Calling out colorectal cancer

How to check for this disease and what to expect if you have it Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women in the United States, with 151,030 new cases estimated to occur this year. “Colorectal cancer” can refer to any cancer that forms in the tissue that lines the […]

Heart palpitations

Palpitations are feelings or sensations that your heart is pounding or racing. They can be felt in your chest, throat, or neck. You may: Have an unpleasant awareness of your own heartbeat Feel like your heart skipped or stopped beats The heart’s rhythm may be normal or abnormal when you have palpitations. Considerations Normally the […]

Recognizing medical emergencies

Getting medical help right away for someone who is having a medical emergency can save their life. This article describes the warning signs of a medical emergency and how to be prepared. Information According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency: Bleeding that will not stop […]

Just 30 minutes of daily exercise can help correct a day of sitting

Any kind of physical activity helps lower the risk of death Americans spend a lot of time sitting—at their desk, in the car, and on the couch. This can take a toll on their health. In fact, research has shown that long periods of sitting can increase the risk of heart disease and death. So […]

Recognizing and Treating Childhood Ear Infections

Ear infections are a common reason for bringing kids to see a health care provider. The infections can strike at any age, but children are much more likely to get them than adults. In fact, five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by the time they’re 3 years old. Ear […]

Signs and Symptoms of Untreated Lyme Disease

Español (Spanish) medical icon Seek medical attention if you observe any of these symptoms and have had a tick bite, live in an area known for Lyme disease, or have recently traveled to an area where Lyme disease occurs. Untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. […]

Many Types of Exercise Can Lengthen Older Adults’ Lives

En español Getting enough physical activity is vital for your health at any age. Guidelines recommend that adults get at least 150 minutes (or two and a half hours) of moderate exercise each week. But does it matter what types of activities you do? A team of researchers asked this question about older adults. They […]

Dysphagia (swallowing problems)

1. About dysphagia 2. Causes of dysphagia 3. Diagnosing dysphagia 4. Treating dysphagia 5. Complications of dysphagia About dysphagia Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties. Some people with dysphagia have problems swallowing certain foods or liquids, while others can’t swallow at all. Other signs of dysphagia include: coughing or choking when eating or drinking […]

National Diabetes Month 2022

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on managing diabetes by building your health care team. Diabetes is a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. It affects about 37 million Americans, […]