Post-stroke speech therapy often helpful

By Heather Clark, Ph.D.
Posted on June 09, 2022

Dear Mayo Clinic: My mother had a stroke six months ago. Her mobility has returned to near normal, but she still has some difficulty communicating. She can read and understand others when they speak, but she often struggles to find the words she wants to say. While frustrated, she refuses to try speech therapy, saying it will not help. Could speech therapy help someone like my... READ MORE

Why I went to great lengths to save bees

By Lela Martin
Posted on June 08, 2022

This year, when my dad died, my parents’ Kentucky home became my responsibility. Unfortunately, in the past few months, I’ve discovered not only termite activity and a brown recluse spider infestation, but a honeybee hive within the walls of the house. Resolving these insect problems properly is of critical importance — not only to me, but to the bees and, by extension, to our... READ MORE

Visit ‘nootropics’ for brain power, not sun

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on June 07, 2022

As I was doing the Wordle word game this morning, it dawned on me that I was really doing this to grow new brain cells, not because I enjoyed it that much. I started playing it daily because one of my daughters recommended it to me, and it’s nice to share our scores each day. At times the game is frustrating, though, because I stare at the same screen noodling my next attempt for five... READ MORE

Can omega-7 help prevent heart disease?

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 03, 2022

Most of us have lost relatives or friends who have had a heart attack. Heart disease is the leading cause of death across the world and in our country. According to the CDC, about 660,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, accounting for 1 in every 4 deaths. That’s why researchers at the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) want... READ MORE

Can wearing contacts harm your vision?

By Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., Harvard Health Blog
Posted on June 02, 2022

Since I first started wearing contacts decades ago, they seemed like a minor miracle. Not having to wear glasses made driving, sports and everyday life better. But then I’d see the occasional report of sight-threatening infections and other problems related to contact lens use. These were alarming, to say the least — almost enough to consider giving up my contacts. Wearing glasses... READ MORE

COVID-19 News

By John C. Schieszer
Posted on June 01, 2022

Wearable device may detect early signs of COVID and flu University of Texas at Dallas bioengineers, in collaboration with EnLiSense LLC, have come up with a wearable sensor that can detect two key biomarkers of infection in human sweat — a significant step toward making it possible for users to receive early warnings of infections such as COVID-19 and influenza. The sweat sensor can... READ MORE

Time to rename low-risk prostate cancer?

By Carla K. Johnson
Posted on May 27, 2022

A cancer diagnosis is scary. Some doctors say it’s time to rename low-grade prostate cancer to eliminate the alarming C-word. Cancer cells develop in nearly all prostates as men age, and most prostate cancers are harmless. About 34,000 Americans die from more aggressive prostate cancer annually, but treating the disease can lead to sexual dysfunction and incontinence. Changing... READ MORE

Bleeding moles may be serious — or not

By Jason Sluzevich, M.D.
Posted on May 26, 2022

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have a significant number of moles. While most do not bother me, I have at least one that bleeds from time to time. Should I see my doctor for a mole that bleeds? A: Moles are groups of pigment cells, and nearly everyone has them. Most moles are harmless, but it’s possible for melanoma — a rare but serious skin cancer — to develop in or near a mole. Although it... READ MORE

Simple ways to keep fingernails healthy

By Cynthia Weiss
Posted on May 26, 2022

Dear Mayo Clinic: I have noticed recently that my nails have an unusual color and shape, and I don’t understand why. Although I do enjoy gardening, I don’t have a job where I use my hands more than normal. I want my nails to be sturdy and healthy-looking. Can you provide some insight on how to achieve this and tips for properly taking care of my nails? A: For anyone concerned... READ MORE

Understanding gout and its many myths

By Family Features
Posted on May 25, 2022

When many people think of gout, they often picture swelling and pain in the big toe. However, gout — an extremely painful form of inflammatory arthritis — can occur in any joint when high levels of uric acid in the blood lead to the formation of urate crystals. If your body creates too much uric acid or cannot clear uric acid properly, you may experience sudden and sometimes severe... READ MORE