Hernias: New options for management

Hernias can develop in many regions of the body, but for most men, the term is shorthand for a groin (inguinal) hernia. A man has a 27% chance of developing one at some time in his life. Men with hernias have several choices to make: whether or not to have surgery to repair the condition, which type of surgery to have, and which type of anesthesia to undergo. (Locked) More »

Clostridium difficile: An intestinal infection on the rise

A distressing number of patients acquire infections while they are in the hospital. And antibiotic therapy can actually increase the odds of coming down with a hospital-acquired infection, particularly when the cause is a bacterium named Clostridium difficile. Although doctors are working hard to control intestinal infections caused by the bug known as C. diff, the problem is rapidly becoming more common, more serious, and harder to treat. More »

On call: Coenzyme Q10 and statins

I'm a 61-year-old man with high blood pressure. My doctor wants me to take Zocor to lower my cholesterol, but I'm worried about muscle damage. I found a Web site that claimed coenzyme Q10 would help. Is that right? (Locked) More »