A tension headache can be short and episodic (lasting for about 30 minutes and occurring on 10 to 15 days every month) or chronic (a more severe version that lasts for a day or longer, and occurs more frequently). The onset of chronic tension headaches is usually preceded by the
As little as 100 milligrams of caffeine a day—the amount in about 12 ounces of coffee—can lead to symptoms of caffeine withdrawal like headaches and marked fatigue when caffeine consumption is discontinued. Higher daily doses of caffeine (the average adult caffeine consumer in the U.S. ingests about 280 milligrams a
If you’re suffering from the syndrome known as chronic fatigue, treatment can vary—no surprise, considering that the condition itself is so mysterious. Before we get into management of chronic fatigue syndrome, consider the genesis of how we define it.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) bases its description of
For some families, a tendency to have a negative view of life is simply the norm, and children pick it up from observing their parents. Difficult life challenges, such as poverty, abuse, or poor health, can run in families and predispose members to depression. But it’s also clear—as we look
Q. Is there a difference between celiac disease and wheat sensitivity? I’ve noticed that I get a little bloated after eating bread, but that’s my only symptom. Could it be celiac disease?
A. It could be celiac disease, but only about one-third of adults with this condition have digestive issues such
Doctors believed many decades ago that vitamin D was good only for healthy bones and teeth, but research has since proven otherwise. Vitamin D deficiency symptoms now have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer. In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University
Q. Are pine nuts a nut or seed, and should an adult with a severe nut allergy avoid them?
A. John Leung, MD, an allergist, co-director of the Food Allergy Center at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and a clinical professor at Tufts’ Friedman School, responds, “Pine
What does “osteoporosis -2.5” mean? To answer that question, we start with bone density scans, sometimes referred to as bone densitometry or dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA, also written as DXA). Such scans have become an increasingly popular testing modality as more than 10 million adults in the United States alone
You may have heard the term “heart murmur” and assumed the worst. Do heart murmurs whisper something serious about our heart health? In some cases, yes. They may be the first indication that there is something wrong with a valves or some other part of the heart’s structure.
With Zika virus becoming more of a concern in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that certain people be tested. Groups considered to be at risk include people who have traveled to areas where Zika is on the rise; people who may be