Gout: Joint pain and more

Gout is a form of arthritis that occurs primarily in older men, and is caused by a buildup of excess uric acid in the body that crystallizes in a joint, causing inflammation, swelling, and pain. More »

Noise-induced hearing loss

Prolonged exposure to excessive noise can result in permanent hearing loss. Many occupations have increased risk of hearing damage, and in such cases ear protection should be worn. (Locked) More »

On call: Chocolate and health

I've been called a "chocoholic" because I love chocolate and eat a piece after dinner every night. My weight is fine and my cholesterol is, too. Is there any reason to change my ways? (Locked) More »

On call: Shy bladder syndrome

I often find it difficult or impossible to pass urine in a public men's room. I'm 41 and healthy. I have no problem urinating at home. Last week I couldn't urinate at a friend's house, and I had to go home early to use the bathroom. What can you suggest? (Locked) More »