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
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Pain behind the knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.
Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead
Giving up the habit of smoking is an essential step for preventing and treating COPD, and can help you avoid COPD complications—but it isn’t easy. About 70 percent of adult smokers report that they want to stop completely, but very few succeed in permanently quitting on their first attempt. To
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
Diabetes symptoms in men can mirror those in women, but there are some differences, as we discuss here. It helps to first understand what diabetes is: a condition characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, which can lead to a number of serious complications.
In people without diabetes, the pancreas produces the
Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such
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
The health benefits of kimchi, the traditional mix of fermented vegetables that is an indispensable component of Korean cuisine, are just beginning to be uncovered by modern scientific research
Probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. Probiotics benefits, experts believe, extend to our digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness.
Yogurt and kefir (a drink
A routine blood test that takes less than a minute is perhaps the most revealing tool ever invented to assess a person’s overall health. A blood sample contains information from every part of the body.
“The most commonly ordered blood tests include a CBC (complete blood count), iron studies for anemia