With a brutal cold and flu season fresh in our minds, there’s increased attention and awareness on preventing and treating pneumonia, which can affect both children and adults with immune systems already weakened by viral infection. People with chronic health conditions or those who have undergone recent surgeries or lengthy
Harry matched up with the profile of a person at risk for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its potentially deadly complication, a pulmonary embolism (PE). Well into his 70s, he’s a bit overweight, a diabetic, has had both knees replaced, and survived a heart attack. He leads a very active
Unless you live under a rock, you know that smoking is bad for your health. Tobacco-related diseases kill more than 480,000 people each year in the United States alone, accounting for around 20 percent of all premature deaths. If you’re a smoker, the habit can shorten your life by up
Have you ever asked yourself, “are bleach fumes dangerous?” A new study provides evidence that bleach use in the home is associated with higher rates of infections in children, including the flu and pneumonia.
An estimated 50 million people around the world have dementia, with millions of new cases diagnosed every year. But for a condition that affects so many people, it is one that remains largely misunderstood. Sorting through dementia facts and myths can be confusing, but it’s a worthwhile effort if you
If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you may be taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) such as omeprazole (Prilosec), lansoprazole (Prevacid), or esomeprazole (Nexium) to keep your heartburn and other symptoms under control. However, evidence is mounting that PPIs can have serious side effects (see What You
The sad truth is that nearly half of people in the U.S. with depression are not getting the level of care they need, according to statistics collected by the National Institute of Mental Health. This is true even though multiple effective therapies are available. Minority groups are particularly unlikely to
A recent widespread outbreak of food poisoning underlines the fact that foodborne infections continue to be an important public health problem in the United States. In all, 172 people had been affected by the time the outbreak began winding down in May. They contracted a particularly virulent form of E.
Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:
Poor posture: This is a major risk factor
Pneumonia is often relatively mild in healthy people, but it can be life-threatening for older adults, young children, and people whose immune systems are compromised by disease or medications. The good news is that there is an effective pneumonia vaccine available to fight it. In fact, according to the Centers