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Q: I take medication daily for hypothyroidism and borderline high blood pressure. My question is: Do I benefit from iodide in table salt or should I buy plain salt for cooking? A: Your question … more
It's another one of those silent, but deadly diseases that's readily detectable and ultimately manageable with better self-care and communication between doctors and their patients.Chronic kidney … more
Q: What exactly is the connection between birth control pills and breast cancer? Is the evidence credible? If so, why do so many women still take them — and so many doctors prescribe them? A: … more
There is nothing quite as devastating for many older people as having to leave the comfort of home because of poor health or limited mobility.But a new generation of services and technology is making … more
WASHINGTON — It's pretty extraordinary for people in their 80s and 90s to keep the same sharp memory as someone several decades younger, and now scientists are peeking into the brains of these … more
Q: What are the pros and cons of taking milk thistle? A: Let's begin with some background on this purple-flowered plant that most people in this country think of as an invasive weed. It's a member of … more
As if we don't have enough to worry about — given daily political drama, volatile stock markets and North Korean nuclear threats — a new study suggests that living through such times of … more
Q: I'm a 75-year-old man who's done hard physical farm labor since I was a young boy. Now I have painful tingling, burning and numbness in my right palm and fingers. It disrupts my sleep and makes it … more
The greatest enemy of a healthy diet is our vulnerability to temptation and the all-too-familiar descent into mindless eating. Scoffing that bag of chips because it's there. Finishing that stale … more
Not everyone can exercise. People with muscle-wasting diseases and movement disorders, the frail, the very obese and post-surgical patients are among those who face a significant challenge when it … more
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