Even when you’re deeply involved in healthcare, as any doctor is, extra weight can sneak up on you. Nearly four years ago, Lutul Farrow, MD, Cleveland Clinic Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, was climbing a flight of stairs at a medical conference and he became short of breath. “I’m a former college football player, and … Read More
When I was still in medical school and they talked about meeting with patients before surgery, “informed consent” meant that you simply explained to your patient what a reasonable person would want to know about a procedure. The physician or sometimes a nurse would tell a patient what the surgery was and then hand him or … Read More
Contributor: Jamie Schwachter, BSN, MSN, NP-C It won’t be long before children will be heading back to school. If you’re a parent with cancer, it might be a good time to start thinking about having a talk with your child’s teachers, counselors or school administrator about your illness. You may find it difficult to share such personal … Read More
So the label on the eggs in the fridge says “Sell by” yesterday’s date. You wonder if it’s safe to make that one last omelet. You hate to waste the eggs, but you want to be safe. A nutritionist provides sound advice about food safety for all your food groups.
There’s a good reason you may be confused whenever you open your refrigerator. From gluten-free, to low-carb, to high-protein, there’s a dizzying array of popular diets. They’ll all supposedly help you lose weight or improve your health. And they all have dedicated followers who tout their benefits. The Mediterranean diet is easy to understand and … Read More
A drug that worked wonders for your neighbor triggers nasty side effects in you — or triggers no effects at all. Why? According to the study of pharmacogenomics, the answer may come from your DNA. Get more resources about pharmacogenomics.
Over-the-counter acne treatments can help you keep your skin clear and blemish-free. But some of these lotions and gels also could produce dangerous reactions that may, in rare circumstances, be life-threatening. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that says products containing the ingredients benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can cause rare … Read More
When heat and humidity soar, keeping your body hydrated matters more than ever. Did you know you can hydrate with what’s on your plate — not just what’s in your cup? The following foods are heavy on the water content, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrient database. In several cases, they’re also full … Read More
Say the word “tumor” and one of the last places you probably think of it occurring is in the heart. Although rare, cardiac tumors occur in approximately 1 in every 2,000 people. Tumors can and do originate in the heart or heart valves. When cardiologists talk about risk factors for these tumors, there just isn’t … Read More
Whether it’s a heart, lung, kidney or liver, many people assume that transplantation is a last resort in treating a failing organ. But in the case of kidney disease, transplantation is actually the first line of treatment for patients who are candidates to receive a new kidney. “A kidney transplant is not a last resort; … Read More