Good bacteria for your gut

The lining of your digestive tract — like every surface of your body — is covered in microorganisms, mostly bacteria. This microecosystem, called a microbiome,…

Olfactory retraining after COVID-19

The loss or change in a person’s sense of taste and smell is something that can happen to people who have had COVID-19.  It’s a common…

Not all low back pain is the same

Your back is made up of 30 bones stacked in a column surrounded by muscles and ligaments. It allows you to stand, walk, bend, sit…

Recognizing and responding to delirium

Delirium is a type of confusion that occurs suddenly and without warning. When people have delirium, they may have trouble focusing or paying attention. They…

Preparing for surgery?

It’s official. You need surgery. You may have many thoughts and questions running through your head, whether it’s a minor, same-day procedure or a complex…

The best diet to help prevent kidney stones

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 people will get a kidney stone in his or her lifetime. Kidney stones are not only painful, but they can lead…

Relief for dry eyes

Since the beginning of winter, my eyes feel dry and scratchy. I can no longer wear contacts because my eyes burn and sting, and are…

Your heart can break from stress

Emotional stress — which can be brought on by grief, anger, loss or death of a loved one, domestic abuse, heated arguments, physical illness, or…