Despite its beauty, the spring blooming season is unwelcome among people who suffer from hay fever, who know too well the toll that allergies can take, including constant runny nose, sneezing, lack of sleep, and post-nasal drip, among others symptoms. Unfortunately, available allergy medications have unpleasant side effects, including dry
It’s a common question for anyone with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity: What does gluten-free mean? Unfortunately, in spite of the FDA’s gluten-free food labeling regulations becoming final in August 2014, there are still plenty of pitfalls that gluten-free consumers, especially those with gluten allergy symptoms, can fall into when
Q: What’s involved in repairing a torn meniscus?
A: The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage in the knee that acts as a cushion between the shinbone and the thighbone. You actually have two menisci, one on the right and one on the left of the knee bone or patella.
Q: I’ve had mitral valve disease for a long time, as well as poorly controlled blood pressure. I also developed pulmonary hypertension. My mitral valve was repaired, but I wonder if that will help my pulmonary hypertension. It seems like a very serious condition.
A: Pulmonary hypertension (sometimes called pulmonary arterial
Cod liver oil is rich in omega-3s and vitamin D, making it beneficial to health in numerous ways. But watch out: cod liver oil can also contain toxic levels of vitamin A.
When I first started writing about health issues, I would casually mention how some people find their sleep disturbed by pain, but I didn’t really think much about it, or what the effects can be. Today I find myself in that category due to a lifelong problem that used to
Allergy sufferers have long faced a no-win situation with traditional antihistamine medications: sneeze and itch your way through seasonal allergies or take antihistamines and live in a fog instead. Antihistamines stop allergy symptoms by reducing or blocking histamines—chemicals the body releases in response to an allergic trigger. Histamines cause the
You’re dining with good friends at a nice French restaurant, and the waiter proffers a wine list. Must you decline and cheerfully order ginger ale?
Not necessarily, says Alison A. Moore, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Division of Geriatrics. Alcohol offers a
Taking your pulse can reduce your stroke risk
A new study found that the simple act of taking your pulse can help identify a quivering or irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (AF), which can lead to a stroke, especially for people age 65 and older and those who have already suffered