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  • When is heavy sweating a problem?

    When is heavy sweating a problem?

    On call Image: © EunikaSopotnicka/Thinkstock Q. I’ve noticed recently that I sweat excessively, regardless of the temperature. Should I be concerned? A. Your genes can determine whether you sweat a lot, but a sudden change in your regular sweating may suggest an underlying condition. Sweating is regulated by your nervous system and can be triggered […]

  • Is the shingles vaccine advised for people who have already had shingles?

    Is the shingles vaccine advised for people who have already had shingles?

    Ask the doctors Image: © monkeybusinessimages/Thinkstock Q. I recently had a mild attack of shingles. Should I still get a shingles shot? A. We’re happy to hear that you’ve recovered. Since you can have shingles several times, it’s a good idea to get vaccinated to protect against future bouts. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

  • Defend yourself from diverticulitis

    Defend yourself from diverticulitis

    Adequate fiber can protect against this painful colon condition. Image: © ttsz/Thinkstock About half of Americans ages 60 to 80 have diverticulosis, a condition in which pea-sized pouches, called diverticula, bulge outward from the colon. After age 80, almost everyone has it. Most of the time the pouches don’t cause any problems, but if the […]

  • Wrist-worn activity trackers offer inconsistent heart rate data

    Wrist-worn activity trackers offer inconsistent heart rate data

    Research we’re watching Earlier studies have shown that wrist-worn activity trackers can accurately record the number of steps a wearer takes. However, few studies have determined how well they monitor heart rate. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin in Madison studied four wrist-worn activity trackers — Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Fitbit Charge, and Mio Fuse […]

  • No place like home for knee replacement rehab

    No place like home for knee replacement rehab

    In the journals A study published online March 14, 2017, by The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that when it comes to speed of recovery after a total knee replacement, a home-based rehabilitation program is as good as rehab that starts with a stay in the hospital. Researchers randomly assigned people with osteoarthritis […]

  • Exercise and better thinking skills: More evidence for a possible link

    Exercise and better thinking skills: More evidence for a possible link

    News briefs Image: © Horsche/Thinkstock A review of research published online April 24, 2017, by the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that physical exercise may help improve thinking skills in adults ages 50 or older, regardless of their mental performance when they started exercising. Researchers combed through 39 randomized controlled trials that looked at […]

  • Are there any benefits to exercising on an empty stomach?

    Are there any benefits to exercising on an empty stomach?

    On call Q. I have heard that exercising on an empty stomach burns more fat and at a faster rate. Is this true? A. When the body is in a fasting state, several backup mechanisms ensure your muscles and brain get the necessary sugar for fuel. During exercise, after your body’s sugar stores are exhausted, […]

  • How the Democratic Republic of the Congo Beat Ebola in 42 Days

    How the Democratic Republic of the Congo Beat Ebola in 42 Days

    As anti-climaxes go, it was a most welcome one. On May 11, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) notified the World Health Organization that one of its citizens had been infected with the Ebola virus. The announcement marked the start of the country’s first Ebola outbreak since the historically […]

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  • The Link Between SIDS and Serotonin

    The Link Between SIDS and Serotonin

    Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is not common, exactly, but it isn’t rare either. And despite a considerable decline in SIDS over the past 20 years, it remains the leading cause of death among babies between 1 month old and 1 year old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At the same time, […]

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  • How the World Can Prepare for the Next Pandemic

    How the World Can Prepare for the Next Pandemic

    If it feels like there have been more and more outbreaks of strange, viral diseases in recent years, it’s not just you. Like K-pop, Brexit, and the presidency of Donald Trump, the increased frequency of pandemics is one of the unforeseen results of globalization. That’s why the 2014 Ebola episode was so much more lethal—more […]

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