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  • Interstitial Nephritis

    Interstitial nephritis is a kidney disorder. It makes the kidney not work properly. It happens when spaces between small tubes… it can lead to long-term or permanent kidney damage, such as chronic kidney failure. This is more likely to happen in older adults. Questions to…

  • Ideal Weight and BMI

    Your ideal weight and body mass index (BMI) are connected. Your BMI can tell you if you are overweight and… be a good indicator of how much fat he or she has in their body. They will tend to have higher BMIs. Older adults. People tend…

  • 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…

  • Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)

    Gastroenteritis is a medical term for a stomach virus. Many people call it the stomach flu. It can strike anyone… Living with a stomach virus Stomach viruses are often mild and go away on their own in 1 to 3 days. Babies, older adults, or…

  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is an important nutrient. It helps your body build strong bones and teeth. Getting enough vitamin D is… breastfed. Babies and toddlers who are given non-milk food products or foods that are not fortified with vitamin D. Seniors or older adults. People who…

  • Bladder Training for Urinary Incontinence

    Urinary incontinence is the loss of bladder control. This means you can’t always control when you urinate. Most types of… keep track of my urination? Is there anything else I should do to improve my urinary incontinence? Resources National Institutes of Health, National Institute on…

  • Hydration: Why It’s So Important

    Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs it to work properly… vomiting, diarrhea), are pregnant or breastfeeding, are trying to lose weight, or aren’t able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also…

  • Hip Fractures

    Learn about hip fractures, how they’re treated and how they can be prevented… doctor How can I tell the difference between a hip fracture and sprain? How can I avoid getting a pressure sore? Should I wear compression stockings after surgery? Does menopause affect bone…

  • Avian Flu

    Avian flu is a virus that is spread from bird to bird. In rare cases, certain strains of the virus… you catch avian flu from cooked poultry? How do you tell avian flu apart from normal, seasonal flu? Is avian flu more serious for young…

  • Group B Strep Infection

    Group B strep is a common kind of bacteria that can sicken newborns who are exposed to it during… who have group B strep may develop an infection of the urinary tract (also called a UTI), placenta, amniotic fluid, or bloodstream. Older adults and people…

  • Herbal Health Products and Supplements

    Herbal health products and dietary supplements can benefit your health. Taking too many or the wrong ones could have negative… Herbal health products and supplements may not be safe if you have certain health problems, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Children and older adults also…

  • 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…

  • Gout

    Gout is a common type of arthritis. It is marked by swelling and pain in your joints. It most often… What is gout? Gout is a common type of arthritis. It is marked by swelling and pain in your joints. It most often occurs in one…

  • Diabetes and Nutrition

    What you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood. The right food choices will help… People who have diabetes have too much sugar in their blood. Managing diabetes means managing your blood sugar level. What you eat is closely connected…

  • Diabetes and Exercise

    Exercise can help people who have diabetes. It can help control your weight, lower your blood sugar level, and reduce… Exercise can make a real difference for people who have diabetes. Exercise can help control your weight and lower your blood sugar level. It also lowers your…

  • Hair Loss

    It is normal to shed some hair each day as part of this cycle. However, some people may experience excessive… it); birth control pills; and antidepressants. Certain infections can cause hair loss. Fungal infections of the scalp can cause hair loss in adults and children…

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease that causes extreme fatigue that lasts for more than 6 months and interrupts daily… What is chronic fatigue syndrome? Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a disease that causes you to become so fatigued (tired) you can’t perform normal…

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder that occurs when the tissues in your wrist get swollen or inflamed and… What is carpal tunnel syndrome? Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful disorder of the wrist and hand. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel…