| Aug 25, 2009
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I'm a 35-year-old woman in generally good health. I've never been pregnant and have no plans to be pregnant in the near future. At this age, do I need to start having annual checkups? If so, what should they include?
ANSWER: At 35 and...
| May 28, 2010
Ricky Durham knows diseases and health conditions can make dating difficult.
His brother James Keith Durham had Crohn's disease and weighed between 75 and 125 pounds at times. A healthy weight for him would have been about 150 pounds, Ricky says. He also...
| Jun 24, 2010
DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My 47-year-old wife was diagnosed with a rare granulosa cell tumor (GCT) of the ovary. Her treatment included surgery to remove the uterus and ovaries. The tumor was stage 1, but we are nervous about a recurrence. What can she or her...
| Feb 24, 2010
Americans are living longer than ever. As the population ages, many senior citizens are burdened with chronic illnesses, but many others remain healthy and active. When scientists investigate aging, they have to distinguish between changes caused by...
| Mar 1, 2010
Yes, yes, it hath charms to soothe a savage breast (or beast, if you prefer to repeat a common mistake). But researchers are finding that music may be an effective balm for many other afflictions: the isolation of conditions such as autism and Alzheimer's...
| Dec 27, 2009
If you're an older adult wondering what you should be doing to stay healthy, the most important answer is staying active.
"Physical activity is more powerful than any medication a senior can take," says Dr. Cheryl Phillips, a San Francisco physician...
| Jul 7, 2009
Filling open nursing positions is no easy task for hospital administrators these days, and there's every chance the job will get tougher.
This country has a serious nursing shortage: The American Health Care Assn.'s most recent estimates from July 2008...
| Aug 28, 2009
You already know that exercise is good for you. What you may not know is just how good -- or exactly what qualifies as exercise. The notion that physical activity helps keep us healthy is very old news indeed. Hippocrates wrote about the dangers of too...
| Nov 4, 2009
Q: If I never had chickenpox, do I need a shingles vaccine? I'll be 60 in January.
A: The shot you're talking about is an immunization against a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. This virus causes two common illnesses, and a few rare ones. The two...