March 15-21, 2015 - Original Health Articles

8 Signs You Need a New Doctor

What makes a good doctor-patient relationship? Many people find this a difficult question to answer. Luckily, Liesa Harte, MD, has some ideas: “A good doctor gives you what you need while also giving you what you want,” says the functional medicine and age management physician at Elite Care in Austin, Texas.

Multiple Sclerosis by the Numbers

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease of the nervous system that affects both the brain and spinal cord, is not as grim as it used to be. In fact, "We now have many strategies to address some of the symptoms of MS through rehabilitation, lifestyle changes, and improved health care," says Nicholas LaRocca, Ph.

Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) by the Numbers

If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, you’re at an increased risk of heart disease. But just how high do your numbers have to go before you face health risks? And is there anything you can do to lower high blood pressure? Here are 9 blood pressure numbers you should know, and five tips for reaching (and maintaining) healthy blood pressure levels.

How to Understand the Results of Your Checkup

When you visit your doctor for a routine physical, you probably have your pulse measured, your blood pressure taken, your weight checked, and your blood drawn. Wondering why these procedures are performed, and what they mean? Here’s a guide to what your doctor will be doing at your checkup, and how to interpret the findings.

Why Optimistic People May Have Healthier Hearts

Individuals who tend to look at the glass as half full rather than half empty aren’t just happier, they have healthier hearts, too. Researchers reviewed information from 5,100 adults between the ages of 45 and 84, examining subjects’ markers of cardiovascular health, like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, tobacco use, and dietary intake, as well as their mental health and levels of optimism.

Are Your Eyes at Risk for Keratitis?

Do your eyes hurt? If you’re sensitive to light and tearing up, feel discomfort, redness, or pain or are experiencing blurry vision, you may have keratitis. "Keratitis is a general term for any inflammation of the cornea," says Peter McGannon, MD, of the Cleveland Clinic.

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