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Welcome to the Scripps health information library. It’s part of our commitment to partnering with you for lifelong wellness.


Here you can read articles on hundreds of health conditions and wellness topics, complete with medical illustrations and links to related symptoms, procedures and conditions.


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  • Disease

    Paget disease of the bone

    X-rays are a form of ionizing radiation that can penetrate the body to form an image on film. Structures that are dense (such as bone) will appear white, air will be black, and other structures will be shades of gray depending on density. X-rays can provide information about obstructions, tumors, and other diseases, especially when coupled with the use of barium and air contrast within the bowel.

    Paget disease is a disorder that involves abnormal bone destruction and regrowth. This results in deformity of the affected bones.

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Pain and your emotions

    Chronic pain can limit your everyday activities and make it hard to work. It can also affect how involved you are with friends and family members....

  • Special Topic

    Pain medications - narcotics

    Narcotics are also called opioid pain relievers. They are used only for pain that is severe and is not helped by other types of painkillers. When used...

  • Symptoms

    Painful menstrual periods

    External structures of the female reproductive anatomy include the labium minora and majora, the vagina and the clitoris. Internal structures include the uterus, ovaries and cervix.

    Painful menstrual periods are periods in which a woman has crampy lower abdominal pain, sharp or aching pain that comes and goes, or possibly back pain. Some...

  • Symptoms

    Painful swallowing

    Structures of the throat include the esophagus, trachea, epiglottis and tonsils.

    Swallowing pain is any pain or discomfort while swallowing. You may feel it high in the neck or lower down behind the breastbone. Most often, the pain feels...

  • Poison

    Paint, lacquer, and varnish remover poisoning

    This article discusses the harmful effects from swallowing or breathing in (sniffing) products to remove paint, lacquer, or varnish. This article is for...

  • Disease

    Palatal myoclonus

    Palatal myoclonus is a fast spasm (contraction) of the muscles in the roof of the mouth.

  • Symptoms

    Paleness

    The skin is the largest organ of the body.  The skin and its derivatives (hair, nails, sweat and oil glands) make up the integumentary system. One of the main functions of the skin is protection.  It protects the body from external factors such as bacteria, chemicals, and temperature.  The skin contains secretions that can kill bacteria and the pigment melanin provides a chemical pigment defense against ultraviolet light that can damage skin cells.  Another important function of the skin is body temperature regulation. When the skin is exposed to a cold temperature, the blood vessels in the dermis constrict. This allows the blood which is warm, to bypass the skin.  The skin then becomes the temperature of the cold it is exposed to.  Body heat is conserved since the blood vessels are not diverting heat to the skin anymore.  Among its many functions the skin is an incredible organ always protecting the body from external agents.

    Paleness is an abnormal loss of color from normal skin or mucous membranes.

  • Special Topic

    Palliative care - fear and anxiety

    Palliative care is a holistic approach to care that focuses on treating pain and symptoms and improving quality of life in people with serious illnesses.

  • Self-Care Instructions

    Palliative care - fluid, food, and digestion

    Palliative care is a holistic approach to care that focuses on treating pain and symptoms and improving quality of life in people with serious illnesses.