Facial Exercises

Q: Can facial exercise firm up sagging skin and reduce wrinkles, as claimed? A: Lots of people are promoting anti-wrinkle facial exercises, but the idea that strengthening facial...

Hydrogen Peroxide for Arthritis Pain?

Q: My friend is taking drops of 35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide by mouth for his arthritis and wants me to try it. Is it a...

Kegel Exercise Know-How

Kegel exercises were developed by Arnold Kegel, M.D., in the 1940s to help women regain bladder control after childbirth and menopause. But the exercises, which consist of...

Out, Damned Age Spots!

Most people will develop at least a few age spots (medically known as solar lentigines) at some point, especially if they are fair-skinned. Also called liver spots—though...

Solving Bladder Control Problems

Urinary incontinence—the involuntary leakage of urine—can take a toll on one’s self-image, leading to depression and social isolation. It affects an estimated 10 to 30 percent of...

Sleep Without Back Pain

Numerous studies show that chronic pain in the neck or lower back significantly affects how well you sleep—and a growing body of evidence also shows that lack...

Sore Throat & Strep

If you have a sore throat, don’t assume it’s “strep” and that you need antibiotics. Most sore throats are caused by viruses, not streptococcus bacteria, and thus...

Butterbur and Migraines

If you get migraines, consider trying butterbur extract. This recommendation comes from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society, based on a review of...

Shoulder Itch

Q: I’ve had this constant itch under my shoulder blade. What could it be? A: A number of things can cause an itchy back, notably dry skin or...

Germ-Free Sponges

Sponges are a common source of microbes, including Salmonella, especially when they remain wet. To kill germs in kitchen sponges, microwave them at full power for two minutes....
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