It's hard to get through life without at least a few scars. And each scar carries a story, whether it's one of joy, struggle or another day lived. While some people wear their scars with pride, others dislike the appearance or location of their scars. There may be ways to prevent and minimize scars. Causes of scars Anytime... Read More
When you first began feeling short of breath after climbing the stairs, you brushed it off as being out of shape. But when combined with that nagging cough, you felt downright limited. While shortness of breath is a warning sign of many different conditions, one of the more common is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a... Read More
With a diagnosis of cancer, your health concerns appropriately zero in on cancer management and treatment. However, having a cancer diagnosis doesn't mean the risks related to other conditions, including heart disease, go away. Moreover, some types of cancer and cancer treatments are hard on the heart and possibly... Read More
Bust the dust
Exposure to dust mites can stir up chronic conditions, including allergies and asthma. Use these tips to keep your exposure to dust mites at a minimum: Reduce humidity — Dust mites thrive in high humidity. Keep your home humidity between 30 and 50 percent using a well-maintained...Read More
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Cold cap therapy reduces hair loss from chemotherapy
A known and often unwelcome side effect of chemotherapy for cancer treatment is hair loss. However, two recent studies have found that use of a scalp-cooling device — sometimes referred to as a cooling cap or cold cap therapy — may significantly reduce this effect. Both studies were...Read More
Does low-dose enteric-coated aspirin protect the heart?
A: Probably not. Enteric-coated aspirin is designed to resist dissolving and being absorbed in the stomach. As such, enteric-coated aspirin passes into the small intestine where it's absorbed into the bloodstream. The purported goal is to prevent stomach ulcers and bleeding that can sometimes occur with aspirin use. ... Read More
What should you do after awaking with a bat in the room?
A: Yes, she should have. Anytime there's a possibility of direct contact between a person and a bat, preventive treatment for rabies and other infections should occur immediately. Treatment can only be avoided if the person is absolutely sure that a bite, scratch or exposure to mucous membranes — including the mouth, nose and eyelids — didn't occur. Since... Read More