Fed up about dietary fat advice?

Low-fat diets do not necessarily improve heart health. The new way of looking at fats in food does not focus on specific levels of fat intake. It emphasizes a diet based on whole, unprocessed plant foods, which contain healthy forms of fat. Eggs and dairy, although they contain saturated fat, can be part of a healthy diet in moderate amounts. Minimizing red and unprocessed meat is still recommended.  (Locked) More »

Ask the doctor: Diagnosing restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes uncomfortable sensations in the legs. Certain medications can worsen the symptoms. Also, RLS is associated with certain medical conditions. One treatable cause of RLS is iron deficiency. (Locked) More »

Sore back? Try a massage

Research suggests that when added to usual back pain care, massage can provide extra pain relief, better function, and quicker return to daily activities. It’s unclear what type of massage works best. For best results, ask your personal physician, family, and friends to recommend a therapist. Find out if a local hospital or medical center has an integrative medicine program with massage therapy. Check if the therapist is certified by a recognized professional group, such as the American Massage Therapy Association. More »

How to make your prostate biopsy go better-before, during, and after

Several things can make a prostate biopsy more comfortable for men and reduce risks of complications. These include taking antibiotics before and after, getting proper anesthesia, and temporarily stopping blood thinners if advised. It is also important that the doctor obtains a sufficient number of samples and sorts them for examination according to the region of the prostate they came from, since this can affect decisions about further testing and possible treatment.  (Locked) More »

Dizzy spells when you stand up: When should you worry?

Orthostatic hypotension is a drop in blood pressure when standing up from a sitting or lying position. With aging, the body may be less able to quickly compensate for such drops in blood pressure. Medications and dehydration can contribute. For mild cases, adjusting medications, drinking enough water, and rising slowly can solve the problem. If it ever leads to loss of consciousness or a fall, it can be dangerous. In severe cases, medication may be necessary. (Locked) More »

Overcoming urinary leakage

Involuntary leakage of urine (incontinence) in men often traces to either damage from prostate surgery or physical changes in the bladder that trigger a sudden, strong need to urinate (urinary urgency) with involuntary loss of urine. After assessing the underlying causes, a doctor can suggest strategies to reduce leakage incidents. This may include strengthening the muscles beneath the bladder, in the pelvic floor. Medication may also help. (Locked) More »