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.
The wrist that you broke all those years ago has been causing a dull ache in recent months. After a weekend spent painting two rooms, the dull ache has become much more painful. You have to use your other hand for even basic tasks such as turning a doorknob.... Read More
Reducing salt intake
Reducing sodium intake and eating a heart-healthy diet, which is often naturally low in sodium, are key parts of most plans to control high blood pressure (hypertension). Most plans also include taking a drug to lower blood pressure, but diet changes can sometimes delay the need for medication, or... Read More
You're always starting new house projects. In fact, your spouse often complains that you never sit still. However, finishing them is often a different story — you just seem to get easily frustrated or distracted. Once again, that "honey-do" list has become a looming nightmare and a source... Read More
When a water blister develops, the first step is to avoid what caused it. Then, it's a matter of protecting the blister until your skin heals. However, if you have a condition that makes wound healing difficult, see your doctor. If the blister isn't too painful, leave the...Read More
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A promising treatment for certain breast cancers
Breast cancer comes in several forms, and one of the more aggressive forms — with fewer treatment options — is triple-negative breast cancer. Recently, Mayo Clinic researchers found that the hormone estradiol — available in drug form as Estrace — may have a new use in a certain subset...Read More
Device produces cellular solution for burn healing
Burn wounds can be difficult to treat. Moderate to severe burns that extend deep into the skin are prone to serious complications and require prompt treatment. But a new device called the Recell System provides a treatment option that may speed recovery and improve outcomes for serious burns. ...Read More
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