There may be a scientific reason why some people are night owls: delayed sleep phase syndrome. It’s a sleep disorder in which your body’s clock tells you to fall asleep a few hours later than most people hit the sack. The problem is that this delayed bedtime makes it difficult
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What causes dry skin? Dry skin occurs because of a defect in the skin’s ability to act as a barrier. This defect can spiral out of control. The longer dry skin persists, the more defective the barrier becomes.
Q:I sometimes feel dizzy when I stand up. What might be causing that?
A: It’s possible you have a condition called orthostatic hypotension (OH), which is a type of low blood pressure that occurs upon standing and can result in feeling dizzy. When you stand up, especially quickly from a lying down
Not long ago, it was a commonly held belief that addiction to drugs and alcohol was a moral failing. It was thought that an addicted person simply lacked the will power and the desire to change. As a result, families fell apart. Prisons filled. People died. That cycle continues, but
Older Adults Show Interest in DNA Tests
According to new findings from the National Poll on Healthy Aging, more than half of the older adults polled expressed interest in getting DNA tests to guide medical care, understand health risks, or know their ancestry. The poll results come at a time when
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
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
Are you dealing with one or more low magnesium symptoms, headaches, for example, or leg cramps, or insomnia? This key mineral is necessary for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, from steadying your heart rhythm to supporting your immune system and keeping your bones strong to helping with nerve
If you live or have lived in a cold-weather climate, you’ve had experience “braving the elements.” And you also know that frigid weather is nothing to take lightly: The danger of frostbite is very real and can result in permanent damage, leading in severe cases to amputation. So at the
There are more than 100 types of arthritis. The two most common causes of chronic disabling arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and each has its own chapter in this report. In this chapter, we look at other common types of arthritis: gout, pseudogout, psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis