How Salt, Potassium Affect Your Teen’s Blood Pressure

Parents who worry about their teens’ consumption of salt can take heart from a new study, which finds that a diet high in sodium may not have a negative impact on blood pressure levels in teenage girls. While recent research in adults has shown salt consumption may not negatively affect blood pressure the way scientists once … Read More

How a Second Opinion Can Help You With a Difficult Diagnosis

In recent entertainment news, celebrities have talked about the importance of seeking a second medical opinion when you face a serious medical diagnosis. A second opinion allows you to determine if the diagnosis is correct, and it helps you determine if the recommended treatment is optimal for you. If a person is diagnosed with cancer, the treatment plans … Read More

Make Your Medical Wishes Known with an Advance Directive

Contributor: Katie Neuendorf, MD What would happen if you experienced a sudden health crisis and became unable to communicate? If you haven’t filled out an advance directive to guide your family in decision-making, you may find yourself – and put your loved ones – in a troubling situation. When these important decisions regarding medical care and comfort are … Read More

Use This Emergency First-Aid Kit Checklist to Be Prepared

You can’t predict when a natural disaster like a hurricane or blizzard will strike. What you can do is prepare for it in case it does. Having the right medical supplies, basic items and an emergency plan to coordinate with family members will help make dealing with damage from a severe storm a little more … Read More

The Best Day of the Week to Weigh Yourself

If your goal is to lose weight in 2015, make sure you weigh yourself on Wednesdays. That’s the day when your weight is the least likely to fluctuate, making week-to-week comparisons more accurate and ultimately helping to spur weight-loss success, researchers have found. In a recent study, researchers at Finland’s Tampere University of Technology weighed 40 overweight adults … Read More

Cleveland Clinic Performs Second Face Transplant (Video)

In a 24.5-hour surgery in late September, nine Cleveland Clinic surgeons and multiple specialists performed the hospital’s second face transplant on a middle-aged man who suffered severe facial trauma and other complications from a car accident. The surgery included transplantation of about two-thirds of the scalp, the forehead, upper and lower eyelids, eye sockets, nose, … Read More