Diseases & Conditions

Heart

Does Your Heart Need That ICD Device…or Not?

Your doctor may someday suggest that you get a heart-regulating medical device called an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) placed in…

Back or Neck Pain

Back Pain Relief Without Back Surgery

You probably know that back surgery is one of the most “overperformed” operations in the US. In fact, up to…

Heart

Think Twice About Heart Surgery

Surgical treatments for advanced heart failure have come a long way—scientists have made major improvements that can help patients live…

Fatigue

Tired? Dizzy? Craving Salt? Could Be Low Aldosterone

Don’t expect a quick solution, or even an accurate diagnosis, if you’re suffering from fatigue. You might have to see…

Alzheimer's

Early Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Until recently, most physicians have reassured older adults that so-called “senior moments” are usually a normal part of aging. Now,…

Alzheimer's

Can French Fries Cause Alzheimer’s?

Researchers have an abundance of theories on what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s been challenging to nail down the scientific…

Alzheimer's

How to Cut Your Risk for Alzheimer’s…by Half

The prevalence of memory and thinking problems—including Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia—declined in the US by nearly 30%…

Substance Abuse

Alcoholic? AA Works—But It Helps Men and Women Differently

Ask a recovering alcoholic how the 12-step program Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) works, and he or she is likely to quip,…

Diseases & Conditions

Why People Faint

Fainting is a frightening experience—especially when you don’t know the cause. What you may not realize: Up to half of…

Indigestion

Hairbrush Trick to Ease Indigestion

If you've overdone it at the buffet table, here's a trick to ease the discomfort: Take a wire hairbrush or…

Multiple Sclerosis

Annette Funicello and her Courageous Battle with MS

This article was originally published in Bottom Line/Health (then called Health Confidential) in 1994. Seven years ago, I was diagnosed…

Multiple Sclerosis

Living Better with Multiple Sclerosis: Symptoms and Solutions

Annette Funicello, everybody’s favorite Mouseketeer, died on April 8, 2013, after a courageous battle with multiple sclerosis. Below is Bottom…

Allergies

Licorice Cure for Allergies

Achoo! Are you dreading allergy season? Licorice root (the herb, not the candy) can help build up an immunity to…

Heart Attack

Did You Have a Heart Attack—And Not Know It?

When you have a heart attack, you know it because the main symptom—crushing chest pain—is overwhelmingly obvious. That’s what most…

Prostate Cancer

Prostate Cancer Treatment’s Startling Side Effect

Prostate cancer is one of the few cancers for which patients have a choice of treatments—such as surgery, radiation, hormone…