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  • Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles? THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- People who are married or live together drink less than single people, according to a new study. The findings show that "once you're in a committed relationship, your drinking frequency declines permanently, whereas quantity goes back up if you exit that relationship," said lead author Diana Dinescu, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. The researchers looked at more than 2,400 twin p...

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome? Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome (WPW) is a type of heart condition you are born with (congenital). It causes a rapid heart rate. If you have WPW, you may have episodes of palpitations or rapid heartbeats. WPW affects between 1 and 3 of every 1,000 people worldwide. Normally, electrical signals travel through your heart in an organized way to control your heartbeat. This allows blood to pass from the upper chambers of your heart (the a...

  • Wilson Disease

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Wilson Disease What is Wilson disease? Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that is passed from parents to children (inherited). It prevents your body from getting rid of extra copper in your system. Your body needs small amounts of copper from food to stay healthy. But too much copper is poisonous. Normally, your liver gets rid of extra copper by sending it out in bile. Bile is the digestive juice your liver makes. It carries toxins and waste out of your body through your GI tract (gastrointestina...

  • Wegener’s Granulomatosis

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Wegener’s Granulomatosis What is Wegener’s granulomatosis? Wegener’s granulomatosis, now called granulomatosis with polyangitis, is a condition of the immune system. It causes swelling and irritation in blood vessels and other tissues. This inflammation cuts down or stops the flow of blood to organs in the body. The condition mostly affects the respiratory system. This includes the sinuses, nose, windpipe, and lungs. It can also affect the kidneys. However, it can damage any organ in the body. What caus...

  • Wilms Tumor

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Wilms Tumor What is Wilms tumor? Wilms tumor is a cancerous tumor that starts in the cells of the kidney. It’s the most common type of kidney cancer in children. It’s usually found by the time a child is age 3 or 4. The tumor can be very large before it’s found. And it may spread (metastasize) to other body tissues. The most common site for Wilms tumor to spread is the lungs. But it may also spread to the liver, lymph nodes, other kidney, brain, and bones. What causes Wilms tumor? Most cases of Wilms tu...

  • Warts in Children

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Warts in Children What are skin warts? Warts on the skin are harmless growths. They are caused by a virus. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. What causes skin warts? Warts are caused by a type of human papillomavirus. Different types of warts are caused by different types of papillomavirus. Who is at risk for warts? Warts are more common in children than adults, but they can happen at any age. A person is more at risk for warts if he or she has either of these: Close contac...

  • West Nile Virus

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    West Nile Virus What is the West Nile virus? The West Nile virus is spread by insects, most often mosquitoes. The West Nile virus can infect humans, birds, mosquitoes, horses, and some other mammals. West Nile virus occurs in late summer and early fall in mild zones. It can also occur year-round in southern climates. Most often, the West Nile virus causes mild, flu-like symptoms. But, the virus can cause life-threatening illnesses, such as: Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) Meningitis (inflammati...

  • Whiplash Injury

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Whiplash Injury What is whiplash? Whiplash is an injury to your neck. It is caused by your neck bending forcibly forward and then backward, or vice versa. The injury, which is poorly understood, usually involves the muscles, discs, nerves, and tendons in your neck. What causes whiplash? Most whiplash injuries result from a collision that includes sudden acceleration or deceleration. Many whiplash injuries occur when you are involved in a rear-end automobile collision. They also happen as a result of a s...

  • Warts

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    Warts What are warts? Warts are noncancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age. Warts can spread to other parts of the body and to other people. There are many different types of warts, due to many different papillomavirus types (more than 100). Warts usually aren't painful, except when located on the feet. Most warts go away, without treatment, over an extended period of time. Common types of warts The followin...

  • What Can Disease Management Do for You?

    Posted: 08/25/2016

    What Can Diabetes Disease Management Do for You? Living with diabetes is a day-in, day-out job. A diabetes disease management program makes the job a little easier by giving you the information and support you need. It helps you take care of yourself and stick to your treatment plan. And in the long run, it may lead to better health and fewer complications. Improve your self-care According to the American Diabetes Association, a disease management program helps you learn essential skills for taking bett...