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As winter drags on, so does the season for colds, stomach viruses, strep and the flu.Many illnesses occur most frequently in the winter months. And peak season can last through May.It's not clear why winter brings so many health woes, says Pritish … more
Q: What can be done about interstitial cystitis, or bladder pain syndrome? I'm told there's no cause or cure, and that some doctors don't even believe it exists. more
Behind all of the grim headlines about the burgeoning epidemic of opioid addiction and its tragic death toll — claiming some 78 lives each day or nearly 30,000 lives annually in the U.S. alone — efforts are gaining ground to manage both … more
WASHINGTON — Squinting while texting? Always losing your reading glasses? An eye implant that takes about 10 minutes to put in place is the newest in a list of surgical repairs for the blurry close-up vision that is a bane of middle age. But … more
In my medical humanities course for Excelsior College called, "I Feel Your Pain: Illness and Empathy in the Arts," my students and I spend a week discussing different types grief and how grief is manifested. One of the discussions that I felt was … more
On that November Sunday in 2015, Stephanie Thomas Nichols was 40 miles into her drive home to Townsend, Del., from her vacation cabin in Western Maryland when she felt an odd sensation in her upper body."No pain, just pressure, heaviness,'' recalls … more
Q: My friends and I are all getting older, and I've noticed that some of them are on statins to lower their cholesterol. My doctor chose a fibrate for me, Lopid (gemfibrozil). What's the difference between statins and fibrates, and what's special … more
Even the words themselves — heart failure — sound frightening and hopeless, as if the end is near and nothing can be done. But nothing could be further from the truth. Millions of Americans are learning that heart failure, while it's a … more
Ah, processed foods. The term has become a sweeping generalization for anything that comes in a bag or a box. Even my nutrition advice usually includes the general statement "eat less processed food and choose fresh food instead." But that sentence … more
Luck may play a role in determining who ends up taking prescription opioids long-term, according to a study released Wednesday that found a link between the prescribing habits of hospital emergency room doctors and extended use of narcotic … more
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