Pneumonia is a scary word, isn’t it? Patients generally worry when they hear it, and rightfully so, but walking pneumonia doesn’t carry the same concern as pneumonia. In fact, while it’s not fun to have walking pneumonia, it’s certainly a lot easier than trying to recover from pneumonia.
Stress incontinence can be embarrassing and isolating, as it can limit your everyday social and physical activities. Unrelated to emotional stress, the condition is urinary leakage during any movement that puts pressure on your bladder, such as coughing, sneezing, exercising, and heavy lifting, can lead to leakage.
Some people welcome the winter months with open arms. For others, winter signifies feelings of isolation, sadness, and general malaise. Now that we’re into the thick of the season, people who suffer from these feelings, called seasonal depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), are probably itching for the springtime to start. If this sounds like you, here are some things to keep in mind about SAD and some ways to help combat it.
Have you heard of a ketogenic, or keto, diet? Even if you haven't heard it called by this name, chances are you recognize it. If you have friends who are furiously measuring carbs, eating almost nothing but protein, and looking for foods with very little sugar, chances are they’re on a keto diet. As with any change in eating routine, there comes the risk of not knowing exactly how the diet will work in the long run, or what effects it might have on your body.
If you’ve recently had a heart attack or stroke, or have been diagnosed with a cardiovascular issue, there’s a good chance your doctor prescribed a blood thinner. Blood thinners do exactly as their name suggests. By acting as an anticoagulant, they thin the blood and help it flow more smoothly through your veins and organs, helping to prevent clotting that can put you at increased risk for a heart attack or stroke. While blood thinners are an important part of your treatment plan, there are things you need to keep in mind when taking them.
Hysterectomy to remove the uterus is a common surgery for women. It’s usually recommended to treat uterine fibroids, endometriosis, prolapse, abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, or gynecologic cancer. Many places, like Kelsey-Seybold, offer robotic-assisted hysterectomies. While not suitable for every hysterectomy, robotic-assisted surgery is often a good alternative to traditional open surgery and has several advantages for the patient.
You may have heard that if your ears are burning, somebody's talking about you. Something that is far more frequent, far less discussed and far more accurate is that if your ears are ringing, there is a chance you are suffering from tinnitus. In fact, if you hear a sound in your ears that isn't being caused by an external source and no one else around you can hear it, tinnitus is likely the culprit. Most patients describe this noise as a ringing, buzzing, clicking, or rushing. I find that while many of my patients have heard of the disorder, most people don't know what causes it, how to prevent it, or what to do if they start experiencing symptoms.
We've all been there. You're stuck at home, draped in a blanket and miserable because of flu symptoms. While the only thing you can do to cure the flu is let it run its course, there are some home remedies you could try that might help.
If you’re a longtime smoker between ages 55 and 80 who’s been smoking a pack a day for 30 years or the equivalent (for example, three packs a day for 10 years or two packs a day for 20 years), then you’re in a group who should be getting screened for lung cancer, according to U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations. The same goes for ex-smokers who quit within the last 15 years. The reason for screening is simple: When lung cancer is diagnosed at an early stage, it’s more likely to be curable.
It's hard to beat coming home to pets that have missed you all day. They’re always excited and happy to see you. But apart from the fluffy tails and snuggles, did you know that owning a pet has actually been proven to be good for your health?