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Arthritis The word "arthritis" means "joint inflammation." Inflammation, which is one of the body's natural reactions to disease or injury, includes swelling, pain, and stiffness.

Diabetes Series The diabetes series provides a thorough description of type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes. Practical skills for managing diabetes are discussed, along with diagnosis options.

Flu (Influenza) Influenza, or "flu," is a contagious respiratory infection caused by several flu viruses. It may look like the common cold because it infects the same organs (nose, throat, lungs) and has similar symptoms. Influenza can cause mild to severe illness, and at times it can lead to death.

Meningitis Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes (meninges) and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, usually due to the spread of an infection.

Parkinson’s Disease Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. It is both chronic (meaning it persists over a long period) and progressive (meaning its symptoms grow worse of time). It is a disease that results from the loss or death of brain cells that produce dopamine.

Pneumonia Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Certain types of bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites can cause pneumonia. Pneumonia is of a particular concern at the age of 65 or older, and if a patient has a chronic illness or impaired immune system.

Urinary Tract Infections and Urinary Incompetence Urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common infection that usually occurs when bacteria enter the opening of the urethra and multiply in the urinary tract.