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Spinal stenosis

Painful nerve compression

Spinal canal narrowing (stenosis) most commonly occurs later in life. This is often due to osteoarthritis in the spine, which may prompt the formation of bone spurs that protrude into the spinal canal.

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What can be done for thickened, discolored toenails?

A: What you're likely experiencing is a fungal nail infection. Yes, treatments are available — although they may take some vigilance. Fungal nail infections are common, especially among older adults. As nail growth slows with age, it's easier for fungus to establish in the nail bed. A... Read More

A transient ischemic attack caused a tear in my carotid artery. Should it be repaired?

Your carotid arteries are among the main vessels that carry blood to your brain. You feel the carotid artery when taking a neck pulse. An artery tear (dissection) occurs when layers of the interior arterial walls separate. With carotid dissection, the dissection rarely goes completely through the artery, due... Read More