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What to know about a ruptured eardrum

Symptoms of a ruptured eardrum include ringing, hearing loss, and loss of balance. Causes include trauma to the ear and ear infection. A ruptured eardrum will often heal on its own. Learn more about r...

What causes a chronic sore throat?

Many factors can cause a chronic sore throat, including allergies, smoking, and infections. In this article, we explore the possible causes and describe when to see a doctor.

People with fibromyalgia have different gut bacteria

A new study shows that gut bacteria composition is different in people with fibromyalgia and that it varies with the severity of pain and other symptoms.

What to know about pulmonary tuberculosis

Pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) is a serious bacterial infection of the lungs. Symptoms include a persistent bad cough, chest pain, and breathlessness. TB can be life-threatening if a person does not rece...

Is chemotherapy effective for rheumatoid arthritis?

Chemotherapy drugs, such as methotrexate, are one of the first-line treatments for people with rheumatoid arthritis. These drugs can help relieve symptoms and prevent further joint damage. However, th...

Can turmeric help treat rheumatoid arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. A growing body of scientific research suggests that turmeric and one of its main compounds, curcumin, may ...

Rheumatoid factor: What to know

Rheumatoid factor is an immune system protein. Doctors can measure its levels using a blood test to help diagnose autoimmune conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Here, we explain the test, norm...

How a lethal toxin might help in the opioid crisis

In the midst of the opioid crisis, scientists are searching for nonaddictive alternatives. Some have turned to a toxin present in certain sea creatures.

Can naltrexone help with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Low doses of naltrexone are a recent, popular treatment for MS symptoms. In this article, we look at the research, action, and side effects of naltrexone for MS.

What causes lower back and hip pain?

In this article, we look at common causes of lower back and hip pain. We also discuss ways to relieve pain and when to see a doctor.

What to know about rib pain during pregnancy

Pain around the ribs is a common complaint during pregnancy. In this article, we look at the possible causes of rib pain during pregnancy and provide tips for relieving pain.

How do you know if you have a sprained ankle?

Signs of a sprained ankle include pain and swelling. Doctors grade sprains depending on severity. Causes include falling and overuse. Learn more about the signs of a sprained ankle here.

What to know about neuralgia

Neuralgia is a condition that causes shooting and burning pain in the nerves. There are many types of neuralgia. Treatment options include medications and surgery. Learn more about neuralgia here.

What to know about muscle atrophy

Muscle atrophy can occur due to poor nutrition, age, and genetics. Symptoms vary, and treatment may include physical therapy, functional electric stimulation, or surgery. Learn more about muscle atrophy here.

What to know about premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

Most females experience at least some symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This article explores the symptoms, causes, and treatments of PMS. We also discuss when to see a doctor about symptoms.

What are the side effects of tramadol?

Tramadol is a prescription pain medication. Some side effects are more common than others. This article looks at the common, rare, and serious side effects of tramadol.

What causes back pain on the lower right side?

Lower back pain is a common complaint. When back pain occurs on the lower right side, causes can include sprains and strains, kidney stones, infections, and conditions that affect the intestines or re...

What can cause a sore eyelid?

Causes of sore eyelids can include styes, chalazia, injuries, infections, and problems with contact lenses. Although sore eyelids often get better on their own, a person should see a doctor if they ex...

Knee pain from squatting: What to do

Squatting properly does not usually cause knee pain. However, if a person squats incorrectly or has a knee injury or knee condition, they may experience pain. Here, learn more about the causes of knee...

What can cause shoulder pain?

The shoulder is a complex and flexible joint, making it vulnerable to damage. Common causes of shoulder pain include injuries, general wear and tear, and inflammatory conditions. A person can often tr...

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