In-depth

Complications

Arthritis

Arthritis — Comprehensive overview covers arthritis symptoms, arthritis treatment and types of arthritis.

Dehydration

You normally lose about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of water every day — much more during exercise or illness. Learn how to stay hydrated.

Coping and support

Support groups

Facing a major life change or a serious illness? Don't go it alone. A support group can connect you with others in the same boat.

Lifestyle and home remedies

Aerobic exercise

Want to lose weight? Boost your mood? Increase your stamina? Then add aerobic activity to your routine.

Laxatives

Is an over-the-counter laxative right for you? Before you decide, find out how different laxatives relieve constipation and get tips for using them safely.

Low-fiber diet

Learn which foods are allowed and which foods to avoid.

Quit smoking strategies

Quitting smoking is hard, no question. Use these tried-and-true strategies to help you quit, and refer back to them as often as needed.

Symptoms

Abdominal pain

Find out what causes different types of abdominal pain.

Fatigue

Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.

Tests and diagnosis

Barium enema

Has your doctor recommended a barium enema exam? Here's what you need to know about preparation and the exam itself.

Colonoscopy

Has your doctor recommended a colonoscopy? Here's what you need to know about preparation and the exam itself.

CT scan

A CT scan is an imaging test that uses X-rays to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.

Flexible sigmoidoscopy

Has your doctor recommended a flexible sigmoidoscopy exam? Here's what you need to know about preparation and the exam itself.

MRI

MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body.

Needle biopsy

Find out what to expect during a needle biopsy.

X-ray

X-rays are a form of radiation that can make images of your bones and internal organs.

Treatments and drugs

Prednisone risks, benefits

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone and cortisone, are used to successfully treat a variety of conditions. But these medications can also cause unwanted side effects. Get the facts here.

Dec. 13, 2012