Health

  • 10 Cancer Warning Signs to Look For in Dogs

    When the vet told me Max, our 11-year-old golden retriever, had advanced bone cancer, I was shocked. According to Donald D. Dodge, DVM, at the Jasper Animal Hospital in Lafayette, Colorado, my reaction isn’t unusual. “In my experience, symptoms tend to show up too late,” he says.

    By Gordon Jameson
  • Time To Put Kitty On A Diet?

    We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Out Spot's Damn Spot

    Tail between his legs, and shamefully cowering in the corner, your pup’s eyes convey his apologies and embarrassment about his accident. Oops. You give him a reassuring scratch on the head and let him outside while you clean up his mess.

    By Nicole Duncan
  • Soothe Arthritis, Tastefully

    Richard Blau, MD, author of Too Young to Feel Old: The Arthritis Doctor’s 28-Day Formula for Pain-Free Living (DeCapo, 2007) shares his top picks for foods that ease joint pain—and explains why they work.

    By Lindsey Galloway
  • What's My Alternative: Urinary Incontinence

    After giving birth to her first child, Dawn Kramer, 42, of Crystal Lake, Illinois, lived with mild to moderate urinary incontinence for 10 years. “I thought having a little leakage when I laughed or coughed was just a result of becoming a mom,” Kramer says.

    By Gina Roberts-Grey
  • Body Language

    You know the feeling all too well : You’re working at your desk, trying to meet a deadline, and tension creeps between your shoulder blades and starts to move up your neck. Or you’re sitting in traffic, late for a coffee date, when a dull ache starts to form in your lower back.

    Stiff muscles speak to the tension in our lives. Here's how to get them to whisper sweet nothings all day long.
    By Meghan Rabbitt
  • New Hope for Parkinson's

    At first, Sally Sweeney’s hands trembled just enough to make holding the morning newspaper tough. Then, on long walks, her right arm would stop its natural swinging. Her always-precise handwriting suddenly looked a little off. The active, 52-year-old mother of four figured she had a pinched nerve or something.

    This disease strikes people at younger ages than ever before, but powerful treatments are on the horizon.
    By Jennie Lay
  • Cool the Fires of Heartburn

    Just about everyone experiences heartburn at some point in their lives, after a stop at the Rib Shack, say, or too many mochas. For most folks it’s a passing problem. But roughly 60 million Americans suffer that burning sensation in their esophagus once a month, and some 15 million experience heartburn every day. They suffer from GERD—gastroesophageal reflux disorder.

    Your stomach can rest easy with these three approaches.
    By James Keough
  • Toxic (Over) Load

    Each morning I take a hot shower, shampoo, and shave. I may stop at the gas station while I’m out and about, and in the evening, I enjoy grilling fish and relaxing on the couch with the Discovery Channel.

    Minimize your exposure to everyday pollutants.
    By Matthew Solan
  • Ask The Doctor: End Springtime Allergies

    It sounds as though you have a condition known as rhinitis—inflammation of the mucous membranes in the nose. This inflammation leads to a runny nose, sneezing, and a feeling of being stuffed up. Rhinitis may result from a cold, allergies, or nonallergenic irritants in the environment, such as dust, cigarette smoke, or pollution.

    I always have a runny nose, but every spring it gets worse, and my eyes water and itch. Is this just allergies or something else?
    By Jane Hart, MD