Health Matters

  • Have Noisy Knees? Here's What's Really Going On

    JUN 07, 2018

    Hearing cracking, popping, or other noises coming from your knees can be upsetting. Is it really something to be concerned about, though? At what point should you see your doctor? Is there anything you can do to protect — or silence — those noisy knees?

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  • Do You Need an Orthopedic Specialist?

    DEC 08, 2017

    There are a lot of reasons why you might take yourself or a loved one to a doctor's office, and, to handle the variety of potential ailments, there are plenty of specialists. While keeping all of these doctors straight can be a challenge, knowing which one to see and when can make a major difference in your treatment.

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  • How to Treat Food Poisoning

    OCT 19, 2017

    Most people will deal with food poisoning at some point in their lives. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 48 million people are impacted by some form of foodborne illness, and roughly 3,000 people die from the condition, annually. So, while it's often treatable with at-home remedies, it can be more serious than initially thought. But where's the line? When can you treat your symptoms at home and when should you see your doctor?

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  • Prevent Kidney Stones by Changing Your Diet

    SEP 20, 2017

    Kidney stones are no fun. And, in some situations, they can present some very real dangers to your health and well-being. Unfortunately, the National Kidney Foundation reports that roughly one in ten people will deal with the condition at some point in their lives. So what can you do to reduce your risk of developing stones?

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  • Understanding the True Power of Sleep

    JUL 16, 2017

    The biological need to sleep can't really be denied, but people often don't fully understand the power of sleep, and there are plenty of misconceptions about it. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF is a good source for information on how you can sleep better and why doing so can improve your overall quality of life. Here's what you should know.

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  • Avoid Self-Diagnosis: How to Properly Evaluate Symptoms

    JUL 12, 2017

    The internet has changed a lot of things, including the way people manage their health and interact with their doctors. Interactive online self-diagnosis tools, for example, will process your symptoms, provide a list of possible diagnoses, and even recommend a basic course of treatment. Unfortunately, a 2015 study published in the British Medical Journal found that these tools only report the correct diagnosis about 34 percent of the time. With this faulty information so readily available, how can you avoid the trap of self-diagnosis while still accurately evaluating your symptoms in preparation for your next visit to the doctor?

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