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  • Cancer risk drives debate over hysterectomy tool

    Cancer risk drives debate over hysterectomy tool
    Last year Martha Montalvo-Ariri underwent a routine hysterectomy to help treat painful uterine fibroids. During surgery, her doctor used a morcellator, a device that cuts the tissue into pieces so it can be removed through small incisions. Ten days...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: You may - or may not - need extra potassium while taking a diuretic

    Q: I've started retaining extra fluid. My doctor just prescribed Lasix. Do I need to take extra potassium? A: Lasix is an example of a loop diuretic. Doctors most often prescribe this type of water pill for people who retain a lot of water. Usually the...
  • Generic drugs vs. brand names: Switching could save you money

    A Prada handbag is definitely not the same as the $20 knockoff from a street vendor. Value-brand paper towels aren't nearly as absorbent as the name brands. Following this line of thought, it might be logical to assume that generic drugs are just cheap...
  • Beware of dietary supplements that could potentially be harmful

    Americans spend more than $32 billion on 85,000 different dietary supplements every year. These products contain various combinations of vitamins, minerals, herbal extracts, and other substances. The manufacturers claim that their products enhance health,...
  • Anyone can learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - and everyone should

    It's terrible to imagine, but what would you do if someone in your home suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing? After calling 911, most people feel helpless after witnessing such an event, which is usually due to a cardiac arrest (see "What is cardiac...
  • The Medicine Cabinet-Ask the Harvard Experts: Withdrawal symptoms vary among anti-anxiety drugs

    Q: I've heard that Xanax can produce more severe withdrawal symptoms than the other benzodiazepine drugs. Is this true? A: Xanax (the generic name is alprazolam) is one of the commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medicines in the class called...
  • Start slowly when launching an exercise program at 66

    Q: I'm a 66-year-old man. My doctor told me I need to exercise more to maintain good health. What's the best exercise for a man my age? How often should I do it? What symptoms should I watch out for? A: Great to hear that you're taking your doctor's...
  • EatingWell: Don't let diabetes stop you from exercising

    It's a message you hear everywhere: Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to control your diabetes. It's also a catch-22: Controlling diabetes can be so exhausting that some days just leaving the house feels like climbing a mountain....
  • Study: Emergency room closures can be deadly for area's residents

    It stands to reason that when a hospital emergency room closes, people in the surrounding neighborhood suffer. But how much? A new study quantifies the impact in California, finding that patients affected by ER closures were 5% more likely to die after...
  • Heart programs at Sentara in Norfolk retain national ranking

    Heart programs at Sentara in Norfolk retain national ranking
    Sentara Norfolk General Hospital ranked in the Top 50 programs nationwide for its Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Ear, Nose, and Throat programs in the latest annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The heart programs have taken national honors for...
  • Consider genetic testing if cystic fibrosis is a concern

    Q: What are the chances of a person with cystic fibrosis passing the disease to their offspring? A: Cystic fibrosis is inherited as a recessive disease. This means a person could be a carrier of a CF mutation and not be affected. Everyone has two copies...
  • Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools

    Medical sleuths seek patients with mystery diseases, offer new tools
    Everyone loves a medical mystery, except the afflicted patient and his or her family who shuffle from doctor to doctor in search of an explanation for a disorder whose name, origin, prognosis and cure are all unknown. Now, the National Institutes of...