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Last Build Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:32:20 -0800
When stents don’t work for blocked arteries, targeted radiation may help
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:32:20 -0800
After balloon angioplasty to clear dangerous blockages in a coronary artery didn’t work on a patient, doctors in Philadelphia tried a different tack: a targeted dose of radiation inside the artery to inhibit the regrowth of cells. So far, it seems to have worked.
What to do when NSAIDs boost blood pressure
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800
Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs do raise blood pressure for some patients, the People’s Pharmacy notes. In some situations, other anti-inflammatory options might be worth trying. Also, readers share their success with probiotics and withTamiflu.
This year, resolve to conquer negativity
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:00:00 -0800
Constant negativity can get in the way of happiness, add to stress and ultimately damage our health. Here’s how to disrupt negative cycles this year.
Culturally sensitive doulas can offer vital lifeline to new moms
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:00:47 -0800
Statistics suggest doulas can help lessen preterm labors and C-sections. Among those offering doula services to low-income families in the Puget Sound region is Open Arms Perinatal Services, with a focus on families of color and immigrant communities.
Vietnam War’s ‘Napalm Girl’ gets pain relief from laser treatment
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 16:30:06 -0800
Phan Thi Kim Phuc, now 53, said she had resigned herself to live with the scars and pain her whole life, until she saw a TV program about Dr. Jill Waibel’s laser treatments. Waibel, who runs Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, offered to treat Phan Thi for free.
Indian herb may help ‘wired but tired’ get to sleep
Sun, 08 Jan 2017 07:00:00 -0800
The Indian plant Ashwagandha is said to have an anti-anxiety effect that might help insomnia sufferers whose brains seem reluctant to settle down at night, Joe and Teresa Graedon say.
How sick is too sick to go to work?
Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:00:00 -0800
It can be tough to stay home when people have limited sick days, but it's still the right thing to do.
When it comes to nutrition, let overall health be your guide
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 15:22:03 -0800
When an eating plan encourages eating more of some foods and less of others, it’s easy to go too far. You might decide that if more is good then all is better, or that if less is better then none is best. That’s generally not true.
The throwaway scope: A way to ditch superbugs?
Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:36:16 -0800
Overall, as many as 350 patients at 41 medical facilities worldwide were exposed to or infected by contaminated gastrointestinal scopes from 2010 to 2015, according to the FDA.
Did Debbie Reynolds die of a broken heart?
Thu, 29 Dec 2016 17:42:08 -0800
By all accounts, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were very close in recent years, and death from a broken heart is a well-established occurrence, both in medical literature and throughout the folklore of the earliest human communities.
The dark side of detox diets
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:19:04 -0800
After holiday bingeing, it’s common to go on a detox diet. Nutritional experts recommend you carefully consider the possible downsides before you get started.