Would you buy a house over the Internet? How about a car? Many people won’t make important purchases online, but they trust sites offering medical advice, sometimes with dangerous results.
Probiotics have become popular among people hoping to improve a belly-full of gastrointestinal issues, but new findings may leave you with a sour stomach.
The Los Angeles Times “Science Now” blog reports that research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests that individuals “who enjoy life maintain their ability to take care of themselves, and they walk faster than those who rate their lives as less enjoyable.”
A listener writes, “What can I do about my memory? I’m still young but so forgetful.” Well, unless you’re in your golden years, you’re most likely suffering from the regular memory lapses we all have. And some of us are just more forgetful than others.
If you’re a single parent, you know working and raising a child is a stressful balance. Unfortunately, research shows your children may be struggling too.
I have many patients who are taking daily low dose aspirin, and worry about what they can take for pain and fever.
Remember how mom always told you to eat your flavonoids? Ok, she probably didn’t, but she did tell you to eat your fruits and vegetables. If you’ve followed mom’s advice, you may be on a path to disease prevention.
Could the secret to a longer life be found by serving meals to the homeless, mowing your neighbor’s lawn, or giving money to a friend? You may be surprised about the gains of giving.
Here are the contents of this month’s Family Newsletter: The Ultimate Girls’ Body Book is out. “Communicating Through Your Differences” magazine article When Children Die Because They’re Overweight Events of the last month Upcoming Events
The Wall Street Journal reports that research published in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that the introduction of probiotics to newborns’ guts may reduce the risk of them developing colic.
A listener writes, “My son’s friends love energy drinks, but I don’t want him drinking them. Am I overreacting?”
Washing your hands is a waste of money. Does this sound crazy? Of course it does – but the soap you use may be soaking you in unnecessary costs.
I’ve written throughout this month about how to make your New Year’s resolution stick. But let’s step away from you and look at your family.
Have you looked in the mirror, wishing you were in better shape, and just felt hopeless? Well, you may be surprised how quickly you can improve your health.
USA Today reports that data from the CDC indicate that just “one in four adolescents ages 12-15 are physically active for at least 60 minutes” each day.
Sawing wood when you sleep—we laugh when we watch snoring in cartoons and sit-coms, but more studies are indicating it may not be a laughing matter.
A listener asked, “Is a pedometer a good investment or just another gadget that wastes money?”
Have you decided to get your flu shot yet? If you haven’t, you might want to sleep on it—not to help with your decision, but to give your vaccine a better shot.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, a little extra physical and mental preparation can mean the difference between success and failure.
You’ve probably filed the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine,” right next to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” However, you may want to take humor more seriously.
Research published in New England Journal of Medicine is questioning the benefits of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (cartilage surgery on the knee via an arthroscope). Wow, will this be a potential practice changer in the sports medicine world.
Parents aren’t always on top, of what their children experience on line—and that could lead them surfing into dangerous waters.
Researchers said it is okay for pregnant women to eat peanuts and other tree nuts. On NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Katy Tur said that “despite old recommendations,” the “new study,” published in “the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that eating peanuts and other tree nuts will not raise the baby’s allergy risk.”
A patient asked me to solve a debate with a friend, who claimed there are two types of fat in our bodies. I told her I’d be happy to weigh in.
Ever come home from a hard day at work and complain, “My job is killing me!”? You may be closer to the truth than you think.
The New York Times reports that “new guidelines suggest that people over 60 can have a higher blood pressure than previously recommended before starting treatment to lower it.”
Many of us are forging ahead with our list of New Year’s resolutions. So where will you be a year from now—celebrating a victory or struggling with regret?
New research shows that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is diagnosed in more than ten percent of children. Now, you’ve heard the stories of hyperactive boys getting into trouble, but the most recent statistics suggest ADHD is an equal opportunity problem. Nearly as many girls suffer from the condition, but many aren’t diagnosed.
What’s really in turmeric supplements and spices? You may not want to know.
A patient came to me with a particularly bad attitude. So, like most doctors, I gave him a prescription. But it’s not what he expected.