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Apart from not smoking, exercise is probably the single most
important thing you can do to reduce your risk for heart disease.
If you need help in getting started or improving your fitness
routine, check out some of these online resources.
Women's heart disease risk is different from men's, due to
differences in anatomy and the protective effect of estrogen.
This article summarizes what women need to know about heart
disease and prevention.
Up to 10% of Americans have depressive symptoms at roughly the
same time every year, usually November through March. The
condition is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and the
first-line treatment today is light therapy — daily exposure to
artificial bright light. But according to a study led by
investigators at the University of Vermont, cognitive behavioral
therapy (CBT) is more effective.
Bell's palsy is an inflammation of the facial nerve, believed to be caused by a viral infection, that results in paralysis of one side of the face. It can cause startling changes on the affected side: a drooping mouth, a sagging eyebrow and lower eyelid, and an eye that won't fully close. It can take several weeks to return to normal, and treatment is typically a corticosteroid medication.
Tooth whitening procedures can be done at a dentist's office, or
there are many over-the-counter products that can be used at
home, including strips, gels and rinses. Regardless of the
method, the result is temporary.
I'm a healthy 62-year-old and have developed a vaginal discharge
and discomfort. Tests for vaginal infections have been negative.
Nothing helps. I'd appreciate your thoughts on this problem,
which my gynecologist calls "chronic leukorrhea."
On the basis of a blood test, my doctor wants me to take high
doses of vitamin D for three months. I hear there are wide
variations among laboratories performing these tests. Should I
trust my first results, or take the test again? What are the
I've heard that club soda, seltzer water, and sparkling mineral
waters rob the bones of calcium. Is this true?