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  • Genital Herpes in Women Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Symptoms of genital herpes...learn more »
    In This Article
    Genital Herpes in Women Article
    • Genital herpes in women facts
    • What is genital herpes?
    • How common is genital herpes?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of genital herpes?
    • What causes genital herpes, and how is it spread?
    • How do you get genital herpes (transmission)?
    • What kind of doctors treats genital herpes?
    • How is genital herpes diagnosed?
    • Is there a cure for genital herpes?
    • Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for genital herpes?
    • What medications treat and manage genital herpes?
    • How is genital herpes managed during pregnancy?
    • What is the prognosis for a person with genital herpes?
    • Is there a link between genital herpes and HIV?
    • Can genital herpes be prevented?
  • Shingles Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a painful rash caused by the varicella zoster virus. Other shingles symptoms include headache,...learn more »
  • Menopause Menopause is the time in a woman's life when menstrual periods permanently stop, also called the "change of life." Menopause...learn more »
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STDs) Sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs, are infections that are transmitted during any type of sexual exposure, including...learn more »
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    Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Women (STDs) Article
    • Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) facts
    • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
    • Gonorrhea
    • Chlamydia
    • Syphilis
    • Genital Herpes
    • Human Papillomaviruses (HPVs) and Genital Warts
    • Chancroid
    • Ectoparasitic Infections
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
    • Hepatitis B
    • Hepatitis C
    • Conclusions
  • Arthritis Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. When joints are inflamed they can develop stiffness, warmth, swelling, redness...learn more »
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    Arthritis Article
    • Arthritis facts
    • What is arthritis?
    • How many types of arthritis exist?
    • What causes arthritis?
    • What are risk factors for arthritis?
    • What are arthritis symptoms and signs?
    • Who is affected by arthritis?
    • How do health-care professionals diagnose arthritis? Why is a diagnosis important?
    • Is there an arthritis diet?
    • Are there foods to avoid when you have arthritis?
    • What is the treatment for arthritis?
    • What are the prognosis (outlook) for arthritis, and what are arthritis complications?
    • Is it possible to prevent arthritis?
    • What is a rheumatologist, and what specialties of doctors treat arthritis?
    • What is the Arthritis Foundation?
  • Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence) Erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence) is the failure to achieve or maintain an erection. There are many potential underlying...learn more »
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    Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence) Article
    • Erectile dysfunction (impotence) facts
    • What is erectile dysfunction (ED)?
    • What are erectile dysfunction symptoms and signs?
    • What is normal penis anatomy?
    • How common is erectile dysfunction?
    • How does erection occur?
    • How is erection sustained?
    • What are erectile dysfunction risk factors?
    • What causes erectile dysfunction?
    • How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?
    • What drugs treat erectile dysfunction?
    • What is the treatment for erectile dysfunction?
    • Oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors
    • Sildenafil (Viagra)
    • Vardenafil (Levitra)
    • Tadalafil (Cialis)
    • Avanafil (Stendra)
    • What are intracavernosal injections?
    • What are intraurethral suppositories?
    • How effective is testosterone in treating erectile dysfunction?
    • Can a penis pump (vacuum device) help erectile dysfunction?
    • Can low testosterone level be replaced?
    • What about psychological therapy for erectile dysfunction?
    • Surgery for erectile dysfunction
    • Can over-the-counter (OTC) and/or natural or home remedies treat erectile dysfunction?
    • Is it possible to prevent erectile dysfunction?
    • What is the prognosis for erectile dysfunction?
    • What research is being done for erectile dysfunction?
  • STDs in Men Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections transmitted during sexual contact. They may be caused by viruses, bacteria,...learn more »
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    STDs in Men Article
    • What are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
    • Who is at risk for STDs?
    • What causes STDs in men?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of STDs in men?
    • List of STDs in men
    • Chlamydia
    • Gonorrhea
    • Trichomoniasis
    • HIV
    • Genital herpes
    • Genital warts (HPV)
    • Hepatitis
    • Syphilis
    • How are STDs in men diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for STDs in men?
    • What is the prognosis for STDs in men?
    • Can STDs in men be prevented?
  • Sexual Problems in Men Male sexual dysfunction can be caused by physical or psychological problems. Common sexual problems in men include erectile...learn more »
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    Sexual Problems in Men Article
    • What are sexual problems in men?
    • What is the physiology of sexual function?
    • How are sexual problems in men diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for sexual problems in men?
    • What are the different types of sexual dysfunction in men?
    • What is low libido?
    • What are risk factors for low libido?
    • What causes low libido?
    • What are the symptoms of low libido?
    • What is erectile dysfunction?
    • What are the risk factors for erectile dysfunction?
    • What causes erectile dysfunction?
    • What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?
    • What is the treatment for erectile dysfunction?
    • What are nonsurgical treatments for erectile dysfunction?
    • What are surgical treatments for erectile dysfunction?
    • What is premature ejaculation?
    • What causes premature ejaculation?
    • What are the symptoms of premature ejaculation?
    • What is the treatment for premature ejaculation?
    • What is disordered orgasm?
    • What causes disordered orgasm?
    • What is the treatment for disordered orgasm?
    • What are other kinds of sexual dysfunction in men?
    • At what age do men experience sexual dysfunction?
    • What kinds of professionals treat sexual problems in men?
    • Can sexual problems in men be prevented?
    • What is the prognosis for sexual problems in men?
  • Stroke A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain caused by either a blood clot (ischemic) or bleeding...learn more »
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    Stroke Article
    • Stroke facts
    • What is a stroke?
    • What are the different types of stroke?
    • What causes a stroke?
    • What are the risk factors for stroke?
    • What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
    • What are the warning signs of a stroke?
    • What are the symptoms of a stroke?
    • How is a stroke diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for stroke?
    • What is the prognosis for stroke?
    • Is recovery after a stroke possible?
    • What is stroke rehabilitation?
    • Can strokes be prevented?
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is the most common and serious complication of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), aside from...learn more »
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    Pelvic Inflammatory Disease Article
    • Pelvic inflammatory disease facts*
    • What causes pelvic inflammatory disease?
    • How common is pelvic inflammatory disease?
    • Are some women more likely to get pelvic inflammatory disease?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of pelvic inflammatory disease?
    • What is the treatment for pelvic inflammatory disease?
    • What should I do if I think I have an STI (sexually transmitted disease)
    • How can I keep myself from getting PID?
  • Prostatitis (Inflammation of the Prostate Gland) Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate gland. Causes of prostatitis include STDs, bacteria from urinary tract infections...learn more »
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    Prostatitis (Inflammation of the Prostate Gland) Article
    • Prostatitis facts
    • Prostatitis definition
    • What causes prostatitis?
    • What are the risk factors for prostatitis?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of prostatitis?
    • When should I see my doctor for prostatitis?
    • How is the diagnosis of prostatitis made?
    • What is the treatment for prostatitis?
    • What are the complications of prostatitis?
    • What is the prognosis for prostatitis?
    • Prostatitis conclusion
  • Heart Attack Heart attack happens when a blood clot completely obstructs a coronary artery supplying blood to the heart muscle. A heart attack...learn more »
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    Heart Attack Article
    • Heart attack facts
    • What is a heart attack?
    • What causes a heart attack?
    • What are the symptoms of a heart attack?
    • What are the complications of a heart attack?
    • What are the risk factors for atherosclerosis and heart attack?
    • How is a heart attack diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for heart attack?
    • What are the risk factors for heart attack in women?
    • What are the symptoms of heart attack in women and how is heart attack diagnosed?
    • How is heart attack in women treated?
    • What about hormone therapy and heart attack in women?
    • What is new in heart attack?
  • Prostate Cancer Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men after skin cancer. Risk factors include age, family history, ethnicity, and...learn more »
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    Prostate Cancer Article
    • Prostate cancer facts*
    • What is prostate cancer?
    • What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?
    • How is prostate cancer diagnosed?
    • Prostate cancer biopsy results
    • The accuracy of the PSA test
    • What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?
    • What are the stages of prostate cancer?
    • What is the prognosis for prostate cancer?
    • What are the treatment options for prostate cancer?
    • Watchful waiting
    • Surgery
    • Radiation therapy
    • Cryotherapy
    • Hormonal therapy
    • Chemotherapy
    • Immunotherapy
    • Targeted therapy
    • Bisphosphonates
    • Monoclonal antibody therapy
    • Radiopharmaceuticals
    • Research techniques
    • Complementary and alternative care approaches
    • Prostate cancer prevention
  • Male Breast Cancer Male breast cancer accounts for 1% of all breast cancers, and most cases are found in men between the ages of 60 and 70. A man's...learn more »
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    Male Breast Cancer Article
    • Male breast cancer facts
    • What is male breast cancer?
    • How common is male breast cancer?
    • What are causes and risk factors of male breast cancer?
    • What are the different types of male breast cancer?
    • What are male breast cancer symptoms and signs?
    • How is male breast cancer diagnosed?
    • What is staging of male breast cancer?
    • What is the treatment for male breast cancer?
    • What is the outcome (prognosis) of male breast cancer?
  • Stress Stress occurs when forces from the outside world impinge on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life. However,...learn more »
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    Stress Article
    • Stress facts
    • What is stress?
    • A brief history of stress
    • What are the signs and symptoms of poorly managed stress?
    • Who is most vulnerable to stress? What are the risk factors for stress?
    • Teen stress
    • What is the healthy response to stress?
    • How does the response to stress work?
    • What is the role of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (grouping) in stress?
    • What is the role of the locus coeruleus in stress?
    • How do the connections in the brain work in stress?
    • What do we know about using (activating) and overusing our internal systems that respond to stress?
    • What are the effects of stress on medical and psychological conditions?
    • Conclusions about the effects of stress
    • What can people do for stress management? What are home remedies to combat stress symptoms?
    • What's in the future for stress?
  • Cardiovascular Disease (CVD, Heart Disease) Heart disease (coronary artery disease) occurs when plaque builds up in the coronary arteries, the vessels that supply blood to...learn more »
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    Cardiovascular Disease (CVD, Heart Disease) Article
    • What is cardiovascular disease?
    • What are the risk factors for cardiovascular disease?
    • What causes cardiovascular disease?
    • What are the symptoms of cardiovascular?
    • How is cardiovascular disease diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for cardiovascular disease?
    • What is the prognosis for cardiovascular disease?
    • Can cardiovascular disease be prevented?
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH or enlarged prostate) is very common in men over 50 years of age. This noncancerous enlargement...learn more »
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    Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Article
    • Benign prostatic hyperplasia facts
    • What is the prostate gland?
    • How does the doctor detect prostate enlargement?
    • What is benign prostatic hyperplasia?
    • When does benign prostatic hyperplasia start?
    • What happens in BPH? What are symptoms of BPH?
    • How common is BPH? Are there any risk factors?
    • Is BPH a type of cancer?
    • Is BPH always treated?
    • How is BPH treated?
    • Are there other non-cancerous prostate problems?
    • Can prostate problems be prevented?
  • Diabetes Treatment The major goal in treating diabetes is controlling elevated blood sugar without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar....learn more »
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    Diabetes Treatment Article
    • Diabetes treatment facts
    • What is the treatment for diabetes?
    • Medications for type 2 diabetes
    • Meglitinides (Prandin and Starlix)
    • Sulfonylureas
    • Metformin (Glucophage)
    • Canagliflozin (Invokana) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga)
    • Thiazolidinediones: pioglitazone (Actos) and rosiglitazone (Avandia)
    • Acarbose (Precose)
    • Pramlintide (Symlin)
    • Exenatide (Byetta)
    • Liraglutide (Victoza)
    • Long-acting exenatide (Bydureon)
    • Albiglutide (Tanzeum)
    • Dulaglutide (Trulicity)
    • DPP-IV inhibitors (sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin)
    • Combination medications
    • Treatment of diabetes with insulin
    • Different methods of delivering insulin
    • Diabetes diet
    • The future of pancreas transplantation
  • Chronic Pain Chronic pain is pain (an unpleasant sense of discomfort) that persists or progresses over a long period of time. In contrast to...learn more »
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    Chronic Pain Article
    • Chronic pain facts*
    • Introduction to chronic pain
    • The A to Z of pain
    • How is pain diagnosed?
    • Pain management
    • What is the role of age and gender in pain?
    • A pain primer: what do we know about pain?
    • What is the future of pain research?
    • Spine basics: the vertebrae, discs and spinal cord
    • The nervous system
    • Phantom pain: how does the brain feel?
    • Chili peppers, capsaicin and pain
    • Marijuana for pain treatment
    • Nerve blocks for pain treatment
    • Where can I get more information about pain?
  • Stress and Heart Disease The connection between stress and heart disease is not clear. Stress itself may be a risk factor, or high levels of stress may...learn more »
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    Stress and Heart Disease Article
    • Heart disease and stress introduction
    • How Does Stress Increase the Risk for Heart Disease?
    • Does Stress Affect Everyone the Same?
    • What Causes Stress?
    • What Are the Warning Signs of Stress?
    • How Can I Cope With Stress?
    • How Can I Keep a Positive Attitude?
    • How Can I Reduce My Stressors?
    • How Can I Learn How to Relax?
    • Guidelines for Healthy Eating to Fight Stress
    • What if Sleep Problems Are Contributing to my Stress
  • Urinary Incontinence There are many types of urinary incontinence (UI), which is the accidental leakage of urine. These types include stress...learn more »
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    Urinary Incontinence Article
    • Urinary incontinence (UI) in men facts
    • Urinary incontinence (UI) introduction
    • What causes urinary incontinence (UI) in men? What are symptoms and signs of urinary incontinence in men?
    • How is urinary incontinence (UI) in men diagnosed?
    • How is urinary incontinence (UI) in men treated?
    • How do you do Kegel exercises?
    • What research is being done on urinary incontinence in men?
    • Where can people find more information on urinary incontinence in men?
  • Urinary Incontinence in Women Millions of women suffer from urinary incontinence (UI). UI occurs twice as often in women as in men. There are many types of...learn more »
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    Urinary Incontinence in Women Article
    • Urinary incontinence (UI) in women facts*
    • What is urinary incontinence?
    • What are the types of urinary incontinence?
    • How is incontinence evaluated?
    • How is incontinence treated?
    • Points to remember
    • Hope through research
    • For more information
  • Menopause and Sex Menopause is often associated with a change in sexual functioning. Loss of estrogen, bladder control issues, anxiety, stress,...learn more »
    In This Article
    Menopause and Sex Article
    • Menopause and sex facts
    • How does menopause affect sexual function?
    • What are some symptoms of menopause that can affect sexual function?
    • What are some treatments for troubling symptoms of menopause?
    • What are some ways to improve sexual function after menopause?
  • Sexual Problems (Sex) in Women Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem that arises during any phase of the sexual response cycle, preventing an individual or...learn more »
    In This Article
    Sexual Problems (Sex) in Women Article
    • What causes female sexual problems?
    • Who is affected by sexual problems?
    • How do sexual problems affect women?
    • How is a female sexual problem diagnosed?
    • How are female sexual problems treated?
    • Can female sexual problems be cured?
    • How do hormones affect sexual function?
    • What effect does a hysterectomy have on sexual function?
    • How does menopause affect a woman's sexual function?
    • When should I call my doctor about sexual problems?
  • Sexual Health Sexual health information including birth control, impotence, herpes, sexually transmitted diseases, staying healthy, women's...learn more »
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    Sexual Health Article
    • What is the most common cause of sex problems among men and women?
    • What is the most common sexual problem in men?
    • What is the true definition of erectile dysfunction -- and what are the most common causes?
    • What causes sexual dysfunction in women?
    • What causes pain in the penis?
    • Why do some women have painful intercourse?
    • What is retrograde ejaculation, and how is it treated?
    • Is having an erection for an extended period of time dangerous?
    • Which medications commonly cause sex problems for men or women?
    • Is it true that sex can actually give some people a headache?
  • Sexual Response Cycle (Phases of Sexual Response) There are four phases to the sexual response for men and women. Couple do not usually reach each phase at the same time, and they...learn more »
    In This Article
    Sexual Response Cycle (Phases of Sexual Response) Article
    • Introduction to the sexual response cycle
    • What are the phases of the sexual response cycle?
    • Phase 1: Excitement
    • Phase 2: Plateau
    • Phase 3: Orgasm
    • Phase 4: Resolution
  • Stress Management Techniques Stress may be considered as any physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental unrest and that may be a...learn more »
    In This Article
    Stress Management Techniques Article
    • Stress-management facts
    • What is stress?
    • Who is most susceptible to stress?
    • What are the symptoms and effects of excess stress or "out-of-control" stress?
    • What can I do to better manage stress?
    • Exercise
    • Relaxation techniques and meditation
    • Other stress-management strategies; Time management
    • Organizational skills
    • Support systems
    • How can I get help with stress management?
  • Tips for Managing Type 1 and 2 Diabetes at Home Managing your diabetes is a full time commitment. The goal of diabetic therapy is to control blood glucose levels and prevent the...learn more »
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    Tips for Managing Type 1 and 2 Diabetes at Home Article
    • Diabetes home care management facts
    • What is diabetes?
    • What is the treatment for diabetes?
    • Exercise therapy for diabetes
    • Diet therapy for diabetes
    • Diabetes and drug therapy
    • How is diabetic treatment monitored at home?
    • Blood glucose reagent strips
    • Blood glucose meters
    • Urine glucose tests
    • Tests for urinary ketones
    • Blood glucose
    • Continuous glucose sensors (CGMS)
    • Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) testing
  • Masturbation Just about everybody masturbates. Masturbation itself is the self-stimulation of the male or female genitals to achieve sexual...learn more »
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    Masturbation Article
    • Introduction to masturbation
    • Who masturbates?
    • Why do people masturbate?
    • Is masturbation normal?
    • Is masturbation harmful?
  • Sex, Urinary, and Bladder Problems of Diabetes Having diabetes can mean early onset and increased severity of bladder symptoms (urinary incontinence and urinary tract...learn more »
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    Sex, Urinary, and Bladder Problems of Diabetes Article
    • Sexual and urological problems of diabetes facts*
    • Introduction to sexual and urological problems of diabetes
    • Diabetes and sexual problems
    • What sexual problems can occur in men with diabetes?
    • What sexual problems can occur in women with diabetes?
    • Diabetes and urologic problems
    • Who is at risk for developing sexual and urologic problems of diabetes?
    • Can diabetes-related sexual and urologic problems be prevented?
    • Sexual and Urologic Problems of Diabetes At A Glance
    • Hope through research
  • Depression in the Elderly Depression in the elderly is very common. That doesn't mean, though, it's normal. Treatment may involve antidepressants,...learn more »
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    Depression in the Elderly Article
    • How does depression in the elderly differ from depression in younger adults?
    • How is insomnia related to depression in the elderly?
    • What are risk factors for depression in the elderly?
    • What types of treatment are available for depression in the elderly?
    • How do antidepressants relieve depression in the elderly?
    • Can psychotherapy help relieve depression in the elderly?
    • Who may benefit from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?
    • What other problems affect treatment of depression in the elderly?
  • Diabetes: Caring for Your Diabetes at Special Times Taking care of a disease such as diabetes is a life-long process. Learn how to care for yourself or loved one with diabetes in...learn more »
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    Diabetes: Caring for Your Diabetes at Special Times Article
    • Introduction
    • When You Are Sick
    • When You're at School or Work
    • When You're Away from Home
    • When There's and Emergency or Natural Disaster
    • When You're Planning a Pregnancy
    • People Who Can Help You
    • Other Helpful Tips to Control Your Diabetes