Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

By C. Claiborne Ray

Q. It is well known that mosquitoes, fleas, lice and ticks transmit human diseases, but what about cockroaches?

A. Read More…

It May Well Be Wrong.

The Online Gene Test Finds a Dangerous Mutation.

By Gina Kolata

Dr. Joshua Clayton, a 29-year-old radiology resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, wanted to learn about his ancestry. So he sent a sample of his saliva to 23andMe, the genetic testing company.

His report was pretty mundane — no new revelations. But then he sent the profile created by 23andMe to a separate company called Promethease, which promises to do a more in-depth analysis for genetic mutations that cause disease. Cont

Unplug

How to Have a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

By CHARLOTTE LIEBERMAN

A few weeks ago, my sister and I went to our parents’ place for dinner. Over a glass of wine before the meal, cont

How Many People Can’t Tolerate Statins?

By Richard Klasco, M.D.

Medical researchers, normally a genteel lot, disagree sharply on the extent to which side effects from statin drugs are a problem.

Q. Are there studies concerning the number of people who cannot tolerate statins?

A. Yes. Studies show that about 5 percent to 10 percent of people are unable to tolerate statins, largely because of muscle aches and related side effects, including potential muscle damage. But… cont

Saunas May Reduce Stroke Risk

After adjusting for other variables, they found that compared with people who took saunas once a week, those who took them two to three times weekly were 12 percent less likely to have a stroke. People who took saunas four to seven times a week reduced their risk for stroke by 62 percent.
By Nicholas Bakalar

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Is Alkaline Water Really Better for You?

Ask Well

ALICE CALLAHAN APRIL 27, 2018

Q. Are there benefits of drinking alkaline water, or is what I’m reading just a bunch of hooey?

A. Despite the claims, there’s no evidence that water marketed as alkaline is better for your health than tap water. Continue reading the main story

 

 

A Good Appointment

Going to the doctor isn’t most people’s favorite activity. But it is part of staying healthy (the other major parts are what you eat and how much you exercise). So you may as well get the most out of it. As a doctor I often get asked by friends and family how to make the most of a medical visit. Here’s my advice, and it’s basically the same whether you are the patient, or a family member or a caregiver of the patient.