The medical issue I’m discussing today is best introduced by a politically incorrect (if not outright unprofessional) encounter between a colleague of mine and a patient of his. It happened a number of years ago; my colleague related the story to me one evening while we were passing around old … Read More
One warm day last fall, my son begged me to play soccer with him in the backyard. More often than not, I have to say “no” to these daily requests because my body won’t let me join in the fun. That day, though, I was feeling pretty good. The daily … Read More
We typically think of muscular dystrophy as a singular disease. But, per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it's more complex than that: “The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal … Read More
Delirium is a medical syndrome—not a disease—in which there is a rapid onset of confusion, altered consciousness, and behavioral changes. Unlike dementia, which shares some of these symptoms, the onset of delirium is usually within hours or days (as opposed to months or years).
Delirium is considered a medical emergency. … Read More
The other night I elbowed my husband in the ribs, on purpose. As usual, he’d fallen asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow, a trait I’ve always envied. He was sleeping soundly on his back, in what he claims to be the best sleep position. Sweet, right? So why did … Read More
A tendon is one of more than 1300 fibrous tissues that connect muscles to bones. Tendinitis (also spelled tendonitis) is inflammation of that tendon and is one of the most common conditions seen by primary care physicians and orthopaedic surgeons.
Causes of Tendinitis
In younger people, tendinitis usually affects … Read More
For a moment, try to forget everything you’ve heard about flexibility exercises. Suspend any notions about stretching, warming up, range of motion, and preventing injuries. Now that you’ve hit the reset button, here’s what evidence-based research tells us—and what common sense shows us—about how to become flexible.
The degree of flexibility—the … Read More
The FDA has issued a warning regarding the use of drugs used to treat osteoporosis. This warning has the potential of affecting millions of people considering the fact that between 2005 and 2009, more than 150 million bisphosphonate prescriptions were dispensed to outpatients, the majority of those being women.
Bisphosphonates … Read More
No matter what your current exercise level, it’s likely there’s an aquatic exercise program for you. Exercising in a pool is easy on the joints and body tissues and suits a whole range of abilities and needs. Pool exercises are an especially good choice for:
People who are obese
Those with … Read More
When you hear the term “bone cancer,” odds are it’s being used to refer to secondary cancers that have spread, or metastasized, to the bone from other parts of the body, like the lung, breast, colon, or prostate. The term also might be applied to multiple myeloma, which … Read More