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
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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
We often receive letters and emails from readers asking about the studies we reference in Focus on Healthy Aging, particularly if we report the findings in a different way from newspapers and television news programs. The type of study can make the difference as to how strong the data are,
Typically, shiny red sports cars or Harley motorcycles come to mind when you hear the words, “mid-life crisis.” Many wives joke that after 50, their husbands begin “losing their minds.” But, research indicates…
While there is some controversy over whether or not consuming flax is helpful for preventing cancer, there is a good deal of research which demonstrates how flax seed benefits health in many other ways.
What do Jamaica, Fiji, and Northern Thailand have in common? Aside from being vacation destinations, people who live in these countries have a “more than a usual” occurrence of musculo-skeletal diseases.
About 176 million women worldwide (10 percent of women in the United States) are believed to suffer from endometriosis, which typically strikes during a woman’s reproductive years. But despite the fact endometriosis can cause severe physical pain, depression, and infertility, statistics on endometriosis from the National Institutes of Health suggest
Long-term treatment with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy naturally lessens menopausal women’s depression and anxiety symptoms along with other classic menopausal complaints—safely and without side effects.
Too much estrogen isn’t a problem just for women, men can also experience high estrogen symptoms. If you find yourself asking the question, “is there estrogen in men?” the answer is yes. Men make estrogen, too, and levels can become elevated (or depressed).
Although research thus far has focused almost exclusively
If you have unsightly varicose veins, self-help strategies—such as weight loss, physical activity, not standing up for long periods of time, elevating your legs when sitting down, and wearing compression stockings—can sometimes mitigate their appearance. However, if these approaches don’t help, and if you’re bothered by the appearance of your