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Which is better for you: Bottled or Tap water?

Which is better for you: Bottled or Tap water?

Surveys have found that the primary reasons people choose bottled water over tap water are: 1) the belief that bottled water is healthier, 2) that bottled water tastes better, and 3) that bottled water offers convenience. Which one is better in regard to taste and convenience could be debated, but according to a number of ...
What is the DASH Eating Plan?

What is the DASH Eating Plan?

Recently, U.S. News and World Report released its ranking of the best diets for 2014.  This list was compiled by a panel of health experts including nutritionists and physicians specializing in diabetes, heart disease, and weight loss. In this ranking, the DASH eating plan topped the list, beating out better known diets, such as the ...
What is Lou Gehrig’s disease?

What is Lou Gehrig’s disease?

ALS is an abbreviation for the disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, ALS is a progressive degenerative disease that affects the nerves that control voluntary movements and muscle power. The specific types of nerves affected are the “motor neurons”, located in the brain and spinal cord. These are the nerves that ...
What causes my shoulder pain?

What causes my shoulder pain?

The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that over the course of a year up to 50% of the general population will experience shoulder pain, with half of them consulting a physician. In most cases, this discomfort is related to trauma, although there are many other causes for shoulder pain. The shoulder is made up ...
What can I do for shoulder pain?

What can I do for shoulder pain?

Part 2—Traumatic Shoulder InjuriesLast week, common overuse conditions of the shoulder were described along with their treatment. This week’s Health Tip describes common shoulder conditions that develop as a result of trauma. First let’s review the anatomy of the shoulder. The shoulder is made up of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), the shoulder ...
Why should I stop smoking?

Why should I stop smoking?

The percentage of US adults who smoke cigarettes has been decreasing over the past several decades. In 1965 approximately 42% of adults smoked cigarettes as compared to 18% today. In spite of warnings regarding health risks associated with smoking, however, nearly 42 million adults and over 3.5 million middle and high school students continue to ...
Could I be Depressed?

Could I be Depressed?

The diagnosis of depression includes several subgroups including major depression, dysthymia and minor depression. Taking these three entities into consideration, it has been estimated that as many as one-in-five patients seen in primary care offices are depressed.The diagnosis of major depression is based on exhibiting five or more of the following symptoms for a period ...
How is photodynamic therapy used for skin lesions?

How is photodynamic therapy used for skin lesions?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is gaining acceptance as a convenient and relatively complication-free method of treating precancerous skin lesions on the face. These lesions, known as actinic keratoses (AKs), are primarily caused by damage from UV radiation from the sun. If left untreated, some of these AKs will eventually develop into squamous cell cancer (SCC). PDT, ...

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