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  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

    An abdominal aortic aneurysm is when a weak area in the aorta swells up like a balloon. It can cause… AAA. Being male. Men are more likely than women to develop an AAA. AAAs are more common in people age 65 or older. Personal history…

  • Abdominal Ultrasound

    An abdominal ultrasound is an imaging test to examine the inside of your stomach… stomach or urine in your bladder makes it difficult for the technician to see inside your abdomen. Other reasons your doctor may order this test include: To locate the cause of…

  • ACL Injury

    An ACL injury is the overstretching or tearing of the anterior cruciate ligament in your knee. It is a common… attention. Your doctor will perform a knee exam to check your range of motion and the extent of the injury. They may order an X-ray…

  • Adolescents and Young Adults: Getting the Preventive Services You Need

    Get an early start on good lifelong health by learning about the services and advice your family doctor can provide… flu season to protect you from getting the flu. The HPV vaccine is given when children are 11-12 years old, but older teens and young…

  • Adult ADHD

    Adult ADHD does exist but may look slightly different than it does in children… lifestyle, and overall health. In order to be diagnosed with adult ADHD, you must have had symptoms prior to age 12. Can adult ADHD be prevented or avoided? You cannot prevent…

  • Adult vaccinations

    Adult vaccinations are important for adults for staying healthy as they age… body. It often appears on the face or torso. It can result in long-term pain even after the rash goes away. Older people are most at risk for the virus. The CDC recommends…

  • After 50: Nutritional Needs

    Nutritional needs change as we age. After age 50, choose food and drinks wisely for your gender, health, and activity… calories should a man and a woman have if they are trying to lose weight? Resources National Institute on Aging: Healthy Eating: Smart Food Choices…

  • Air Pollution

    Outdoor air pollution is a mix of gases and toxic particles in the air we breathe. Regular exposure to it… make it difficult to breathe outside if you have lung problems, such as asthma. It can also cause trouble for children and older adults. Avoid…

  • Alcohol Abuse

    Alcohol abuse is a pattern of drinking too much alcohol too often. This can harm your work, school, and… of others facing the same challenge. Your doctor may screen for alcohol abuse. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recommends screening adults aged 18 years…

  • Amblyopia

    Amblyopia (lazy eye) develops in childhood when one eye doesn’t work properly with the brain. Left untreated, it can lead… symptoms are not noticeable except in an eye exam. What causes amblyopia? All babies are born with poor eyesight. As they grow older, their vision continues…

  • Amenorrhea

    Amenorrhea is a medical term for when a woman does not have menstrual periods… a pregnancy test. If this is negative, he or she will do an exam and review your health history. Your doctor may order additional tests to rule out or determine a…

  • Anal Fissure

    An anal fissure is a small crack or tear in the thin, moist lining of the lower rectum. It’s a… injury to the anal canal. They also can be caused by repeated diarrhea, when blood flow to the area is decreased (in older adults), after…

  • Anti-diarrheal Medicines: OTC Relief for Diarrhea

    Over-the-counter antidiarrheal medicines like Imodium, Kaopectate, or Pepto-Bismol can help to relieve frequent and liquid bowel movements… becoming less effective. Do not store medicines in bathrooms or bathroom cabinets. They are often hot and humid. Things to Consider Healthy adults usually don’t experience side effects…

  • Antiemetic Medicines: OTC Relief for Nausea and Vomiting

    You can buy over-the-counter (OTC) medicines without a prescription, including medicines that treat nausea and vomiting. These are called… less effective. Don’t store medicines in bathrooms or bathroom cabinets. These locations are often hot and humid. Things to consider Healthy adults usually don’t experience side…

  • Antihistamines

    Antihistamines are medicines that help alleviate allergy symptoms. You can take over-the-counter antihistamines, or your doctor may prescribe one… store. You can also get them through a prescription from your doctor. Antihistamines are generally considered safe for most people. This includes adults, children over the…

  • Antihistamines: Understanding Your OTC Options

    Antihistamine medications help relieve or prevent allergy symptoms. Learn more about first-generation and second-generation antihistamines… they do not lose effectiveness. Do not store them in bathrooms. These areas can get hot and humid. Things to consider Healthy adults don’t usually experience side effects from antihistamines…

  • Appendicitis

    Appendicitis is inflammation or infection in your appendix. If not treated, your appendix can burst. This can be serious, even… This can cause the infection to spread throughout your abdomen. Anyone can get appendicitis. It’s most common in teens and young adults. Symptoms of appendicitis…

  • Asperger's Syndrome

    Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum that can be diagnosed in children as young as 18… and routine (and not responding well to change). Missing social cues in play and conversation. Not making eye contact with peers and adults. Not understanding…