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    Think you’ve tried every migraine medication? Think again.

    Amaal Starling, M.D.
    Migraine is an all-too-common and potentially disabling disorder. Migraine attacks can cause severe throbbing head pain or pulsing sensations, as well as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Some treatments stop symptoms of a migraine attack (acute, or as-needed treatment) and other long-term treatments decrease the frequency and…
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    Why some patients need a second heart surgery

    People who’ve had an aortic dissection, which is emergency, lifesaving surgery, may need additional surgeries later to repair the aorta. Also, people who’ve had heart valve surgery and received replacement tissue valves will need the valves replaced after 10 years. In addition, adults with congenital heart disease often have surgery…
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    Good bacteria for your gut

    Amanda Gingrasso, D.N.P.
    The lining of your digestive tract — like every surface of your body — is covered in microorganisms, mostly bacteria. This microecosystem, called a microbiome, plays a large role in your health. Your mood and behavior also may be impacted by the microorganisms living in your microbiome. You may be…
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    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 symptom with other viruses, including influenza, but it’s happening at a much larger magnitude due to the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic. Current estimates indicate that…
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    Not all low back pain is the same

    Kendall Snyder, M.D.
    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 and twist. It connects other parts of your skeleton and supports your spinal cord and nerve roots. Nearly every movement you make involves your back…
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    Recognizing and responding to delirium

    Heidi Lindroth, Ph.D., R.N.,
    Margaret Paulson, D.O.
    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 also may feel groggy and drowsy, or act or say things out of character. Delirium can be a warning signal that someone is not feeling…
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    Preparing for surgery?

    Liz Cumberland, C.N.P.
    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 operation that requires you to stay in the hospital overnight. You may even feel anxious, confused or scared. While these emotions are normal and expected,…
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    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 to serious complications that may require hospitalization and even surgery. The good news is kidney stones are preventable, and prevention can be as simple as…
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    Relief for dry eyes

    Robert Friese, O.D.
    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 watery. How can my eyes be dry and watery at the same time, and what can be done to fix this? It’s common to have…
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    Your heart can break from stress

    Niti Aggarwal, M.D.,
    Nkechinyere Ijioma, M.B.B.S.
    Emotional stress — which can be brought on by grief, anger, loss or death of a loved one, domestic abuse, heated arguments, physical illness, or surgery — can be so bad that it feels like your heart is breaking. And in a way, it is. Broken heart syndrome is also…
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    Integrative oncology uses lifestyle medicine approach

    Stacy D. D’Andre, M.D.
    Integrative medicine uses an approach to health care that includes practices not traditionally part of conventional medicine, such as herbs, acupuncture, massage, yoga and meditation. Integrative oncology incorporates these therapies into conventional cancer care. Integrative oncology helps people with cancer feel better by reducing the fatigue, nausea, pain and anxiety and other…