| Sep 3, 2010
With Labor Day only a few days away, many families will be traveling this weekend. Some are heading to the mountains, or maybe camping and hiking in a national park. Others may be headed for adventures in South America or even Asia and encounter higher...
| Jul 19, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it possible to cure postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS)? My 15-year-old granddaughter has recently been diagnosed with POTS.
ANSWER: A cure for POTS doesn't exist at this time. Fortunately, teenagers—a group...
| Sep 8, 2010
With kids heading back to school athletics, band practice, drill team and the like across the country, this is a good time to discuss heat-related illnesses and their prevention.
It's always at this time of year that I begin worrying about heat...
| Feb 26, 2010
As a society, we are watching more television and doing less exercise than we should, with increasingly adverse effects on our health.
The reasons our patients give us for their TV watching include: "I work hard and need TV to relax," "Why should I...
| Aug 5, 2010
Mysterious deaths of babies during sleep have been recorded since antiquity. But the term sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, wasn't coined until the 1960s when it was declared a medical disorder.
What is SIDS?
Often called "crib death," SIDS is...
| Aug 16, 2010
Dropping extra weight or deciding to firm up takes all kinds of discipline and commitment. Financial discipline and commitment, however, are not among the requirements. For less than $125, you can afford the basic equipment you need for an overall workout...
| Aug 23, 2010
Vibration platforms, which purportedly provide a host of bone, muscle, circulatory, flexibility and injury-rehab benefits by shaking your body 20 to 50 times a second as you stand on them, are becoming more varied and practical as the market grows...
| Jul 21, 2010
When Tour de France cyclist Cadel Evans wanted to press on after fracturing his elbow in a fall in Stage 8, BMC Racing Team physician Max Testa, M.D., made the call.
Seeing no risk of permanent damage, Testa gave Evans the green light. "It was a stable...
| Jul 31, 2010
When Tour de France cyclist Cadel Evans wanted to press on after fracturing his elbow in a fall in Stage 8, BMC Racing Team physician Max Testa made the call.
Seeing no risk of permanent damage, Testa gave Evans the green light. "It was a stable fracture...
| Aug 18, 2010
Flat abs and bulging biceps are improvements brought on by exercise. Less visible but more significant are the structural improvements aerobic exercise make to your heart—improvements that can take you from feeling like a junker car to purring...
| Jul 28, 2010
Many exercise physiologists believe that the intensity of an activity is more important than how long you exercise or how many times you repeat an exercise.
But gauging exercise intensity can be difficult—what's low intensity to one person can seem...