More Diseases & Conditions

More Diseases & Conditions Articles

How did I get a urinary tract infection?

Incomplete bladder emptying may contribute to urinary tract infections in men, but the condition is less common in men than women. Improve bladder emptying with medication if needed. (Locked) More »

Screening savvy: You're likely at low risk for abdominal aortic aneurysm

A bulging abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) can be deadly, but only certain men should be checked for it with ultrasound. Men age 65 to 75 who have ever smoked are at high enough risk to make the test worth having. About 5% of men at high risk could develop an AAA. For men who never smoked and do not have a family history, the chance of having an AAA is about one in 100. Men like this who are tested are probably wasting their time. When an AAA becomes big enough, surgical repair may be advised. (Locked) More »

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 »

By the way, doctor: Does lysine prevent cold sores?

For years, I was plagued by cold sores and took antiviral drugs to treat the outbreaks. But at a friend's suggestion, I started taking lysine every day, and it seems to prevent them altogether. What do you know about this supplement? (Locked) More »