What is myoclonus? According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, myoclonus “refers to sudden, involuntary jerking of a muscle or group of muscles.” It is a symptom, not a disease, affecting 8.6 people per 100,000 in its more serious presentations. A myoclonic twitch or a myoclonic jerk—when
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Q: My 59-year-old daughter has been advised to have a bone density test. Is this really necessary? We both thought women only needed these tests after age 65.
A: You are right that bone density testing is generally recommended for women who are age 65 and older, since it’s this age
That pain in your arm may be tennis elbow even if you’ve never wielded a racquet. The condition is essentially a repetitive stress injury, and can affect anybody who uses their hands and wrists for extended periods of time, says Joseph Herrera, DO, Chairman and Lucy G Moses Professor of
There is an expression in medicine that “common things are common,” and benign prostatic hyperplasia is most certainly common, affecting more than 50 percent of men in their 60s and up to 90 percent of men in their 80s. BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland due to
When singers like Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney perform for decades, their fans see many changes: their fashions, their style of music, and even their voices. While some voice changes are a normal part of aging, 10 to 30 percent of people over the age of 65 experience more significant
A common side-effect of facial surgery on or near the parotid glands, Frey’s Syndrome causes sufferers to sweat profusely while eating certain foods (i.e. lemons). Instead of triggering the mouth to produce saliva, Frey’s Syndrome causes certain areas of the face to sweat when munching on these victuals. While most
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Regardless of skin type, we all have three main layers that comprise our skin—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis—plus many more sublayers that have multiple functions. The obvious function of the skin is protection. But the skin also stores water and fat, and it interacts with sunlight to ensure the production
More than half of all women experience urinary incontinence at some point—and many are suffering needlessly. Whether they are embarrassed or simply accept the condition as a normal part of life, an estimated 55 percent of those women don’t even mention it to their physicians.
The Women’s Preventive Services Initiative (WPSI),
The final phase of digestion takes place in the last several inches of the colon, which are known as the rectum. This is where stool is stored until being passed during a bowel movement via the anal canal and anus. Even though this is a small area of the entire