Developing an action plan
Asthma can appear at any point in life, including later adulthood. Adult-onset asthma is more likely to cause persistent symptoms and require daily medication to keep it under control. A step-wise method of increasing or decreasing your asthma drug regimen an important part of managing symptoms.
If you have plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) pain, you're likely reminded of it every time you get out of bed in the morning. The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue on the bottom of the foot. It connects the heel to the toes and supports the arch... Read More
Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. Even when not deadly, a stroke can change your life in an instant. A stroke affects brain tissue and may impact your ability to move, speak, see, swallow, and process or recall information. Once you've... Read More
First aid for choking
Choking is frightening. Most of the time coughing is enough to dislodge or expel the object blocking the throat (larynx) or windpipe (trachea) and restore full airflow to the lungs. However, choking can quickly become an emergency situation if the airway isn't cleared and normal breathing restored. It's... Read More
Whether you're dusting above the cabinets or clearing the gutters, a ladder may be just the tool you need. But each year hundreds of thousands of people seek treatment for ladder-related injuries. Some tips for safely navigating a ladder: Safeguard from the start — Guard doorways and...Read More
News and Our Views
Migraine prevention medications — A new era
A new era of specific migraine treatments is dawning. Advancing research is unraveling many of the complex pathways that can contribute to migraines. This has provided new targets for therapy, including a protein called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) that's released during a migraine attack. In 2018, three similar...Read More
Weight may impact effectiveness of aspirin therapy
Doctors commonly recommend daily therapy with low-dose aspirin to prevent first or recurrent heart attacks and strokes. But a new study shows that your weight may be an important factor of effectiveness of aspirin therapy. The study, published in the Aug. 4, 2018, issue of The Lancet ,...Read More
I have a suppressed immune system. Are vaccines safe?
A: Appropriate and timely vaccines are very important for anyone with a suppressed immune system. That's because a suppressed immune system increases your vulnerability to infections, including those that can be prevented by vaccines. However, vaccine selection for a person with immune suppression is a nuanced topic. It's important to... Read More
Do fitness trackers accurately measure sleep quality?
A: Wearable fitness trackers that claim to also measure sleep have become quite popular. But their accuracy at this task is questionable. Besides measuring the steps you take and other physical activities, fitness trackers often display information about your sleep and wake time. Some give an assessment of... Read More