It’s easy to reach for antacids or prescription medications when the fiery pain of heartburn strikes. But you may find more relief by changing your diet and lifestyle instead. Heartburn is just one symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition that is often related to the foods you eat
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Probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. They are believed to benefit 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 made from
Alzheimer’s disease treatment is, in many respects, still a question in search of a definitive answer. No Alzheimer medication can halt the forward progress of the disease or prevent its ultimate devastation on the lives of those who have it.
Yet Alzheimer dementia medications are available that can help relieve some
Q: I’m considering surgery to remove a painful bunion on my foot—what would it involve?
A: While bunions may look like nothing more than a bony bump on the side of the big toe, they usually involve an angulation deformity between the first and second metatarsal bones (the bones that run
In the past two decades, several medications have received FDA approval for the treatment and/or prevention of osteoporosis. With so many choices, which ones are the most effective, and what do we know now about these drugs that we didn’t know 20 years ago?
“We know that using bisphosphonates in the
We need the same amount of sleep in older age as we did in our younger years, but we often don’t get it. Unfortunately, this can cause health problems—as noted in one of our cover stories this month, which looks at new research suggesting that poor sleep as we age
If you suffer from severe joint pain, you’re not alone—in fact, about 14.6 million people have the problem, according to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 7, 2016). The study analyzed 2002-2014 data collected by the U.S. National Health Interview
Niacin ineffective at reducing cardiovascular events
Niacin is a B vitamin that has been used for many years to lower markers of cardiovascular risks, including LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and triglycerides. However, taking niacin does not lower the risk of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, according to study findings
Most of us don’t think twice about swallowing a couple of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers for back pain, muscle aches, or a headache. But, in recent years, research has revealed that these OTC products are not as benign as we once thought, and that long-term and/or excessive use actually may