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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

    Learn about the symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment of bacterial vaginosis, a mild infection in the vagina… Overview What is bacterial vaginosis? Bacterial vaginosis is a mild infection in the vagina caused by a type of bacteria (germ). The vagina normally contains a lot…