The new cholesterol-lowering drugs

Two new injected drugs can dramatically reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol. They can be lifesaving for people who have extremely high LDL because of a genetic condition called familial hypercholesterolemia. Men with high cholesterol who can’t take statins because of side effects can also benefit. The long-term safety and effectiveness of the drugs are still being studied. The drugs are expensive, which will likely limit their use at first.  (Locked) More »

How to banish aches and pains

Regularly engaging in a variety of physical activity can help to relieve and prevent everyday aches and pain in the muscles and joints. For longstanding, chronic musculoskeletal pain, it can help to see a physical therapist to carefully evaluate the causes and recommend appropriate and safe stretches. A regular stretching routine, such as yoga, aids flexibility, strength, and range of motion in joints. Being too sedentary can lead to problems like tight hamstring muscles in the back of the leg, which can contribute to lower back pain. (Locked) More »

Inflamed sinuses: It's best to watch and wait

Sinusitis is caused by infection with a virus or bacteria. This inflames the lining of the sinus passages, producing copious mucus and symptoms such as stuffy head and facial pain. Antibiotics are usually not effective, since most sinusitis is related to viral infections, which antibiotics do not work on. Instead, it’s best to use saline rises, decongestants, and pain relievers to ease symptoms until the body heals itself. When sinusitis is prolonged, severe, or worsening, an antibiotic could be considered. More »

Commonsense strategies to help you eat more fruits and vegetables

Most Americans do not eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables. One contributing factor is that food preferences, such as lack of interest in fruits and vegetables, are deeply ingrained. A solution is to find creative and new ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your usual foods and meals. When paired with familiar foods, fruits and vegetables may be more appealing. (Locked) More »

Is your heartburn pill working for you?

Combine lifestyle change and medication to control heartburn. Which should you rely on to relieve persistent heartburn-lifestyle change or medication? The honest answer is "both." (Locked) More »