The thyroid gland plays a number of important roles in the body. As well as its importance in physical health, this endocrine gland is now known to be important in maintaining mental health, as there is a growing body of evidence that confirms a link between thyroid and mood disorders.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental illness which can develop in a person who witnesses or lives through a traumatic event such as rape, physical abuse, a natural disaster, or a war. The three key signs of PTSD are reliving the event, avoiding thoughts of the event, and hypervigilance.
What is it is like to live with OCD? For someone who doesn’t have this disorder it can be impossible to understand obsessive compulsive disorder and interfering with life. This article is intended to provide a small glimpse into that world.
Rett syndrome develops as the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation, and leads to delayed physical and intellectual development. This article discusses the genetic causes of Rett syndrome and explains why it is unusual for this syndrome to run in families.
Treatments for rheumatic diseases involving the heart include medications to prevent heart damage, and surgery in cases where damage that has already been done might affect quality of life, or even be life-threatening.
Panic attacks are often very frightening, and the physical and mental sensations you experience during an attack make it difficult to get back to feeling normal afterward. Here are some tips that will help show you how to get back on track after a panic attack.
Untreated strep throat can develop into rheumatic fever, which in turn can cause permanent heart damage. This illness progression is most likely to develop in children. The symptoms of rheumatic heart disease are not always apparent until later in life, even in cases of severe damage.
The human chorionic gonadotropin test, or hCG test, is most often used to confirm pregnancy. Sometimes it is also used to diagnose certain diseases in women.
Inflammatory heart disease is a type of heart disease that usually develops in response to infection by a bacteria, virus, or other pathogen. The inflammation can affect various different parts of the heart, causing slightly different symptoms.
In severe cases of GERD, medication and dietary changes don’t always relieve the symptoms. The next step might be to look at GERD surgery options to determine if surgery might help solve the problem.
Atherosclerosis can have a number of different effects depending on which sections of artery are diseases. What are the effects of atherosclerosis in the different parts of the body? Read this article to learn more.
The main symptom of GERD is severe and frequent episodes of acid reflux, but other symptoms are often present too. Is chest tightness one of them? Read this article to learn about chest tightness and GERD.
Endoscopy is often used in the treatment of GERD if a patient does not respond to medication, but even this surgical procedure is not guaranteed to provide relief. What does it mean if, after endoscopy, GERD symptoms persist?
There are several types of medications for GERD, including both over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Each type, from antacids to proton pump inhibitors, is useful for specific situations.
The use of melatonin for GERD treatment is a relatively new concept which is only slowly being backed up with scientific evidence. Recent evidence indicates that melatonin might in fact be a useful GERD treatment for some people.
A woman with endometrial cancer is likely to undergo surgery as part of her treatment. She might have a course of radiation therapy as an additional treatment. There are two types of radiation treatments for endometrial cancer: external beam radiation, and brachytherapy.
Most people with GERD find that certain foods trigger their symptoms. What foods should you eliminate in a GERD diet? Foods to avoid include spices, alcohol, and fatty foods.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease is not a respiratory disorder, so how does it affect asthma? Read this article to find out about the relationship between asthma and GERD.
Infant GERD symptoms are fairly common in children up to eighteen months old. What are the symptoms of GERD in infants, and what causes them?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, causes frequent and painful episodes of acid reflux. Many people with GERD find that they can improve their symptoms by avoiding certain foods. Read this article to find out more about creating a diet for severe GERD.