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Men's & Women's Health
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
The first thing you should know is that antibiotics are used to combat bacteria, not viruses. So, these potent drugs should be used for infections of the ear, sinuses, urinary tract and skin. They’re also used to treat strep throat. They should not be used for viruses that cause most sore throats, coughs, colds and flu.
Seniors
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The American Psychiatric Association classifies compulsive gambling as an impulse-control disorder. Imbalances in the brain chemicals serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine may be factors in compulsive gambling. Many people are able to control their compulsive gambling with medications and psychotherapy, and with the aid of self-help groups.
Seniors
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
For several reasons, seniors are in danger of breaking a bone. As we age, the power of our senses, reflexes and coordination diminishes. Maladies and the medicines we take for them can contribute to balance problems, which can lead to falls. Then there’s osteoporosis—a disease that makes bones more likely to snap.
Men's & Women's Health
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019
Sometimes you take a contrast medium such as barium and iodine to outline an area of your body. This medium may be injected, swallowed or taken as an enema. The contrast medium appears opaque on X-ray film, providing clear images of structures such as your digestive tract or blood vessels.
Seniors
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
These products may not be safe if you have cancer, an enlarged prostate gland, high blood pressure, diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, epilepsy, Parkinson disease, psychiatric issues or problems with clotting blood, your immune system, liver or thyroid.
Men's & Women's Health
Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019
Young boys and girls have a small amount of breast tissue made up of a few ducts. At puberty, female hormones in girls make breast ducts grow, milk glands form and fat increase. The male hormones in boys prevent further growth of breast tissue. Men’s breast tissue contains ducts, but only a few, if any, lobules.
Seniors
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
During traditional surgery, a patient is put on a heart-lung bypass pump to oxygenate and circulate blood. This machine may create clots that could harm the brain. In addition, a surgeon handling the aorta – the main heart artery – can free bits of accumulated plaque, and they can block blood vessels in the brain.
Men's & Women's Health
Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019
About 2/10 percent of mammograms lead to a cancer diagnosis. About 10 percent of women examined will need another mammogram. Only about 10 percent of those women will need a biopsy. Out of those biopsies, 80 percent will come back negative for cancer..
Seniors
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
But, what exactly, is gas? Most people produce between a pint and a half-gallon of gas each day. Oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen from swallowed air make up a large part of gas, or “flatus.” Fermenting foods in the colon produce hydrogen and methane as well as carbon dioxide and oxygen.
Men's & Women's Health
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
The female breast is composed primarily of milk-producing glands (lobules), ducts that connect the glands to the nipple, and soft tissue. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that has grown from breast cells. Nearly all breast cancers start in the ducts or lobules of the breast.

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