Carried by mosquitoes, malaria is a life-threatening parasitic disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there were 216 million cases of malaria, in 91 countries in 2016, up 5 million over 2015. Ninety percent of cases and 91 percent of deaths occured in Africa. To put it in perspective,
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Hot summer weather is perfect for swimming and barbecues. Too much of a good thing, though, requires caution: If you become too hot—easy to do during record-setting heat waves—you run the risk of risk of heatstroke. What is heatstroke? It’s defined as a condition in which you’re no longer able
Glaucoma is an eye disease where excess pressure irreparably damages the eye, causing blindness. Because glaucoma symptoms don’t manifest until the disease is very advanced, the disease is a sneaky vision thief. Yet fewer than 10 percent of Americans surveyed know that glaucoma has no warning signs, according to the
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
Usually, a diagnosis of hypertension comes with a prescription for a blood-pressure-lowering, or antihypertensive, medication. Eventually, many people with hypertension require two or more drugs to control their blood pressure.
You and your doctor have plenty of blood-pressure-lowering medications to choose from. Each type of drug works somewhat differently has its
BRAIN-ENHANCING DRUGS: DO THEY WORK?
Although there continues to be a high level of interest in drugs that enhance cognition, much of the research done on brain-enhancing drugs has been inconclusive, conflicting, or confusing. Now a new study has linked several cognitive-enhancing drugs with significant positive effects on the way the
If a little is good, most Americans are accustomed to thinking, more must be better and a lot must be better still. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, however, it is possible to get too much of a good thing—especially if some of your nutrients are coming from pills
By Orli R. Etingin, MD, Editor-in-Chief
What should you do when your doctor prescribes a new medication? First, be sure you understand what the medication is designed to do, how long you will take it, and the correct way to take it. Remind your doctor of any allergies you have and
It’s a fact: Taking a couple of pills or drinking a flavored concoction to lose weight instead of eating less and exercising more is tempting, and there are hundreds of products from which to choose. However, if you’re thinking about taking one of these products, consider your options carefully—the vast
Fermented foods such as natural pickles (using lactic acid fermentation,) kimchi (made with cabbage), tempeh and miso (made from soy), yogurt and kefir, and sauerkraut have been celebrated by many cultures for centuries, but today they?re in the spotlight for their potential health benefits. Fermentation 101. Introduced long before the