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How Common Is Cancer?

Cancer is second only to heart disease as the leading cause of death in the United States. Cancer kills one in four...

Interpreting Cancer Statistics

Cancer statistics are used for a variety of purposes. Researchers and cancer organizations (such as the National Cancer Institute) use ...

Breast Cancer Screening And Prevention: Beyond Mammography

Breast Cancer Screening And Prevention: Beyond MammographyStarting after age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year....

Breast And Ovarian Cancer

The Basics How common are breast and ovarian cancers? One in every nine women (about...

Classifying Your Asthma

Everyone's asthma is somewhat different, because the things that influence the onset and severity of symptoms vary from person to person. These...

Measuring Your Breath With A Peak Flow Meter

Sometimes your pattern of symptoms doesn't accurately tell you how severe your asthma is or when a flare-up is approaching. A good...

Arthritis Treatment

Treatment Although an accurate diagnosis is important in treating arthritis, often the symptoms can be treated even if the...

Arthritis Symptoms

Diagnosing Arthritis In most cases, arthritis is diagnosed after an individual contacts his or her health care professional because...

Treating Allergies During Pregnancy

Changes in your body during pregnancy sometimes alter the way you respond to allergens. There is no good way to predict whether...

3 Tips For Living With Allergies

After your allergens have been identified and a treatment plan has been established, you can begin to make adjustments that...

Preventing Allergies

Preventing Anaphylaxis The best way to prevent anaphylaxis is to avoid exposure to the medications or foods that you...

Allergy Tests

Allergy tests are not perfect tests. A batch of allergy tests has the potential to produce several false-positive results (results that suggests...

Allergy Identification Questions

Identifying the allergens responsible for your allergy symptoms is key to preventing and controlling your allergies. This can require detective work on...

Frequently Asked Allergy Questions, Answered!

Who needs allergy testing and allergy shots? You don't need allergy testing to diagnose allergies if you...

Allergy Medications: Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist

You've been sniffling for a couple of days, or maybe that headache above the bridge of your nose is hanging around too...

Allergies and Asthma While Traveling

If you have allergies — to food, pets, pollen, mold or something else — or if you have asthma, borrow a lesson...

Alcohol: When Enough Is Enough

Learn how to recognize a drinking problem and where to turn for help. Not all alcohol abusers look...

How To Stay Smokeless

Giving up any habit isn't easy. Here are some ideas, adapted from the National Cancer Institute and other sources, on how to...

Parents: Keep Your Kids From Smoking

You see the kids walking down the street, cigarettes dangling from hand or mouth, and you wonder: Why do they smoke? Don't...

Anemia And Fatigue

What Is Anemia?   Anemia means that your hemoglobin level is below normal. Hemoglobin is a protein...

Sickle Cell Disease

What is sickle cell disease? Red blood cells are normally round, like a bagel. A genetic change (called...

6 Ways to Boost Your Memory

Like the rest of your body, your brain needs exercise to keep fit. Most research on brain health can...

DNA, Genes And Chromosomes

Did you know that at one point in your career as a human being you were just two little cells? Those...

Human Genome Project and International HapMap Project

The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, was an international effort. Coordinated by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department...

The Future Of Depression Treatment

Depression is a very common problem, so it is the subject of intense research. There is plenty of reason to hope that...

Finding A Mental-Health Provider

For a variety of reasons, it is not always easy to get the treatment you need. It may be hard to find...

Depression Treatment Settings

People who are depressed can be treated in a variety of settings. The most common is outpatient treatment, such as going for...

Suicide

Suicide is a rare event — most depressed people do NOT commit suicide. The rarity of suicide, however, makes it impossible to...

Human Development and Temperament in Depression

Your personality, your mood and your reactions to the ups and downs of life have biological, psychological and social roots. You are...

How Does Depression Develop?

Depression has numerous causes. Any of these things alone may not be enough to cause depression, but several of them acting together...

Genes, Brain Function And Mood In Depression

Depression runs in families. There has been some debate whether this is the result of genetics (a depression gene is inherited from...

Neurotransmitters And Hormones In Depression

Genes provide instructions to the brain, which processes our complex thoughts and emotions. The brain does this by producing and breaking down lots...

What Is Depression?

About 1 in 10 Americans suffers some form of depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Women experience...

Illness and Drug Treatment in Depression

For the brain to function well, the body needs to function well. If your body operates at a less-than-optimal level, your brain...

Early Loss: Stress and Depression

Trauma and stress are normal parts of life, even of childhood. Specific types of childhood adversity are not clearly linked to psychiatric...

Types of Depression

Depression usually involves a low mood that feels more painful than sadness or ordinary unhappiness. Depressed people stop taking pleasure in everyday...

Stress, Anxiety, Depression: What Kind Of Treatment Is Available?

Your health-care provider will recommend treatment depending on what comes up in your evaluation. An effective treatment plan will address your needs...

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the most popular antidepressants because the doses are relatively convenient and, for many people, the side effects...

Mental-Health Interview

The conversation you have with a mental-health professional — be it a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, psychiatric nurse or a person with...

Staying Well After Your Depression Is Treated

If you have had an episode of depression, gotten treatment for it, and are now feeling better, this is great news. But...

10 Common Heart Health Questions, Answered!

1. What role does aspirin play in preventing heart disease? Aspirin works by preventing platelets in the blood...

Stroke Prevention Guidelines

A stroke can be a very disabling event, leading to problems with memory, thought, movement and speech. You can help to prevent...

Alcohol And Gastrointestinal Disease

Health information on alcohol can be confusing. Studies have suggested that moderate drinking may prevent heart disease. But this is balanced by...

The Best Ways To Quit

For long-time smokers, particularly those who puff 20 or more cigarettes a day, quitting isn't easy. Studies have demonstrated that it may...

Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction

The ancient Druids thought a sprig of mistletoe held the cure to impotence. Standing beneath the herb, or ingesting the berries, was...

Frequently Asked STD Questions, Answered!

Can you catch an STD such as HIV or herpes by sitting on a public toilet or sharing towels?

Premature Ejaculation Problems in Young Men

Robert Simms, a 21-year-old guitarist, thinks he has a secret. But actually, millions of guys his age know about it.

Recommended Solutions for Premature Ejaculation

Here's a list of the most commonly used methods for dealing with early ejaculation problems. Talk to your doctor about which of...

Masturbation

Masturbation is sexual self-stimulation, most commonly by touching, stroking or massaging the penis or clitoris until this triggers an orgasm. Some women...

Doctor Visits – Routine or Non-Routine?

There are many misconceptions about what a routine doctor's visit can accomplish and what its limitations may be. If sudden death cannot...

What to Expect at the Doctor’s Office

Most routine visits to the doctor share a similar format. Your doctor will want to ask you questions, perform a physical examination,...

Health Checks & Tests Men Should Take Today

Preventive Steps for a Long and Healthy Life Avoid driving, swimming, boating, etc. under the influence of alcohol or...

A Man’s Breakfast Plan

To start your day right, you need a new breakfast model, one that fits your busy lifestyle and provides the...

What To Do About Snoring

We've all heard the jokes, the stories and the tall tales that make up snoring lore. But if you're the one waking...

How to Avoid Back Injuries at Work

Four out of five adults will experience significant low back pain in their lifetime. In many cases, this back pain is caused...

High Level of Carbon Dioxide in a Blood Test?

Question: What does a high level of carbon dioxide in a blood test mean? Answer: Carbon...

Water Guide

Water, often called the "silent nutrient," may be overlooked or taken for granted. Yet, next to oxygen, water is the most needed...

Caffeine

Pharmacologically, caffeine is classified as a mild stimulant. In addition to "waking up" the central nervous system, caffeine stimulates increased production of stomach acid,...

Why Men Need to Watch Blood Pressure

Most men don't give high blood pressure, or hypertension, the respect it deserves. It's as important as cholesterol, but most people don't...

Insomnia Help Plan

Almost everyone has spent at least one night lying in bed wishing for sleep. For some, it's a nightly struggle. A...

Protect Your Colon From Diverticular Disease

Many health-conscious men can recite their cholesterol numbers, blood pressure readings and PSA levels without even glancing at their medical records. But...

Premature Ejaculation

When men think about sexual woes, they usually put erectile dysfunction (ED) at the top of the list. That's understandable, since about...

Men and Headaches

For most men, an occasional headache is nothing more than a speed bump in the course of a busy day. But for...

Breast Problems in Men

Health problems are intensely private affairs, but men like Senator John Kerry and General Colin Powell are increasingly forthright about prostate cancer.

GERD

You have seen the ads for heartburn remedies. An overweight man eats a big meal late at night, perhaps followed by some...

Peripheral Artery Disease

Arteries are the vital channels that carry oxygen-rich blood from the heart to all the body's tissues. When blockages develop,...

Shocking Summer Hazards: Safety Tips

Speaking man-to-man, let me shed my anonymity, even at the cost of my reputation. I love to run. Nothing disreputable about that,...

Low-Back Pain

If your back aches, you're not alone. In fact, 70% to 80% of American men will experience low back pain. Back pain...

Gout is a Common Cause of Joint Pain

The severe, almost unbearable joint pain often starts in the dead of night. You may have a fever, making you feel even...

Nasal Allergies (Rhinitis)

It's easy to dismiss hay fever — allergic rhinitis — as a minor nuisance. But it's a legitimate medical problem that is...

Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D was discovered in 1920, ending the long search for a way to cure rickets, a painful childhood bone disease. Within...

Is Being Male Bad for Health?

Ask any man and he's sure to say that the male sex is the stronger one. It's easy to see why: Men...

Summertime Health Tips: Staying Safe This Summer

Summertime and the living is easy — if you stay healthy, that is. Most guys think of winter as the "sick season,"...

Truth About COPD

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It's also the only disease among...

Lowering Bad Cholesterol for Good

Last month, I discussed atherosclerosis and the risk factors for coronary artery disease . Cholesterol is near the top of the...

Unintentional Weight Loss ?

Some guys have all the luck — or so it seems. Many men struggle to lose weight. Then there...

Risks of Meat And The Healthy Alternative

Ask a red-blooded, all-American guy what he wants for dinner and he's likely to choose a steak or roast. His second choice...

Start Your Family Health History

For many men, holiday time is family time. It's a time for sharing meals, exchanging gifts, and swapping memories with relatives from...

Shingles: Painful Rash You Should Know About

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is one virus, but it causes two very different diseases.  That's why it has a hyphenated name.  VZV causes...

How to Protect Against Glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the United States; about 3 million Americans have the disease, but only half...

Blood in Your Urine?

Seeing blood in your urine can be frightening, even for the most macho of men. When this occurs, or when your doctor...

HDL (Good) Cholesterol: How to Get More of It!

Men have a higher risk of coronary artery disease than women, and they develop angina and heart attacks about 10 years earlier...

How to Protect Against Deep Venous Thrombosis

In 2011 tennis star Serena Williams was hospitalized with a life-threatening blood clot in her lung. This condition is called a pulmonary...

How to Stop Sweating

Everyone perspires, and we all sweat more during the summer. But some people perspire excessively all year. Sweaty palms can sabotage a...

The 10 Top Tips of Cancer Prevention

Ask average guys if they're more worried about heart disease or cancer, and most will say cancer. Even though more Americans die...

How Much Water Do Men Need?

Water accounts for about half of a person's body weight. And in today's America, people tend to carry water with them everywhere. Those clear...

Are Nuts Good for Your Health?

Whatever people think of Harvard, few would accuse its heavy-duty scientists of being health nuts. But Harvard researchers may deserve that designation. After...

The New Cholesterol Guidelines Questions, Answered!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America. For the past 50 years, doctors have focused on lowering blood cholesterol levels to...

Walking Or Jogging: Which is the Better Exercise?

It's not in the same league as the Coke vs. Pepsi rivalry. Or Nike vs. Reebok. But it is the topic of...

How Pets Affect Your Health

We love animals. Nearly 60% of American households, in fact, have one or more pets. Pets can be lovable, amusing or maddening―but...

Erectile Dysfunction and Heart Disease

Suppose for a moment that you're one of the millions of guys who develop a problem with erections. After putting it off,...

Golf and Your Health

Despite its popularity, golf is the most misunderstood of sports. In particular, many guys share two beliefs that are off the mark:

Why Exercise is The Best Stress Relief

"Rest and relaxation" -- it's such a common expression that it has become a cliché. And although rest really can be relaxing,...

Understanding Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

For your father, the initials AAA may represent his favorite auto club. But for your doctor, the initials stand for an abdominal...

Relief from Restless Legs Syndrome

Leg discomfort is the first symptom of RLS. People usually describe the feeling as tingling, pricking, bubbling, tearing or burning. People say...

The Problem with Painkillers

Opioid drugs such as oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and meperidine (Demerol) are among the most powerful painkillers available. Opioids are used both...

Are Beans the REAL Super Food?

Legumes and beans have been an important food in many cultures for centuries. Their tastes and textures are diverse. While there are...

10 Ways To Make Your Recipes Healthier

You can make many of your favorite recipes lower in fat and calories, and higher in fiber by simply swapping out some...

Do Cherries REALLY Work for Gout?

A colleague recently sent me an e-mail asking, "Is it true cherries are good for gout?" It was a...

Is Bad Posture The Cause of Scoliosis?

One day when my daughter was in middle school, she wore a bathing suit under her clothes. Naturally, I wondered why! She told me...

How to Deal with a Fever

Recently, I heard the suggestion that if someone has a fever, "get him or her warm enough to sweat it out." This...

What Being ‘Double-Jointed’ Means

Remember that kid in grade school who could bend her thumb backwards until it touched her wrist? Or the one who could...

Is CPR Effective?

Imagine your typical TV drama. A child, playing in the park, hovering too close to the pond, falls in. His parents, distracted...

Mixing Antibiotics and Alcohol

Is it true you can't drink if you're taking an antibiotic? My 23 year-old niece, Molly, asked me this...

Peripheral Arterial Disease Lifestyle & Exercise

Do your legs hurt or become cramped while walking? When you stop to rest does the pain go away, but return when...

New Moms: How to Get Relief from Hand Pain

When my right wrist began to hurt, I assumed it was carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition caused by inflammation of the tendons...

Tips For Taking Thyroid Hormone

You feel tired, your periods are irregular or you have gained weight. Your health care professional orders a blood test and diagnoses...

Attention Shoppers: Beware of Health Claims

When you are desperate to find that perfect gift, you become a vulnerable audience to the claims of advertising, and...

Your Baby’s First Year

While I was pregnant a friend told me, "you are about to undertake one of the most challenging experiences of your...

Anovulation

I first learned about anovulation from a friend in high school who said she had only one period a year. My other...

How to Understand Common Hormone Tests

Understanding any test result your doctor has sent you can be confusing. This is especially true for blood tests that measure hormone...

Sleep and Women’s Health

Lately, I hear myself echoing many of my female patients: Why am I so tired all the time? Recently, my husband took...