Our comprehensive Health Library provides patient-friendly health information including 12,000 pages of medical content, interactive tools, wizards, animated procedures and more.
Today in Health News
Blood Transfusions May Cut Risk of 'Silent' Stroke in Kids With Sickle Cell
Study found children who got monthly infusions were less likely to suffer another attack
Getting Help for Back Pain
Many people experience low-back pain. When you visit your health care provider for help in dealing with the pain, ask him or her for specific treatment goals, advises the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR). Treatment goals are one of the best ways to measure your progress. Ask for an exercise plan to help you prevent recurring pain. Ask about alternatives if the doctor recommends an operation. Only five percent of people with low-back pain need surgery.
Could your diet use a nutritional tune-up? A healthful diet has many benefits and it doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Add color to your plate with fresh fruit and vegetables, choose whole grains and low-fat dairy, and keep an eye on your portion size. Aim for balance, variety, flexibility and moderation.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.