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  • Bottles of otc pain relievers including ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen in a medicine cabinet

    Pain Relievers: Understanding Your OTC Options

    Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers are medicines you can buy at a store, without a prescription from your doctor. They can… contact your doctor. You may have another issue and need a prescription medicine. There are 2 main types of OTC pain relievers: acetaminophen and nonsteroidal…

  • Emergency Contraception

    Emergency contraception is a method of preventing pregnancy if used within a short period of time after having sex… do not require a prescription from your doctor. You can purchase them over the counter at a pharmacy. Pills that contain ulipristal acetate (ella®) do require…

  • man wearing blood pressure monitor on arm

    Using an Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

    An ambulatory blood pressure monitor is a small machine that attaches to your belt and allows you to check your… have “borderline” high blood pressure You have a chronic medical condition that causes high blood pressure, including diabetes, kidney disease, and sleep apnea You and…

  • 3D illustration of a fetus who has spina bifida, a neural tube defect

    Neural Tube Defects

    Neural tube defects are birth defects affecting a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain… causes unformed sections of the fetus’ brain, skull, and scalp. It is more common in girls than boys. This is similar to anencephaly, but rarer. It occurs when part of the…

  • Keeping Your Kids Cyber Safe

    The internet and mobile devices have improved communication tremendously. Yet, danger lurks, and parents should monitor their child’s internet and… child to discuss safety rules and why they are important. Start by using your internet provider’s parent-control settings to block access to inappropriate websites. Install…

  • Floor scale with tape measure wrapped around apple to illustrate obesity

    Obesity

    Obesity is a complex, and increasingly common disease that is associated with many health risks such as high blood pressure,… fat. An elevated BMI or diagnosis of obesity can also lead to other serious health conditions (e.g., type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis) that have…

  • Overweight man holding a measuring tape

    Weight-loss Surgery

    Weight-loss surgery can be called bariatric surgery. It involves surgically reducing the size of your stomach so your body absorbs… is overweight. Before you can qualify for surgical weight loss, you must have health conditions related to your obesity. These include sleep apnea, heart disease,…

  • COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which was identified in 2019.

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    COVID-19 is highly contagious and does not yet have an approved vaccine. Symptoms may include a cough, a fever, and… COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus call SARS-CoV-2. Coronaviruses, which infect people and some animals, spread through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing,…

  • sore throat, shown red, isolated on white background

    Hyperparathyroidism

    Hyperparathyroidism is a condition that causes you to have too much calcium in your bloodstream and not enough in your… What is hyperparathyroidism? Hyperparathyroidism occurs in your parathyroid glands. These are the 4 pea-sized glands behind your thyroid gland at the front of your neck. The…

  • Taking Care of You and Your Baby While You're Pregnant

    Prenatal care means taking care of yourself and your baby before he or she is born, including living a healthy… It’s important to take care of your baby, even before he or she is born. You can do this by living a healthy lifestyle and…

  • A picture of lips showing a cold sore caused by herpes

    Herpes

    Herpes is a group of viruses that cause painful blisters and sores. There is no cure, but medicines can treat… What is herpes? Herpes is the name of a group of viruses that cause painful blisters and sores. The most common viruses are: Herpes zoster:…

  • Male Doctor Wearing Blue Gloves Holding Cotton Swab And DNA Test Tube to test for monkeypox

    Mpox (monkeypox)

    Mpox (monkeypox) began making the news following a surge in new cases in summer 2022. This outbreak includes reports of… Mpox (monkeypox) began making the news following a surge in new cases in summer 2022. This outbreak includes reports of cases in several countries where…

  • monitors in an operating room assist during laparoscopic surgery

    Gallbladder Removal: Laparoscopic Method

    The gallbladder helps your body digest fat. If it gets inflamed, your doctor may want to remove it. Fortunately, we… The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ just under your liver. It stores bile, the digestive fluid the liver makes to digest fat. Sometimes the…

  • Asthma | Medicines That Can Make It Worse

    Certain medicines might make your asthma worse. It’s important to know about medicines that might cause problems before you take… Certain medicines might make your asthma worse. Not all people who have asthma experience problems when taking these medicines. However, if you have asthma, it’s…

  • Young boy choosing between an apple and donuts

    Helping Your Child Achieve a Healthy Weight

    Excessive weight gain or obesity in childhood can lead to serious health problems later in life. A healthy diet and… Children need a certain number of calories to grow and develop. But if a child takes in more calories than he or she uses, the…

  • Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes muscle pain and general fatigue. It is a condition that is often misunderstood.

    Fibromyalgia

    Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes muscle pain and general fatigue… What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that causes muscle pain and general fatigue. People who have fibromyalgia often have a heightened sensitivity to pain or experience chronic pain. This means it lasts…

  • Teenage boy smoking cigarette outside

    Illegal Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Your Child

    Children are exposed to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco through a number of sources. Talking to your child about these issues… Alcohol, tobacco, and drugs are a health risk to everyone, especially children. They also are more harmful to children because they affect proper development. Most…

  • Senior mother and daughter making healthy breakfast together in kitchen.

    Preventing Malnutrition in Older Adults

    Older adults are more vulnerable to malnutrition. Learn ways to prevent it… As the U.S. population ages, malnourishment is a growing concern. Good nutrition is very important for all older adults. It is especially important for older adults who are ill or have been diagnosed…