Of all the natural home remedies your parents or grandparents made you try as kid—whether it was aloe vera or oatmeal or ginger—our guess is that honey was your favorite. Well, it turns out that it’s also a favorite of doctors due to its nourishing and healing properties. But what
Let’s face it: Germs are everywhere. But the five items covered here are especially dirty and germ-infested—in some cases even more so than even your toilet seat! What’s worse, you probably use some of these common items multiple times every day. Go ahead—read through our list and see if you
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
Flesh-eating bacteria—also known as necrotizing fasciitis—is a quick-spreading, aggressive infection that can be fatal if not treated promptly. The infection starts below the skin and spreads along the fascia (the flat layers of tissue that separate other tissues, including muscles, fat, and organs), destroying these tissues as it spreads through
A “staph infection” (pronounced “staff” infection) is caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. You can recognize a staph infection by its red, swollen look. It looks like an abscessed insect bite, with a red rash. A staph infection is painful, and it’s often present in seemingly simple skin eruptions. Boils and cellulitis
MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is like an out-of-control freight train. It can be stopped, but not with the methods normally used to stop a freight train, and it may do a lot of damage along the way. MRSA is a staph infection that cannot be cured with the usual antibiotics.
Calcium, Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Prevent Fractures.
A meta-analysis of community-dwelling (i.e., those who live independently, not in group homes or nursing homes) older adults determined that neither supplemental calcium nor vitamin D is associated with fracture prevention or reduced risk. Findings were the same for the supplements singly and
“Can I have antibiotics just to clean up this cough?” That’s a question I am asked on an almost daily basis in the Emergency Room at White Plains Hospital in New York. I see 15 to 20 patients each day, and sometimes 30 or more if I’m working the “Fast
Imagine that you have been offered a promotion. You work for a company that manufactures one of the most complex, sophisticated products known to man. The product weighs about six pounds and covers 20 square feet. It has multiple functions, millions of moving parts, can easily be damaged, and has