July 2018

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Subscribers Only — To really understand gout you have to realize that this dramatic event is a symptom of the disease and not the disease itself. “The disease of gout occurs when deposits of uric acid accumulate in and around joints,” says Dr. Mandell. These deposits can occasionally break down and form crystals, which cause the symptom, which is the gout attack.   More...

How to Be a Healthy Vegan

Subscribers Only — One diet that has been gaining increasing popularity is a vegan diet. Like vegetarians, vegans do not eat any meat. They also avoid all animal products, including dairy and eggs.   More...

Exercises for Strength and Bones

Subscribers Only — Certain changes in our bodies are inevitable as we age. For example, we lose bone density, muscle mass, strength and endurance. These increase the risk for bone fractures, falls and limitations in general functioning. But all is not lost. You can strengthen muscles and even improve bone density.   More...

Ask The Doctors: July 2018

Like all drugs, bisphosphonates have possible side effects. These may include gastrointestinal problems, such as nausea, stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea and gas. Only a small percentage of people who take the drugs will have side effects. When they happen, it’s best to talk to your doctor rather than stop the medicine. Often, there is an alternative.   More...

Take a Stand for Your Health

“Standing is better than sitting because we have the benefits of motion,” says Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Adam Kimberly, DPT. Your muscles are working when you stand. But you shouldn’t stand all day either. Static positioning of any kind for long periods of time is not good. “Variety is the key,” he says.   More...

Healing a Damaged Rotator Cuff

Subscribers Only — Aching pain on the outside of your upper arm when you reach over your head or out to the side suggests a problem with a group of muscles and tendons in your shoulder called the rotator cuff. “In addition to pain during the day, rotator cuff injuries also tend to cause pain at night, whether lying on your shoulder or not,” says Cleveland Clinic orthopaedic surgeon Mark Schickendantz, MD.   More...

In The News: July 2018

Following joint replacement or spine surgery, many patients are sent home from the hospital with a prescription for an opioid pain medication. They generally are advised to also use nonopioid medications, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), such as ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) or naproxen (Aleve®). A study published in the journal Anesthesia &Analgesia examined use of these medications in 140 people.   More...

Understanding Gout

To really understand gout you have to realize that this dramatic event is a symptom of the disease and not the disease itself. “The disease of gout occurs when deposits of uric acid accumulate in and around joints,” says Dr. Mandell. These deposits can occasionally break down and form crystals, which cause the symptom, which is the gout attack.   More...