Deep-vein thrombosis: Blood clots in your veins

Deep-vein thrombosis typically occurs in the veins of the legs, and is more common in men than in women. It is often caused by long periods of immobility, such as during a hospital stay or lengthy airplane flight. (Locked) More »

The 10 commandments of cancer prevention

Many factors influence whether a person gets cancer, and many cancers are preventable. There is much you can do to reduce your cancer risk, including the obvious avoidance of tobacco, eating a healthy diet, exercising, and consuming alcohol in moderation. More »

Medical memo: Hearty humor

Researchers found a connection between humor and endothelial function, which helps keep arteries healthy. Laughter appeared to boost endothelial function, while stress appeared to lower it. (Locked) More »

On call: Proscar and osteoporosis

I am 76 years old, and I’ve had an enlarged prostate for at least 10 years. I’ve been taking Proscar for about a year, and it seems to be helping quite a bit. I have not noticed any side effects, but I’m worried that if the medicine reduces testosterone levels enough to shrink my prostate, it will also give me osteoporosis. Should I change medications, or take Fosamax like my wife? (Locked) More »