You have five fingers on a hand, but one of them — the thumb — is responsible for about 40 percent of overall hand function. Thus, it's not surprising that arthritis at the base of the thumb can make it painful to do many simple tasks — turning a... Read More
You were certain it was an ulcer. In fact, you began avoiding rich or spicy meals altogether because of the burning stomach pain and discomfort they triggered. But testing revealed an ulcer wasn't present. Instead, the diagnosis was functional (nonulcer) dyspepsia. While not life-threatening, the symptoms of functional... Read More
Due to the nature of the human internal clock — sleep-wake cycles called the circadian rhythm — jet lag is common when traveling over three or more time zones. For every time zone crossed traveling eastward, it takes roughly one day to fully adapt to the destination time zone.... Read More
Curbing your appetite
It's all too easy to overeat or give in to food cravings. Enjoy the most satisfying parts of eating with these tips: Recognize a craving versus hunger — True hunger usually occurs when it's been a few hours since the last time you ate. A craving is more...Read More
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New spray to help stop internal gastrointestinal bleeding
Whether it occurs in the esophagus, stomach or intestines, gastrointestinal bleeding is a serious problem that can be life-threatening — particularly in older adults. There are a number of ways to try to stop gastrointestinal bleeding using a tube (endoscope) inserted into the gastrointestinal tract to reach the affected...Read More
Some cancers directly attributed to alcohol consumption
Although it's known that alcohol use increases the risk of certain cancers, the actual risk has now been more clearly quantified. According to evidence provided by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths around the world can be linked directly to alcohol consumption....Read More
Do cat scratches pose particular risks?
A: "Cat Scratch Fever" is more than a rock-and-roll song. A bite or scratch from a cat carries particular risks, and infection is common. Cat-scratch disease is a specific type of bacterial infection that occurs when a cat bites or scratches hard enough to break the skin's surface or... Read More
Do you recommend a ketogenic diet to lose weight?
A: For most people, no — particularly if they're trying it without medical supervision. A ketogenic diet greatly restricts carbohydrate intake to fewer than 50 grams a day. It keeps protein intake modest, but allows you to eat as much fat — preferably from healthier fat sources such... Read More