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Health

  • No incision, no recovery, no baby

     

    Katie Hendrick

    Correspondent

    For women who want permanent assurance they won’t have any more children, there’s a new alternative to surgery or a life of celibacy.

    Essure is a nonhormonal birth control that involves soft and flexible inserts that morph to the shape of the fallopian tubes. Like tubal ligation, it is permanent and works by blocking sperm from coming in contact with the egg. This form of sterilization, however, requires no anesthesia or incisions.

  • Few options for quality, lower-priced dentures

    Q. I read your recent article regarding dentures.

    I wanted to share with you an unpleasant experience. My mother is 74 years old and needed to replace a set of dentures she had for the past 50 years.

    She worked until she was 72 and due to health issues — diabetes and dementia — had to stop. She is on Medicaid and her health maintenance group is called Florida Sunshine Tango.

  • Most testicular cancer is highly curable

    Today, at the request of a reader, we will cover the topic of testicular cancer. This year in the United States, approximately 8,800 cases of testicular cancer will be diagnosed. The majority of cancers of the testicle are very highly curable with an estimated cancer death rate in this country this year of only 380 cases.

  • Impaired sense of smell in older adults a problem

    The prevalence of taste and sense of smell disorders in the United States is relatively unknown. But, approximately 200,000 to 300,000 visits are made each year to physicians for what we term as chemosensory complaints.

    We think about one percent of the population is being affected by this particular problem. In real numbers, about three million people see their doctors for this problem each year.

  • Exercise can reduce risk of breast cancer

    Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. It affects almost one in 11 women in the United States. It is more common in post-menopausal women.

    The correctible causes of breast cancer include use of hormones like estrogen, lack of exercise, obesity and use of alcohol. Current research suggests that having more than one to two alcoholic drinks, including beer, wine and spirits, per day raises the risk of breast cancer, as well as the risk of having the cancer come back after treatment.

    How to cut down the risk of breast cancer?

  • To save or not to save

    Q: I am in a dilemma about what I should do with one of my teeth. I hope you can help!

    The last tooth on my lower left side has been bothering me since I started wearing a new retainer. I am 65 years old and I have always placed great importance on saving my teeth. When I went to see my dentist, she told me that the tooth had had a root canal in the past that was not filled all the way. She thought that this could be the cause of the problem, or that perhaps the problem was being caused by pressure from the new retainer, or even a combination of both of these factors.

  • Diagnosis, treatment of colon cancer should be done promptly

    As we discussed last week, cancers of the colon and rectum will affect about 137,000 people in the U.S. this year. Early detection and treatment of this disease are, again, the keys to a cure. However, one must look for early warning signs to assist in a prompt diagnosis.

  • Radiation therapy and hearing loss

    Hearing loss is any alteration of the hearing capacity. Hearing loss can be of various degrees. It can be mild, moderate, severe, profound or total.

    There are many classifications for hearing loss, but for the sake of this article, we are going to discuss sensorineural hearing loss or as it is commonly referred to, nerve deafness.

  • Just don’t do it

    We all know that smoking is injurious to our health. At the same time, quitting smoking can be very difficult. Recently, I saw a young patient who is a smoker. In taking her history, I found out that she smokes cigars, but not cigarettes. She smokes one pack of small cigars a day. She already has too many RBCs in her blood, which increases her risk of stroke.

  • Osteoporosis: A silent threat

     

    Megan Carella

    Correspondent

    We cannot feel our bones getting weaker as we age. In fact, many of us will advance into old age with healthy bones. But for about 10 million Americans, 80 percent of them women, osteoporosis (thinning bones) is a dangerous — and silent — reality.

    The Surgeon General predicts that by 2020 half of all Americans older than age 50 will have weak bones unless we begin to make changes in our diet and lifestyle.