| 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.
| Nov 19, 2009
Osteoporosis is a disease, more common in women, that causes bones to become fragile and more susceptible to breaking.
The disease can have serious effects on women's health and quality of life. Some women - most commonly those who don't have good access...
| 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
Women who fret about their children's doctor appointments and their husband's aches and pains often put their own health last.
Not a good idea.
Even if you have trouble taking time for yourself, remember the safety instructions you get when you board...
| 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...
| Jul 22, 2009
If you're a woman in your 50s, you've probably had the pep talk from your doctor: You need more exercise. It needs to be weight-bearing to guard against osteoporosis. Walking is great, but it's not enough.
So how much and what kind of exercise do you...
| Jul 24, 2009
| 2:12 PM
Q: I read your column on killing mosquitoes with isopropyl alcohol spray. I have a remedy that works better and is fireproof, unlike alcohol.
Try Listerine. It kills them DEAD. I also put it in a spray bottle and spray it around the picnic tables and...
| 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...
| Aug 25, 2009
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm a 35-year-old woman in generally good health. I've never been pregnant and have no plans to be pregnant in the near future. At this age, do I need to start having annual checkups? If so, what should they include?
ANSWER: At 35 and...
| 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 24, 2009
Don't think dairy when it comes to building strong bones, say proponents of the low-acid diet. Focus instead on a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, these nutrition scientists say.
The low-acid diet (also called the alkaline acid diet) has been the...
| Sep 4, 2009
| 9:59 AM
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