Addison's disease occurs when your adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of certain important hormones. Treatment may include taking corticosteroids.
Find out what's behind this life-threatening eating disorder and how to treat it.
Drug addiction is the compulsive dependence on a legal or illegal drug. Treatment and a strong support system may help break an addiction.
Although low levels of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) can leave you feeling tired and depressed, medications can help you live a normal life.
Toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening infection often associated with the use of superabsorbent tampons. But it can also occur in men and children.
Amniotic fluid embolism — Overview covers definition, symptoms and treatment of this pregnancy or post-pregnancy condition.
Atrial fibrillation is a common heart disorder. Find out more about this heart rhythm problem, including its symptoms, causes and treatments.
You normally lose about 10 cups (2.4 liters) of water every day — much more during exercise or illness. Learn how to stay hydrated.
Gangrene is tissue death that occurs in a part of your body, most often in the hands and feet. It's usually caused by an interruption in blood flow.
Guillain-Barre syndrome may cause severe weakness, numbness or paralysis — starting in the extremities and often spreading throughout the entire body.
Most cases of sepsis don't cause serious problems. But severe sepsis and septic shock can lead to death if not treated promptly.
Lifestyle and home remedies
Drinking eight glasses of water a day yet still feel thirsty? Find out why satisfying your water needs may not be that simple.
Take control of your mood and health. Explore the many depression treatment options and learn coping skills.
Dizziness is one of the most common health concerns. However, few cases of dizziness are due to serious conditions.
Fatigue can signal many things. Here are some tips to help you decipher why you're wiped out and to regain your energy.
Sick to your stomach? Nausea and vomiting usually pass quickly but sometimes result from long-term or serious conditions.
Tests and diagnosis
You may have a blood pressure test as a part of a routine doctor's appointment or to check for high blood pressure or heart disease.
Echocardiogram allows your doctor to see your heart in motion. Here's what you need to know about the test.
An electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is a test that provides valuable clues about your heart health. Here's what you need to know about the test.
A stress test is used to diagnose coronary artery disease and heart arrhythmias, as well as guide treatment of heart disorders.
A tilt table test is used to investigate the cause of fainting (syncope).
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