Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Joint Disease)

Osteoarthritis is a chronic, degenerative disorder and defined as the gradual deterioration (degeneration) of the cartilage in a joint. This noninflammatory disorder may follow a trauma or be a complication of malformations at birth. Osteoarthritis affects the cartilages on the ends of the bones between joints.

H1N1 (Swine) Flu

H1N1 flu is a contagious infection caused by a virus, which affects the upper respiratory system—nose, throat and lungs. Initially, H1N1 flu was known as Swine flu because researchers found that viruses that affect humans are found in swine or pigs.

Stomach Flu (Gastroenteritis)

Gastroenteritis, or stomach flu as it is commonly called, is an illness caused by a virus. This illness is often called ‘intestinal flu’ or stomach flu since the virus mainly affects the stomach and intestines with nausea and diarrhea.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis What is Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? What is an autoimmune disease? What are the symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis? Does this disease run in families? How can I know for sure if I have this disease? What is the treatment for this disease? What would happen without medicine to make sure my thyroid works? What happens … Read more

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the name for a group of problems that includes swelling, pain, tingling, and loss of strength in your wrist and hand. A person’s dominant hand is the one that is usually affected. However, nearly half of CTS sufferers have symptoms in both hands.

Bed Sores (Pressure Ulcers)

Pressure ulcers, (pressure sores, bedsores, decubitus ulcers) are caused when the muscles and tissues of a particular area of the body presses against a hard surface, like a bed or chair, for prolonged periods. Pressure ulcers are also called bed sores and range in severity from mild (minor skin reddening – Stage I) to severe (deep craters in the skin down to muscle and bone – Stage V).

Health A-Z

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