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AFib may cause you to feel like your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering,  pounding, or beating too hard or fast.
July 27, 2023

Atrial fibrillation: What you need to know

Atrial fibrillation is also known as AFib or AF. AFib is the most common type of arrhythmia disorder (when your...

Heart Diseases
Rett syndrome can begin as early as 6 months of age, with symptoms being so subtle that parents may not even notice the change in their child’s development.
June 06, 2023

Rett syndrome: an overview of this rare genetic disorder

What is Rett syndrome? Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disorder in which a child’s early growth and development regresses...

Rare Diseases

Richard Engel and his wife Mary lost their son Henry, right, in 2022 to Rett syndrome. Their younger son Theo was born in 2019.
May 30, 2023

Weathering a rare childhood disorder

As a chief foreign correspondent for NBC News over the past 15 years, Richard Engel has covered wars and conflicts around...

Rare Diseases
Pain happens when your nervous system thinks that a part of your body is injured or in danger of getting injured.
May 23, 2023

“Ouch, that hurts!” The science of pain

Almost all of us have experienced pain of some kind. It’s the most common reason why people seek medical care....


Amy Purdy medaled in the  2014 and 2018 Winter  Paralympic Games.
April 24, 2023

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy isn’t slowing down

About 24 years ago, Amy Purdy lost her legs, spleen, and hearing in one ear from a deadly blood infection. Since...

Medical Technology
Migraine is a leading cause of disability in the United States.
January 05, 2023

When migraine turns chronic

Migraine is a leading cause of disability in the United States. For a subset of people who have it, migraine...


Common migraine triggers include stress, hormones, some food and drink, and lack of sleep.
September 28, 2022

10 common migraine triggers and how to cope with them

If you live with migraine, one of the best things that you can do is identify your personal triggers. You can’t...

Anyone can have migraine, including children. Women are three times more likely than men to experience migraine.
September 27, 2022

Migraine: What you need to know

Migraine is a neurological condition (meaning that it’s a disease of the nervous system) that is associated with severe headaches...


Alcohol, chocolate, cheese, and yeast can trigger migraines.
December 07, 2021

Migraines: What you need to know

Migraines are more than just a headache. They can sometimes cause vomiting, exhaustion, irritability, and intense pain that can make...

Education and communication can empower people with migraines.
November 23, 2021

Helping friends and family understand migraines

Many people with migraines experience stigma. For example, others may not believe their migraine pain is real or that bad,...


Personal Story

Over time, Brianna Shevlin (bottom right) has learned to treat her migraines more effectively.
November 11, 2021

Not all headaches are the same

Brianna Shevlin, a 34-year-old educational reading specialist, has had migraines since she was in high school. "I don't think...

Migraine, Personal Story, Men, Seniors, Women
Three-year-old Kai Johnson has a rare condition that causes epilepsy and other symptoms.
August 26, 2021

One family’s journey to find epilepsy answers

As an infant, Kai Johnson struggled to reach developmental milestones on time. He sat up and crawled late, and he...

Epilepsy, Personal Story, Children and Teenagers