Have you ever found yourself covered in sweat for no obvious reason? Despite the unpleasant feeling (and smell!) it may give us, sweating is one of our body’s most important functions. It’s natural: We sweat when we’re feeling too warm, when we’re nervous, or after rigorous physical activity. We need
Almost any list of the most commonly reported pain conditions places back pain at or near the top. In a National Institute of Health Statistics survey regarding the most common types of pain, 27 percent of the respondents mentioned back pain first.
Risk Factors for Back Pain
Back pain does not discriminate.
We sometimes associate hip problems with elderly adults—women more often than men—who have fallen and suffered a fractured hip. But middle-aged and not-yet-elderly individuals can have a variety of hip problems in addition to fractures. The type of injury or condition affects symptoms as well as treatment. With luck, the
The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped pouch next to the liver. It assists in the digestive process by storing bile until it is needed to digest fats in the small intestine.
Bile is a fluid produced by the liver, and is made from water, bile acid, cholesterol, bilirubin, and lecithin. Once
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
Gallstones are solid deposits in the gallbladder, a small pear-shaped organ that sits beneath the liver. The gallbladder has a simple function: to store and concentrate bile, a digestive enzyme made by the liver. In the United States, between 1 and 3 percent of adults develop gallstones each year and
Have you ever been awakened with searing pain in your mouth or an inability to open your jaw? It’s a scary experience and, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial research, one that’s not totally uncommon. More than 10 million Americans suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD),
Vitamin D deficiency symptoms have been linked to numerous health problems, including heart disease, depression, and even cancer. Here are 10 signs you’re not getting enough vitamin D:
Depression or anxiety
Bone softening (low bone density) or fractures
Fatigue and generalized weakness
Muscle cramps and weakness
Joint pain (most noticeable
Ask the Doctor: Postmenopausal Bleeding; Alzheimer’s vs. Vascular Dementia; Douching & Ovarian Cancer
Q: My daughter, who is 54, has recently had menstrual bleeding, although she stopped having periods at age 51 and had no bleeding for more than two years. Is postmenopausal bleeding a cause for concern?
A: Many women do report bleeding (typically, light “spotting”) after menopause. Frequently, the bleeding is caused
Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is caused by weakened support structures that keep a woman’s vagina, uterus, bladder, rectum, and other pelvic organs in place.
POP affects up to 50 percent of women over the age of 50, but it can occur earlier in a woman’s life, especially if she has had