Fosamax (Alendronate) for Osteoporosis

Some 30 to 40 percent of postmenopausal women suffer from osteoporosis, the “bone-thinning” disease that results in a bone so brittle and easily fractured that it can break spontaneously. In the U.S. alone, the cost of treating such fractures is about $10 billion a year. A hip fracture can turn a self-sufficient, active woman into […]

Nutritional Update

Mothers Weaning Babies Too Early The majority of American infants are being weaned and introduced to solid foods too early, experts say. “How infants are fed seems to have little relevance to how we, as nutritionists, think infants should be fed,” says pediatrician Dr. William Klish, of Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Klish’s comments are […]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you are bothered by burning pain, or a tingling ‘pins and needles” numbness in one or both of your hands, the chances are good that you are feeling the effects of a condition physicians refer to as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (familiarly CTS). The Median Nerve serves the first 3 1/2 fingers of each hand. […]

Optimal Golf

Golf has many rewards. While not as strenuous as many sports, playing 18 holes covers about 5 miles and burns about 500 calories (add another 100 calories if you carry your own bag). Golf produces fewer injuries than many other sports, but golfers are still prone to low back pain, wrist and elbow problems, and […]

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

Previous studies have found that an infants risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is increased by sleeping in the prone (face down) position. Consequently, several countries have launched campaigns in the past few years to discourage prone sleeping. Although these efforts have helped reduce infant death rates, SIDS remains one of the largest causes […]

Malignant Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma is a major health concern in Florida and other places where sun exposure is common. It is a form of skin cancer that is always lethal if left untreated. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in women between the ages of 25-29, and is second only to breast cancer in women […]

Treat Yourself to Back Pain Relief

When Americans see a doctor, their problem is most often a cold. But running a close second is acute low-back pain, for which the national medical bill is $24 billion annually. A large part of this bill is for surgery, such as fusion of the lower (lumbar) spine. The rate of surgery for low-back pain […]

Is Your Health “Up in Smoke”?

By now, most of us are aware of the more notorious dangers of tobacco use such as lung cancer, chronic lung disease and heart disease. (Not to mention premature aging.). But tobacco is a far bigger villain than most of us realize and accounts for the death of more than 434,000 persons each year. Thus, […]

Reduce Your Cancer Risk

Don’t Smoke. Smoking is responsible for about 30% of all cancer deaths. Those who smoke 2 or more packs a day are 15-20 times more likely to die of lung cancer than non-smokers. Control your weight. Those who are 40% or more above a desirable weight increase their risk of colon, prostate, and gallbladder cancer. Include […]