Sugar and your heart: Sour news about sweets

It's clear that America has a sweet tooth, and new evidence suggests that sugar is bad for the heart. Although the culprits are simple sugars, their relationship to cardiovascular disease is not so simple, since it depends on cardiac risk factors. (Locked) More »

Light smoking: Dangerous in any dose

Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The health hazards of tobacco are enormous; they include heart attack, stroke, dementia, aortic aneurysms, emphysema, asthma and lung infections, and cancers of the mouth, throat, lung, and many other organs. Is smoking "just a little bit" harmful? A study from the University of California, San Francisco shows that light and intermittent smoking is nearly as dangerous as heavy smoking. Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day triples the risk of developing lung cancer; less than 10 cigarettes a day does the same thing for heart disease. More »

Distracted driving: Fast lane to disaster

Distracted driving causes untold crashes each year, but these calamities can't really be called accidents. The consequences of distracted driving are all too predictable, and thus preventable. If you understand the hazards of driving under the influence of cell phones and other mobile devices, you can arrive safely at your destination with enough time to make your calls and send your texts. (Locked) More »

BPH (hypertrophy vs. hyperplasia)

As a 78-year-old man with an enlarged prostate, I'm particularly interested in your fine articles about BPH. But if memory serves me right, we called the condition "benign prostatic hypertrophy" when I was in practice, but now you call it "benign prostatic hyperplasia." What's the difference? (Locked) More »