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10 Questions Every Woman Should Ask About Menopause

October 6, 2017

At some point in a woman’s life, she will go through the life transition of menopause. Menopause is when a woman has not had a menstrual cycle for one year. It is a normal condition all women will experience as they age and will mark the end of her reproductive years.

Consumer Reports: Helping your college age child in a medical emergency

October 2, 2017

As a parent, there are few things worse than getting a call saying your young-adult child is being taken to the emergency room. Now imagine getting that call, but the doctors and nurses won’t tell you anything about your child’s condition. Consumer Reports tells us how privacy laws make that scary scenario very real for

Study – Don’t Let Your Dog Sleep With You In Bed

September 29, 2017

Ruff news: Man’s best friend may keep you from fetching sleep. That’s the takeaway of a small but provocative study titled “The Effect of Dogs on Human Sleep in the Home Sleep Environment” in the September issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Investigators studied 40 healthy adults with pooches but no sleep disorders over five months.

Treating Reflux With Diet

September 25, 2017

A small study has found that a plant-based diet is just as effective as proton pump inhibitors in treating laryngopharyngeal reflux, or LPR. LPR is a disease in which stomach acid comes up into the throat to the level of the laryngopharynx. It is not the same as gastro-esophageal reflux, or GERD, which involves a

6 Things to Know About Misophonia

August 31, 2017

Misophonia, also known as “selective sound sensitivity syndrome,” is the psychological condition that causes people to have strong feelings of rage, hatred, fear and distress when met with certain “trigger” sounds like chewing or incessant pen clicking. The recognition of the disorder is relatively new so treatment is in the early stages. But, there are

The High-Tech Device That’s Like a Bouncer for Mosquitoes

August 25, 2017

Dotted around Houston, hidden in overgrown backyards and piles of old tires, are what look like 10 tiny models of Hollywood’s iconic Capitol Records building. They are full of recording gear, but not to capture the vocals of Frank Sinatra or the Beastie Boys. These high-tech devices catch mosquitoes — though not in big batches,

Alzheimer’s expert offers healthy eating tips to reduce your risk

August 11, 2017

If you’re ready to declare war on Alzheimer’s disease, Dr. Richard Isaacson knows the weapons you need. Arm yourself with a stalk of broccoli. Or a tasty nicoise salad. Or a glass of grape juice. How much can these healthy dietary choices protect you from Alzheimer’s? Here’s an example: Recent studies have shown people who

Yoga can help treat depression

August 7, 2017

Hatha yoga is a gentle, introductory form of basic yoga that promotes relaxation. Studies have showed it can ease symptoms of major depression after patients engaged in a practice for about three to six months, a new study says. The research team randomly split volunteers who were taking antidepressants into two groups. Half started taking classes

New device helping people who suffer from sleep apnea

August 4, 2017

  Technology is bringing relief to people who suffer from sleep apnea. Instead of a big, loud, clunky mask, a small implant in the chest is helping patients get a better night’s sleep. Joe Truglio tried everything to cure his sleep apnea. “I was stopping breathing 30 times an hour, now I don’t at all,”

Get Well Sooner? A Healthier Roommate Could Help

July 31, 2017

Your speed of recovery in a hospital is related to many things. Among them is one you might not consider: the condition of your roommate. A recent study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found that hospital patients who are assigned healthier roommates require less care and are discharged more rapidly, with no