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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 […]

  • Kinder, gentler colonoscopy preps

    Kinder, gentler colonoscopy preps

    Q. My doctor has recommended that I have a colonoscopy this year. The last time I had one, the preparation I had to drink the day before the procedure tasted awful. Are there any new preparations that are easier to take? A. You have several options now for cleaning out the colon before colonoscopy, often […]

  • Does cranberry extract prevent UTIs?

    Ask the doctor Image: CreativeFire/Thinkstock Q. I recently read that cranberry capsules don’t prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs). I’ve been taking them for several years and seem to be having UTIs less frequently. Should I stop? A. You might be referring to a clinical trial reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association recently. […]

  • Ask the doctor: Does psoriasis raise diabetes risk?

    Ask the doctor Q. I have psoriasis, and I’ve been told I’m at increased risk for getting diabetes. Is that true? A. It might seem surprising that a skin disease that causes raised plaques of white, scaling skin (psoriasis) would have anything to do with a disease marked by high levels of sugar in the […]

  • Don’t tolerate food intolerance

    Here’s what to do when certain foods disagree with you. Image: ChesiireCat/Thinkstock You probably remember an occasion when you ate something that did not agree with you. But if your stomach issues have become severe and frequent, you might have a food intolerance. “Food intolerances puzzle many older men, since foods they long enjoyed suddenly […]

  • What is the best way to treat severe dandruff?

    What is the best way to treat severe dandruff?

    On call Q. I have had a dandruff problem for years. I have tried selenium and zinc shampoos, as well as ketoconazole shampoo. Nothing has worked. Are there other options? A. Dandruff, which is a chronic skin condition known as seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp, can range from a minor irritant to a severe rash […]

  • Could cataract surgery extend your life?

    Could cataract surgery extend your life?

    People who have cataract surgery to improve their vision may live longer in the years that follow, according to a study published in September 2013 in the journal Ophthalmology. The study looked at 354 people, ages 49 or older, with cataracts. About half of them were successfully treated with surgery to remove the clouded lenses. […]

  • When the heart’s smallest vessels cause big problems

    Ongoing studies seek new ways to treat microvascular disease, which can be tricky to diagnose. Three main arteries, each no bigger than a strand of thin spaghetti, stretch across the surface of your heart. Each branches into progressively smaller and smaller vessels that eventually penetrate your heart muscle. Damage to these tiny vessels can diminish […]

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