If you have a thyroid condition, it’s no secret that exercise and a healthy diet can help manage your symptoms and improve your overall health. But if you have an undiagnosed thyroid condition that is not being properly controlled, there are risks — even to “natural” supplements and exercise. That’s why it’s so important to … Read More
Good ol’ Grandma. The sound of her kindly voice alone could make you feel better when you were sick. But not all of Grandma’s old-time remedies — health hacks, if you will — stand up to close scientific scrutiny. In fact, some are downright silly. Let’s have a look at Grandma’s medicine chest and see … Read More
Human urine has been a useful tool of diagnosis since the earliest days of medicine. The color, density and smell of urine can reveal much about the state of our health. Here, for starters, are some of the things you can tell from the hue of your liquid excreta.
Patients often ask whether so-called “white coat” hypertension is anything to be worried about. This is a phenomenon in which people have a higher-than-normal blood pressure reading only at the doctor’s office, while their blood pressure is normal under more relaxed conditions at home. While this pattern was once thought to be relatively benign, it … Read More
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We pit olive oil against coconut oil to determine the heart health champion. See if you can guess the winner of this round of Health Hub Knockout — and get healthy cooking & baking tips too!
Oh, the world can be cruel. Those guys out there who want to be fathers, we’re sorry to report on a new study suggesting that bacon may hurt your fertility. Recently published research suggests that men who eat more processed meats – including hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as bacon – might have a … Read More
As he rushed to aid his stricken patient 55 years ago this October, Cleveland Clinic cardiologist F. Mason Sones, MD, worried that the dye he had inadvertently injected directly into the young man’s heart would kill him. Instead, what seemed like a grave medical error on the day before Halloween, 1958, proved to be a … Read More
When it comes to weight gain — or even a lack of weight loss — look no further than your kitchen for culprits. Bad habits you develop in your kitchen add up. But it’s never too late to change your habits or establish new ones. Start by looking at these six, all of which can … Read More
Many of us struggle with headaches. More than 40 million Americans have headaches that are chronic and recurring, according to the National Headache Foundation. Some key contributors to head pain include stress, alcohol, skipping meals, nitrates, menstruation, weather changes, bright lights, exertion, exposure to smoke, high altitude, strong odors and alteration of sleep. Today, there … Read More
Ice cream, chocolate and cookies: They may seem like unlikely topics of scientific study. But it turns out, they can tell us about people’s behavior under stressful conditions. This trio of sweets topped the list of comfort foods for women, in particular, in times of stress, according to a survey of food choices conducted by … Read More