cancer are so cruel. My mother-in-law, the doting grandma to my children, was taken away from us after 25 days in the hospital and 5 days at home. I miss her—my other mom.
Here are some thoughtful gift ideas for a friend or family member who has just had back surgery, knee surgery, or hip surgery.
I've gotten quite a few eye rolls from waiters when I ask if something has gluten in it. I know it's often a fad diet, but Celiac disease runs in my family and gluten has severe consequences for me.
Did you just wake up to the room spinning? Do you find yourself suddenly dizzy while driving or perusing the grocery aisles? Here are some reasons you might have the spins.
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that steals your vision like a thief in the night. What is it? What are the symptoms? Learn more about this silent thief.
Many people struggle with insomnia. Here are seven healthy ways to overcome insomnia without sleeping pills. These techniques work for me, and I hope they work for you, too.
Diastasis recti is the “mummy tummy” or “pooch” that many women experience following pregnancy. How can you control it and get back to your old shape again?
A lifelong journey that serendipitously finds a cure for keratosis pilaris, a skin condition causing red bumps. Read a personal story of suffering, the easy cure, and the resulting freedom.
What is arthritis on a biological level, and how much does it cost Americans annually? Also, information about how to prevent this condition.
A heart attack is a very scary thing, and landing yourself in the ICU is even scarier. An experienced cardiac ICU nurse explains why you shouldn't necessarily panic.
Lumbosacral neuritis is a term that is used to describe the irritation of the several nerves that line the vertebrae or spinal column, particularly in the lower back of the person being diagnosed.
This is my personal story of polio. I also discuss symptoms, causes, and a brief history of the disease in the United States.
Here is a sample list of suggestions for peaceful relaxation at bedtime. The more you implement the regimen that works for you, the more restful sleep you will have and more energy for the next day.
Though awareness is spreading, fibromyalgia is still considered to be a “controversial” diagnosis. This poses a problem for those of us who have it.
This is an article about my most recent episode of atrial fibrillation and about how I learned to stop worrying and fretting about AFib and a million other things.
We're everywhere, but most people don't even know that we're diabetic. Listed here are the things a diabetic needs to do every day in order to live a seemingly normal life.
What is Ichthyosis, and what can you do to help treat it? There isn't a lot of information out there on this skin disorder , so I'm trying my best to help others who suffer from it.
Assessing a patient's spiritual needs is an important component of the holistic approach to effective management of pain. It provides an insight into how the patient and the family are likely to cope.
A look at the most common myths, false beliefs and recognized truths about the causes of cancer . This article also includes tips on how to tell the difference between fake and truthful news about these causes.
A sleep light is a special bulb that has no blue light and automatically dims like a sunset. A sleep light helps you get to sleep!
Cancer patients often struggle to maintain a healthy weight, and a lack of appetite can also make the problem harder to deal with. This article offers suggestions for various nourishing snacks and drinks that can help to prevent weight loss.
Klova sleep patches helped me get the sleep I need. Learn how to use them properly to get the best results.
For those of us who do hard physical labor, whether it's for a living or just fixing up your home, back pain is inevitable. It's just part of the deal. I've found some things to make it heal faster.
What started as a fun weekend at a local water park ended in two surgeries and a hospital stay. Nail infections, known as paronychias, are a serious condition.
There are a variety of foot sanding tools on the market, but I find most of them rather ineffective. The assistant at the podiatrist's recommended using the Dremel. Here's my experience with it.
Basic information on using an insulin pump for managing diabetes, and the differences between pump and manual insulin shot therapy.
Here is the scoop about sleep studies. Learn about what to expect from a registered sleep technologist. Also, how you can participate in research studies and get paid!
I had carpal tunnel surgery by a hand specialist. Later my primary physician found compressed discs in my neck. He said that may have been causing my hand to get numb and I may never have had a carpal tunnel issue.
Not all doctors agree about how ingrown toenails should be treated. This is a discussion of various treatment options based on the author's personal experience and research.
Glial cells affect the activity of neurons, or nerve cells. Problems with astrocytes, a type of glial cell, may cause or worsen amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Every day, 43 kids hear those dreaded few words, spoken usually to their parents: "Your child has cancer." On July 16th, 2015, I was one of those children.
Not all cultures see death as negative or frightening; it is, after all, a natural process we all go through at some stage after our birth. Let's investigate the dying process.
Most people don't pay any attention to the order in which they eat their food. However, diabetics should eat food in a certain order if they want to lower their blood sugar.
Having the flu is no picnic. However, there are things you can do to speed up your recovery and shorten your downtime.
When you first realise you’ll have to wear a colostomy bag, your first thoughts will be “Goodness, I’ll have to wear a s**t bag”. I know because I‘ve been there too.
What are freckles and how do you get them? Find out what causes freckles and who is more likely to get them. If you don't like your freckles, there may be ways to remove or fade them.
Anaemia is a common condition, but it might surprise you to know just how complex it is. In addition, there are various forms, which require different therapeutic approaches.
How do I know when my loved one is near death? What are the signs, and how long does my loved one have left? These are the questions many of us have as we watch the inevitable approach of death.
This article discusses current medical treatment for IBS by examining a case study of a 47-year-old female patient. Diagnosis and disease management is covered.
Learn about what causes the various types of kidney stones and the best ways to avoid developing them in the future. Here's a hint: you should have listened to your mother!
The lack of sense of smell is called anosmia. Learn what having no sense of smell is like for one anosmic and how it affects the sense of taste.
Pneumonia can be a killer. It is often a serious complications of other medical conditions. What exactly is pneumonia, and is it the same as pleurisy?
After treatment for a brain tumor, I thought our family had been through the worst. Unfortunately, I was wrong. This is the journey of our family through pain, depression - and back out to the light.
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.
We sleep in our beds for 7-10 hours a day. If a good night's sleep is a priority for you, read on to find out how to ensure a good night's rest.
Here are a few simple, easy-to-remember tips for providing the support your loved one needs as they learn to manage their diabetes.
This hub explores the seven leading causes of lung cancer, including a section outlining more specific information about the onset of mesothelioma.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that, until recently, was thought to be caused solely by wear and tear. Scientists are now discovering that inflammation is involved.
I have diabetes. I eat low carb meals and exercise. I take all my medications every day and at the same time everyday. Yet, my diabetic medications are not working.
Arthritis is a very painful disease, and is typically a result of the aging process. But it doesn't have to be. There are steps you can take to decrease your chances of getting arthritis, and this article explains how.
Those who suffer from auto-immune diseases, such as lupus, may find it challenging to feel gratitude. Here are a few things we may not think of expressing gratitude for, but should.
I'd never heard of a silent heart attack until the doctors told me I'd probably had one. This is the tale of how I found out about my heart attack—and what I am doing to prevent another.
When my late husband lost his battle with cancer, I was fortunate enough to be present when he took his last breath. I learned what a privilege it was to be with a person at their life's end.