Don’t Run from Your Mammogram

Some women put off their mammogram appointment to avoid breast compression. Still, the procedure’s benefits make it worth some temporary discomfort. For instance: Mammograms have helped breast cancer mortality rates drop by nearly a third in the US since 1990. Of all the years of life saved by mammography, 40 percent are for women in… Read more »

FDA Approves New ADHD Test

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medical device to help assess attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) for youngsters between 6 to 17. But the new ADHD test does not eliminate the need for a careful clinical assessment by a physician, psychologist or other licensed professional. Focusing on EEG (electroencephalogram) patterns, this is the… Read more »

Omega-3 Fish Oil: Bad for the Prostate?

Consuming large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids may not be right for everyone: Researchers have observed a link between the intake of omega-3 —found in fish-oil supplements and fresh tuna, salmon, and trout–and an increased risk of prostate cancer. Scientists found a strong association between high consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and a 43 percent… Read more »

Randy Travis Suffers Stroke

Country singer Randy Travis, 54, has been admitted to a Texas hospital after suffering a stroke, a complication due to a recent bout of cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure.  Mr. Travis underwent surgery to relieve the pressure on his brain, according to news reports. Cardiomyopathy (a weakening of the heart muscle) occurs when the heart… Read more »

Sunglasses Are Your Eyes’ Best Friend

Sunglasses aren’t just a fashion statement, they are essential to help prevent eye disease. The harmful UV (ultraviolet) rays from sunlight can cause many ocular conditions, like cataracts, macular degeneration, eyelid and eye cancers and such unsightly growths as pinguecula or pterygia. Wearing sunglasses outside is critical year-round, not just on sunny days. In fact,… Read more »

July 4th, Yankee Pride and ALS

As we celebrate Independence Day, we also remember the late Yankee, Lou Gehrig–one of the greatest players in baseball history. On his 36th birthday in 1939, Mr. Gerhig was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a very rare form of disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Now commonly called Lou… Read more »

Protect Yourself from a Heart Attack on Vacation

Health risks don’t take time off. A growing body of evidence suggests it’s not uncommon to have a heart attack on vacation. So if you have a heart condition, high cholesterol and/or high blood pressure—or a family history of any of these—be mindful of the physical and emotional tolls that traveling or vacationing can take…. Read more »

AMA Classifies Obesity as a Disease

The 21st Century is still young, yet it has already been labeled as the century of chronic disease. The epidemic of obesity and diabetes will likely cause life expectancy to decline, and the Lancet recently reported that obesity causes more deaths than famine. These developments are why the American Medical Association’s (AMA) new decision to… Read more »

Silent Stroke Tied to Memory Loss

What if a stroke (brain attack) occurred and you didn’t even know it? Though this may seem odd, it is possible for someone to experience symptoms but not a full-blown stroke—a “silent stroke.” During a silent stroke, a blood clot blocks blood flow to part of the brain, causing brain cells in that area to… Read more »

A Better Golf Swing: Fewer Strokes, Less Pain

Golf is tough. It’s hard enough to hit a 1.68-inch ball to 18 specific locations in fewer than 72 shots (like LPGA golfers are doing this week in Southampton, NY), but without a proper golf swing, the game is hard on the body too. Sports medicine orthopedists are witnesses of golf’s growing popularity by the… Read more »