medical conditions

Psychobiotics: Probiotics That May Impact Mood

It’s hard to believe that by altering the bacteria in your gut, you can better handle stress, improve your mood, and even treat your anxiety or depression. But an explosion of research into the fascinating world of the gut-brain connection is showing just that. We now know that you can … Read More

View From Duke Health: Coronavirus Insights

DukeMedicine HealthNews: What have we learned about how COVID-19 spreads? Nicholas Turner, MD, MHSc: Novel coronavirus poses a few challenges. Compared to other respiratory viruses (including SARS from 2003), it has a higher transmission rate, can be spread while symptoms are still mild or have yet to develop, and may … Read More

Risk Factors for Knee Pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body and for many Americans, it’s not holding up very well. More than 600,000 knee replacements are performed every year in the U.S., and the demand is increasing. When adults, especially those over the age of 60, complain about joint pain or … Read More

Potassium Deficiency? 10 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough

Potassium deficiency is the result of hypokalemia—the medical term for blood serum potassium levels that are below normal. Normal blood potassium levels are typically between 3.6 and 5.2 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). A potassium level that is very low (less than 2.5 mmol/L) can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical … Read More

What Does a Gallbladder Attack Feel Like?

What does a gallbladder attack feel like? And, exactly what is a gallbladder attack? If you experience sudden pain in the middle or upper right section of your abdomen, you may be having one. The gallbladder pain may last a few minutes to a few hours, and it may lessen … Read More

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