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Delirium is a sudden change in a person's mental state. It is seen as a medical emergency. Delirium can lead to permanent problems or death if it is not treated. Learn more about the signs to look for and what to do if you suspect that your loved one has delirium.


Learning that a loved one has dementia can be overwhelming. Find out more about the condition and what to expect over time.

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Understanding Asthma

Asthma is a disease that affects how you breathe. When you have asthma, it can be difficult to get air in and out of your lungs.

Managing Asthma

There is no cure for asthma. But it CAN be controlled. Asthma medications will help. So will avoiding your asthma triggers.

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Understanding Your Back & Neck

A healthy back and neck allow you to move easily, without pain. Injury, poor posture, and overuse can damage parts of the back and neck. This can lead to pain and other problems.

Protecting Your Back & Neck

Good posture and body movements are the key ways to protect your back and neck and prevent injury.

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Understanding Coronary Artery Disease

Like any muscle, the heart needs oxygen-rich blood to work. Coronary artery disease keeps the heart from getting the oxygen it needs.

Managing Your Risk Factors

Risk factors make you more likely to have CAD. Learn your risk factors. To protect your health, take control of the factors you can change.

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Understanding COPD

COPD refers to lung diseases that limit airflow in and out of your lungs. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Managing COPD

COPD is chronic, which means there is no cure. Treatment can manage symptoms and slow damage to the heart and lungs.

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What Is Diabetes?

When you have diabetes, your body has trouble using energy from the food you eat.

How to Manage Diabetes

Managing diabetes means controlling your blood sugar. Taking medications, eating right, and getting regular exercise help you do this.

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Understanding Heart Disease

Having heart failure means your heart doesn’t pump blood as well as it should. Learn more about this condition and what it means for your heart and your health.

Cardiac Tests and Procedures

Tests and procedures help your doctor learn more about your condition. In some cases, they might also help improve how the heart works.

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Understanding High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is a measure of the force of moving blood against artery walls. When blood pressure is high, this strains the heart.

Managing High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can be managed with healthy lifestyle changes and medications. Regular monitoring of your blood pressure is also important.

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Understanding High Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood. It can build up to dangerous levels in the arteries of the heart and other parts of the body.

Managing High Cholesterol

Did you know that diet and exercise affect cholesterol? Get all the facts so you can successfully manage your cholesterol levels.

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About Insomnia

Insomnia is when you have a hard time falling or staying asleep. It can make it hard to function during the day.


Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is a way to treat someone who has insomnia.

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Understanding Low Blood Pressure

Low blood pressure is when your blood pressure is lower than normal.

How Much Do You Know About the Dangers of Low Blood Pressure?

Test what you know about low blood pressure.

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Understanding Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder

Spinal cord injury is usually due to an injury, but certain illnesses and conditions can also cause it.

Coping and Living With Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder

Recovery includes making adjustments to get you back into daily life.

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Understanding Stroke

Stroke is the result of problems with the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain.

Life After Stroke

Recovery starts with regaining strength and abilities. It continues with moving back into daily life, making healthy changes along the way.

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Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a sudden jolt to the head that changes the way your brain works. Most people make a full recovery.

Coping and Living With Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) symptoms and recovery can vary from person to person. Learn tips to help you cope and recover.

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