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What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

An Irresistible Urge People with restless legs syndrome (RLS) feel abnormal, uncomfortable sensations in their calves, thighs or feet, often with an irresistible urge...

Benign Doesn’t Always Mean Harmless

Non-functional adrenal tumors, type 2 diabetes linked When it comes to strange lumps and bumps, hearing a physician say the word “benign” is generally a...
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How Birth Order Affects Asthma

Swedish study confirmed link between birth order and risk of childhood disease. Is it better to be the first-born or the younger child? The answer--...
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Athlete’s foot: Defined

OVERVIEW Athlete's foot is a skin condition caused by a fungal infection called tinea pedis, which means “ringworm of the foot.” Athlete’s foot is contagious and...
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Air Pollution and Your Skin

Research shows air pollution damages and prematurely ages skin. Lung and heart diseases have long been linked to air pollution, but the effects on the skin...
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Ebola Virus Disease

  Overview The Ebola virus can cause Ebola virus disease, a severe, often fatal disease that has caused several destructive outbreaks in Africa in the last...
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Infectious Diseases: Defined

OVERVIEW Infectious diseases are caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. These diseases can be passed directly from one person to another, through animal bites, and...
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Pneumonia: Defined

OVERVIEW Pneumonia is a lung infection that can affect one or both lungs. Different types of germs and irritants can cause the illness — from...
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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Defined

OVERVIEW Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are passed from person to person through vaginal, oral or anal sexual contact. STDs can cause minor health problems as...
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Multiple Sclerosis: Defined

OVERVIEW An estimated 400,000 people in the United States live with multiple sclerosis (MS). MS is a condition in which the body's own immune system...