In-depth

Causes

Anorexia nervosa

Find out what's behind this life-threatening eating disorder and how to treat it.

C. difficile

C. difficile can be a life-threatening infection. It typically develops when antibiotics destroy other bacteria in your intestines, allowing C. difficile to flourish.

Food poisoning

Food poisoning has many forms, and some can be serious. Here's how to recognize food poisoning and ways to prevent getting sick.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease can be painful and debilitating, and it can cause life-threatening complications. Find out more about treating this digestive system disorder.

Complications

Low blood pressure (hypotension)

Low blood pressure (hypotension) can be a sign of good health or of a life-threatening condition. Find out more about hypotension's causes and treatment options.

Prevention

Heat and exercise

The outdoors and exercise seem to go together, but high temperatures and exercise can be a risky combination. Play it safe to prevent heat-related illnesses.

Risk factors

Dehydration and youth sports

When the heat is on, dehydration is a serious concern for young athletes. Prevention is the best bet.

Symptoms

Dry skin

Extreme temperatures — hot or cold — can take a toll on your skin. Here's how to pamper and protect it.

Fever

Don't be in a hurry to treat a low-grade fever — it's probably helping your body fight infection. High or lasting fevers may need medical attention.

Headache

Most headaches aren't caused by a serious illness, but some could be a sign of a life-threatening condition.

Tachycardia

Tachycardia, a rapid heart rate, is caused by an abnormality in your heart's electrical impulses. Tachycardia can cause serious complications, including sudden cardiac arrest.

Tests and diagnosis

Urinalysis

Urinalysis can be used to assess your overall health, detect a wide range of disorders, or monitor a medical condition or treatment.

Feb. 12, 2014