June 2018

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Subscribers Only — Millions of Americans, both women and men, have low bone density, putting them at risk for bone fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), about one-half of women and one-quarter of men over age 50 have a fracture during their lifetime.   More...

Turning to Acupuncture

Subscribers Only — Suffering with chronic pain from arthritis, back problems and other medical conditions can make people desperate for relief. Pain medications may seem like an obvious choice. But they are not always the best first step. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can have side effects, especially when taken chronically. And opioid drugs can be addictive.   More...

Ask The Doctors: June 2018

Iíve had polymyalgia rheumatica for 10 years. I take low doses of prednisone. When I stop it, the symptoms return. Is there anything new to treat this disease? I had an attack of severe pain and swelling in my ankle and knee. Fluid was drawn and tested for gout. But no crystals were found. I was diagnosed with pseudogout. What is pseudogout?   More...

How to Discard Medications

Look in your medicine cabinet. Are there bottles of pills in there you no longer take? If so, itís time to get rid of them, especially if there are opioid pain medications or other controlled substances among them.   More...

Anesthesia: Less Is More

Subscribers Only — When you have a joint replaced, your anesthesiologistís job is to keep you comfortable and safe during your surgery and as pain-free as possible after the procedure. In the past, that often meant going under general anesthesia and getting strong narcotics to dull the pain. Not anymore. Today, when it comes to anesthesia, less is more.   More...

Great Grains

Subscribers Only — Shedding excess pounds takes pressure off arthritic joints, thus reducing pain and improving function. It turns out that the best recipe for losing weight and keeping it off is an overall healthy, nourishing diet. Among the recommendations are to eat more vegetables and fruits and substitute whole grains for refined grains.   More...

In The News: June 2018

When pain and disability from hip osteoarthritis seriously impair the ability to function, many people have hip replacement surgery. This has been shown to effectively restore mobility and reduce pain. When it comes to losing weight and keeping it off, what you eat matters. According to a study published in the journal BMJ Open (February 2018), how you eat may also make a difference.   More...

Safeguard Your Bone Health

Millions of Americans, both women and men, have low bone density, putting them at risk for bone fractures. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), about one-half of women and one-quarter of men over age 50 have a fracture during their lifetime.   More...