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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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    5-HIAA is a urine test that measures the amount of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA). 5-HIAA is a breakdown product of a hormone called serotonin. This...

  • Special Topics

    8 ways to cut health care costs

    The cost of health care continues to rise. That is why it helps to learn take steps to help how to limit your out-of-pocket health care costs link to new...

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    A guide to clinical trials for cancer

    If you have cancer, a clinical trial may be an option for you. A clinical trial is a study using people who agree to participate in new tests or treatments....

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    A guide to help children understand cancer

    When your child is diagnosed with cancer, one of the hardest things you have to do is explain what it means to have cancer. Know that what you tell your...

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    A guide to herbal remedies

    Herbal remedies are plants used like a medicine. People use herbal remedies to help prevent or cure disease. They use them to get relief from symptoms, boost...

  • Test

    A1C test

    Blood is drawn from a vein (venipuncture), usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. A needle is inserted into the vein, and the blood is collected in an air-tight vial or a syringe. Preparation may vary depending on the specific test.

    A1C is a lab test that shows the average level of blood sugar (glucose) over the previous 3 months. It shows how well you are controlling your diabetes.

  • Disease

    Aarskog syndrome

    The physical landmarks of the human face are very similar from one face to another.

    Aarskog syndrome is a disease that affects a person’s height, muscles, skeleton, genitals, and appearance. It is passed down through families (inherited).

  • Disease

    Aase syndrome

    Aase syndrome is a rare disorder that involves anemia and certain joint and skeletal deformities.

  • Symptoms

    Abdomen - swollen

    A swollen abdomen is when your belly area is bigger than usual.

  • Disease

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm

    Abdominal aortic aneurysm involves a widening, stretching, or ballooning of the aorta. There are several causes of abdominal aortic aneurysm, but the most common results from atherosclerotic disease. As the aorta gets progressively larger over time there is increased chance of rupture.

    The aorta is the main blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs. An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when an area of the aorta...