More on strengthening the pelvic floor

The standard advice is to pretend as if you are passing gas. Women are sometimes advised to imagine that they are tightening the vagina around a tampon. In general, you should feel like you are pulling in the anal area. It can be difficult to isolate the pelvic floor muscles. People contract their leg and abdominal muscles instead. It can help to put your hand on your belly so you can sense when you are contracting your abdominal muscles when you shouldn't be. The advice to practice pelvic muscle exercises during urination has been discarded. An article on urinary stress incontinence in women in the March 6, 2008, New England Journal of Medicine said this: (Locked) More »

The top 10 health stories of 2009

  The Health Letter reviews the major health news of the year, including health care reform, the H1N1 flu pandemic, a possible alternative to warfarin that has fewer side effects, and questions about the need for testing for certain cancers.   More »

Regaining control of your bladder

Urinary incontinence can be treated with medication or, if necessary, surgery, but people with this problem should first try pelvic floor exercises, moderation of fluid intake, and bladder retraining. (Locked) More »

Vitamin's value to be D-termined

A five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health hopes to determine whether vitamin D and omega-3 fats have an effect on rates of cardiovascular disease or cancer. (Locked) More »

More on toenail fungus

After Dr. Kenneth Arndt answered a question about toenail fungus, a number of readers sent us their favorite remedies. We asked Dr. Arndt to comment on several of them. (Locked) More »