We do hate to mention it, but statistics say that more than 2/3 of American adults are overweight, with more than 35% being obese. To be clear about it, being overweight refers to an excess of body weight (muscles, organs, bones, fat, and fluid). Obesity refers to an excess of body fat measured by Body […]

When you’re pregnant or considering having a baby, there are many things to think about. Having a healthy baby is at the top of the list and every expectant parent is concerned about problems that occur during pregnancy including defects of the baby’s brain and spinal cord. Fortunately, folic acid is an easy way to […]

The sunshine that felt so good on your skin years ago can still be damaging it. Many sun-caused skin problems began long ago, on the beach, in the backyard, or when working outdoors. One result of yesterday’s sun exposure is a precancerous skin condition called actinic keratosis. An actinic keratosis is a scaly, sometimes itchy […]

Most women can count on having a vaginal yeast infection at least once in their lives. Candida albicans is the most common cause of the itching and burning experienced when too many yeast cells multiply in the vagina. Some yeast cells are almost always present but are kept under control by beneficial bacteria such as […]

Just about everyone knows that high blood pressure carries great health risks. Hypertension has been implicated as a factor in causing strokes and heart attacks. High blood pressure can be lowered with lifestyle modifications and/or medications. Low blood pressure (hypotension) is also a medical issue that can be a chronic condition or develop rapidly. Hypotension […]

We all know people who don’t take their medications as prescribed. Perhaps they don’t realize how much scientific study and careful thought has gone into creating the dosage regimens for the medications they need. When healthcare providers prescribe medications, they expect patients to “take as directed”. However, medication adherence is a huge problem in the […]

They say that love makes the world go ‘round, but when your head spins for no good reason, you might have vertigo. This unpleasant sensation of being dizzy or out of balance is generally caused by a problem in the inner ear, where fluid moving through canals tells your brain which direction is up. It […]

POP Quiz: The human foot/ankle usually has 5 toes, ___ joints, ___ muscles, and ___ bones. The truth is, we don’t think about the inner workings of our feet until we have foot pain. Our feet give us great service by getting us from here to there while cushioning the shocks of walking on hard, […]

How many hours have you spent sitting today? Or yesterday? Or the day before that? Tragically, sitting has become a lifestyle, thanks to our desk jobs, long commutes, and love of computer games, movies, and social media. The average American spends about 7.5 hours a day sitting. The average older adult, past 60 years old, […]

Kidney disease serious enough to need a kidney transplant affects more than 100,000 people in the U.S. Sadly, only about one third of transplant candidates will receive a kidney donation each year. Many people are unaware of the great need for transplant organs. Even fewer know that a living person can donate a kidney and […]