| Mar 10, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Medications called bisphosphonates are standard tools for the treatment of osteoporosis. They include Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel and Reclast. But new data released Wednesday raise some concern about whether the drugs are safe for long-term use. Although the...
| Jul 2, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Early Friday, my friend and colleague Mary Schmich posted to her Facebook page, âThis morning Mary Ellen Findlay Schmich left the world she loved so much.â Mrs. Schmich, 87, whose wit, warmth and passion were well known to Tribune readers......
| Feb 26, 2009
Fitness training for osteoporosis sufferers could be the latest program covered in a trend of health insurers providing benefits for wellness.
Major insurance companies, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp., are...
| Mar 12, 2009
"Oh I was a total workaholic," laughs former history teacher and amateur artist Pam Galvani. She can laugh now, but her non-stop pace nearly took her life.
"I was not able to function on a reliable basis in the classroom, so I had to quit work."
| Apr 9, 2009
| 9:19 AM
May 13, 2009
Q: I walk five miles every other day. Would it be a good idea to cycle on my off days? How many miles would you suggest I cycle? -- Ozell White, Plantation, FL
Instead of looking at miles, look at time.
Sounds like you walk about an hour....
| Jul 31, 2010
Q I used Flonase for one year to ease nasal congestion caused by allergies. I am 37 and have just learned I have cataracts in both eyes.
The optometrist was as surprised as I was that I would have cataracts at this age, particularly because I am in...
| May 19, 2010
Q Ten years ago, I experienced atrial fibrillation three times in one month. It never recurred until recently.
My wife has suggested that I should refrain from eating or drinking anything that contains caffeine. I dislike coffee, but I do enjoy...
| Jan 6, 2010
Preventing a disease is easier than trying to manage or cure it. Yet we tend to make excuses instead of appointments when it comes to taking care of our health. This year resolve to make medical tests and screenings routine for the rest of your life so...
| Apr 8, 2010
Long-term use of osteoporosis drugs seems to change bones in a way that could lead to unusual leg fractures, according to two reports presented at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons. Doctors have reported seeing the unusual fractures in some patients on...
| May 3, 2010
Want strong bones? Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D, get plenty of exercise — and maybe steer clear of soda.
In recent decades, as consumption of the beverage has steadily displaced the consumption of others —particularly milk —...
| Jan 14, 2008
The adage "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" doesn't always apply to distance runners.
Promising running careers can be interrupted or cut short -- and training goals derailed -- by overuse injuries known as stress fractures. Repeated pounding...
| Nov 12, 2009
If there were such a thing as the heart bone, it would be smack in the middle of each line of the old spiritual, " Dem Bones." Once thought of as a solitary, aloof pump, the heart is now known to affect, and be affected by, all parts of the body.