Kidney stones: Common, painful, preventable

In the U.S., the prevalence of kidney stones has increased and are more common in men than women.  This big problem caused by tiny deposits that may be less than a tenth of an inch across is painful and can have serious complications. But it's a treatable problem and largely preventable if you know the risk factors. (Locked) More »

Big thighs may be wise

As scientists have struggled to understand why obesity increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, and other woes, they have refined the definition of obesity and now understand that body fat is this culprit, not body weight. Surprisingly, having lower body fat may offer some health benefits, though diet and fitness are still vital to good health. More »

Worried about warts?

Warts are extremely common and the different types include flat warts found on your hands and face, plantar warts on your feet and sexually-transmitted genital warts. Most are small and painless and resolve on their own. All are benign. But that doesn't mean warts are trivial. In fact, many are unsightly, some do cause pain, and patients with weakened immune systems can have major problems with warts. However, the most common symptom of all is worry, with embarrassment a close second; both are best treated with a simple dose of information. (Locked) More »

Torn knee cartilage

I'm 72 and in good health. I've had left knee pain for almost six months. My doctor sent me for an MRI of both knees; it showed "mild to moderate osteoarthritis" in both knees and a torn meniscus in my right knee. What should I do for my "good" knee? (Locked) More »