Treating Ankle Arthritis with Total Ankle Replacement

Also called total ankle replacement, a surgical procedure called total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) is used to treat ankle arthritis. Without treatment, this form of arthritis can lead to loss of cartilage, pain and possibly deformity. The goal of TAA is to improve ankle...

The Basics of Sinusitis

The sinuses are an important part of the nasal system, and if the tissue lining the sinuses becomes inflamed or swells up, it causes a condition called sinusitis. When sinuses become blocked and filled with fluid, it can lead to germ growth and eventually infection....

Shoulder Injuries Commonly Caused by Workouts

Shoulders are a ball-and-socket joint similar to the hip, allowing the arms a greater range of motion. The shoulder socket’s shape (similar to a golf tee—flat on top), however, allows the ball of the upper arm bone to slip out of it easily, and this is why the...

Asthma 101

Asthma is a condition that causes the airways to narrow and swell, producing extra mucus. This can cause difficulty breathing and trigger coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. There is no cure for asthma, but there are certain methods available to help control...

What is Microdermabrasion?

If you’re looking to treat skin conditions including light scarring, discoloration, sun damage and stretch marks, a treatment called microdermabrasion might be useful. Microdermabrasion is a minimally abrasive treatment designed to sand the skin, helping remove the...

Dry Drowning & Secondary Drowning: What to Watch For

Some parents might assume that the danger of drowning is no longer present once children leave the pool, lake, ocean or bath, but this isn’t truly the case. Drowning is defined as trouble breathing after you get water in your airways—this often happens while swimming...

Exercises to Help with Osteoarthritis

In the past, rest and immobilization were deemed the best treatment approach for people with arthritis and osteoarthritis.Today, doctors recommend keeping the hips and knees moving to maintain muscle strength around those joints and prevent additional damage, such as...

Bad Breath? Tonsil Stones May be to Blame

Tonsil stones are hard, yellow or white deposits located on or inside the tonsils—they are also called tonsilloliths. How do tonsil stones affect the tonsils and overall health, and how can they be treated and prevented? Let’s take a look, starting with the basic...

How Blood Sugar Affects Your Health

Glucose, a type of sugar in the blood, is an important source of energy for the body, and many people have difficulty maintaining proper blood sugar levels. Levels that are either too high or too low can lead to significant health issues, including diabetes. Where...

What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

Over 50 million Americans have some kind of allergy, and one out of every three people say they either have a food allergy themselves or modify meals to accommodate a family member’s allergy. About 4 to 6 percent of children and about 4 percent of adults have a food...

Summer Pregnancy: How to Beat the Heat and Stay Safe

Heat and humidity can be unpleasant for anyone, but they can take an even greater toll on soon-to-be moms. Here’s a look at several areas that can cause problems for pregnant women in the summer, and how you can go about proactively preventing and managing these sorts...

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