What to know to keep your numbers low
Blood pressure is known as a silent killer because you can have high blood pressure for years without any symptoms. Find out if your numbers are high, and ways to keep them under control with minimal medication use.
You glance out your kitchen window and watch your husband weed the garden. You want to help and breathe in some fresh spring air — but the persistent pain in your back stops you., As someone with chronic pain, you may often find yourself sitting on the sidelines.... Read More
Lately, it's been getting more difficult to walk. It sounds strange when you try to explain it to your wife, but your feet feel like magnets stuck to the floor. You're pretty sure it's not just stiffness in your older age, but you're not certain it's bad enough to tell... Read More
If there were an Oscar given for best supporting food, seeds would be a contender and likely even the winner. These sometimes overlooked gems are mini but mighty, packed with heart-healthy and digestive-friendly nutritional value without adding many calories. They're capable of providing crunch and adding texture to many dishes... Read More
Staying safe even after the COVID-19 vaccine
Getting fully vaccinated to protect against COVID-19 — which involves the full course of doses then waiting two weeks — brings peace of mind. What it doesn't bring is total immunity from getting or spreading the disease, or an ability to completely let your guard down. Mayo Clinic experts recommend:...Read More
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Exciting potential for liquid biopsies
If a doctor suspects that you have cancer, a tumor biopsy — taking a sample of tissue or cells through an invasive procedure for analysis — can determine whether cancer is present and help guide treatment. But researchers are now exploring ways to examine cancer-related material in your...Read More
Artificial sweeteners offer little benefit to heart health
Artificial sweeteners can offer a concentrated jolt of sweetness while adding virtually no calories — and no nutritional value — to your diet. They're widely used in processed foods, including diet soft drinks, to keep calories low. But the lack of calories does not lead to better heart...Read More
Why was I prescribed an antidepressant if I'm not depressed?
A: Antidepressants are often prescribed for a variety of conditions other than depression. Some of these uses are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — and in your wife's case, duloxetine (Cymbalta) is an antidepressant that is FDA approved to treat fibromyalgia. Doctors can also legally prescribe medications... Read More