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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Anal Fistulas

    An anal fistula is an abnormal connection that forms between the anus and the skin outside of it. It usually… Overview An anal fistula is an abnormal tube-like connection, which forms between the inside of the anus (anal gland) and the skin right outside…

  • Anaphylaxis

    Learn about the causes and treatment of anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction… Overview What is anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis (say: "anna-full-ax-iss") is a life-threatening allergic reaction. It starts soon after you are exposed to something you are severely allergic to. You may have swelling, itching…

  • Anemia

    Learn about the causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of iron-deficiency anemia… Overview What is anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects your red blood cells. Your red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Hemoglobin is the protein…

  • Angina

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of angina (chest pain).American Heart Heart, Lung, and Blood Institutehttp://www.nhlbi.nih.gov… Overview What is angina? Angina (say: "ann-jie-na") is a squeezing pain or a pressing feeling in the chest. It is most often caused by blockages…

  • Arrhythmia

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat… Overview What is an arrhythmia? An arrhythmia is a change in the rhythm of your heartbeat. When the heart beats too fast, it's called tachycardia. When it beats too slow, it's…

  • Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia (ARVD)

    Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatment of arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia, a rare genetic heart defect… Overview What is arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia? Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia (say: "uh-rith-mo-jen-ic right ven-trick-yoo-lar dis-play-shuh"), also called ARVD, is a rare heart problem. The heart has…

  • Asthma

    Learn about the causes, treatment and prevention of asthma symptoms (also called asthma attacks)… Overview What is asthma? Asthma is a disease of the lungs. The airways of people who have asthma are extra sensitive to the things they're allergic to (called allergens) and…

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

    Learn about the symptoms and causes of ADHD, and how it is treated… Overview What is ADHD? Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the name of a group of behaviors found in many children and adults. People who have ADHD have trouble paying attention in…

  • Autism

    Learn about causes of and treatments for autism… Overview What is autism? Autism is a brain disorder that affects the development of normal social and communication skills. People who have autism have trouble communicating and interacting with other people, starting at an early age…

  • Babesiosis

    Learn about babesiosis and how it is treated… Overview What is babesiosis? Babesiosis (say: bab-e-see-oh-sis) is a rare infection of the blood caused by a parasite that lives in some ticks. Deer ticks typically carry the parasite that causes this illness. Babesiosis infections are…

  • Bacterial Endocarditis

    Learn about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, complications and prevention of bacterial endocarditis, an infection of the valves and inner lining… Overview What is bacterial endocarditis? Bacterial endocarditis (BE) is an infection of the valves and inner lining of the heart (called the endocardium). It…