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.
Noticing extra hair in the drain or on your pillow when you wake up in the morning can be unsettling enough, but when you add a swollen tongue and fatigue, concern kicks in. While these certainly can be symptoms of something serious, most often, the likely root cause is a condition that’s easy to manage: iron deficiency, also referred to as anemia.
When you think about your body and all of the biological mechanisms required to make sure it functions correctly, it’s no wonder we notice so many tiny aches and pains as we get older. That’s our body’s way of telling us to slow down and find out what’s wrong. As a physician, I see people who will ignore body aches and pain until whatever is hurting them is almost unbearable. This is often the case with a condition called meralgia paresthetica – a fairly common condition that causes burning or painful sensations in your outer thigh. Sound like something you’ve been experiencing? Let’s talk about what it is and what might be causing it.
Winter months are usually a time for warm blankets, fuzzy scarves and hot chocolate, although not in Houston at the moment where temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. It also tends to be a time for bronchitis. Bronchitis itself isn’t generally a problem, but if you let it go without treatment for too long, acute bronchitis can lead to pneumonia.
As marijuana becomes legal in more states (not in Texas), many people are asking if this means it’s safe.
Before you light up, be sure to get your facts straight. Remember: Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Look at alcohol and tobacco!
Whether marijuana has health benefits that outweigh its risks is a question researchers are still working out. But here’s what we do know.
There is a constant focus on health and healthy living now and this is fantastic. Wanting to live healthier lives in order to live longer and be happier is a good thing. But there is a downside. With such a strong focus on being healthy comes a wealth of products that masquerade as “healthy” or “helpful” when they can actually hurt or, in most cases, do nothing at all. This is something that’s come up with patients when they ask about the health benefits of vitamin water. “Are vitamin drinks helpful?” “Are they healthy?” “Will they help me meet my daily requirement of vitamins?”
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We all juggle a lot these days, and I’m no exception, believe me. But when my patients say they’re dragging through their days for no apparent reason, I often check their thyroid levels. Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid, means the gland isn’t making enough of certain hormones your body needs. I see a lot of patients with this condition, especially women, particularly those Older than 60.
Metabolic syndrome, sometimes called Syndrome X, is not really a disease. It’s actually a cluster of risk factors. Taken together they can raise your chance for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. I have read recent research that the syndrome can double your chances of developing heart disease and increase five-fold the likelihood you will develop diabetes.