Prosthetic joint infections
Most people who get a "new hip" or "new knee" go on with their lives feeling healthier and happier, with a fresh and pain-free spring in their steps. However, the procedure doesn't go smoothly for everyone. Sometimes a sudden, intense pain can occur in a replacement joint, either shortly... Read More
Regenerative medicine is a rapidly growing — but still largely experimental — field that takes a new approach to treating disease. It attempts to restore health by rejuvenating, repairing or replacing damaged or degenerating cells, tissues and organs. The goal is to restore form and function by relying on the... Read More
The great outdoors
Waves lapping up on the shore. Leaves changing color in a dense forest. A glorious sunset. Nature can be beautiful, but it's also beneficial. Whether your favorite outdoor place is a trail in the woods, a trout stream or even your own garden, spending time in nature may... Read More
Use arthritis gel safely
A topical gel for arthritis pain that contains a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) — diclofenac (Voltaren) gel — can spare your body up to 95% of the drug exposure that would occur by taking an oral NSAID such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB). Still, you need to use...Read More
News and Our Views
Red meat still best minimized, if eaten at all
Is a diet high in red meat really so bad? You may have seen stories online and on TV asking this question or a version of it. Recent media reports were sparked by a paper in the October 2019 Annals of Internal Medicine. The paper questioned long-standing advice —...Read More
Gluten-free restaurant food may contain gluten
For those with celiac disease — an immune reaction to eating gluten that can damage the nutrient-absorbing ability of the small intestine — it can be stressful to constantly look out for foods containing ingredients such as wheat, rye and barley. Unfortunately, a significant amount of restaurant food labeled...Read More
Should I be concerned about injuries playing pickleball?
A: Joining your friends is a great idea to explore. Physical activity and learning new sports can help you maintain your memory and remain independent. Plus, pickleball is a great opportunity to exercise and socialize — it also can be less intense and require less running than other racquet... Read More
Does the diabetes drug metformin increase my risk of dementia?
A: This issue is particularly important because metformin (Glumetza, Riomet) is very commonly used by those with type 2 diabetes to lower blood sugar levels — and because people with diabetes may already be at greater risk of dementia. In terms of dementia risk, the strongest studies suggest that... Read More