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Worrying about your health is bad for your heart

Asking "Dr. Google" about your symptoms may cause more anxiety than you anticipated.

Asking "Dr. Google" about your symptoms may cause more anxiety than you anticipated. Worrying needlessly about your health is easy to do, especially with instant access to a world of medical knowledge at your fingertips. You feel a slight twinge in your side or a sudden headache and ask “Dr. Google” what’s wrong by searching for your symptoms. In a matter of ...

 
 

Pain relief for sciatica sufferers

Surgery may be the fastest route to lasting pain relief for sciatica sufferers. Noninvasive and nonsurgical techniques sometimes work to alleviate the pain associated with sciatica. However, for some patients it can feel like there’s no relief from the leg cramps, shooting pains, or electrical jolts they feel running down the back of their legs. When ...

 

The importance of colorectal cancer screening

In many cases, anticipating an unpleasant event is much worse than the reality. Doing your taxes, going to the dentist, and taking out the trash are not high on the list of fun for most people, but we get through them. Like these necessary tasks, getting a colorectal cancer screening is one of those things that most people dread doing. However, it’s not only a ...

 

Helping teens overcome depression

Teenagers have always been stereotyped as moody and brooding, and it’s true that young adulthood is a time naturally filled with difficult emotional challenges. However, major depressive episodes (MDE) – a serious condition that goes well beyond the boundaries of normal adolescent angst – is on the rise among teenagers. A recent national study shows there has been a ...

 

Understanding the Heart

Understanding the Heart: Heart Attack, Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Heart Failure Heart disease takes many people well before their time. The recent deaths of celebrities Carrie Fisher, George Michael and Alan Thicke – all from heart conditions – has put heart health and its related problems into the public eye, and for good reason. Heart disease is the leading cause of ...

 

Folic acid and prevention of birth defects

If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, there are many things you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. Getting the recommended amount of folic acid every day should be near the top of your list since it plays an important role in preventing major birth defects during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Folic acid, also known as folate, ...

 

Hereditary breast and ovarian cancer tests

Some families seem to have exceptionally bad luck when it comes to cancer. There are mothers and daughters, sisters and aunts who have battled with breast or ovarian cancer, frequently more than once. But it’s more than simple bad luck – the elevated risk for developing cancer is part of their genes. Every year in the United States, more than 207,000 patients are ...

 

How to demystify cholesterol levels

Maintaining good health requires frequent monitoring of your body. Your cholesterol levels should be at the top of your measurement list since understanding them can help you ward off serious health issues. You may know that having high cholesterol is bad, but it’s not quite as simple as that. There are different types of cholesterol in your blood – some good and ...

 

Reducing alcohol: Rx for better health

Drinking alcohol is customary at many social gatherings and celebrations in the United States. You may lead a champagne toast at New Year’s, share a bottle of wine at a restaurant, or have a few beers during the football game on Sunday. In moderation, alcohol may have health benefits for your heart. However, once you go beyond the recommended limits – up to one drink ...

 

How to protect your heart in winter

The thermometer drops below freezing and a fresh blanket of new fallen snow covers your driveway. It’s time to head out with your snow shovel to clear a path. However, before you bundle up to keep warm for the task at hand, make sure you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to protect your heart as well. There’s a sharp spike in heart attacks and other ...

 

Parents: drug slang you should know

One of the most difficult parts of raising a teenager is helping him or her resist the urge and peer pressure to use drugs and alcohol. As a parent, educating yourself about drugs and the slang used to talk about them is key to identifying if your teen is talking about, considering trying or already abusing drugs. Illegal Drugs When it comes to teen drug abuse, most ...