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Ask the Doctor: Serotonin, Pink Eye in Adults; Adenoids & Immune Health

Q: A friend of mine takes an antidepressant that affects serotonin. What is serotonin, and what does it do?

A: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter—a chemical that transmits messages between neurons in the brain and to the central nervous system. Serotonin has been described as a “feel-good” neurotransmitter, since it is believed

Optimize the Results of Your Knee Replacement

As the U.S. population ages, the need for total knee replacements (TKR) will rise. Currently, more than 600,000 TKRs are performed annually, and projections estimate that, by the year 2030, the number of TKRs will increase by almost 700 percent.

Pain and stiffness resulting from osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common

Aerobic Exercise Boots Your Cardiovascular Fitness

Exercise is one of the cornerstones of good health, and the fitness industry provides a constantly increasing number of activities from which you can choose. While you may not hear the term “aerobic exercise” as often as you once did, this type of activity remains the key to a healthy

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

Bone Pain? Consider These Imaging and Screening Options

If you’ve been feeling bone pain, your doctor may take one look at that stiff, swollen joint or that loss of motion and suspect that what you’ve got is the inevitable onset of age-related osteoarthritis (OA) or the autoimmune disorder that leads to rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
But to refine that diagnosis,

GERD Symptoms: Your Diet and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

GERD Symptoms: Your Diet and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is commonly known as heartburn. GERD symptoms include a sharp, burning feeling in your chest that occurs when acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. This happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (the valve separating the lower end of the esophagus

Chemotherapy Side Effects: What to Expect and How You Can Cope

Chemotherapy Side Effects: What to Expect and How You Can Cope

Getting a cancer diagnosis is distressing enough, but for some people, concerns about treating the cancer with chemotherapy can be equally as troubling.

A woman might worry about how chemotherapy for breast cancer may cause hair loss or otherwise alter her appearance. Or a man might be concerned about how chemotherapy

What’s Causing Your Upper Back Pain?

What’s Causing Your Upper Back Pain?

As a rule, upper back pain is unusual, since the upper back is structurally stronger than the lower back and also isn’t as mobile, due to being connected to the rib cage. This lack of motion affords it some protection against the bending-twisting types of injury you might sustain in

Calcium Supplements and Your Heart

Calcium’s role in overall health is not up for debate. It’s required for bone strength, muscle function and nerve transmission. Consuming enough may also help keep blood pressure numbers down. The question is, then, how should you get your fill of calcium? For many who are concerned they aren’t getting

Avoid Injury When You Exercise

About 27 percent of adults age 65 and older don’t exercise, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Sept. 15, 2016) revealed that the numbers are even worse for people age 75 and older: thirty-five percent

Fighting Unwanted Weight Loss

Seeing you’re down several pounds or finding your clothes are fitting looser may sound like a good thing—but not when you aren’t trying to lose weight. Unwanted weight loss is of special concern in aging since it could point to an undiagnosed illness, leave you prone to infections or decrease

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