Chronic kidney disease
Early detection, lifestyle changes are key
Knowing key risk factors to developing kidney disease can help you and your doctor prevent it or stay alert to possible kidney damage, should it occur. When caught early, treatments can preserve enough kidney function for a normal life.
Substance use disorder
Staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic means being at home more and interacting with others less or from a distance. Doing the right thing during the pandemic can present additional health challenges related to loneliness and feeling disconnected. Substance use disorders — an unhealthy dependence on alcohol, illicit... Read More
You stare at the form in front of you as you sit in your primary care doctor's office. It asks you to specify your sexual orientation. You identify as a lesbian, but because you've experienced negative reactions to your sexual orientation in the past, you're nervous. Does your doctor... Read More
Mark Truty, M.D., Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery Pancreatic cancer begins in the tissues of your pancreas — an organ in your abdomen that lies behind the lower part of your stomach. Pancreatic cancer often doesn't cause symptoms in its early stages... Read More
Cosmetic nail care
A trip to the nail salon can be a relaxing escape. But health concerns — including bacterial and fungal infections — can occur, resulting in nail thickening, swelling and discomfort. In addition, COVID-19 pandemic precautions are critical. To ensure that your trip is remembered for the right reasons:...Read More
News and Our Views
Managing blood pressure may reduce dementia risk
There are several strategies that might reduce the risk of dementia — a condition that can lead to confusion, memory loss and personality changes — though nothing can clearly prevent it. One of those measures is managing high blood pressure, as demonstrated in a May 2020 research review...Read More
Walk in the fast lane for improved fitness and health
Going for a walk — of any duration or speed — beats doing no exercise at all for your physical and mental health. And adding bursts of speed on your stroll appears to bring even more benefits. In a study published in a recent issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings ,...Read More
What non-drug options are there for managing heartburn?
A: A number of lifestyle measures may help you manage heartburn and other signs and symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In fact, experts typically recommend trying them — in addition to over-the-counter drug options — before starting prescription treatment. Steps that have shown some degree of effectiveness include: ... Read More
Is the strength-building supplement creatine effective and safe?
A: Creatine is an amino acid naturally produced by the body that helps muscles release energy. It's also found in seafood and red meat. Creatine monohydrate is a popular supplement among strength-oriented fitness buffs, with the goal of improving short-burst athletic performance and increasing muscle mass. Creatine supplementation at... Read More