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Can You Go 5 Years Between Pap Tests?

Yes, ladies, it is true! You can safely space out pap tests (a collection of cells taken at the time of a periodic pelvic exam). The U.S. Preventive Health task force recently released new pap test guidelines. We start pap tests at age 21 and obtain them every three years. At age 30, if you also … Read More

Pericarditis and Pericardial Condition Web Chat today

Many people have a condition called pericarditis – or may have other conditions such as infections, cysts, or effusions affecting the pericardium. Cardiologist Dr. Klein and Heart Surgeon Dr. Johnston will be answering questions about this topic today at noon (EST). Register now and begin to ask questions. They will be answered at 12 noon … Read More

Advances in MS Therapy (Video)

If you’re one of the 400,000 people in the United States or 2.1 million people worldwide living with multiple sclerosis (MS), two new studies offer fresh hope — in the form of convenient treatments to manage the debilitating disease. Although MS is usually treated with injections, two new studies are looking at a yearly IV … Read More

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Steer Clear of Secondhand Smoke

Think it’s okay to put up with a few hours of someone else’s smoking? Believe us, there is no rule in etiquette books that says you should politely ignore your friend’s cigarette fumes. If anything, it’s their manners — and your health — that are at stake. According to Michael F. Roizen, MD, chief wellness … Read More

Are You Heading to the Farmers’ Market Today?

Do you love eating seasonal produce? Head to the farmers’ market to pick up some asparagus, one of our favorite springtime veggies. Asparagus is one of the best food sources for folate. (Folic acid is the synthetic form found in supplements and fortified food.) If you’re a woman, you’ve probably been told about the importance … Read More

You Can Lose Weight Online

Ever been disappointed by something you bought over the internet? It happens. But there are still some remarkable values online. For instance, weight loss programs. A recent study that compared a mostly online weight loss program with an in-person weight loss program showed that both were about equally effective in helping people lose weight. The … Read More

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Antioxidant-Rich Watermelon

Skip the ice cream and cool off with watermelon instead. At 50 calories per cup, watermelon is a refreshing and healthy way to satisfy sugar cravings. One serving supplies more than one-third of your daily vitamin C requirement and 32 percent of your vitamin A needs in the form of the antioxidant beta-carotene. Vitamin A … Read More

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Does Soda Increase Stroke Risk?

Before you reach for another soda, consider that researchers from Cleveland Clinic and Harvard University have found that greater consumption of both sugar-sweetened and low-calorie sodas is associated with a higher risk of stroke. “What we’re beginning to understand is that regular intake of these beverages sets off a chain reaction in the body that … Read More

Tips for Shedding Winter Weight

I received this letter from a reader couple of weeks ago: “With the weather warming I am digging out summer clothes and finding that some things are a bit ‘snug.’ My diet is healthy and I run several times a week, but I would love to shed a few pounds around my waist. If my … Read More