Get control of this condition that's common in people with diabetes
Peripheral neuropathy is an often painful nerve condition where management of underlying cause, taking care of your health and select drugs and therapies often lead to relief.
You were hesitant to discuss the itch "down there," but it just wouldn't stop. An exam by your doctor revealed the presence of thin, pale patches of skin around your genital area — signs of a condition known as lichen sclerosus (LIE-kun skluh-ROW-sus). Lichen sclerosus is an autoimmune... Read More
Improving your balance
Tip From The Experts Performing balance exercises barefoot is ideal, as it better stimulates the nerve endings and may help with strengthening your feet muscles. However, shoes may be beneficial if pain in the feet is a limiting factor to performing these exercises. ... Read More
Healthy cooking oils
From the common canola to the quirky coconut, edible oils are everywhere. There are so many types of cooking oil that a seemingly simple trip to the grocery store can become fraught with indecision. Is olive oil healthier than coconut oil? What's the best oil for making a stir-fry? And... Read More
At-home skin care
With time, skin shows signs of aging. Wrinkles and sun spots are common — the results of exposure to sunlight, which breaks down the tissues (collagen and elastin) that give skin its elasticity and strength. A number of steps can help you fight against these age-related skin changes,...Read More
News and Our Views
Study highlights the need for responsible antibiotics use
Antibiotics can be very effective against harmful bacteria. However, with serious potential consequences from misuse, antibiotics need to be used appropriately. A recent study found that older adults report misusing antibiotics at alarming rates. The survey, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology , involved 2,256 people age...Read More
Health on social media: Information and support
A hashtag — a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound symbol (#) — is used on many social media sites to identify digital content on a specific topic. While the range of hashtag topics is broad, their usefulness in developing health awareness and support has received...Read More
What's the difference between a ligament and a tendon?
A tendon begins at the end of each muscle, connecting the muscle to a bone. Its primary purpose is to assist in joint movement. In contrast, a ligament connects one end of a bone to another with no muscle involved in the connection. Ligaments provide joint stability and... Read More
Should I be worried about a stabbing rectum pain at night that goes away after a few minutes?
A: Pain in the lower rectum can have many causes. However, your spouse's symptoms are consistent with a condition called proctalgia fugax (prok-TAL-juh FU-gax). With proctalgia fugax, intense muscle spasms in and around the anal canal cause severe or even excruciating short-term pain. The spasms occur periodically and... Read More