| Dec 9, 2009
In last week's column, I talked about how much I like weight lifting, as an athlete and as a physician. The more scientists study weight-bearing activity, the more value they find in it, not only in building our bones but also in boosting our metabolism...
| Dec 23, 2009
For the past two weeks I've been hobbling around with a walker, in miserable pain from, maybe, a degenerative hip joint that needs to be replaced.
Now, I know that a hip replacement is pretty routine. But what puzzles me is why I have this problem at a...
| Aug 31, 2009
In the 19th century, most work involved physical activity; in the 20th century, exercise became a leisure pursuit; today, it's an urgent medical necessity.
Exercise: It's cheap, readily available, and the single most effective step nonsmokers can take to...
| 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...
| Sep 25, 2009
There are many ways to keep on the move and living on your own in older age.
We all hope to stay active and independent for the rest of our lives. And most of us want to stay in the familiar surroundings of our own homes and neighborhoods, rather than...
| Sep 4, 2009
| 9:59 AM
Women's Health Issues
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Top Women's Health Myths Debunked
Dr. Seema Venkatachalam, OBGYN with the Northwestern Specialists for Women and...
| Jan 18, 2008
The overuse or abuse of alcohol (alcoholism) or other drugs is called . It is common and costly. It can cause or worsen many medical problems and can destroy families and lives.
If you think you may have a problem with drugs or alcohol,...
| 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...
| Aug 16, 2010
In a move that could spell disaster for the lollipop industry, scientists have reported progress in designing pain-free vaccines that people might be able to use at home. Someday that might mean fewer jabs at the doctor's office — and fewer crying...
| Aug 18, 2010
| 2:27 PM
Several of my friends have had falls recently where they have broken a bone. They were told they have osteoporosis but they were unaware of it until they broke a bone. What exactly is osteoporosis, and how do you know if you have it?
Osteoporosis is a...
| Aug 25, 2010
| 5:44 PM
Q. What are steps I can take to prevent or treat osteoporosis?
A. There are things you should do at any age to prevent weakened bones. Eating foods that are rich in calcium and vitamin D is important. So is including regular weight-bearing exercise in...
| 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...