Archive for the Health Category

What can be Done About Bed Wetting?

While most youngsters become toilet-trained during the day sometime between age 2 and 3 (boys a little later than girls, in general), they tend to continue to need a night or nap diaper for about six to twelve months longer. And while most are dry at night by age 5, about 10 percent of perfectly […]

Weathering Holiday Allergies. Part 3

Why Does an Allergy Make You Suffer? “Every time you come in contact with an allergen, your body releases histamine,” Van Bavel said. “Histamines have a good function to help you fight certain infections, but too much can cause an allergic reaction.”

Weathering Holiday Allergies. Part 2

Natural Christmas trees may also harbor mold, Van Bavel cautions. “Mold can be found on the leaves and branches of live Christmas trees. People unknowingly bring it into their homes,” he said.

Weathering Holiday Allergies. Part 1

If sneezing, sniffling, itching and wheezing this time of year have you feeling more like Scrooge than Santa, perhaps you’re allergic to the holidays.

New Therapies for IBD

The search for new, effective treatments for IBD is unfolding along two paths: New drugs, and new uses for drugs used to treat other diseases. Existing therapies that show promise include the nicotine patch, heparin (a blood thinner), fish oil, various antibiotics and combinations of antibiotics, the use of certain bacteria normally found in the […]

Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a psychological condition that exists when a person experiences: Continuously unwelcome thoughts, such as images of germs, dirt, or repugnant sexual acts;

Brand-Name Drugs, Generics Not Always The Same. Part 2

Therapeutic equivalence means two things. First, the generic drug must be pharmaceutically equivalent to the RLD. That means it must contain the same active ingredient(s) at the identical strength or concentration as that of the RLD, and the manufacturer must adhere to strict strength, quality, purity and identity standards.

Brand-Name Drugs, Generics Not Always The Same. Part 1

Q.My doctor told me generic drugs aren’t always the same as the brand-name drugs they replace. Federal regulations apparently allow a drug company to have up to a 20 percent margin of difference in the amount of active drug in the generic pill.

Runner with Herniated Disc. Part 2

Herniated discs in the lumbar spine typically improve in response to conservative measures. This has been shown even when there is numbness and weakness. Studies have shown that most discs that are herniated resorb or shrink over time, thus relieving pressure on the nerve roots.

Runner with Herniated Disc. Part 1

Q.I was diagnosed six weeks ago with a herniated disc (L4-5). I have slight numbness between the left knee and ankle and some weakness in the leg. I have been an avid runner for 20 years and am very frustrated. Will I be able to go back to running? When? I am improving somewhat from […]