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  • middle-aged couple go over paperwork with a lawyer

    Advance Directives and Do Not Resuscitate Orders

    An advance directive is a legal document. It tells your doctor and family what kind of medical care you want…

  • Woman with gallstones holds her stomach in pain


    Gallstones are hard deposits that can form in the gallbladder. Some people have them but don’t have symptoms. For others,…

  • illustration of unborn baby in the womb with DNA strand in the background

    Preconception Carrier Screenings

    Preconception carrier screenings are pre-pregnancy tests a woman can have to determine if she or her partner are carriers of…

  • Tanning bed with glasses and towel

    The Dangers of Tanning Beds

    Tanning beds are the source of intense ultraviolet (UV) radiation. They are not safe.

  • doctor and senior female patient look at a model of a spine

    Vertebroplasty for Spine Fracture Pain

    Vertebroplasty treats compression spine fractures. In these fractures, the bone collapses and breaks. The procedure injects cement into the…

  • Nurse providing care to elderly man at home in bed

    Palliative Care

    Palliative care is designed to improve the quality of care for a person who has a serious or life-threatening…

  • A close-up of a boy getting an injection in his right upper arm

    HPV Vaccine is for Boys, Too

    Girls—and boys—can both benefit from getting the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The vaccine reduces chances of developing some cancers later…

  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis

    Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory, allergic disease that occurs when certain white blood cells build up in your esophageal…

  • close-up of a woman’s hands holding a positive pregnancy test

    Ending a Pregnancy

    Ending a pregnancy is called induced abortion. The decision is made for therapeutic or elective reasons.

  • Tired woman sitting on the stairs with bottle of water in gym

    Exercise-induced Bronchospasm

    Exercise-induced bronchospasm, or exercise-induced asthma, happens when exercise causes the airways in your lungs to narrow, making it hard to…

  • Young boy sitting on the beach having sunscreen applied to his back

    Effects of Sun Exposure

    A small amount of sun exposure is good for us, but too much exposure to UV rays is harmful. It…

  • conceptual drawing of a human head showing the brain, with electric waves going through the head

    Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

    Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is a method of stimulating the brain with electricity to treat some types of severe mental…

  • Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is a method of preventing pregnancy if used within a short period of time after having sex.

  • Wife calling doctor on phone to help her ill husband

    Drug Reactions

    An adverse drug reaction can occur if your body responds badly to a medicine. Anyone can have an adverse reaction,…

  • Eating Disorders

    An eating disorder is a mental health condition characterized by an obsession with food and weight. It harms a person’s…

  • Close up portrait of young man with down syndrome wearing headphones outdoors

    Down Syndrome in Adults: Staying Healthy

    Adults with Down syndrome should see their doctors regularly for preventive health care. They may be at greater risk for…

  • Open medicine bottle spread out with different dietary supplements

    Dietary Supplements: What You Need to Know

    Dietary supplements are any substances you take to improve your health or wellness. This includes vitamins, minerals, and herbs.

  • sweaty girl drinking water from a bottle outside


    Dehydration is when your body doesn’t have enough fluids to work properly. It happens when you lose more fluids than…