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National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

Related Content Compendium of Federal Datasets Addressing Health Disparities This is a free resource of publicly available data relevant to research and programs aiming to reduce...

Reticulocyte Count: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What is a reticulocyte count? Reticulocytes are red blood cells that are still developing. They are also known as immature red blood cells. Reticulocytes are...

Strep A Test: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What do the results mean? If you or your child has a positive result on a rapid strep test, it means you have strep throat...

Strep B Test: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What happens during a group B strep test? If you are pregnant, your health care provider may order a swab test or a urine test. For...
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How to Talk with Your Doctor About Sensitive Issues

Much of the communication between doctor and patient is personal. To have a good partnership with your doctor, it is important to talk about...
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Discussing Health Decisions with Your Doctor

Ask About Different Treatment Options You will benefit most from a treatment when you know what is happening and are involved in making decisions. Make...
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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Visit

On this page: Have you ever left your doctor’s office realizing you forgot to ask an important question? Or were you frustrated because you didn’t...

17 Questions to Ask When Choosing a New Doctor

There are many reasons why you might be looking for a new doctor. Maybe you've moved to another...
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Kawasaki Disease: Signs, Symptoms & Diagnosis

What are the symptoms? Kawasaki disease (KD) is diagnosed when a patient runs a fever of 101°F – 104°F and above for at least five...
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Information on COVID-19 and Pregnant Women and Children

Q: Are pregnant women more susceptible to infection, or at increased risk for severe illness, morbidity, or mortality with COVID-19, compared with...

Transmission of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it...
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Life after cancer: Tips for finding your new normal

At the end of treatment, many cancer survivors have mixed emotions: grateful for treatment but happy to be done; excited to move on, yet...

A visual guide to 6 conditions that cause skin discoloration

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that causes your skin to lose color, often resulting in white patches on your skin that cover both sides...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Situation Summary From National Institute of Health

Updated March 3, 2020 Background CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by...

Alcohol-Related Deaths Increase Nationwide | NIH News in Health

March 2020 Print this issue A recent study found that deaths involving alcohol more than doubled in the U.S. between...

Maintain Your Muscle | NIH News in Health

March 2020 Print this issue Strength Training at Any AgeYou’ve likely heard that exercise can help you live a longer,...

Dr. Roger Fielding on Strength Training for Older Adults

March 2020 Print this issue Excerpts from our conversation with Dr. Roger Fielding, an NIH-funded exercise and aging specialist at...

Finger Numbness | NIH News in Health

March 2020 Print this issue Could It Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?Do you have tingling or numbness in your hand or...
Tourists, some wearing a mask, queue to enter the Louvre museum Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 in Paris. . The world is scrambling to get on top of the new coronavirus outbreak that has spread from its epicenter in China to most corners of the planet. Governments and doctors are presenting an array of approaches as the virus disrupts daily routines, business plans and international travel around the world (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)

2019 novel coronavirus: Get the facts

In December 2019, health officials found that people in Wuhan, China, were getting sick from a respiratory illness. Scientists determined it was caused by...

Coronavirus and “Alternative” Treatments | NCCIH

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses found in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, and bats. A new strain of coronavirus...

Advice for public

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and...

SmartMoves – Cure SMA

Until recently, there were no treatment options available for children diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a serious and life-threatening neuromuscular disease. In December...

Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Why am I receiving these test results? When your baby was born, blood was taken to test for conditions that could affect your child’s health....

Infants and Children with SMA

SMA does not affect the brain or its development, and thus it does not affect an individual’s ability to learn and succeed academically. Parents...

Testing & Diagnosis – Cure SMA

When a baby is born, a small blood sample is taken. This sample is then screened for a number of genetic conditions. In 2018,...
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Suicide Risk Screening: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What happens during a suicide risk screening? A screening may be done by your primary care provider or a mental health provider. A mental health...
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Prenatal Cell-Free DNA Screening: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What is a prenatal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening? Prenatal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) screening is a blood test for pregnant women. During pregnancy, some of an...

Fall Risk Assessment: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What happens during a fall risk assessment? Many providers use an approach developed by the CDC called STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries). STEADI...

Chickenpox and Shingles Tests: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What are chickenpox and shingles tests? These tests check to see if you are or have ever been infected with the varicella zoster virus (VZV)....

Mononucleosis (Mono) Tests: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What are mononucleosis (mono) tests? Mononucleosis (mono) is an infectious disease caused by a virus. The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the most common cause of...

Electrolyte Panel: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What is an electrolyte panel? Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals that help control the amount of fluids and the balance of acids and bases in...

Acid-Fast Bacillus (AFB) Tests: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What are acid-fast bacillus (AFB) tests? Acid-fast bacillus (AFB) is a type of bacteria that causes tuberculosis and certain other infections. Tuberculosis, commonly known as...

Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Test: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What is an alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) test? This test measures the amount of alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) in the blood. AAT is a protein that is...

Triiodothyronine (T3) Tests: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What is a triiodothyronine (T3) test? This test measures the level of triiodothyronine (T3) in your blood. T3 is one of two major hormones made...

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Screening: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What do the results mean? If results show signs of ASD, your provider may refer you to specialists for more testing and/or treatment. These specialists...

Advances in Liver Cancer Research

NCI-funded researchers are working to advance our understanding of how to prevent, detect early, and treat liver cancer in adults and children....
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SMArt Moves: Know the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Warning Signs

Know the Warning Signs Understand Motor Delays When you know what to look for, the...
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Residential Facilities, Assisted Living, and Nursing Homes

At some point, support from family, friends, and local programs may not be enough. People who require help full-time might move to a residential...
In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, photo, a medical worker records down a patient's condition at Jinyintan Hospital designated for new coronavirus infected patients, in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020 on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Chinatopix via AP)

Coronavirus Testing: MedlinePlus Lab Test Information

What is coronavirus testing? Coronavirus testing looks for signs of a coronavirus infection in nasal secretions, blood, or other...
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Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention―When It’s Not Swimming Time

Swimming pools can have a powerful pull on little children―even when it's not swimming time. Those glistening turquoise-blue ripples may look especially inviting to...

How to Stay Healthy around Pets

Source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRelated MedlinePlus Pages: Animal Diseases and Your Health, Pet Health Source link

Vitiligo: What You Need to Know

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Treating vitiligo: Studies look for long-term options

"Many people believe that vitiligo is a rare disease," says National Institutes...

Finding self-confidence with vitiligo | NIH MedlinePlus Magazine

Tonja Johnson was 41 years old when she noticed a small, white...

Acid reflux, Heartburn, and GERD: What’s the difference?

You feel something rising in your throat. It burns and tastes acidic....

What’s new in heartburn research?

Working with NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,...

4 important heartburn facts you should know about

Despite what it's called, heartburn—or that burning feeling in your chest—has nothing...

Heartburn: What you need to know

Heartburn is a burning feeling in your chest or throat. Despite its...

Investigating bone marrow transplants: A cure for some sickle cell disease patients

Sickle cell disease (SCD) specialists have performed bone marrow transplants in children...
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Finding Her Voice: A Teacher’s Heartburn Experience

For nearly 20 years, Laurie Hayes struggled with losing her voice. The preschool teacher, who once sang in local bands, never imagined that a condition...
Sickle Cell

Updates From National Institute of Health’s Sickle Cell Disease Scientists

Many people with sickle cell disease (SCD) are healthier and living longer thanks in part to research led and supported by the National Institutes...

Treating sickle cell disease in children around the world

Russell E. Ware, M.D., Ph.D., had been researching sickle cell disease (SCD)...

New NIH study may help predict those at risk for severe MS

Researchers may soon be able to look at images of our brains...

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

The 2019 Novel coronavirus infection is caused by a member of the coronavirus family of viruses that can affect people and animals. Coronaviruses can...

Coronavirus

Source: Medical EncyclopediaRelated MedlinePlus Pages: Coronavirus Infections Source link

Common Human Coronaviruses

Source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRelated MedlinePlus Pages: Coronavirus Infections Source link

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the U.S.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and PreventionRelated MedlinePlus Pages: Coronavirus Infections Source link
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Why Jordin Sparks Wants More People to Talk About Sickle Cell Disease

"We need to end the stigma that can come with sickle cell disease. No one should feel alienated because they are in pain." - Jordin...

SmartMoves – Cure SMA

Know the Warning Signs Understand Motor Delays When you know what to look for, the signs of a motor delay can be easy to spot. Children with...
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What Is a Chylothorax?

What Is a Chylothorax? A chlylothorax is when chyle (lymphatic fluid) collects in the space around a lung. ...
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Central Lines (Central Venous Catheters) (for Parents)

What Are Central Lines? A central line (or central venous catheter) is like an intravenous (IV) line. But it is much longer than a regular IV...
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5 Important Things to Know About Handling Flour Safely: What You Need to Know

OUTBREAK Since 2009 there have been several outbreaks of foodborne illness involving raw flour or raw flour-containing products...
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What is Pantothenic Acid and What Does it Do?

What is pantothenic acid and what does it do? Pantothenic acid (also called vitamin B5) helps turn the food...
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Hemodialysis (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth

What Is Hemodialysis? Hemodialysis is a medical treatment that uses a machine with a special filter to take waste and extra water out of the blood....
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Peritoneal Dialysis (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth

What Is Peritoneal Dialysis? Peritoneal dialysis is a medical treatment that uses the lining of the belly as...
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Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC Line) (for Parents)

What Are PICC Lines? A peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC line) is a type of central line. A central line (also called a central venous catheter) is...
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22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (for Parents)

What Is 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome? 22q11.2 deletion syndrome is a genetic condition that some babies are born with. A genetic condition happens when there is a problem...
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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Advice for the Public: Myth Busters From National Institute of Health

Are hand dryers effective in killing the new coronavirus? No. Hand dryers are not effective in killing the 2019-nCoV. To protect yourself against the new...

Heart-Healthy Living | National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

A heart-healthy eating plan limits sodium (salt), saturated and trans fats, added sugars, and alcohol. Understanding nutrition labels can help you choose healthier foods....
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Dialysis (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth

What Is Dialysis? Dialysis (dye-AL-ih-sis) is a medical treatment that can take over the job of cleaning the blood when the kidneys can't. Why Do People Need...
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Myasthenia Gravis (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth

What Is Myasthenia Gravis? Myasthenia gravis (or myasthenia) is a condition that causes weakness in the voluntary muscles (the muscles we can control). The weakness can come...

Cholesterol Medications | American Heart Association

Help to control your cholesterol levels For some people, lifestyle changes, like a better diet and more exercise, may prevent or treat unhealthy cholesterol levels....
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What is Pseudogout?

DESCRIPTION Pseudogout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that causes joint inflammation due to the body depositing calcium pyrophosphate...
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Tunneled Central Lines (for Parents)

What Are Tunneled Central Lines? A tunneled central line is a type of central line. A central line (also called a central venous catheter) is like an...
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Managing Withdrawal | Smokefree

The most common symptoms include: Having cravings for cigarettes Feeling down or sad Having trouble sleeping Feeling irritable‚ on edge‚ or grouchy Having trouble...
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Implanted Ports (for Parents) – Nemours KidsHealth

What Are Implanted Ports? An implanted port is a type of central line. A central line (also called a central venous catheter) is like an intravenous (IV)...
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Craniofrontonasal syndrome – Genetics Home Reference

Craniofrontonasal syndrome is a rare condition characterized by the premature closure of certain bones of the skull (craniosynostosis) during development, which affects the shape...
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Tips for Living Alone with Early-Stage Dementia

Learn about ways to cope with changes, prepare for the future, and stay active. Have you been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy...
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What Do We Know About Diet and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can eating a specific food or following a particular diet help prevent or delay dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease? Many studies suggest that what...

Could Calorie Restriction Mimetics Hold the Key?

On this page: For decades, researchers have studied eating patterns—what, when, and how much we eat—to see how they...

People at Risk: Children Under Five

Download full-resolution infographic Children younger than five years are at an increased risk for foodborne illness and related health complications because their immune...
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How EPA Regulates Drinking Water Contaminants | Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)

How does EPA decide which contaminants to regulate? EPA has drinking water regulations for more than 90 contaminants. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) includes...
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Rural Health Policy Introduction – Rural Health Information Hub

ow do we ensure access to affordable, high quality healthcare for rural residents? How can Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement approaches allow rural healthcare facilities to keep...
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Blood Proteins Change Across the Lifespan

Proteins are one of the main building blocks of the body. They hold skin, muscles, and bone together. They also perform many...

Gut Troubles | NIH News in Health

February 2020 Print this issue Pain, Gassiness, Bloating, and MoreEveryone has pain or discomfort in their gut occasionally. Maybe you...

Disrupted Speech | NIH News in Health

February 2020 Print this issue Why Do We Stutter?Stuttering affects more people than you might think. Roughly 3 million Americans...

The Diabetic Diet | American Heart Association

If you’re a person with diabetes, you may juggle a lot of concerns. Eating a healthy diet is a big part of the balancing...
This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

CDC: What to Do if You Are Sick with 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

If you are sick with 2019-nCoV follow the steps below to help prevent 2019-nCoV from spreading to people in your home...

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