It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering
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Can adding electrocardiography (ECG) to standard screening help health-care providers better protect healthy patients from developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Probably not, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In fact, it may actually put patients at risk.
Current Screening Standards. Standard risk assessment for cardiovascular disease often begins with a tool such as
Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs when there is too much uric acid in the blood, tissues, and urine. Accumulating uric acid crystallizes and takes on a needle-like shape, jabbing into the joints (usually the big toe, but also other joints, including those of the mid-foot, ankle, knees,
There is an expression in medicine that “common things are common,” and benign prostatic hyperplasia is most certainly common, affecting more than 50 percent of men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 80s. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland due to
We’ve all suffered from an itchy scalp at some point. No matter the cause (e.g., dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, an allergic reaction, lice, or a fungus), itchy scalp can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. Just thinking about scalp pruritus (the medical term for this common condition) has got me scratching my
Ah-ah-ah-CHOO! You’re sneezing again. It’s that time of year when every other person seems to have the sniffles—nasal congestion, a runny nose, and frequent sneezing. These common symptoms most often are caused by two conditions that can be difficult to tell apart: allergies and the common cold. When it comes
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, a virus (such as the flu virus), or another infectious agent. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible, and the strength of the individual’s immune system.
When the immune system detects an infection,
Influenza—commonly called the flu—is a viral infection of the respiratory system. It affects the lungs, as well as the whole body. Most people who get the flu come down with it during “flu season,” which runs from November to March. Children are more susceptible to getting the flu, and often
Anaphylaxis is terrifying. You try to breathe but instead you wheeze and gasp for air. You’re sweating and itching, and hives have erupted across your body. Fear of your impending doom takes hold, but you’re at the mercy of swelling that’s squeezing the life out of your heart, lungs, and