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The sequence of hormonal therapy and radiation affects outcomes in men treated for prostate cancer
Published November 24, 2020
A common treatment for men with intermediate-risk prostate cancer is to combine radiation with drugs that block testosterone — a hormone that makes the tumors grow faster. (This type of treatment is also called androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT). New research is suggesting the sequence of these treatments may be crucially important. Dr. Dan Spratt, […]
Age-related macular degeneration: Early detection and timely treatment may help preserve vision
Published November 24, 2020
Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 60. In order to preserve vision, it’s important to understand the stages of ARMD, its signs and symptoms, how the disease progresses, how to monitor it, and what treatments are available.
Driving equity in health care: Lessons from COVID-19
Published November 23, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has forced health care organizations to confront the inequities in their systems, particularly those affecting immigrants and communities of color. But once the disparities are acknowledged, what practical steps can be taken to address them?
Treating the pain of endometriosis
Published November 20, 2020
Endometriosis occurs in women when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows in other places in the body, most commonly within the pelvis, causing pain and other symptoms. Many women with this condition are not diagnosed properly until middle age. There are several options for treatment, and it may take time to find what works best for each person.
Masks save lives: Here’s what you need to know
Updated April 29, 2021
Hypertension, health inequities, and implications for COVID-19
Published November 18, 2020
In the US, racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to have hypertension, thus putting them at higher risk for a COVID-19 infection. Controlling blood pressure helps reduce risk, but the underlying health inequities that make these groups more vulnerable also need to be addressed.
Migraine headaches: Could nerve stimulation help?
Published November 17, 2020
Millions of people suffer from migraines, and research has been trying to understand what causes them. A current theory involves branches of the trigeminal nerve. Now the FDA has cleared an over-the-counter device to prevent or treat migraine by stimulating this nerve with mild electrical shocks.
College student coming home? What to know and do
Published November 16, 2020
Due to the pandemic, many college students are coming home at Thanksgiving for an extended winter break. Having anyone reenter your household as COVID-19 cases rise across the US is challenging, and requires thought and planning to keep everyone safe — and sane. Here’s what families need to think about.
Birth control and high blood pressure: Which methods are safe for you?
Published November 13, 2020
Doctors typically recommend that women who have high blood pressure avoid using birth control that contains estrogen to avoid raising risks for a stroke or heart attack. According to a clinical update, this recommendation may be changing for some women with high blood pressure.
Quarantine snacking fixer-upper
Published November 12, 2020
Eating more than you should since the start of the pandemic, especially unhealthy, highly processed snack foods? If you’re looking for advice on how to break your snacking habits and form new, better habits with healthier snacks, try these tips.
A new Alzheimer’s drug: From advisory panel to FDA — what’s at stake here?
Published November 12, 2020
The FDA is in the process of deciding whether to approve a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s. Two large clinical trials produced contradictory results, but other factors will affect the decision, including cost, incidence of side effects, the drug’s effectiveness, and more.
Drugstore skincare: Science-backed anti-aging ingredients that don’t break the bank
Published November 11, 2020
Treating age-related skin changes does not require an investment in expensive products, or a visit to a dermatologist. Products available in drugstores with proven ingredients and without a prescription can help with various skin issues or problems.
How to recognize a ministroke or stroke — and what to do
Published November 10, 2020
A transient ischemic attack (TIA), or ministroke, is caused by a temporary lack of blood in part of the brain, usually from a clot. The fleeting symptoms of a TIA can be a warning of risk for an imminent, more serious stroke. In the event of a stroke, getting help immediately is crucial, and knowing the signs will make that more likely.
Does lupus or arthritis affect your prognosis if you get COVID-19?
Published November 09, 2020
People with certain chronic conditions are at increased risk for severe COVID-19. These include a compromised immune system, which can happen for a number of reasons. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis or lupus take drugs that suppress the immune system, and new research examined the risks associated with such a situation.
Early birds may be more active, but night owls can catch up
Updated December 18, 2020
Type 2 diabetes: Which medication is best for me?
Published November 05, 2020
When diet and exercise are not enough for a person with diabetes to manage their blood sugar, one or more medications may be needed. Adding a second medication can offer additional benefits beyond blood sugar control, but the benefits and risks of these newer classes of drugs must be weighed for each person.
It’s still true: Not all the news about COVID-19 is bad
Published November 04, 2020
We’re more than nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and continue to face new challenges every day. But there are still positive developments in the fight against the virus, which should be recognized.
Coping With IBS
Updated November 12, 2020
Defusing the “Benadryl challenge”: Discussing danger with teens
Published November 02, 2020
Viral challenges encourage risky behavior in teens with potentially serious consequences. The reasons teens do things like this are rooted in the development process of the adolescent brain, and adults need to understand why such challenges appeal to teens in order to talk to them about why they aren’t safe.
Intermittent fasting: Does a new study show downsides — or not?
Published October 30, 2020
Growing evidence shows that intermittent fasting leads to significant weight loss. A recent study contradicted these findings, but the way this study was designed and implemented raises some questions about its conclusions.
Keeping your family safe this Thanksgiving
Published October 29, 2020
This year, the safest choice for celebrating Thanksgiving is to do so at home only with those you live with, yet some people are still going to want to gather. If you are considering celebrating with others, there are some things you can do to help limit COVID-related risks.
Talking to your doctor about an abusive relationship
Published October 29, 2020
Intimate partner violence can occur between people of any gender or sexual orientation. Abuse can leave people feeling isolated, confused, or hopeless, and talking to a health professional is one way to get help in the form of medical treatment or access to appropriate services.
Mind-body medicine in addiction recovery
Published October 28, 2020
Mind-body medicine, the use of behavioral and lifestyle interventions to address medical problems, is becoming a key component of recovery from addiction. There are now several scientifically-based mind-body medicine options for people in recovery, and promising research on their effectiveness.