FDA endorses new low-nicotine cigarette

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: January 14, 2020

U.S. health officials recently endorsed a type of cigarette that could help ease the addictive grip of smoking by delivering very low levels of nicotine. The Food and Drug Administration will allow 22nd Century Group to begin selling the first low-nicotine cigarettes reviewed by federal health regulators. The products contain roughly 95% less nicotine than standard cigarettes, according... READ MORE

Peppermint can be a cool solution for IBS

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: January 13, 2020

Many people have lost their joy in eating because they have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that includes many symptoms including bloating, abdominal pain, fatigue, sleep problems and suppressed immunity. One hallmark symptom is a combination of diarrhea and constipation, or alternating between the two. An actual diagnosis of IBS is based upon your duration of symptoms... READ MORE

Common additive may raise health risks

By: Gale Malesky
Posted on: January 10, 2020

Some researchers have been speculating for years that certain commonly used food additives may be contributing to the uptick in obesity and diabetes. Now, research from Harvard University shows that a commonly-used food preservative, and one generally recognized as safe (GRAS), appears to contribute to both insulin resistance and high blood sugar. That has added new weight to... READ MORE

Carpal tunnel recovery can take a year

By: Mary Jurisson, M.D., and Nicholas Pulos, M.D.
Posted on: January 09, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: Three months ago, I had surgery on my left wrist to treat carpal tunnel syndrome. Since then, I am in much more pain than before surgery, and two of my fingers are completely numb. I cannot even button my buttons, and tying my shoes is a chore. What would cause the pain to worsen after surgery? Could another surgery remedy the problem, or is this my new normal? A:... READ MORE

What causes bad breath and what helps?

By: Alessandro Villa
Posted on: January 09, 2020

Almost everyone experiences bad breath once in a while. But for some people, bad breath is a daily problem, and they struggle to find a solution. Approximately 30% of the population complains of some sort of bad breath. Halitosis (Latin for “bad breath”) often occurs after a garlicky meal or in the morning after waking. Other causes of temporary halitosis include some beverages... READ MORE

Testing a drug to delay cognitive decline

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: December 27, 2019

Do you or a loved one have trouble remembering appointments, conversations or even what happened yesterday? Have you noticed that it’s harder to make decisions or follow a recipe? These are symptoms of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). About 15 to 20% of people over the age of 65 have MCI, which some doctors consider an early stage of Alzheimer’s disease or other kind of... READ MORE