So many of us have felt it: a twinge in the lower back and then pain that travels down the back of your leg to your calf. It’s numb. It’s weak. There’s tingling. It can hurt to sit down. If you’ve felt this, it may be sciatica brought on by irritation of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine that make up the sciatic nerve.
After the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey, please be mindful of the health risks lurking in high water areas that can leave people vulnerable to injury and sickness.
We’ve all been there. Someone makes cookies and brings them to the office to share. Or, it’s someone’s birthday and there’s cake on the conference table. Or, you remember that bag of snack mix you have in your desk drawer and 10 minutes later realize you mindlessly polished off the whole bag. Office snacking can wreak havoc on a diet or healthy lifestyle, but with a little planning, you can avoid harmful cubicle munching.
If you've ever been asleep and experienced an almost uncontrollable urge to move your legs because of discomfort or pain that seems to come from nowhere, you might be experiencing restless legs syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom disease. RLS is a common disorder that many patients dismiss until it starts seriously affecting their lives. It can start in childhood or later in life.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States, in part because too many people still don’t know much about it. Many who thought of glaucoma as an old person’s disease were surprised to be diagnosed with it in their mid-30s and 40s. Although certain factors like age and heredity can increase your chances of developing glaucoma, the fact is, glaucoma can affect anyone, anywhere and at any age. The majority of glaucoma patients don’t experience any symptoms before irreversible harm has been done, which is why regular glaucoma screenings are vitally important.
Fatigue often comes hand-in-hand with cancer, either as a direct result of the disease or treatment – and sometimes both. It can even come and go. It adds a layer of frustration for anyone dealing with cancer when it hinders daily living activities, but there are steps you can take to come out ahead in the battle.
AFib, or atrial fibrillation, a problem with the way the heart beats, is the most common cause of stroke in both men and women. But some recent studies have shown it might be even more dangerous for women.
AFib is caused when the atria, the two top chambers of the heart, fibrillate (or beat) irregularly or too quickly. Because the chambers don’t contract strongly, blood is allowed to pool in the heart. This increases the chance of clotting.
Men are more likely to get AFib than women, but it’s the most common heart rhythm abnormality in women.
I’m seeing (sorry for the pun) more patients with myopia, or nearsightedness, lately. And it’s not just me. Actually, it’s a worldwide phenomenon.
According to a recent article in the journal Nature, about half of young people in the United States and Europe have myopia. That’s almost twice the level of 50 years ago. And the myopia epidemic is really raging in Asia. Up to 90 percent of teenagers and young adults in China are nearsighted. In Seoul, South Korea, more than 96 percent of 19-year-old men have myopia.
You’ve likely seen it in moves, or even in the delivery room during the birth of your children: deep breaths, a few strong pushes, baby makes its debut, and then the umbilical cord is clamped and cut. For years, umbilical cords have been clamped and cut as soon as possible, but recent research shows waiting a minute to clamp that cord might be beneficial for your newborn.
Even though it’s a common skin infection, many of my patients have never heard of cellulitis. Unfortunately, cellulitis can be a serious problem and may be difficult to get rid of, which is why it’s important to understand what can cause it, what important symptoms to look for and how to prevent it.