Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. Many people with fibromyalgia have tension headaches, temporomandibular joing disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Flu (See Influenza):
Food Poisoning: Food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness or disease, is any illness that results from eating contaminated food. Harmful bacteria are the most common cause of food poisoning, but other causes include viruses, parasites, toxins, and contaminants. The organisms that cause the most illnesses in the United States are Salmonella, Norovirus, Campylobacter, Toxoplasma, E. coli O157, Listeria, and Clostridium perfringens.
Gonorrhea: Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium. Gonorrhea can grow easily in the warm, moist areas of the reproductive tract, including the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes in women. It is estimated that, annually, 820,000 people in the United States get new gonorrhea infections. People can get gonorrhea by having sex with someone who has the disease.
Gynecologic Cancers: Gynecologic cancer is any cancer that starts in a woman’s reproductive organs. Gynecologic cancers begin in different places within a women’s pelvis, which is the area below the stomach and in between the hips bones. Five main types of cancer affect a woman’s reproductive organs: cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar.
HPV: Genital human papillomavirus (also called HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). There are more than 40 types of HPV that can infect the genital areas of males and females. HPV can cause serious health problems, including genital warts and certain cancers. HPV is passed on through genital contact, most often during vaginal and anal sex. Most infected persons do not realize they are infected, or that they are passing HPV on to a sex partner.
Immunizations: Immunization is the process by which a person or animal becomes protected against a disease. Vaccines stimulate the body’s own immune system to protect the person against the subsequent infection or disease. Immunization is a proven tool for controlling and eliminating life-threatening infectious diseases.
Influenza: Influenza, commonly referred to as the flu, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The most common symptoms of the disease are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pains, severe headache, coughing, weakness/fatigue, and general discomfort. Typically, influenza is transmitted through the air by coughs or sneezes.
Mononucleosis: Mononucleosis, also called “mono”, is a common illness that can leave you feeling tired and weak for weeks or months. Mono is usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Mono can be spread through contact with saliva, mucus from the nose and throat, and sometimes tears. The most common symptoms of mono are a high fever, a severe sore throat, swollen glands and tonsils, and weakness and fatigue.
Nutrition: Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition, which is an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity, is a cornerstone of good health. Poor nutrition can lead to reduced immunity, increased susceptibility to disease, impaired physical and mental development, and reduced productivity.
Obesity and overweight: Obesity and overweight are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height. For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat. An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight. An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.
PAP tests: The Pap test, also called Pap smear, checks for changes in the cells of your cervix. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus (womb) that opens into the vagina. The Pap test can tell you if you have an infection, abnormal cervical cells, or cervical cancer. Getting regular Pap tests is the best thing you can do to prevent cervical cancer.
Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is one of the most common and treatable eye conditions in children and adults. It is an inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin, clear tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and the white part of the eyeball. This inflammation makes blood vessels more visible and gives the eye a pink or reddish color.