When you're under the weather, a warmed up can of soup really hits the spot. To your surprise, when you read the label on the can, it seems the calorie content has spiked. Common products do change. But what you may be seeing is an update to the... Read More
You recently received a diagnosis of an irregular heartbeat — a condition known as atrial fibrillation. Because the condition may put you at high risk of a stroke, your doctor recommended a blood thinner as part of your treatment plan. This means weighing the risks and benefits of the different... Read More
Sexually transmitted infections
You've been widowed several years, and your doctor asked if you've been seeing anyone. In fact, you have been, but the next question surprised you: Have you and your partner been tested for sexually transmitted infections? Don't let a question like this from your doctor embarrass or offend... Read More
There may be times that your doctor recommends dividing pills into more than one dose — a practice known as pill splitting or tablet splitting. It's a process that must be done carefully to ensure correct dosing. If your doctor has recommended pill splitting, follow these recommendations: ...Read More
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Mild hypothyroidism may not require treatment
Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid gland underproduces thyroid hormones, which are necessary for the regulation of many body functions crucial to health. Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism may include fatigue and weakness, a slow heart rate, increased sensitivity to cold, dry skin and hair, constipation, unexplained weight gain,...Read More
Are plant-based milks healthier than cow's milk?
A: Cow's milk (dairy) and the other plant-based beverages you mention can all be healthy choices. However, there are wide nutritional differences depending on the type of product and the brand. You can generally break down the benefits by: Fat content — Skim milk has negligible amounts... Read More
I've never had a fracture. Do I need a bone density test?
A: It depends. A bone density test uses X-rays to measure the amount of calcium and other minerals in a segment of bone. By identifying decreases, your doctor can determine your risk of fractures and diagnose and monitor progression of osteoporosis. If you're a woman 65 or older,... Read More