Blood pressure: How low should you go?

A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that lowering blood pressure from the standard 140/90 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) to around 120/80 may reap greater cardiovascular health benefits. More »

Ask the doctor: Concern about a now "normal" PSA

I am 68 years old, and recently my PSA level (which was normal before) increased to 5.2 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml). My doctor repeated the test one month later, and it was normal again at 3.3 ng/ml. Should I still be concerned? More »

Sciatica: Of all the nerve

Sciatica affects as many as 40% of people during their lives. While attacks can vary in terms of severity, duration, and frequency, you can take measures to manage the pain and prevent future episodes. (Locked) More »

Passing your physical exam

Prepare questions before your doctor visit and follow certain guidelines during the exam to maximize the brief time you have with your doctor. (Locked) More »

Preserve your muscle mass

While most men will lose about 30% of their muscle mass during their lifetime, it is possible to rebuild and maintain muscle with a progressive resistance training program and a higher-protein diet. More »

Heart attack survivors can have sex without fear

Sex does not appear to trigger a heart attack or increase your risk for a second one after you have recovered. A new study found that more than 78% of those who had a heart attack said their last sexual activity occurred more than 24 hours beforehand. More »