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Why Do My Joints Make Noise ― Clicking and Popping?

By |2019-06-20T12:04:10+00:00June 20th, 2019|

The short answer from an orthopaedic surgeon Q: My joints make clicking and popping sounds. Why is that? A: Bones and joints can make grinding, creaking, clicking, popping and other noises, which can occur at any age but become more common as we get older. The medical term is crepitus, and there can be several causes. If [...]

Good Health Goes Beyond Having A Doctor And Insurance, Says AMA’s Equity Chief

By |2019-06-20T11:58:53+00:00June 20th, 2019|

Part of Dr. Aletha Maybank’s medical training left a sour taste in her mouth. Her superiors told her not to worry about nonmedical issues affecting her patients’ quality of life, she said, because social workers would handle it. But she didn’t understand how physicians could divorce medical advice from the context of patients’ lives. “How [...]

What Gratitude Does to Your Brain

By |2019-06-20T11:52:09+00:00June 20th, 2019|

By Elizabeth Su When it comes to Thanksgiving traditions, my family does not hold back. From our morning brunch, to afternoon disc golf, to folding napkins into turkeys set around the dinner table, we love our annual traditions. Last year we tried something new. We wrote notes to each present family member with what we appreciate [...]

Pollen Allergy

By |2019-06-20T11:47:30+00:00June 20th, 2019|

Pollens and molds can cause allergy and asthma symptoms, and you need to know what you’re allergic to so you can best treat your symptoms. Overview There’s a reason the local news provides regular updates on pollen counts each spring: Tens of millions of Americans suffer allergy symptoms caused by exposure to tree, grass and [...]

Study finds similar cardiovascular outcomes for generic, brand-name drugs for hypothyroidism

By |2019-06-20T11:40:16+00:00June 20th, 2019|

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A new study by Mayo Clinic researchers may have broad implications for treatment of patients with predominantly benign thyroid disease and newly treated hypothyroidism. The study, to be published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in July, looked at whether generic and brand-name levothyroxine therapy affected hospitalization for cardiovascular events for those patients who are more at risk of coronary [...]

Dietary Supplements Compound Health Issues for Older Adults

By |2019-06-20T11:32:42+00:00June 20th, 2019|

What geriatricians can do to stop it The abundance of pharmaceutical advertising has taught patients to beware of drug side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires drug manufacturers to disclose these risks alongside any potential benefits. But not for vitamin and herbal supplements. The FDA considers them “foods,” not “drugs.” However, dietary supplements [...]

Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort

By |2019-06-20T11:24:41+00:00June 20th, 2019|

Abstract Objective To assess the prospective associations between consumption of ultra-processed food and risk of cancer. Design Population based cohort study. Setting and participants 104 980 participants aged at least 18 years (median age 42.8 years) from the French NutriNet-Santé cohort (2009-17). Dietary intakes were collected using repeated 24 hour dietary records, designed to register participants’ usual consumption for [...]

Diphtheria – Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017

By |2019-06-20T11:13:39+00:00June 20th, 2019|

For 2017, 39 cases of diphtheria due to toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae or C. ulcerans were reported to ECDC. The highest proportion of C. ulcerans cases was among adults 45 years of age and above, whereas C. diphtheriae cases were more common in younger age groups.   Credit: Jennifer Oosthuizen CDC Read report...

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement

By |2019-06-20T11:08:24+00:00June 20th, 2019|

After decades of improvement, America’s air may not be getting any cleaner. Over the last two years the nation had more polluted air days than just a few years earlier, federal data shows. While it remains unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend, health experts say it’s troubling to see air quality progress [...]

Newly discovered antibody broadly inhibits multiple strains of pandemic norovirus

By |2019-06-20T11:03:37+00:00June 20th, 2019|

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health and their colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin and the National Institutes of Health Vaccine Research Center have discovered an antibody that broadly inhibits multiple strains of pandemic norovirus, a major step forward in the development of [...]