To your good health columns
By all means, ask your ophthalmologist at your next visit, but the most common cause I see for watery, tearing eyes are … dry eyes! This apparent paradox is caused by the fact that your eyes have three different fluids.
Anti-inflammatory drugs can have many allergic and allergic-type reactions, and ibuprofen is probably the most likely of all to do so.
A heart attack happens when the demand for blood from the heart is greater than the ability of the blood vessels can provide. In practice, this almost always means that there are blockages in the blood vessels.
A patient always has the right to refuse a treatment recommended from a physician. However, the physician has the obligation to consider the risks and benefits of a treatment.
Large amounts of elemental calcium do decrease the absorption of the thyroid hormone, thyroxine. Iron and caffeine also decrease thyroid hormone absorption.
Most people with a banding procedure do not need anesthesia, and nerve blocks are not used in hemorrhoidal banding because a feeling of pain is a useful indication that the band is not in the best position.
There are several styles of diet that have been proven to be healthier than a typical North American diet. Two of the best that have been studied are he extreme low-fat diet and the Mediterranean-style diet.
Twenty-four-hour, ambulatory blood pressure readings are usually 5 to 10 points lower than office blood pressure readings, so your average daytime readings are correspondingly higher.
I have heard from many people that doctors do not take symptoms seriously in people who are overweight or obese.
Breast cancer is not just one disease. We think of breast cancer as something that can be easily cured if it is found early, but if you wait too late, it becomes difficult or impossible to cure.
I believe that there are over-the-counter supplements that are effective for treating some medical conditions, and there are a few instances in which there is strong evidence of benefit.
One potential problem studies face is assigning cause of death. If a person with a very serious cancer who is expected to pass away within a few months gets COVID-19 and dies, did the cancer kill them, or did COVID-19?
Linaclotide (Linzess or Constella) is a medicine used for constipation, either in people with irritable bowel syndrome or in people with constipation for no particular reason.
Perimenstrual asthma is a well-recognized condition that is nevertheless not well-known by most nonexperts.
Most exercise is not damaging to joints, but high-impact or high-frequency activities can certainly worsen arthritis pain.