A pain in the jaw
The hallmark of temporomandibular disorder is facial pain, which may occur in the jaw, in the area in front of the ear or in one or both temporomandibular joints. Pain with chewing is common.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
It's often said that just because something is good doesn't mean that more is better. Yet, when it comes to oxygen carried in the bloodstream, there are certain medical conditions in which more oxygen than normal is better. Normal air contains about 21 percent oxygen. This is a perfectly... Read More
Suicide risk in older adults
Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death in the U.S. Although suicides by teens and younger adults get a lot of attention, suicide rates among older adults are similar or greater. Older white males have the highest rate of any demographic. Suicide is sad at any age, in... Read More
Your new car came with a fun new feature — keyless ignition. While this may be convenient, it carries an under recognized risk. You're more likely to accidentally leave your car running once parked in a garage, which means a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. An odorless gas ... Read More
Freshening bad breath
Bad breath (halitosis) often stems from bacteria feeding on food particles in the mouth. Fend off bad breath by: Brushing your teeth — Brush at least twice a day. Consider also brushing after meals. If brushing isn't convenient, swish with water or mouthwash, or chew sugarless gum,...Read More
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Nonopioid pain relievers effective for chronic pain
Opioid drugs such as oxycodone and morphine are known for their addictive properties as well as for their ability to relieve pain. Even though there's little research on the use of opioids for chronic pain, many people continue to use them for this purpose, despite the risk of misuse...Read More
New drug-infused wipe for excessive sweating
Some people experience frequent or constant excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) of their hands, feet or underarms, which can seriously interfere with work, recreation or social activities. There are a number of treatments for hyperhidrosis, but each has limits and drawbacks. A new option for treatment is topical glycopyrronium tosylate...Read More
An X-ray shows a spot on my lung. Is it likely cancer?
A: A single white spot on a lung (solitary lung nodule) is a common finding on chest imaging done for another reason. Although most nodules are noncancerous, it can be worth examining the finding for cancer. If detected early, lung cancer is typically treatable and even curable with surgery.... Read More
Should I see a doctor after a fainting spell?
A: Yes, see your doctor. Fainting, or passing out — a temporary loss of consciousness also known as syncope — is caused by insufficient blood flow to the brain. Some causes of syncope are fairly benign, such as from dehydration or during a frightening event such as a... Read More