Coughing, sneezing, body aches, fever – you don’t want to wake up with these symptoms, especially around this time of year, because these symptoms indicate that you might have the flu. While Tamiflu is likely the most common medication you’ve heard prescribed to help deal with flu symptoms, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new antiviral flu treatment called Xofluza – the first to be released in about 20 years.
We’re active all of our lives, using our knees and hips to do things with ease, never thinking that pain could prevent us from doing something as simple as walking. But knee and hip pain are two of the most common complaints we get from our orthopedic patients. In fact, 50 million people in the United States suffer with knee pain and 1 in 3 adults deal with hip pain that interfere with their daily lives.
The holidays can bring out the best and worst in people, but it’s the latter that can drag us down if we let it. Whether it’s being shoved aside at the luggage carousel, having your parking spot stolen by some meanie at the mall right as you were about to pull in, or being subjected to the latest slings and arrows from a family member or coworker, there’s no shortage of bah-humbug scenarios that can get your blood boiling. As tempting as it may be to strike back with a few choice words, taking your own naughty path won’t bring you much cheer. So, here are a few tips for dealing with the Scrooges you’ll cross paths with this holiday season.
You might notice your vision is getting a little cloudy or blurred, or that it’s more difficult for you to drive at night. If you’re noticing these symptoms, especially if you’re older, there’s a chance you might have cataracts. Let’s talk about what that is, exactly, how it progresses, and what can be done about it.
If you haven’t already heard or read about an ongoing outbreak of salmonella linked to raw turkeys, then take a few moments to continue reading. Over the past year, there have been 164 illnesses in 35 states, include one death in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates half of those sickened had to be hospitalized.
Remember when you were a kid? You could go out and run around, ride bikes, and play all day and never feel tired? What happened to those days? Many of my patients come to me feeling fatigued with no outstanding health issues, apart from lifestyle factors like stress, not enough sleep, and busy lives. Energy drinks and caffeine are loaded with ingredients that not only are bad for you (such as too much sugar), but often only offer short-term benefit to the fatigue issue and long-term problems (further disturbing your sleep schedule, for example). What you probably need are some easy, healthy ways to boost your energy during the day. Good news! I’ve got some ideas for you!
Having a doctor tell you that you have breast cancer can be devastating. After the initial shock, it’s common for women to be concerned about their ability to have children after treatment. Throughout treatment, your primary focus should be getting well and taking care of your body, but if you’re concern ed about fertility afterward, talk to your oncologist because there are ways to increase your chances of preserving fertility during breast cancer treatment.
Eat carrots – they will improve your vision. Don’t shave if you can help it – it makes the hair grow back thicker. Wait 30 minutes after eating to swim or you’re in more danger of drowning. Old wives’ tales like these, which aren’t always accurate, are responsible for more bad practices from patients than you’d realize. And while a lot of people know some of these well-meaning but misguided pieces of advice shouldn’t be adhered to, there is one myth that persists in the collective conscious – “Feed a cold, starve a fever.” Maybe it persists because it’s half true – let’s talk about which half you should follow and what the right practice is for the bad advice in this old adage.
The realization that your body isn’t responding as well as it used to can be frightening and make people feel insecure. This is true even with relatively small changes – such as regular vision loss. It can be especially scary when you find that in addition to your body not responding as you’re used to, you notice new symptoms, such as tremors. That feeling of concern can be compounded if you’re misdiagnosed. There are lots of diseases that have tremor as a symptom – of which the most well-known is Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s so well known that even if you have something known as essential tremor, there is a chance you’ll be misdiagnosed as having Parkinson’s. It’s important to know the difference between the two disorders because the prognosis is so very different.
You know that well-woman visits are important for your reproductive health. But you may not know your OB/GYN is often your first line of defense in evaluating heart health, too.