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6 Things Your Nails Can Say About Your Health

If you want some clues about your overall health, look down at your fingernails. “Your nails are a very good reflection of your health. Many things can occur in the nails that can signify systemic or skin problems,”  says dermatologist Christine Poblete-Lopez, MD. Pay attention to anything on or around your fingernails or toenails that … Read More

7 Secrets to Keeping Your Kidneys Healthy

High blood pressure, diabetes or a family history of kidney failure put one in three Americans at an increased risk of developing kidney disease. But even if you don’t fit in any of those risk categories, it’s important to take care of these critically important organs. 7 secrets to kidney health You can do a … Read More

Will New Rules Change Your Wait for a Kidney or Lung?

The wait for a donor kidney or lung may get shorter — at least for some on transplant wait lists. That’s because of recent changes to the U.S. transplant system. In December 2014, the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) introduced a new way of matching transplant candidates with donor kidneys. … Read More

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Answers to 4 Questions You May Have About Kidney Stones

Think you might have a kidney stone? Small kidney stones can sometimes be present for years without causing symptoms. When they pass, however, severe symptoms may occur. Here are answers to four questions you may have about kidney stones from Cleveland Clinic urologist Sri Sivalingam, MD. 1. How can I tell it’s a kidney stone? Signs of a possible kidney stone may include: A … Read More

How to Avoid Surprising Risks of OTC Pain Medications

For common, occasional aches and pain, an over-the-counter oral medication often does the trick. But experts warn people with chronic, ongoing pain to avoid long-term use of common remedies such as Tylenol® or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), including aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve® and Advil®. Hong Shen, MD, a pain management specialist at Cleveland Clinic, cautions that using … Read More