Thyroid disease is occurring at epidemic rates yet many physicians still do not know how to properly evaluate a patient for a thyroid or adrenal condition. Most of the time, you have to take control of your own health care decisions and lab evaluations in order to get well.

WASHINGTON, DC — The White House recently announced a new $1 billion investment to increase the supply of rapid, at-home COVID-19 tests to more than 200 million per month by December. It is a signal from the Biden administration that although U.S. cases continue to decline, aggressive public…

Yoga is the enhancement of a balanced healthy regimen of postures to build and maintain a healthy body at any age and physical conditions to contend with unexpected injury. At least once a month, we practice “Body Sculpting” using 3- to 5-pound weights when initiating specific yoga postures.…

Tinnitus, ringing, or clicking in your ears can be brought on by different reasons. While it may just be a nuisance for some people it can be quite bothersome for others. Tinnitus can cause anxiety, sleeplessness and an inability to concentrate. People just wish for “a break”. Many people ha…

I love cheese and eat all kinds of it, but that’s because I am among the lucky ones who has no genetic problems processing it. Today I’m going to talk a lot about cheese, just as one example to make the case against tyramine, which causes headaches.

SEBRING — Central Florida Hearing Services, a locally owned practice providing consultations, diagnostics, and custom solutions in the identification and treatment of hearing, equilibrium, and tinnitus disorders, has launched a hearing aid blessing to someone for the holidays.

Food shortages are continuing as grocery stores face supply chain issues and fewer deliveries. I highly recommend that you learn to freeze some things for the winter season. It’s also a good idea if you live in snowy areas and don’t feel like driving out in a blizzard to get one lemon!

Aging.. It’s one of those things that we all have to deal with in life; like it or not. Lots of things happened to us as we age. We gain weight! UGH! We slow down, even when we don’t think we are moving slower... You KNOW that you are! Our touch gets a little less sensitive. Maybe our vision…

Patients often ask if there is anything new in technology that will help them hear better, that will help them to understand better. We are asked this on a daily basis by patients whose hearing aids are 10 years old and even by people whose aids are only a year old. It is a reality ... peopl…

Medication errors refer to mistakes in prescribing and dispensing medications. These errors injure hundreds of thousands of people every year in the U.S. Common causes of medication errors include drug names that sound alike, medications that look alike, and medical abbreviations. Most medic…

Fever, upset stomach, diarrhea, sore throat, chills, coughing, sneezing and headache all can make you feel miserable. And when you’re not feeling well, it sometimes can be hard to know exactly what’s wrong and how you can help yourself feel better. With flu season approaching, this is a good…

If you use the medication called Chantix, you need to stop according to the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This medication has just been officially recalled by Pfizer, in all lot numbers, sizes and dosages. It goes by the chemical name varenicline.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A commentary by Mayo Clinic Cancer Center researchers published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology Practice suggests that advances in breast cancer prevention research have resulted in new and innovative opportunities to modify breast cancer risk and potentially reduce br…

Due to our body’s immune response to the vaccine – the response to which varies from person to person – it may seem like the vaccine has resulted in a COVID-19 infection in some people. But it’s impossible to get COVID-19 from the vaccine, just like it’s impossible to get the flu from the in…

COVID-19 cases in U.S. nursing homes increased sixfold from mid-July to late August, to their highest levels since last winter’s horrific peaks, a new analysis of government data by AARP finds. It shows that cases were concentrated among the unvaccinated, with residents who were not fully va…

Being sedentary will raise your blood pressure. Researchers evaluated 28 older women with hypertension and made them exercise. They compared the results to 17 other women who maintained their normal (sedentary) lifestyle and did not exercise. They had them exercising routinely for nine month…

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone over 6 months get a flu shot every season with rare exceptions.

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A new COVID-19 variant called B.1621, or mu, by the World Health Organization is being monitored by scientists. While this variant is making news, it is not the dominant strain in the U.S. or elsewhere, says Dr. John O’Horo, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician.

Medications aren’t always used for what they were intended for. Many drugs are FDA approved for one condition, but later on, after use on the mass population, new valuable uses are found for the same drug. Since it takes time and money to bring a drug to full FDA-approved status, the medicat…

LONDON — The U.K. said Tuesday it will offer a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine to everyone over age 50 and other vulnerable people after an an expert panel said the boosters were needed to protect against waning immunity this winter.

Vaccination remains the best protection from COVID-19 infection. Like most vaccines, getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is not 100% perfect. But if vaccinated people do get sick or have a breakthrough infection, they are much less likely to be hospitalized or die than people who are not vaccinated.

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A significant indicator of whether a patient with rheumatoid arthritis will improve over the course of disease may lie in part in their gut, according to new research from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine.

September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and World Sepsis Day was observed on Monday, Sept. 13, which makes this a good time to learn more about the treatment of this potentially life-threatening condition.

We are well into our second year of the COVID-19 pandemic — even though it feels much longer, in some ways, with new coronavirus variants spreading across the country. The reality is, though, we’re still learning key facts about COVID-19 each day, and health experts around the globe have yet…

Everyone knows how important B vitamins are, especially for energy and nerve health. One of the most famous vitamins is B9, or what you see on store shelves as “folic acid.” This is a nutrient that’s required for proper spinal development in fetuses, and very commonly suggested by obstetrici…

SALT LAKE CITY — After more than a year of attending church virtually, Monique Allen has struggled to explain to her asthmatic daughter why people from their congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints don’t wear masks. Allen said she’s taught her daughter that wearing a …

Help yourself get the most out of your hearing instruments. You should get them cleaned by a professional on a regular schedule. That schedule will vary among patients based on personal needs.

As the COVID-19 delta variant continues to spread, many parts of the U.S. are seeing cases surge. While most severe infections and hospitalizations are among those who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19, breakthrough cases among those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 have led many to…

Evidence that opioids provide pain relief for migraine headaches is low or insufficient, a large Mayo Clinic meta-analysis published recently in Journal of American Medical Association has found. However, some newer therapies, along with established migraine treatments, were associated with …

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