In a society that believes “thinner is better,” it is an emotional struggle to be obese. Aside from the interference with a happy life and high self-esteem, being overweight can cause many other health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea, hypoventilation, respiratory problems, heartburn and reflux disease, asthma, bronchitis, gallbladder disease, incontinence, arthritis and weakening of the joints, emotional and psychological disease and more. Read the rest of this entry »

More than 1 million travelers every year come down with diarrhea that commonly lasts from one to four days. Travelers diarrhea is caused by bacteria that is new to your stomach, but harmless for the local population. Read the rest of this entry »

If you have your own pool, a physical therapist can design an exercise program that is best for you. The Arthritis Foundation also offers a videotape called “Pool Exercise Program,” a 50-minute workout routine. Find the tape at the Foundation’s website. Read the rest of this entry »

Imagine going on a moonwalk. You’re nearly weightless, and when you take a step, you barely touch the surface of the moon. You’re basically floating along. Read the rest of this entry »

Typical symptoms in patients with GERD are extremely important in making the diagnosis. It is important to note that heartburn, and more commonly dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), may be due to causes other than reflux disease. It should also be noted that extra-esophageal manifestations of reflux (symptoms attributable to organ systems other than the esophagus) may be due to primary disease in the upper or lower respiratory tract.
Symptoms of reflux disease can, however, be shown to be a consequence of reflux (stomach contents flowing backward into the esophagus) if they respond to a trial of reflux therapy. Thus, the first test that should be performed for such patients is a trial of therapy. Trials also can be considered in patients at low risk for serious complications from reflux disease (younger patients with shorter duration of symptoms who do not have any alarming symptoms such as weight loss, difficulty swallowing, low blood count, or gastrointestinal bleeding). Read the rest of this entry »

A study in the Feb. 28 Archives of Internal Medicine reveals that only a fraction of people with elevated blood cholesterol levels are receiving adequate treatment.

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When was this nightmare going to end? I kept waiting to wake up from this bad dream, but it just wasn’t happening. I was feeling scared, many thoughts raced through my mind, what if this doesn’t go away? What if I have to live like this for the rest of my life? Can I do that? I didn’t want to be a burden to my family; I couldn’t imagine living my life in the helpless feeling of despair.

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It was a beautiful fall day in October as I started my day like any other. I woke up, got my children off to school and my husband ready for the office. Then I spent a few minutes getting myself ready to head out to work. Little did I realize that on this particular day in 1982, my life would change forever.

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