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All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by teens, ages 13 to 18, and provide information on or about acne.

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Acne is a disorder caused by the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands. This can lead to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions, called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.

The basic pimple is a plugged hair follicle. If this plugged follicle stays under the skin, it is called a whitehead. When it reaches the surface of the skin and opens up, it is called a blackhead because it looks black on the skin's surface.

Acne can be mild or severe. Mild outbreaks can usually be helped with over-the-counter (OTC) ointments or creams. Severe acne may require prescription ointments or antibiotics to stop the bacteria from forming.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about allergies.

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An allergy is when the body has a reaction to a substance, called an allergen, that does not bother most people.

There are many different types of allergens: dust, pollen, pets, insect stings, peanuts, soy, and penicillin. Some people get hives and itch from cold weather. Others get a rash and blisters from the metal in jewelry, coins, or keys.

Sometimes all kids have to do is stay away from what makes them wheeze or itch. If they can't avoid allergens, mild symptoms can usually be treated with over-the-counter medicines.

People with serious reactions may have to carry emergency kits or wear bracelets that explain their allergies.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about alopecia.

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Alopecia is a skin disease that causes hair loss on the head and elsewhere. It usually starts in childhood, with one or more small, smooth patches.

The body's white blood cells attack hair follicles by mistake, which stops the growth. Most often this happens on the scalp, but anywhere that grows hair can be affected. No matter how much hair is lost, the follicles are still alive.

Hair can and does start regrowing without treatment. Doctors also have medicines that can help wake up the follicles.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive disease in which nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, called motor neurons, get weak and die. Motor neurons are the cells that the brain uses to tell the muscles to move.

It is called progressive, because the damage to the motor neurons gets worse. The muscles get fewer messages from the brain and get stiff from not moving. Eventually, the muscles become paralyzed.

ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease, does not affect other cells in the brain. People with this disease can still think and, with the help of technology, can often communicate well with others.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about anemia.

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Anemia is a condition in which the body doesn't have enough red blood cells or hemoglobin, the part of the blood cells where oxygen sticks. People with anemia can look pale, have trouble breathing, and get tired easily.

A diet that doesn't have enough iron, vitamin B12, and folic acid can cause anemia. An infection can stop bone marrow from making more red blood cells. In some diseases, the red blood cells change shape and are destroyed when they can't move through the body.

Eating a better diet can help. When an infection goes away, anemia usually does, too. Doctors can give blood transfusions if the condition doesn't get better.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about anthrax.

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Anthrax is a serious infectious disease caused by a specific bacterium. When cattle or sheep eat these spores from the soil, they get anthrax. People who work with the sick animals, their leather, or wool can get it, too.

There are three ways that people get anthrax: when the spores get into a cut in the skin, when the spores get into their food, or when the spores are inhaled.

Doctors have several medicines that can kill anthrax, when it is found right away. A vaccine that protects against this disease is given to the military and other people who may be at risk in their jobs.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about anxiety disorders.

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Anxiety disorders are when people are suddenly overcome by intense fear or discomfort for no reason; or worry too much about events or activities; or have persistent fear of an object or situation, such as flying, heights, dark rooms, or animals for no reason; or spend too much time each day doing things over and over again.

Physical symptoms can include shaking, upset stomach, rapid heartbeat, sweating, fainting, trouble breathing, headaches, irritability, and sleep problems.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about the appendix, appendicitis, or appendectomy.

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Appendicitis is when the appendix, a small pouch attached to the beginning of the large intestine, becomes blocked and gets infected.

This inflammation causes sharp pain around the belly button or lower right side. Some other symptoms are a mild fever, nausea, vomiting, and a strong urge to urinate. In little children, the abdomen may look big and bloated.

Doctors use blood tests, x-rays, and a CT scan to check the appendix. Surgery to remove the appendix is the only treatment. If it isn't removed, the appendix can burst. This causes the infection to spread through the abdomen and can even cause death.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about arthritis.

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Arthritis is an inflammation (heat, swelling, and pain) of the lining of the joints. When the lining becomes inflamed, the body produces fluid in the area. This makes the joint swell, hurt, and feel warm.

This condition doesn't happen only to older people. Kids and teens can also develop types of arthritis.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about Asperger syndrome.

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Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder that mostly affects social skills.

Often children want to make friends, but have trouble knowing how. They can't always understand body language or facial expressions. Some don't like to make eye contact; others stare intensely.

People with AS like orderly things; doing things the same way, at the same time each day. Changes to routines are difficult for them to handle.

Therapy to teach social and practical skills can help. Anxiety about change can be also treated. Although they have to work harder, people with AS can have relationships, families, happy and productive lives.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about asthma.

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Asthma is a lung condition that causes airways to swell and produce lots of mucus. This makes it difficult to breathe.

Because of this inflammation, the airways are very sensitive to things that affect breathing, like exercise, dust, and smoke. When a person with asthma is around these triggers, it causes the muscles in the airways to tighten and air can't get in.

Doctors think that asthma is inherited, so they ask about family history. They also perform breathing tests and, sometimes, allergy tests and x-rays.

There is no cure, so people with asthma have to avoid what triggers their attacks. Some medications are used to stop the symptoms right away, while others work to keep attacks from happening.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about ADD and/or ADHD.

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ADD and ADHD are not diseases or mental retardation. People with ADHD are usually physically healthy and are often very smart and creative.

There are three patterns of behavior - hyperactivity, inattentiveness and impulsivity. A child may exhibit some or all of these behaviors.

No single cause has been found, although researchers have found chemical, size, and function differences in the brains of children with ADD and ADHD. Many have a close relative with the disorder.

While there are many different treatments available, including medication and behavioral therapy, there is no cure.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about Autism.

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Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the ability to communicate and form relationships with others. Every person is different and may have different symptoms.

It is common for people with this disorder to not make eye contact, avoid being touched, repeat movements, or insist on the same routine. Some kids are very active; some are very quiet. They may have trouble learning to dress themselves or use a spoon and fork.

Doctors learn about how a child acts to decide if he/she has autism. There are no medical tests, but doctors may do tests to make sure there are no other health problems.

Since people with autism process information differently, special help in school is needed. But they often stay in regular classrooms, go to college, and have jobs when they get older. Some even write books and articles about their disabilities.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about bedwetting or enuresis.

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Bedwetting is also called sleep wetting or nocturnal (nighttime) enuresis. This is a common condition where kids, who can stay dry all day, have problems at night.

Some kids can't feel that their bladder is full and some are very deep sleepers. There are kids who have trouble every night and others who have some dry nights.

Almost all kids outgrow this problem as they get older. There are medicines that can help. But, some doctors think that the best treatment is to teach the brain to think about staying dry or waking up when the bladder is full.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about bipolar disorder.

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Sites about other mental health disorders should be submitted to the appropriate subcategory.

Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder, also called manic depression, which has two emotional sides. The changes in moods are more than normal ups and downs.

Mania, or a manic episode, is feeling extremely energetic, active, and/or aggressive.

Depression, or a depressive episode, is feeling extremely sad, hopeless, and/or empty.

Mixed episodes have both kinds of feelings; sometimes at the same time, or going up and down during the same day.

Treatment is designed to reduce the symptoms and how often episodes happen. It includes medications, education about the disorder, and psychotherapy.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about blindness or vision loss.

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Blindness is partial or complete loss of sight, defined as vision of 1/10 or worse in the best eye, even with glasses. In other words, a visually-impaired person can see clearly from 1 foot away, what someone with no problems can see from 10 feet away. There are diseases, like glaucoma, and conditions, like cataracts, that can cause vision loss. Injury to the eye or to the part of the brain that handles vision can also cause blindness. Some people develop vision problems from diabetes or eye infections. Doctors have medicines to treat glaucoma and surgery can remove cataracts. Protecting your eyes and head when riding a bike or playing sports can help avoid injuries.
Bronchitis is inflammation of the lining of the tubes that lead from the windpipe (trachea) to the lungs. The lining becomes irritated and produces more mucus, making it difficult to breathe.

Acute bronchitis is usually caused by viruses and lasts only a short time. Chronic bronchitis lasts much longer and may also be caused by smoking.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about cancer.

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Normal cells in the body grow, divide, and die. Cancer is the name for abnormal cells that grow and divide, but don't die like they should. When the DNA in cells is damaged and the body can't repair it, cancer happens. This damage can be inherited, which is why doctors ask about family history. Often, the damage is caused by exposure to something in the environment, like smoking. Most cancer cells grow in groups called tumors. Some, like leukemia, grow in the blood and the organs that make blood. Doctors choose a treatment based on where and how the cells are growing.
All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about Celiac Disease.

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Celiac Disease is the inability to digest the gluten in wheat, rye, triticale, barley or oats. It is not the same as the gluten in corn or rice.

Eating foods with gluten damages the lining of the small intestine. Since this is where food is digested and absorbed, the body doesn't get any nutrients.

A strict, gluten-free diet is the only way to control this condition. Without the special diet, sufferers can develop anemia, bone problems, or even nerve damage.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about cerebral palsy.

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Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movements and muscle coordination.

It is one of the most common disabling conditions of childhood.

There are 4 types of Cerebral Palsy: Spastic Cerebral Palsy characterized by stiff and difficult movement; Athetoid Cerebral Palsy characterized by involuntary and uncontrolled movement; Ataxic Cerebral Palsy characterized by a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception; and Mixed Cerebral Palsy.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about chickenpox.

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Chickenpox is an infectious disease caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which belongs to the herpes virus family. It is spread by coughing or sneezing and is very contagious. The symptoms may start like a cold with a runny nose, sneezing, and a cough. In 1 to 2 days, the rash begins on the chest and face. These bumps look like little blisters and while some are getting better, others can appear. After 3 to 7 days, the blisters stop appearing and start to heal. If you scratch the bumps, they can break open and leave a scar or get infected. Use calamine lotion or a cool oatmeal bath to help the itchiness. There is a vaccine to prevent this disease.
All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about heart disease.

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Also known as CFS, this is a is a long-lasting illness that affects the brain and many parts of the body.

It is related to other diseases such as fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). The cause is unknown, and many treatments have been tried.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about cystic fibrosis.

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a disease that causes the body to make thick, sticky mucus. The lungs, stomach, intestines, liver, and pancreas can all be affected.

When this sticky mucus clogs an organ, bacteria can grow and cause infections. When CF affects the lungs, it creates breathing problems; in the intestines or pancreas, CF makes it hard to digest food.

There is no cure, but kids can learn special breathing to help keep their lungs clear. Exercise makes the lungs stronger. There are medicines to help digestion. Taking extra vitamins and minerals helps, too.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about deafness or hearing loss.

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Deafness is partial or total hearing loss. This condition can happen before birth or as children get older. There can be a sudden loss or hearing can get worse over time. Sometimes only one ear is affected; sometimes hearing gets better and worse.

There are many causes of hearing problems. Ear infections can cause fluid in the ears that blocks sound. High fever from mumps or chicken pox can hurt the part of the brain that processes sounds. Loud noise can harm cells or nerves in the inner ear.

There is no cure, but some kinds of hearing loss get better. When fluid from ear infections goes away, hearing can improve. Damage from loud noise may not be permanent. There are also devices, like hearing aids and cochlear implants, that can improve hearing.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about depression.

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Depression is a mental illness with many different negative feelings and thoughts. The difference between depression and the 'blues' is that depression can last for weeks or months.

Without treatment, kids can have eating or sleeping problems. They may have no energy, feel worthless, and get into trouble in school.

Working with a therapist to change negative thinking and make positive changes is recommended. Doctors also have medicines that can help improve symptoms.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about diabetes and related problems.

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Diabetes is a condition where the body can't make insulin (Type 1) or where the insulin doesn't work like it should (Type 2). Insulin is a hormone, made in the pancreas, that helps the body use the glucose in food.

Without enough insulin, glucose stays in the blood and can't get into cells for energy. This high blood sugar makes people feel tired. They also urinate a lot, because the body tries to get rid of extra sugar through the kidneys. Then, they have to drink a lot to make up for going to the bathroom a lot.

There is no cure for diabetes. Kids watch what they eat, exercise regularly, and check their blood sugar often. Some have to take insulin shots; others take pills to help insulin work.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide general information on or about Down Syndrome.

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Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder that happens when a baby is born with an extra chromosome.

Often, people with this condition have a flatter face and upward-slanting eyes. They may also get infections easily or have heart or stomach problems. Many have difficulty learning. Each person is different, and can have a few or a lot of extra health problems.

There is no cure. But doctors can treat infections and other problems, so that people with this disorder are often able to lead almost normal lives.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about dyscalculia.

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Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability in mathematics, caused by a difference in the way the brain processes information.

People with this condition may have trouble making change, balancing a checkbook, remembering math formulas, or transposing or omitting numbers. Some kids have trouble telling time; others have problems with names and faces, or music.

Dyscalculia, like all learning differences, doesn't mean a kid is dumb or lazy. Memory exercises, modified assignments, using calculators, or special classes in school can help.

All sites submitted to the category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about dysgraphia.

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Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability in writing, caused by a difference in the way the brain processes information.

It is a difficulty in learning and remembering the muscle movements used to write. Students have trouble putting their thoughts on paper, because they have to focus on forming the letters.

Signs may include cramped fingers after a short time writing, lots of erasing, mixing print and cursive letters, or watching the hand while writing.

Dysgraphia, like all learning differences, doesn't mean a kid is dumb or lazy. Special help with assignments, extra practice, or special classes in school can all help.

All sites submitted to the category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about dyslexia.

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Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading, caused by a difference in the way the brain processes information.

People with this condition have problems recognizing words, spelling, and understanding what they read. Some have trouble hearing the differences in letter sounds, like m and n, or seeing the differences in similar letters, like b, d, p, and q.

Dyslexia, like all learning differences, doesn't mean a kid is dumb or lazy. Help with note-taking, extra time for tasks, books-on-tape, and special classes in school can help.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids and teens and offer information on eating disorders, their diagnosis, and coping strategies.

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This category contains information for kids and teens on eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and orthorexia.
All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by teens, ages 13 to 18, and provide information on or about endometriosis.

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Endometriosis is a condition where fragments of the lining of the uterus (endometrial tissue) become embedded, or implanted, elsewhere in the body.

Although not inside the uterus, this tissue responds to the hormonal changes that control menstruation. Like the uterine lining, these fragments build tissue each month, then break down and bleed. Unlike blood from the uterine lining, blood from implants has no way to leave the body. Instead the blood from the implants is absorbed by surrounding tissue which in turn causes pain.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about epilepsy.

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Epilepsy is defined as a tendency to have recurrent seizures. Commonly thought of as a single condition, there are many different types of epilepsy and over 40 seizure types.

Symptomatic epilepsy has a known cause, such as meningitis, stroke, or brain damage during a difficult birth. Idiopathic epilepsy, which occurs in approximately six out of ten patients, has no known cause.

The tendency to have seizures, a low seizure threshold, may run in families. Some types of epilepsy, such as juvenile myoclonic epilepsy are now believed to be inherited. Additionally, some inherited syndromes have epilepsy as a symptom.

All sites submitted to the category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about fifth disease.

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Fifth disease is a viral illness caused by the human parvovirus B19. It produces a distinctive red rash on the face, body, arms, and legs.

Spread by sneezing, coughing, or sharing drinking glasses, this illness starts with a slight fever, headache, and stuffy or runny nose. In a few days, a bright red rash appears on the face. After several days, it spreads to the rest of the body. The rash can take 1 to 3 weeks to completely disappear.

Because it is caused by a virus, antibiotics don't help. For most people, the symptoms are not bad enough to need medicine. Once someone has had fifth disease, they are immune and can't get it again.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about glaucoma.

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Glaucoma is a group of conditions that cause damage to the optic nerve and lead to a gradual loss of vision and, if not treated, blindness.

Some types of glaucoma happen when the fluid in the eye doesn't drain quickly enough or when a blockage stops the fluid from draining and pressure builds up in the eye. In some cases, the fluid drains properly, but there is still too much pressure on the optic nerve.

Because there are usually no symptoms, the only way to find out if someone has glaucoma is with a complete eye exam that includes dilating the pupils. There is no cure and vision loss cannot be reversed. But, if it is detected early, further damage can be avoided.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about heart disease.

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Heart disease is used to describe problems with the heart, the arteries that supply blood, or the valves that keep the blood flowing in the right direction.

There are many types of heart problems. Some are caused by unhealthy habits, like smoking. Some viruses can cause damage and sometimes babies are born with a defect in a heart valve.

All sites submitted to the category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about HIV and/or AIDS.

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HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome).

HIV attacks CD4 cells, the white blood cells that fight infections. It uses them to make more HIV cells. This destroys the CD4 cells and puts the body at risk for serious infections or cancers.

Having HIV does not automatically mean a person has AIDS. It becomes AIDS when CD4 cell counts get too low and the patient develops a serious infection or cancer.

There are no cures, but there are treatments to help keep HIV patients healthy and slow down AIDS.

Sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about hypoglycemia.

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If your site is only about hypoglycemia in diabetics, please submit it to Diabetes .

Hypoglycemia is a condition where blood sugar levels drop too low. It can be a complication of diabetes, a problem by itself, or associated with other disorders.

Low blood sugar can be caused by not eating for a long time, too much insulin from the pancreas, not enough glycogen from the liver, or long periods of strenuous exercise.

Symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, confusion, blurry vision, night sweats, nightmares, shaking, mood swings, and hot flashes. Some people have a lot of these symptoms; others have only a few.

While this condition is believed to be rare, many people report symptoms. Doctors ask about diet, when the symptoms happen, and test blood sugar to be sure.

Usually, eating a diet lower in sugars, starches, and caffeine will correct the problem.

Sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on Crohn''s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and/or Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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Crohn’s disease is an illness in which the wall of the intestine becomes sore, inflamed, and swollen.

Common symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever, and weight loss. Children who have not been treated may have poor growth.

Ulcerative Colitis is an illness in which the swelling is limited to the colon.

Common symptoms of ulcerative colitis are also stomach pain and diarrhea, often bloody diarrhea. Weight loss and poor growth occur less often.

Because both disorders cause inflammation of the intestines and have similar symptoms, they are grouped together under the name “Inflammatory Bowel Disease,” or IBD.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about influenza or flu.

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Influenza, also called the flu, is a virus that causes a severe respiratory infection and spreads around the world in epidemics. It starts out like a cold, but soon gets much worse.

Symptoms include high fever, aches and pains, cough, sweating and shivering, and, often, vomiting and/or diarrhea. The worst is usually over in three to five days, but it may take two or three weeks to feel completely well.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide general information on or about Learning Disabilities (LD).

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Sites dealing with specific disabilities (ADHD, Dyslexia, etc.) should be submitted to the applicable subcategory.

Learning Disabilities (LD) are believed to be caused by differences in the way the brain processes information. Children with LD may have problems with reading [dyslexia], writing [dysgraphia], or math [dyscalculia]. They may have trouble following verbal or written instructions, or translating thoughts to words.

People with LD are not "dumb" or "lazy." In fact, many have above-average intelligence. They simply process information differently.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about coping with disability in themselves and/or in friends/family.

Websites designed for parents or teachers, or to sell products or services, will not be accepted.

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Sites with medical information for kids and teens about specific disabilities (learning disabilities, Down syndrome, etc.) should be submitted to the specific subcategory.

Having a disability means that you might not be able to do something just like everyone else your age. Living with that disability means enjoying your life and activities in your own way.

Someone with asthma might have breathing problems, but they still run races and win Olympic medals.

People with vision problems might not be able to read the same magazines that their friends read, but they write and publish their own articles and stories.

Disabilities present challenges and difficulties. Life is how we deal with them.

All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about lupus in general, or any of the 3 types.

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Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which means that it affects the immune system.

The body makes cells that attack germs and infections. With lupus, these cells can't tell the difference between the healthy cells and germs, so they attack everything.

There are 3 types of lupus:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is the most serious. It can affect the skin, joints, and tendons. The brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys can also be affected.
  • Discoid Lupus is more rare than SLE. It causes a rash on the face, neck, scalp, and ears than can scar, but doesn't affect other organs.
  • Drug-Induced Lupus is caused by a reaction to certain medicines. It affects the body like SLE, but usually goes away when the medicines are stopped.
  • Treatment depends on how bad the symptoms are and what parts of the body are affected.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about measles or rubeola.

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    Measles, also called Rubeola, is a very contagious, viral disease. Known for the skin rash, measles is actually a respiratory infection.

    Spread by coughing and sneezing, it starts with a runny nose, red eyes that are sensitive to light, hacking cough, and high fever. Then, spots appear inside the mouth. In 1 to 2 days, the rash starts. The rash can be blotchy and appear in several places at once, or patches can join together, or it can just be on the face and trunk.

    Sometimes kids with measles also get ear infections or pneumonia. This virus can cause swelling in the lungs, the heart, or the brain.

    There is a vaccine to prevent measles.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about mental retardation.

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    Mental Retardation is a developmental disorder, where a person has a lower than average ability to think, learn, and solve problems. It happens when the brain doesn't develop normally or is injured.

    Often kids with mental retardation have other disabilities that are related to how well the brain works, like seizure disorders or Down syndrome.

    There are many possible causes. Some are genetic and happen before the baby is born. A serious head injury or infection can cause mental retardation at any age.

    Doctors don't have a cure for some of the causes, but there are tests and treatments for certain diseases that are known to cause mental retardation.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about mononucleosis.

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    Infectious mononucleosis ( also called glandular fever, mono, or kissing disease ) is a common disease caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. It is most common in people between the ages of 15 and 25.

    Spread by kissing, sharing drinking glasses or utensils, the symptoms include fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph glands. Sometimes the spleen or liver also get inflamed.

    There is no treatment for mono and the symptoms eventually go away. Rest, drink plenty of fluids, and gargle with salt water for a sore throat. To avoid damage to the spleen, don't exercise until the doctor approves.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids and teens, and provide information on or about motion sickness.

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    Motion sickness happens when the motion sensing systems in the body receive different messages.

    If someone tries to read while riding in a moving car or train, they may get an upset stomach. The eyes focus on the page and tell the brain that nothing is moving. But the inner ear feels the car moving and sends that message to the brain. When the brain gets these messages, it gets confused and sends its own message to the body to slow things down.

    While the brain is deciding which message is correct, some people get an upset stomach or headache. Sometimes they start sweating or even throw up.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about multiple sclerosis.

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    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that damages the coating (called myelin) on the nerves in the brain or spinal cord.

    Symptoms can come and go suddenly. They might be very hard to manage or not so hard. The common ones are feeling really tired, numbness or heaviness in arms or legs, blurry vision, and speech problems.

    There is no cure for MS, but there are medicines and treatments that can make the symptoms better.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about muscular dystrophy.

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    Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles. People with MD can't make the proteins needed for healthy muscles. There are many types of MD.

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is the most common and most serious. It affects the gene that makes the protein for muscle shape and strength in boys.
  • Limb-girdle Muscular Dystrophy (LGMD) affects the muscles in the shoulders and hips in boys and girls.
  • Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD) is the name for all types of MD that affect babies and young children.
  • There is no cure, but doctors are working to find ways to fix the genes that make proteins for the muscles and create medicines that will work like the missing proteins. Muscle exercises, physical therapy, and breathing aids can help.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about Myasthenia gravis.

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    Myasthenia gravis is a disease effecting the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body. The name myasthenia gravis, which is Latin and Greek in origin, literally means "grave muscle weakness."
    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids and teens and offer information on obesity, the diagnosis, or coping strategies.

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    This category contains information for kids and teens on obesity (overweight).
    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about rubella or german measles.

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    Rubella, also called German Measles, is a viral illness. It is not the same virus that causes measles (Rubeola).

    The first symptoms are like a light cold, with swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck. Then, a rash appears around the ears that spreads all over the body and disappears in two or three days.

    A mild disease for children, it can be harmful to a pregnant woman. There is a vaccine to prevent the illness.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

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    Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is a serious, contagious, sometimes deadly, viral respiratory disease. It first appeared in China in 2002 and was named a global threat in March 2003.

    Symptoms include a high fever, headache, general discomfort, and body aches. Some people have diarrhea. In 2 to 7 days, a dry cough may start. Most people get pneumonia.

    SARS is spread by sneezing, coughing, or touching an infected surface and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.

    Research is being done to find an effective treatment and cure. Some of the medications used to treat AIDS help prevent complications.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about scoliosis.

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    Scoliosis is a condition that causes the spine to curve to the left or to the right, or even turn. It can happen slowly or quickly, during a growth spurt.

    Most schools check for this condition by having kids bend over, like getting ready to dive in a pool. This shows the nurse how straight the spine looks.

    If there is a curve, the doctor will test how far you can bend and take xrays. When the curve is small or the spine is almost done growing, the doctor might not have to do anything.

    For a large curve or a curve that is moving, a brace is the usual treatment. If the brace doesn't fix the problem, doctors can do surgery to help.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about sickle cell anemia.

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    Sickle Cell Anemia is an inherited disease in which the red blood cells change shape and cause small clots. It primarily affects people of African descent.

    Symptoms include joint and bone pain, feeling tired, shortness of breath, rapid heart rate, and sores on the legs. Sickle cell anemia also slows growth and can delay puberty.

    Treatments are used to help symptoms. They include folic acid to help build new red blood cells, antibiotics to manage infections, and wound care or surgery for ulcers on the lower legs. There is no cure.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about speech disorders, in general or specific problems.

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    Speech Disorders are conditions that affect a person's ability to speak clearly. There are several types of disorders.

  • Stuttering is when kids repeat a letter or sound like "ssssssnake."
  • Cluttering is when words rush out in bursts or pause in the wrong place.
  • Articulation Disorders include substituting "w" for "r" or "th" for "s" or "z" and omitting sounds or adding sounds to words.
  • Apraxia is a problem between the brain and the muscles that form speech sounds into words.
  • Kids with speech difficulties may also have hearing problems or problems with the lips, teeth, or jaw. When these are corrected, speech may improve quickly.

    Treatments include breathing exercises, tips to relax the muscles when speaking, posture control, and voice exercises.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about spina bifida.

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    Spina Bifida is a neural tube birth defect where the spinal column doesn't close completely. There are 3 different types of this condition.

  • Occulta is usually harmless. There is a gap in some of the bones of the spine, but there is no opening on the back.
  • Meningocele is when the protective coverings (meninges) come through the open part of the spine, but the nerves are protected by a fluid sac.
  • Myelomeningocele is the most serious form. The meninges and spinal nerves come through the opening in the spine, causing nerve damage.
  • Treatment includes surgery to close the spine, physical therapy to help muscle strength and movement, and braces or crutches to help with balance and posture.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about tonsils, tonsillectomy, or tonsillitis.

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    Tonsils sit at the back of your throat, behind the tongue, and catch bacteria and viruses before they get into the body. Tonsillitis is when the tonsils become infected by the bacteria or a virus.

    When this happens, tonsils get sore, red, and swollen. It may be hard to swallow and kids may have a fever. Doctors do tests to find out if a virus or bacteria caused the infection.

    For bacterial infection, the doctor can give antibiotics to get rid of it. When a virus is the problem, kids just have to take it easy until their tonsils gets better.

    Kids who get tonsillitis a lot, or who don't get better after antibiotics, might need surgery to remove the tonsils.

    All sites submitted to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide information on or about Tourette syndrome.

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    Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a genetic disorder of the central nervous system. There may be a problem with the chemicals in the brain that carry messages from cell to cell.

    Kids with TS make sudden, repeated movements or sounds that are called motor tics and vocal tics. Eye-blinking and throat-clearing are called simple tics. Repeatedly touching another person or repeating their words are called complex tics.

    There is no cure for Tourette Syndrome, but doctors have medicines that can help, if the tics become too bad.

    All sites suggested to this category must be designed for use by kids / teens and provide general information on or about vaccinations.

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    This category contains information for kids and teens about vaccinations. It includes why they are important, what vaccinations are available, what shots are needed, and at what ages kids and teens should have them.
    All sites suggested to this category must be designed for use by and of interest to kids and teens, and provide information on vertigo.

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    Vertigo is not a disease. It is a symptom of a disorder within the inner ear system that disturbs balance.

    Feelings associated with vertigo include dizziness, whirling, spinning, or unsteadiness. Subjective vertigo is the sensation of spinning; objective vertigo is when objects seem to be moving or spinning.

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