Health

Women's Health

Time to Switch Gynecologists?

I’ve gone to the same obstetrician/gynecologist since I had my daughter 28 years ago. Since I’m now approaching menopause, I’m…

Surgery

Sugar Solution Eases Nausea After Surgery

Postoperative nausea and vomiting -- common consequences of general anesthesia -- raise the risk for vomit inhalation and ripped stitches.…

Health Care Facilities

Should Your Ambulance Slow Down?

Your husband is cleaning gutters and falls off the ladder, losing consciousness briefly, and it looks like he broke his…

Liver

Nature’s Detox Program

Cleansing the liver with so-called "detox" products is becoming more and more popular these days. Such products are theoretically designed…

Indigestion

Postmenopausal Heartburn

Study Links Hormone Replacement with Heartburn in Women Does hormone replacement therapy cause heartburn? That was the implication of reports…

High Blood Pressure

My Systolic Blood Pressure is Mildly Elevated Shortly After I Wake Up. Should I Be Worried?

Q: My systolic blood pressure is mildly elevated shortly after I wake up. Should I be worried? A: Probably not.…

Breast Cancer

Mighty Mushrooms Combat Breast Cancer

Breast cancer. Those two words strike fear into the heart of just about any woman—and with good reason. According to…

Depression

If You Don’t Want to Take an Antidepressant

"I don’t want to take these pills anymore!" Janet said, holding up a plastic prescription bottle and shaking it vigorously.…

Diseases & Conditions

How to Stop a Nosebleed

"I’m afraid I might bleed to death in my sleep!" my patient said when he called my emergency phone line.…

Pain

Coffee Relieves Pain

The caffeine in coffee raises the body’s level of dopamine, which causes pleasurable sensations that counteract pain. Caffeine also narrows…

Breast Cancer

Can a Painkiller Keep Breast Cancer Away?

Surgical Analgesic May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence You certainly don’t have to be a middle-aged woman to yearn for good…

Knee

Arthritic Knees? Surprising Shoe Recommendation

Less Supportive Shoes Better for People with Knee Arthritis If you have painful arthritic knees, you probably think that you…

Neuromuscular

Are Hand Tremors a Sign of Parkinson’s Disease?

Q: I've recently developed a tremor in my hands. Could this be Parkinson's disease? A: Not necessarily. Although tremor --…

Women's Health

Cardiac Rehab Saves Lives—But Women Don’t Get It

There’s a proven way for men and women to slash their risk of dying from heart disease, yet few women…

Gout

What Causes Gout?

Q: My friend has gout. What causes this, and how can he get relief? A: Gout is a type of…