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  • Headaches – Simple or Serious? April 27, 2010

    Got HeadachesThere are many different types of headaches. They have their own names, their own symptoms, and their own best treatments. The sooner you can identify your type of headache, the better you will be able to manage it. Most people get tension headaches. Symptoms include soreness in the temples, a ...

  • Shingles Vaccine January 27, 2010

    You’ve probably had chickenpox. Perhaps your parents even exposed you to the virus as a small child, when you were likely to have a mild case and be done with it. However, the virus remains dormant in your body throughout your lifetime, and could reappear at any time as a painful ...

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder January 27, 2010

    Do you feel moody or have trouble waking up when the days grow shorter and darker? Many people do—and the symptoms can range from mild unhappiness at the lack of sunshine to a clinical condition called “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).” The National Institutes of Health estimates that more than 36 million ...

  • Medications – What you should know! January 27, 2010

    Here are some common medication questions—with answers! Are generics and branded drugs identical? Patients wonder why generics don’t look or taste the same as branded drugs, and they worry about generics’ side-effects. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “The active ingredient (in generic drugs) is chemically the same as ...

  • Leg Cramp Relief August 27, 2009

    leg crampLeg cramps, those painful muscle contractions that occur so suddenly, usually strike during the night and shock you awake from sleep. Sometimes called “Charley horses,” they can also attack during the day while you’re driving your car, riding a bicycle, or participating in sports and other activities. Mostly they assault ...