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Myoclonus: An Innocent Twitch—or a Serious Illness?

Myoclonus: An Innocent Twitch—or a Serious Illness?

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

What Is Depression? Symptoms Tell the Story

What Is Depression? Symptoms Tell the Story

Depression is a disorder that negatively affects mood, thoughts, and behavior. It is also known as “major depressive disorder” or “clinical depression,” and for a diagnosis to be made, symptoms must have been present for at least two weeks. It is a common but serious mood disorder, but with appropriate

Blurred Vision Is Often a Sign of a Serious Condition

Blurred Vision Is Often a Sign of a Serious Condition

If you’re blessed with the gift of perfect or near-perfect eyesight, it can be quite jarring when you first experience a significant period of blurred vision. You’re not sure whether it’s a temporary occurrence or a sign that you might be losing your eyesight.

Blurred vision refers to a lack of

2018 HN Index

Alcohol Consumption

In rheumatoid arthritis patients, Jan., 4
Guidelines revisited, June 5; July 4
Rates increasing, Feb., 2
Bones, Joints, and Pain
Back pain, spinal fusion, March, 8
Dental pain, NSAIDs versus opioids, Sept., 3
Fibromyalgia, Jan., 3
Hip replacement, longevity, June, 7
Knee pain, noninvasive treatment, Sept., 2
Marijuana,

Are You Suffering from Jaw Pain?

Are You Suffering from Jaw Pain?

Because your jaw is one of the joints you use most often, dealing with jaw pain can be difficult: It can affect your ability to talk, eat, and even concentrate. Often, jaw pain is related to problems with your teeth resulting from an oral health issue or from a habit

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Phantom Smells: What Are They and What Do They Mean?

Ever smelled smoke, burnt toast, or sewage when there was no such scent around? You could be one of millions who experience phantom smells, or phantosmia, as it’s known in the medical community (more on that in the sidebar “What is Phantosmia?”).

According to a study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

Exertion Headache? Consider the Causes and Try These Treatments

If you tend to develop a headache while exercising or start feeling a headache after you exercise, it’s likely that you’re suffering from the exertion headache phenomenon. You’re more likely to experience an exertion headache if you also suffer from migraine symptoms, which can also stem from vigorous exercise.

Exertion headache

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma: Understanding an Aggressive Form of Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is a relatively rare brain cancer that affects 3 of 100,000 people in the United States. Pronounced “gly-oh blass toh mah,” it develops in star-shaped cells called astrocytes (see sidebar below) that spread quickly to other parts of the brain or spinal cord but not to other parts of

Type of Headache Determines the Best Treatment

Most people experience an occasional headache that is relieved by an over-the-counter pain medication. However, if you have headaches that frequently affect your ability to function, don’t assume that there’s no solution. Work with your physician or a specialist to identify what type of headaches you have so you can

Getting Treatment for Sleep Apnea Can Help Protect Your Health

The amount and quality of your sleep can play a major role in your health. A growing body of research indicates that a sleep disorder called sleep apnea is linked with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cognitive decline, complications following general anesthesia, accidents due to fatigue,

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