Quiz: Test Your Common Sense About the Common Cold

The average American adult will catch two to three colds this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There’s a reason we call it the “common cold.” Aside from the need to wash your hands — which really is your No. 1 prevention tip — how much do you know about this sneeze- … Read More

Busting 5 Myths About Your Diet and Arthritis

When you experience the chronic pain of arthritis, you want answers. You’ll take any advice you can get to find relief from flare-ups. I understand that, of course. But unfortunately, there is no shortage of bad advice out there — especially when it comes to diet. Myths are abundant and persistent, traveling by word of … Read More

8 Myths About Your Back — Busted

Misinformation abounds about back problems. How many times have you heard that exercise can hurt your back? Or that if you consult a spine surgeon about pain, you’re sure to wind up in surgery? Back pain is a problem that is fairly common — as are the myths on the subject. If you have back pain, … Read More

Doctors Bust Your Most Common Robotic Surgery Myths

When patients hear they should have robotic surgery for urological or colorectal problems, some experience a fear of machines, others mistakenly think nothing can go wrong, and a few even believe — perhaps based on watching a few too many episodes of “Dr. Who” — that the robot will be making moves on its own, outside … Read More

Swallowing Your Tongue and Other Epilepsy Myths

Some myths about epilepsy are centuries old, but they still persist. Imad Najm, MD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Epilepsy Center dispels 13 of the most common myths about epilepsy: Myth 1: If you’ve had a seizure, you have epilepsy Fact: A person is diagnosed with epilepsy when he or she has two or more unprovoked … Read More

Needles? Ouch! And 9 Other Acupuncture Myths

There are a lot of misconceptions about acupuncture, but the truth is that this practice has been around for more than 3,500 years and provides relief to people around the world. Below, find ten of the most common myths about acupuncture: Myth 1: Acupuncture hurts — after all, we’re talking needles Fact: Although we use … Read More

Busting 4 Myths About Stem Cell Research

Remember stem cell research? In the mid-2000s, it became one of the biggest hot-button topics in medical research. The debate has grown quieter since then. But don’t mistake silence for a lack of activity. Stem cell research is alive, well and as full of possibilities as ever. Below are a few common myths about this … Read More

Busting 5 Myths About Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

Blood pressure and heart rate go hand in hand (or arm in cuff) in most people’s minds. After all, these two “vital signs” are measured together at the doctor’s office. But the two measure distinct factors related to your heart health. Blood pressure is the force of blood flowing against the walls of your arteries, … Read More

The High Cost of “Free” Foods

Think twice before reaching for that fat-free cookie or sugar-free ice cream bar as an afternoon snack. In most cases, you’re better off having the real thing in moderate portions, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD, wellness manager at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. The issue, Kirkpatrick says, is that choosing heavily processed foods over natural … Read More