Carpal tunnel syndrome
Protecting hand nerves
Carpal tunnel syndrome can cause numbness, burning or tingling in the hand, and in the thumb, index, middle and half of the ring finger. Symptoms may occur in both hands, but are usually worse in one.
Vaginal atrophy — a thinning, drying and sometimes inflammation of vaginal walls — is one of the most common challenges women face after menopause. It's believed that atrophy of vaginal tissues affects up to half of these women. Unfortunately, few women seek help in managing their symptoms. If you're... Read More
Dining out well
Whether for a convenience or a treat, dining out is a common — and growing — part of Western culture. From portion size to troublesome ingredients, there are potential downsides to regularly dining at restaurants. But that doesn't mean you need to avoid them completely. Making a few sensible... Read More
Your first winter illness came on fairly suddenly, with a fever and a slight sore throat. You had your flu shot but wonder if this could be the flu. Should you seek medical care? For most older adults and those with chronic medical conditions, the best advice is... Read More
Take a pass on gas
You've amped up your bean intake to get more fiber in your diet, but that's left you more than a little gassy. While passing some gas each day is normal, you may be able to minimize it by: Adding fiber gradually — Adding too much too fast...Read More
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Fitness and weight control both matter for heart health
When it comes to heart health, is it better to be fit but overweight or to be of normal weight and sedentary? According to new research, compared with being fit and of healthy weight, both combinations increase your likelihood of having risk factors for heart disease. The study,...Read More
Nasal spray to provide rapid depression relief under study
When depression becomes severe, every moment counts. That's why the approval of a drug that improves symptoms of depression in a matter of hours could someday provide hope for many with this common condition. A study published online in the July 2018 issue of The American Journal of...Read More
What — besides smoking — can cause emphysema?
A: Emphysema involves long-term, permanent damage to the tiny clusters of air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs, where oxygen is absorbed into the bloodstream and carbon dioxide is released to be exhaled. Alveoli tissues are normally elastic, but emphysema causes them to become stiffer. This makes it harder... Read More