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  • Drugs combined with lifestyle changes best way to lower blood pressure

    Q: My last two blood pressure readings were over 150/95. My doctor plans to recheck them in two weeks, but she thinks I will likely need to go on medicine to lower my blood pressure. How does a doctor choose what drug to start? A: In general, high...
  • Hospital says conditions must be met for Jahi McMath's transfer

    OAKLAND — After an eleventh-hour court order was issued that will keep 13-year-old Jahi McMath on a ventilator until Jan. 7, a hospital spokesman said the facility will work with the family to help transfer the girl to nursing care — if...
  • Lyme disease is curable, but complications can occur

    Q: Can Lyme disease be cured? A: Yes, an infection with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease can be cured. In fact, nearly everyone with the condition improves quickly after starting antibiotics and is cured within a few weeks. But there are some...
  • Jahi McMath's mother: 'How can you possibly say my child is dead?'

    After a judge extended a court order keeping her 13-year-old brain-dead daughter on a ventilator in an Oakland hospital,┬áNailah Winkfield remained defiant to medical experts, insisting that Jahi McMath is alive. “My daughter is breathing,”...
  • Take simple precautions to prevent injuries when you exercise

    Whether you've been exercising for years or are just starting a fitness program, it's important to avoid injuries so you can keep moving toward your fitness goals. We become more vulnerable to injuries as we get older, in part because we're less agile...
  • Researchers debunk 'obesity paradox' for people with diabetes

    Researchers debunk 'obesity paradox' for people with diabetes
    For people with Type 2 diabetes who had hoped that their love handles might serve some purpose by reducing their risk of premature death, Harvard researchers have some bad news: The “obesity paradox” does not exist. “We found no...
  • Over-the-counter treatment not an option for genital warts

    Q: I have genital warts, both on the penis and anus. What treatments are available? A: Warts are caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV). There are many different strains of papillomavirus. Most warts do not cause cancer, but certain...
  • FDA asks doctors, dentists to stop prescribing high-dose acetaminophen

    FDA asks doctors, dentists to stop prescribing high-dose acetaminophen
    The Food and Drug Administration has asked doctors, dentists, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals to stop giving patients high-dose acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the popular pain-reliever Tylenol. Pills, capsules, tablets, syrups...
  • Back pain often overdiagnosed and overtreated

    Harvard Health Blog What doctors call "routine" back pain can really, really hurt. Surprisingly, the best treatment is usually quite conservative--over-the-counter pain relievers, ice and heat, and gentle exercise. Yet for decades, many doctors have been...
  • Hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy for cancer is usually temporary

    Q: Can hair re-grow after radiation therapy and chemotherapy for brain cancer? What can I do to prevent hair loss? If I do lose my hair, are there any remedies to speed up re-growth? A: Hair loss can be a distressing side effect of chemotherapy and...
  • Jahi McMath Q&A: Can brain death be reversed?

    OAKLAND -- Jahi McMath, a 13-year-old Oakland girl, underwent complex surgery at Children’s Hospital Oakland on Dec. 9 to remove her tonsils, adenoids, uvula and bony structures from her nose. She was declared brain-dead three days later, after...
  • Meditation can help with anxiety, pain, depression, study says

    Meditation can help with anxiety, pain, depression, study says
    Mindfulness meditation can help ease anxiety, depression and pain, but scientists found little evidence that meditation helped other conditions including substance abuse or sleep and attention problems. The scientists, reporting Monday in the Journal of...