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

Are E-cigarettes Safe for Pregnant Women?

Quitting smoking of all kinds – conventional cigarettes or even e-cigarettes – is the best medical advice for pregnant women, experts say. It’s best to quit smoking as soon as you decide to conceive, says obstetrician and gynecologist Rebecca Starck, MD. “Smoking is not safe in pregnancy, and cigarettes clearly have carcinogens that have been … Read More

Could a Blood Test Someday Diagnose Lung Cancer?

Doctors someday might diagnose lung cancer through a simple blood test – which would enable detection of the disease at an earlier stage and could result in more effective treatment.  Such a blood test could be the ultimate result of new research that found people with non-small cell lung cancer have different chemicals in their blood called metabolites than people who … Read More

Causes of U.S. Deaths Have Changed Greatly (Infographic)

Americans had little control over how they died 100 years ago. Medicine was helpless against most infectious diseases. Doctors had theories; most were wrong. Today, we have the knowledge to prevent common causes of death like heart disease, some cancers and strokes. Yes, we all have to die someday; but not of the same old … Read More