Urgent call for quality

A visit to an urgent-care center sometimes might be quicker and easier than if you make an appointment with your doctor.

New ALS medication

A new medication that‘s used to treat people who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) re-energized the ALS research community.

Weight-loss surgery & alcohol abuse

The results of a study that was published May 2017 in the journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases show that patients should get a more thorough evaluation after they undergo Roux-en-Y gastric bypass weight-loss surgery, even years later, to help to prevent them from developing alcohol abuse or alcoholism.

Framing the discussion about epileptic seizures

Patients who have generalized tonic-clonic seizures—also called convulsions—and their caregivers now can have some peace of mind in regard to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Reproductive health & heart failure

Researchers at University of California-San Francisco say a woman’s reproductive health, or lack thereof, might be related to her risk of heart failure. 

Breast-cancer risk increases with alcohol intake

A review of research on the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity on breast cancer that was conducted by American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) in May 2017 found that women who drink alcohol regularly should cut back.

What measures up better than BMI

A new tool that’s used to provide you with additional information about your body composition and weight distribution is a more accurate indication of health compared with a measurement that has been used by health-care professionals for years, its developers say.

Marilu Henner: Her most important role

Members of the staff of Consumers Digest never hesitate to caution consumers that they shouldn’t decide on a purchase or medical treatment when they’re compromised emotionally.

Omnifocal glasses’ unanswered questions

Those who have vision problems that can’t be corrected by a single eyeglass prescription have to rely on bifocals, trifocals or progressive lenses, so they don’t have to juggle multiple pairs of eyeglasses.

Flu vaccines & skin infections

Flu season is not too far off, and the results of new research into flu vaccines apply to people who have boils and cellulitis on their skin that are caused by staphylococcus aureus in conjunction with atopic dermatitis: Your response to a flu vaccine that’s injected into the skin (intradermal) might be reduced compared with your response if you didn’t have that skin condition.

Learning from Julia Child

Does the unwavering allegiance to fresh vegetables by chefs on food shows lead you to believe that frozen vegetables are the devil’s doing?

Effect of Dad’s Vitamin D

Low vitamin D levels in would-be fathers can affect the genetic material that they pass along to their children, according to preliminary research that was described in a Time.com article.

New take on prostate-cancer screening

In April 2017, a U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel proposed new guidelines to determine whether a man should have a prostate-cancer screening.

From fitbit to sickbit

Medical experts know that wearable devices, such as fitness trackers, can collect a person’s health data, including your heart rate and oxygen level, but researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine discovered that the devices also can detect signs that indicate when a wearer becomes ill.

Salty talk

Do monks who live high up in the mountains and harvest product come to mind when you hear “Himalayan salt”? Well, this alternative to common table salt comes from Pakistan’s Punjab region, not the Himalayas.

Antibiotic resistance found in gonorrhea

The combination of the increasing resistance to a key antibiotic and a possible widespread increase in the number of cases of gonorrhea among African-Americans and men who have sex with other men makes it vital that people who have the highest risk to get the disease know how often that they should be screened.