When it comes to a disease like cancer, preventive screening can help save your life.
Some types of cancer can be found before they cause symptoms. A screening is a test or exam that helps find cancer before it has spread.
Some recommended cancer screenings include colonoscopy, mammograms and Pap.....More
What you need depends on multiple factors, including your age, gender and personal risk factors such as family history, medical problems (including diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease) and lifestyle choices. While many screenings have standard timeframes for initiation and follow-up, .....More
The first symptom you might notice if you have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a disruption of your regular menstrual cycle. You may go several months without having a period or you may have periods that are very light or very heavy. The extra androgen that you have in your body can lead to i.....More
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common problem, affecting about 5% of women of reproductive age. It consists of the triad of infrequent menstrual cycles, signs of excess androgens (male hormones) in the blood, which can manifest as hirsutism or excess facial hair growth, and a .....More
Polycystic ovarian syndrome results from a hormonal imbalance that leads to the development of numerous follicles in the ovaries with absence of ovulation and increase in hormones specifically androgens and precursors to testosterone (DHEAS). This results in obesity, acne, altered masculine-like .....More
Total knee replacements are usually performed in people with painful arthritis that limits their ability to move around. Most patients are over 55 years old, but the operation may be considered for younger people as well. Your doctor may recommend total knee replacement if:
You have pai.....More
Until recently, a total knee joint replacement was an operation usually reserved for older, less active people in too much pain to walk, much less run. Better designed and longer-lasting joint implants, coupled with smaller, less traumatic incisions, now offer younger patients a chance to.....More
The decision to have total knee replacement surgery should be a cooperative one between you, your family, your primary care physician, and your orthopaedic surgeon. Your physician may refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon for a thorough evaluation to determine if you might benefit from this surgery.....More
You hear stories all the time. As soon as a seemingly infertile couple decides to stop trying and go the adoption route, bam, the woman becomes pregnant. There's a reason for this: The stress of trying so hard has stopped. In fact, research shows that women who are emotionally expressive about fe.....More
This is an important question, since infertility itself is known to be very stressful. For most men, mild or moderate amounts of stress likely do not affect fertility in a major way. However, it is probably safe to say that stress does not help either. While little is known about the exact mechan.....More
The relationship between stress and fertility is complex, and goes both ways. Infertility causes a lot of stress because it can impact every area of one's life-your relationship with your partner, your sex life, your job, your relationship with your family and friends, your financial stability, a.....More
Complications with this procedure are rare; however, no procedure is completely without risk. Your doctor will review possible complications of inserting a pacemaker, which may include infection and a malfunction of the pacemaker...More
The first step in the treatment of a heel spur is short-term rest and inflammation control. Shoes with support also aid in the healing process. In most cases, treatment focuses on the cause, the inflamed plantar fasciitis...More
Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum) is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. Every year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. The ri.....More
The average risk for the development of colon cancer is approximately 6%, or 1 out of 16 people. Screening for colon cancer can detect early signs of cancer and reduce your personal risk.
People who have family members with a history of colon cancer and/or colon polyps are at increased risk compa.....More
Think of walking in stiff, hard shoes both without socks. Or, if said shoes are handy, do so. While socks provide cushioning (and contain odor), you'll notice they also provide a buffer to absorb the friction that would occur if the shoe rubbed up against your skin. Without the sock, your exposed.....More
Joint deterioration, known as osteoarthritis, is so prevalent that it's expected to affect 40 million Americans by the year 2020. Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint, including your hips, hands, and spine. But there's a prevalence of joint deterioration in the knees - mainly because we rely on .....More
Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis in which damage to the joints occurs gradually and continues to get worse. Common causes of osteoarthritis include injury, infection, and other diseases. Osteoarthritis tends to affect the hands, knees, hips, lower back, and neck.
Puberty marks a new era of health concerns. Parents can expect their kids to want some independence and to expect private time with the pediatrician. Honesty is especially important during these years, as annual checkups begin to include new screens for reproductive and sexual health issues, alco.....More
Various treatment options can help those with bipolar disorder. The most common approaches are medications and counseling. Treatment is often lifelong and must be continued even during periods when one's mood is stable. Uninterrupted treatment can help one lead a more predictable, stable emotiona.....More
The medications you may be prescribed will vary depending upon whether you are given a diagnosis of bipolar I and bipolar II. In general, if you have bipolar I, you will not receive antidepressant or stimulant medications as both may push you into a "manic episode." Both bipolar I and bipolar.....More
Doctors treat bipolar disorder with medications called mood stabilizers. The purpose of these drugs is to reduce and prevent manic episodes, which can lead to overly excited mood and reckless behavior. Mood stabilizers include lithium and certain drugs that are also used to prevent seizur.....More