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Ask the Experts: Constipation; Stress Testing; Hoarse Voice

Q: I’m not moving my bowels as regularly as I have up to now. Since I would rather not take laxatives, can you suggest a natural solution?
A: Constipation is typically caused by a poor diet, dehydration, and lack of physical activity—however, any new onset of constipation can be a symptom

Less is More in CVD Screening

Can adding electrocardiography (ECG) to standard screening help health-care providers better protect healthy patients from developing cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Probably not, says the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). In fact, it may actually put patients at risk.

Current Screening Standards. Standard risk assessment for cardiovascular disease often begins with a tool such as

The Future May Bring a Reliable Bipolar Test

The Future May Bring a Reliable Bipolar Test

If you’re looking for a bipolar test because you’re dealing with mood swings and worried you have early signs of bipolar disease—also called manic depression or manic-depressive disorder—you’re going to be disappointed.  There is no reliable, confirmed diagnostic bipolar test to confirm a diagnosis for the over-the-top shifts in a

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

Dizziness While Standing Up: What Causes It?

At some point in life, you may have experienced dizziness while standing up. Dizziness includes three subtly different symptoms:

Lightheadedness, where your head feels light, as if you may feel faint
Vertigo, where you feel that the room or world is spinning
Unsteadiness, where you feel like you are unstable

Watching Your Heart

Wearable technology has become commonplace among health enthusiasts looking to track everything from daily steps to sleep patterns. It’s now about to leap into medical monitoring, too. The new Series 4 Apple Watch will soon offer a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-cleared electrocardiogram (ECG) feature.

Integrated ECG. The Series 4

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium: Defining a Syndrome Often Mistaken for Dementia

Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).

Delirium is considered a medical emergency.

6 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Your Heart

6 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice for Your Heart

The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to

Swollen Feet? The Condition Can Require Prompt Medical Attention

Swollen Feet? The Condition Can Require Prompt Medical Attention

Swollen feet can be a normal inflammatory reaction due to overuse or a strain—the result of taking a bad step, for example. But swollen feet can also indicate a life-threatening medical condition, such as congestive heart failure. It’s important to determine whether there’s a known cause (like stepping in a

5. Reducing the Risk of Common Conditions

Chronic diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes represent a major health problem in the United States. They account for approximately 86 percent of all healthcare costs and are frequently associated with a significant reduc-tion in quality of life. The CDC reports that roughly half of

6. Stress and Anxiety Treatment—Medical Options

Now that you know the causes and effects of stress and anxiety, it’s time to learn how to deal with them. Don’t despair: Both are highly treatable. Many of the ill effects caused by anxiety and stress can be reversed (or at least improved) by treating the causes of your

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