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They Feel Your Pain

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

A new study suggests that patients whose doctors are more empathetic to their suffering tend to feel less lower back pain than patients whose doctors don't create much of an emotional connection.

Levels of improvement among patients reporting the most empathetic care were higher than for such treatments as exercise therapy, yoga, massage, ...Read more

The End in Sight

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Rising rates of colorectal cancer in younger people have prompted calls for screening at an earlier age. A new study looked at the question of when people are old enough to no longer require follow-up colonoscopies, when the procedure no longer makes long-term health sense.

In a cross-sectional study of 10,000 patients aged 70 to 85 who had ...Read more

The Wizzard of Cause

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

"Latchkey incontinence" refers to the repeated, sudden need to use the bathroom when you arrive home. It's believed to be a form of brain conditioning. According to Dr. Joseph Salhab, a Florida-based gastroenterologist known as "The Stomach Doc" on TikTok, that urge to purge also occurs when one is shopping.

He suggests two reasons.

No. 1: ...Read more

The Dark Side of Light

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Air pollution exposure is a known risk factor for strokes because inhaled particulates can cause pulmonary blood vessel inflammation. A new study suggests outdoor light pollution at night may also boost stroke risk.

The theory is that too much light at night may interfere with melatonin production and the sound sleep it induces.

Body of ...Read more

This Will Hurt You More Than Me

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Is the idiomatic suggestion that it's best to "rip off a Band-Aid" actually good advice?

Is one quick OUCH! better than a series of smaller ows?

Researchers in Australia recruited 65 students to determine which bandage removal approach was less painful: quick or slow. Using an 11-point pain scale (0 for no pain, 10 for extreme pain), the ...Read more

Harmed to the Teeth

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

More than 11% of American households use tooth-whitening products, according to U.S. Census data and the Simmons National Consumer Survey. In nearly all commercial products, from at-home strips to mouthwashes, the key ingredient is hydrogen peroxide, which is generally safe but should be used with a few caveats.

First, hydrogen peroxide's ...Read more

Snot's Landing

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

The idea of erecting a pane of clear glass or plastic between open trays of food and self-serving diners, aka "a sneeze guard," dates to at least the early 1950s, albeit to mixed reactions. The first patented sneeze guard debuted in 1959, and in the '60s, the Food and Drug Administration began mandating their use around the launch of the self-...Read more

Dying From a Broken Heart

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Between 2011 and 2018, the number of women hospitalized for heart attacks declined at a greater rate compared to men in a study of six different high-income countries. However, in all six countries, women had higher mortality rates and were less likely to receive cardiac interventions, such as catheterization or treatment to restore blood flow...Read more

An Ill Wind Blowing

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Those gusty hand dryers installed in public bathrooms are supposed to reduce exposure to microbial menaces, such as disease-causing bacteria that may be lurking on, well, just about everything else.

But maybe not. In a report published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology a few years ago, researchers collected samples of bacterial ...Read more

Self-Exam

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I Yam What I Yam

Call it a spud spat or tater tiff, but in the back offices of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, there is talk of removing the potato's designation as a vegetable and recategorizing it as a grain.

Naturally, there is opposition, principally from Big Potato, which views the vegetable designation to be good for ...Read more

Happy To Be Here. Or There.

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

The financial advice outlet WalletHub has issued its annual list of the top 25 happiest cities in the U.S., based on 29 "key indicators of happiness," such as income growth rate, life expectancy, job satisfaction, weather, sports participation and divorce rate.

The top 10 were Fremont, California; Overland Park, Kansas; San Jose, California; ...Read more

Hormonal Treatments Making a Comeback -- With a Twist

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

In the early 2000s, hormonal treatments for menopause fell out of favor, but they appear to be rebounding with a notable focus.

People think of hormonal treatments as replacing diminished levels of estrogen, but in premenopausal women, there's actually more testosterone than estrogen.

Like estrogen, testosterone levels fall over time, and ...Read more

Unvested Interest

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

Since the 1920s, a visit to the dentist involving X-rays has meant both patients and staff being draped with a lead vest or apron to shield against the harmful effects of radiation.

New safety guidelines from the American Dental Association say the practice can stop because X-ray technologies has evolved significantly and there are better ...Read more

 

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