Acute and chronic inflammation The body’s normal reaction to a warning is called acute inflammation. “The body marshals its defenses to prevent injury or infection,” says Alan Mensch, MD, senior vice president of medical affairs at Northwell’s Plainview Hospital. Signs of this reaction include swelling, dilated blood vessels, heat, redness, and pain. “Once the threat
Our hearts resemble an engine in so many ways. If this muscular organ doesn’t receive the attention it needs, you could end up in the emergency room. Take care of your heart and pay attention to the signs it sends you. Check out the unexpected signs of an unhealthy heart!
Just because you’re not too sad and listless to get out of bed doesn’t mean you may not be depressed. Here’s what you need to know about high-functioning depression. You decline social invitations High-functioning depression can impact your quality of life, dampening your enthusiasm for work, school, family, and even social activities. A change in
Colon, or colorectal cancer, is any cancer involving the large intestine and/or rectum, and can be as painful as that sounds. Unfortunately, it is very common, with almost 150,000 new cases diagnosed each year. “In the United States, it remains the second most lethal cancer in men and third most in women,” Amir Masoud, MD,
So often your lumps, bumps, rashes, and red spots are harmless. Occasionally, they’re a sign of something far more serious. Your neck looks dirty A rash-like discoloration called acanthosis nigricans “almost looks like dirt but has a velvety feel,” says Todd Jeremy Sontag, DO, a family medicine specialist with Orlando Health Physician Associates in Orlando,
Upper abdominal pain can be no big deal—or it can merit a trip to the ER. Here’s how experts say you can tell the difference. If it’s accompanied by sweating You should not be breaking out in a sweat due to pain. “Pain associated with sweating is always an indication of something bad,” says Cwanza
A brain aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel in the brain, according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s been described as looking like a berry hanging from a stem. While most aneurysms don’t rupture or create health problems, those that do trigger bleeding into the brain result in a hemorrhagic stroke. Strokes can lead
Heart attacks aren’t always the chest-grabbing, arm-numbing events you’d imagine. In fact, according to one study from the American Heart Association, 45 percent of all heart attacks in the United States are “silent,” meaning they don’t come with obvious symptoms. So how can you protect yourself from something that’s silent but deadly? Well, in addition
When looking at the various ways people attempt to cope with exposure to one or a series of traumatic events, it’s important to recognize the ways that they may manifest, says Gary Brown, PhD, a licensed psychotherapist in Los Angeles, CA who has worked with organizations like NASA and the Department of Defense. “You probably
Body odor, from head to toes, can alert doctors to potential health issues—even cancer. Find out what those distinctive smells may signal.