Diagnosing heart trouble
The right test for you
A diagnosis of heart attack or similar heart problems might seem obvious. However, you might not know you're having heart trouble, or symptoms that seem like heart trouble might be something else. Suspected or discovered heart disease sets in motion a process of testing to clearly diagnose the problem and identify it's scope.
You try to stick to a healthy diet. Still, lately it seems that a couple of hours after eating any fatty food, you're met with abdominal discomfort. Gallstones are common, affecting up to 25% of people. While only one third of people with gallstones will ever experience pain... Read More
When you think of people with eating disorders, you likely picture teenage girls or young women who are struggling with body image. While these disorders are most common in adolescents and young adults, they can impact women and men of all ages, even into older adulthood. Types of... Read More
It's always been a part of your routine physical exam. Your doctor feels your throat area quickly, then moves on. But this time, there's a pause. Your doctor feels a lump in your thyroid gland — located just under the skin by your swallowing tube (esophagus) — and asks... Read More
Nutrition for vegans
If you eat a vegan diet — a plant only diet that excludes all animal derived foods — consuming a wide variety of nutritious, minimally processed, whole plant foods can meet most nutritional needs. However, some nutrients may be tougher to get, including: Vitamin B-12 — Fortified...Read More
News and Our Views
Highly processed foods may shorten life span
When it comes to a healthy diet, convenience may have a cost. A new study measures the possibly detrimental relationship between consuming highly processed foods and longevity. The study, published in the April 1, 2019, issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, looked at the data of 44,000 participants who...Read More
Easing chemo-related nasal symptoms, naturally
Recent Mayo Clinic research indicates that dryness, tenderness, scabbing and bleeding of the nasal passages — known as nasal vestibulitis — is a much more common side effect of chemotherapy than previously thought, particularly with chemo involving taxanes and VEGF-related therapies. In addition, there's been little research to identify...Read More
Can genetic testing to determine the best anti-depressant work for me?
A: Genetic testing is available to help narrow down your antidepressant options, ideally reducing the need for a sometimes prolonged trial-and-error period while settling on an antidepressant regimen. Although these tests can't tell you specifically which antidepressant would work best, they offer clues about how your body may respond.... Read More
Is a growth found on my adrenal gland cancerous?
A: Fortunately, if a mass is found in one or both of the hormone-releasing adrenal glands, it is usually not cancer and causes no other problems. However, an evaluation of the mass is typically necessary. Adrenal masses are estimated to occur in 3% to 7% of older adults.... Read More