Demystifying Your Health 2021

Flatus

What is it? It’s something that we’re all familiar with and, in most cases, embarrassed by. You’re...

Migraines

Why does your head hurt? If you’ve ever had a headache, you know how painful it can be. Sometimes,...

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Why is it so dangerous? You’ve always heard that you shouldn’t run your car with the garage door...

Human Papillomavirus

Why is it so essential to prevent? The human papillomavirus has been in the news a lot in recent...

Pubic Lice

Why are they also called crabs? You go to take your shower and notice that there seem to be tiny...

Genital Herpes

What’s causing those tiny bumps? One day, you’re going to the bathroom and notice small red bumps...

Syphilis

Why must it be treated? You’ve probably heard of syphilis before. Most people assume that it’s a...

Trichomoniasis

What causes it? One morning you wake up and go to the bathroom, you notice that it burns when you...

Postpartum Depression

Why are you feeling sad? You’ve just had your first baby and were super excited to welcome him...

Uterine Prolapse

What is going on with your stomach? Over the past several months, you’ve noticed that your lower...

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Why are you getting sick all the time? You just found out that you’re pregnant with your first...

Endometriosis

Why are you having so much pain? Every month when you have your menstrual cycle, you experience...

Fungal Nail Infection

How do you know if you have one? One day you notice that the nails on your right foot seem to be...

Scabies

How do you end up with them? Just hearing the word “scabies” can make some people itchy. Most of...

Toxoplasmosis

Who should be worried? When you hear the word toxoplasmosis, what’s the first thing you think of?...

Listeria

Is it in your food? One foodborne illness that can be very serious, especially for pregnant women,...

Giardia

Where does it come from? You spent a nice, relaxing weekend out on the lake swimming, kayaking,...

Shigella

What is it? One afternoon, you’re at work when your stomach starts cramping, and you make a run...

Salmonella

How can you avoid it? You’re in the kitchen cooking and crack open an egg for the omelet you’re...

Gastric Ulcers

Is that why your stomach hurts? You’re sleeping peacefully one night when suddenly, you’re woken...

Dysphagia

Why is it hard to swallow? You’re eating dinner with your parents and notice that your dad seems...

Hay Fever

Is it why you’re sneezing? You’re visiting your grandmother in her suburban house, and she notices...

Bad Breath

What can you do about it? We’ve all been there…you’re talking to someone and get a whiff of their...

Plantar Warts

What’s causing that bump on your foot? One day, you’re putting your socks on before heading out...

Burns

How do you know if it’s bad? You’re cooking dinner, and the water you’ve got on the stove starts...

Bursitis

What is this? All day long, you’ve been sitting at your desk and notice that your elbow looks red...

Ruptured Disc

Is this serious? The doctor decides to send you for some tests once she finds out that you’ve been...

Spinal Stenosis

Why are your hand and arm numb? After getting out of bed, your neck is hurting, and your right arm...

Tremors

What causes them? One day when you get up from a chair, you notice that your legs are shaking...

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Does it really come from cows? You might know that there was an outbreak of Creutzfeldt-Jakob...

Trigeminal neuralgia

Why does your face hurt? One morning as you’re brushing your teeth before work, you experience a...

Dysautonomia

What’s wrong with your nervous system? You’re sitting on the couch, watching TV, and get up to go...

Encephalitis

Why does your brain get inflamed? When you hear the word encephalitis, you probably think of...

Huntington’s Disease

What impacts does it have? Unless you have a family history of or know someone with Huntington’s...

Galactosemia

Is it causing your baby to be sick? After feeding your newborn daughter, she starts vomiting. She...

Fragile X Syndrome

How often does it occur? Your son was just born, and the doctor says that his head looks larger...

Cystic Fibrosis

What causes it? You’re at a prenatal visit for your first child, and the doctor mentions that...

Thrush

What’s the white stuff in your child’s mouth? One day after bathing your son, you’re getting ready...

Shaken Baby Syndrome

Why can it occur? One day, you’re visiting a friend and notice that her newborn baby is having...

Dyslexia

Why is it so difficult to read? Your school-aged daughter is “reading” her book to you out loud,...

Cleft Lip

Why does it occur? The nurse hands you your newborn daughter after cleaning her up. As you look at...

Hydrocephalus

What does it mean to have too much fluid in the brain? One day, you go to check on your infant son...

Heart Valve Disease

Why is this concerning? Heart valves play an essential role in your heart’s ability to function....

Cardiomyopathy

What does it mean for your heart? You’re at the doctor’s because lately you’ve been feeling...

Mitral Valve Regurgitation

What’s going on with your heart? Lately, when you’ve been out for your daily run, you notice that...

Fallot’s Tetralogy

How common is it? Your baby was just born and she’s perfect! The pediatrician examines your baby...

Myasthenia Gravis

What’s going on with your eyes? You’re working at your computer when you start seeing double and...

Sjögren’s Syndrome

Why are your eyes and mouth so dry? Over the past several weeks, you notice that your eyes have...

Hashimoto’s Disease

Why do you have a lump on your neck? One morning, you’re getting dressed as you adjust your shirt,...

Graves’ Disease

What does it have to do with your thyroid? For a couple of weeks, you notice that you have a...