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Pancreatitis: Understanding the Causes and Symptoms

Pancreatitis: Understanding the Causes and Symptoms

Pancreatitis can be either short-lived (acute) or long lasting (chronic). While chronic pancreatitis tends to be more serious, either type can cause dangerous complications. Excessive alcohol is known to cause pancreatitis. Or a gallstone from the gallbladder may lodge in the bile duct in such a way that it blocks

Pancreas Pain: What’s Behind It?

Pancreas Pain: What’s Behind It?

If you’ve been experiencing a nagging abdominal pain that seems to worsen after eating, it might not be a stomach upset—it might actually be pancreas pain. If pancreatitis is at the root of your pain, it can manifest acutely, or as a chronic illness.

Acute pancreatitis is most likely due

What Could Be Causing Your Gout Symptoms?

What Could Be Causing Your Gout Symptoms?

About 8 million Americans suffer from gout, according to the American College of Rheumatology. While men are particularly vulnerable to gout symptoms (6 million American men have the condition), women become increasingly susceptible to gout as they get older.

Menopause may be what causes gout in older women. Studies suggest

‘Customizing’ Blood Pressure Meds Helps Limit Side Effects

Medications that lower high blood pressure (hypertension) are essential in the battle to prevent heart attack and brain-damaging stroke. But finding the right antihypertensive drug for an individual patient from among the many available medications is not necessarily a straightforward process. Many factors must be considered in selecting a patient’s

Diabetes: What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

Diabetes: What Are Normal Glucose Levels?

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable

Don’t Let Gout Slow You Down

About eight million Americans suffer from gout, according to the American College of Rheumatology. This painful form of arthritis occurs when uric acid accumulates in the body and causes crystal-like deposits to form in the joints. The condition presents with the sudden onset of intense pain, swelling, and tenderness in

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

When a man is aroused, the brain sends a signal to the nerves in the penis, which then stimulate the arteries in the penis to open up, filling with blood. Simultaneously, the veins close up and the blood in the arteries becomes trapped, causing enlargement and hardening of the penis.

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

Is There a Normal PSA Level?

There is no universally accepted “normal” PSA level. In the past, a PSA of 4 nanograms per milliliter of blood (ng/ml) or less was considered normal; however, more recent studies have shown that some men with PSAs below 4 have prostate cancer and some men with PSAs over 4 do

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