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
Tag: the aging process
A cough, laugh, or sneeze that leads to a little urine leakage may not be cause for overwhelming concern; however, it is not something you should ignore either. Urinary incontinence (UI), the sudden loss of bladder control, occurs more often as people age, but it is not a normal part
“FDGB” is a common occurrence in the Emergency Department setting. The first question is: How common and varied is FGDB? The second question is: Exactly what is FDGB? Our emergency room secrets include the story behind that code.
You see, in medicine we use mnemonics, abbreviations, and medical slang like they’re
There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of
If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in
Many of us are looking for ways to live a healthier life and reduce our risk of chronic illness. Can antioxidant foods help? First, it helps to know exactly what is meant by the often misunderstood term antioxidants—and, of course, it helps to know where we get antioxidants.
No matter what your current fitness level, it’s never too late to start moving and become more physically active. If you’re already active, keep it up; if you’re not, start now. Research shows that there are significant health benefits even in progressing from no physical activity to a little activity.
We can’t stop the aging process, but healthy lifestyle choices can prolong our lives and reduce the impact aging has on our ability to do the things we want to do. Exercising and eating well are our bridge to maintaining independence throughout our lives, and the latest research confirms that
You’ve likely experienced it before. You are describing an event to a friend and can’t come up with a word to describe something even though it is on the tip of your tongue. Or you absentmindedly place your phone somewhere and then can’t recall where it is. These occasional memory
Regardless of skin type, we all have three main layers that comprise our skin—the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis—plus many more sublayers that have multiple functions. The obvious function of the skin is protection. But the skin also stores water and fat, and it interacts with sunlight to ensure the production