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  • Incontinence could increase odds of depression in women

    Incontinence could increase odds of depression in women

    The constant urge to use the bathroom—along with embarrassing leakage—can have a huge impact on your life. Incontinence might even make you depressed, according to a study published in April 2014 in Obstetrics & Gynecology. The study, conducted by Dr. Kristin Hung and her colleagues at Harvard Medical School, included more than 4,500 women who […]

  • Tendonitis

    Tendonitis

    What Is It? Tendons are tough, flexible, fibrous bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. When tendons become inflamed, irritated or suffer microscopic tears, the condition is called tendonitis. Tendons can be small, like the delicate, tiny bands in the hands, or large, like the heavy, ropelike cords that anchor the calf or thigh […]

  • Fatty liver disease linked to clogged heart arteries

    Fatty liver disease linked to clogged heart arteries

    As many as one in four adults has nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition marked by excess fat in the liver. Although often symptomless, it can eventually damage the liver, leading to fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain, and other symptoms. NAFLD tends to occur in people who are overweight or obese, or who have diabetes—problems […]

  • Ask the doctor: Athlete’s foot that won’t quit

    Ask the doctor: Athlete’s foot that won’t quit

    Published: June, 2015 Q. I have been struggling with persistent athlete’s foot. I have tried several over-the-counter medications for several weeks without improvement. How can I rid myself of this rash. A. Athlete’s foot, a common rash on the soles of the feet and in between toes, is caused by a skin fungus (Tinea pedis). […]

  • Afib cases increasing; pay attention to underlying health conditions

    Afib cases increasing; pay attention to underlying health conditions

    Atrial fibrillation (afib) is affecting far more people than it did 50 years ago, according to a study published July 11, 2015, in The Lancet. Afib is an irregular heartbeat that makes the heart’s upper chambers (the atria) quiver, rather than pump steadily. This can lead to the formation of blood clots, which can travel […]

  • Do bone-building drugs really prevent hip fracture?

    Do bone-building drugs really prevent hip fracture?

    An international team of researchers has pored over scores of studies of bone density, osteoporosis, and hip fracture and has concluded that the number of hip fractures that have been prevented by bone-building drugs called bisphosphonates since 1995 doesn’t justify the expense and potential side effects of the medication. Their findings were published online by […]

  • Cardioversion for afib

    Cardioversion for afib

    Ask the doctor Q. I am scheduled for an electrical cardioversion for my atrial fibrillation. What should I expect? A. Electrical cardioversion is a procedure to convert a fast or irregular heartbeat (such as what happens with atrial fibrillation, or afib) to a normal rhythm. Before the procedure, your cardiologist may recommend a special ultrasound […]

  • Sleep breathing problems may hasten decline in thinking skills

    Sleep breathing problems may hasten decline in thinking skills

    As we reported in March, sleep apnea and other sleep breathing problems are associated with the development of dementia. Now a study published online April 15, 2015, by Neurology finds that sleep breathing problems are associated with an earlier onset of the decline in thinking skills. Researchers analyzed the medical histories of about 2,500 people […]

  • Ask the doctor: Do I need a tuberculosis test?

    Ask the doctor: Do I need a tuberculosis test?

    Q. Why is my doctor checking me for tuberculosis? I thought that was eradicated long ago A. It would be wonderful if tuberculosis (TB) had been eradicated long ago, but unfortunately that’s not the case. It is true that the annual number of new cases in the United States has been dropping over the past […]

  • Stay behind the wheel longer

    Stay behind the wheel longer

    Driving assessment programs evaluate your driving history, family concerns, overall health, thinking, and driving reflexes. They can help you brush up on skills and get up to speed on new driving laws. Image: Thinkstock A driving assessment program can help identify your strengths and weaknesses and suggest ways to improve your driving skills. Published: July, […]

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