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  • “Why do I smoke?" Quiz

    Take this quiz to gain some insight on why you smoke. Then, use that information to help you quit… Why do I smoke? If you learn the answer to this question, it will be easier to stop smoking. Knowing why you smoke will help you…

  • "Do I Want to Quit?" Quiz

    Learn how you feel about smoking and how you can use this information to help you quit… How do you feel about quitting smoking? Put a check mark next to the statement below that best describes how you feel about quitting smoking: ____ I like…

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

    Learn about the risks, symptoms and treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm… What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)? The main blood vessel in your body is the aorta (say: a-or-ta). It is a long blood vessel that reaches from your chest into your abdomen…

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding

    Learn about the causes, diagnosis and treatment of abnormal uterine bleeding… Overview What is abnormal uterine bleeding? Abnormal uterine bleeding is any bleeding from the uterus (through your vagina) other than your normal monthly period. Having extremely heavy bleeding during your period can also…

  • Abusive Head Trauma

    Abusive head trauma (shaken baby syndrome) is a form of child abuse that can be deadly or leave a baby… What is abusive head trauma? Abusive head trauma is also called shaken baby syndrome. It’s a form of child abuse that can be deadly…

  • Acne

    Learn about the causes of and treatments for acne… Overview What is acne? Acne is a skin problem that occurs when the hair follicles of your skin are blocked by a mix of dead skin cells and sebum (oil). When this happens, bacteria can…

  • Acne | Isotretinoin

    Learn about isotretinoin, a prescription treatment for acne… What is isotretinoin? Isotretinoin is a medicine used to treat very bad acne. It is usually used for cystic acne that did not get better after treatment with other medicines. It is important for you to take…

  • Acute Bronchitis

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, treatment and prevention of acute bronchitis, a lung infection usually caused by a virus… Overview What is acute bronchitis? Acute bronchitis is an infection of the bronchial (say: "brawn-kee-ull") tree. The bronchial tree is made up of the tubes…

  • Addison’s Disease

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of Addison’s disease, a disease that affects your body’s adrenal glands… Overview What is Addison's disease? Addison's disease affects your body's adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system is…

  • Adhesive Capsulitis

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of adhesive capsulitis, a condition in which you lose the ability to… Overview What is adhesive capsulitis? Adhesive capsulitis (say: "add-he-sive cap-sool-eye-tis") is when you lose the ability to move your shoulder around in all directions…

  • Alcohol Abuse

    Learn how alcohol affects your health, and how to tell when alcohol abuse and dependence are problems for you… Overview How can I tell if alcohol is a problem for me? Alcohol is a problem if it affects any part of your life, including…

  • Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

    Learn about alcohol withdrawal syndrome and what you can do to help manage it… Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome What is alcohol withdrawal syndrome? Alcohol withdrawal syndrome is a set of symptoms that people who have had an alcohol abuse problem for weeks, months or years may…

  • Allergic Conjunctivitis

    Learn about the causes of conjunctivitis, and the prevention and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis… Overview What is conjunctivitis? A clear, thinmembrane called the conjunctiva covers your eyeball and the inside of your eyelids. If something irritates this covering, your eyes may become red and…

  • Allergic Rhinitis

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of allergies and allergic rhinitis (hay fever)… Overview What is an allergy? You have an allergy when your body overreacts to things that don't cause problems for most people. These things are called allergens. Your…

  • Allergy Shots: Could They Help Your Allergies?

    Learn whether allergy shots can help you deal with your allergies… Allergy Shots: Could They Help Your Allergies? How do allergy shots work? An allergy shot contains a very small amount of the substance that you are allergic to (called the allergen). Common allergens include…

  • Alopecia Areata (AA)

    Alopecia areata is a disease of your immune system that causes unpredictable hair loss and emotional challenges… What is alopecia areata? Alopecia areata is a form of alopecia (hair loss). It’s a non life-threatening disease of your immune system affecting the hair on your…

  • Alzheimer's Disease

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and complications of Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia.Alzheimer's Foundation of America Caregiver… Overview What is Alzheimer's disease? Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia. Dementia is a word that doctors use to describe a wide range…

  • Amblyopia

    Learn about the causes of and treatments for amblyopia… Overview What is amblyopia? Amblyopia (say this: "am-blee-oh-pee-ah") is an eye problem that causes loss of or poor vision in one or both of a child's eyes. Amblyopia usually affects only one of the eyes,…

  • Amenorrhea

    Learn about the causes and treatment of amenorrhea, or when you don’t have menstrual periods or your menstrual periods have… Overview What is amenorrhea? Amenorrhea (say: "ay-men-or-ee-uh") is when you don't have menstrual periods. There are two types of amenorrhea. Primary amenorrhea is when…

  • Anal Fissures

    Anal fissures are small tears in the lining of the lower rectum. They are usually caused by straining during a… What are anal fissures? An anal fissure is a small crack or tear in the thin, moist lining of the lower rectum. Symptoms of anal…