Medical Update

Diagnosis: Appendicitis

The most common cause of emergency surgery in youngsters is notoriously difficult to diagnose with conventional blood tests and imaging studies such as CT scans and x-rays. ... More

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Mediterranean Diet Update

While fad diets that favor one food group over another seem to come and go with regularity, one strategy is proving remarkably enduring.... More

Microbes: The Invisible Enemy

A breakthrough finding could lead to new ways of combating hard-to-treat common culprits in food poisonings as well as bacteria that often attack those with... More

Left Branch Block
Left Branch Block

Q: Will you please explain a left branch block and what it implies? Other than occasional fatigue, I feel no ill effects. ... More

Slow Pulse
Slow Pulse

Q: I have been told that I have sinus bradycardia (heart rate of 40 to 50 beats per minute resting, sometimes below 40 ... More

Drug Safety
Drug Safety

Q: I take warfarin and atenolol for atrial fibrillation and simvastatin for high cholesterol. I also take potassium and calcium supplements. Might one work against... More

Slow Pulse
Slow Pulse

Q: I have been told that I have sinus bradycardia (heart rate of 40 to 50 beats per minute resting, sometimes below 40 ... More

Atrial Fibrillation
Atrial Fibrillation

Q: What are some possible causes of atrial fibrillation, and how can I get rid of it? My doctor said I have it, but I... More

Parkinson’s Research Update

Here’s promising news about exercise and genetics from the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders.... More

Getting Personal About Headaches

Headaches are often a nuisance—and occasionally a nightmare. Here are four strategies from experts at the National Headache Foundation (NHF) to help you chart... More

Keep the Beat

Today’s electronic devices for the heart are like “having an emergency room in your chest,” says cardiology consultant Dr. Douglas P. Zipes. Devices such as... More

Step Up to Living Well

Seems we have some work to do when it comes to protecting arguably our most valuable asset—good health. But it’s never too late. And the... More

Spot On: Skin Exams Save Lives

If caught early, 99 percent of the one million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year are curable. The American Academy of Dermatology is urging... More

Research May Lead to Hypertension Cure

An analysis of the genetic blueprints of more than 29,000 participants identifies a number of previously unknown gene variations that are associated with hypertension.... More

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