Smoking May Worsen Your MS More Quickly

If you have MS and smoke, there’s now more reason than ever to quit. New research shows continued smoking after an initial multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis appears to speed up the disease and lead to greater disability faster.  Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly … Read More

What Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

For clues about problems in your mouth, stick out your tongue and look in the mirror. A healthy tongue should be pink and covered with small nodules (papillae). Any deviation from your tongue’s normal appearance, or any pain, may be cause for concern. Family physician Daniel Allan, MD, discusses why you should watch for changes … Read More

Avoid 8 Common Triggers to Make Your Life With MS Easier

If you have multiple sclerosis, you can do things to help limit unpredictable flare-ups of pain, dizziness, numbness and imbalance. In particular, people with relapsing-remitting MS, can take steps to avoid certain behaviors and situations that trigger MS flare-ups or relapses. Neurologist Alexander Rae-Grant, MD, identifies eight triggers that may lead to relapses or flare-ups. Avoid these … Read More

Bladder Cancer: Your Personal Risk and How to Reduce It

With age come wisdom, experience and, unfortunately, a higher risk of bladder cancer. Certainly, bladder cancer can occur at any age, but it’s more common in older men and much less frequently an issue in younger men and women. Time gives you more chances to become exposed to harmful chemicals that get processed through your … Read More

Pneumonia May Raise Heart Disease Risk as Much as Smoking

Pneumonia may be as big a risk factor for heart disease as smoking or diabetes, especially in adults older than 65 who are hospitalized, a new study says. Researchers at the University of Ottawa began tracking the link among nearly 1,300 people who developed pneumonia during the course of the study. Participants ranged in age from … Read More

Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail — and How to Succeed

Every year, people make health resolutions for New Year’s — lose weight, drop bad habits such as smoking, exercise more, and so on. Every year, people also abandon those resolutions by mid-January. It’s easy to blame missed goals on human nature, but internal medicine physician Muhammad Ali Syed, MD, offers a few simple ways to … Read More