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  • Atrial fibrillation can be treated when identified by doctors

    Atrial fibrillation can be treated when identified by doctors

    Atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heartbeat, is a common malady in Americans that can lead to many different problems if it's not treated, says Dr. Michael Goldstein, a cardiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Obesity and high blood pressure may play roles, though it's not entirely...

  • Dietitians offer advice on snacking at Camden Yards

    Dietitians offer advice on snacking at Camden Yards

    Bring on the peanuts and Cracker Jack; the Orioles are back at Camden Yards. The ballpark has all the traditional offerings, plus some new ones this year. Alison Massey and Leigh Tracy, registered dietitians at Mercy Medical Center, go over the menu and offer tips on eating healthfully, while still...

  • Finger joint replacement can ease pain and stiffness, surgeon says

    Finger joint replacement can ease pain and stiffness, surgeon says

    The tiniest joints of the fingers can break down over time and, in some people, need to be replaced. The wear and tear can cause unbearable pain and stiffness. Dr. Ryan M. Zimmerman, a hand, shoulder and elbow surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, said replacement...

  • Autoimmune diseases are common but tough to diagnose

    Autoimmune diseases are common but tough to diagnose

    There are dozens of types of autoimmune diseases, which cause the body's immune system to attack healthy cells, and millions of Americans suffer from them. They can result in a range of problems, from pain in joints and muscles to dysfunction in organs. For those with ongoing or severe symptoms,...

  • Stemless shoulder replacement speeds up recovery, improves mobility

    Stemless shoulder replacement speeds up recovery, improves mobility

    Doctors are using a new, less invasive form of surgery to replace injured shoulders. The stemless shoulder replacement works particularly well in younger patients whose bones may not be as worn as those of older people. Dr. Anand M. Murthi, chief of shoulder and elbow surgery at MedStar Union Memorial...

  • Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable, but usually treatable at home, expert says

    Hemorrhoids are uncomfortable, but usually treatable at home, expert says

    Women who have been pregnant or anyone who has been constipated may have experienced hemorrhoids, the swollen rectal veins that can make for a very uncomfortable situation. Most people, however, can learn to control flare-ups with over-the-counter remedies and lifestyle changes, says Dr. Lauren...

  • Bones die when blood supply stops, expert says

    Bones die when blood supply stops, expert says

    Human bones need a steady supply of blood to survive. When something blocks that flow of blood, it can severely weaken and even kill the bone if not treated, said Dr. Robert M. Peroutka, a hip and knee surgeon at MedStar Orthopaedics. But, he explains, there are treatment options to prevent this...

  • Parents should monitor student athletes prescribed opioids for injuries

    Parents should monitor student athletes prescribed opioids for injuries

    Students who play sports are more likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller than those who don't play sports because of the chance of injury during a game or practice. That can lead to abuse of the addictive medication. Parents should monitor the prescriptions and even request doctors use other...

  • Carbon monoxide can injure, kill as people turn to faulty heat systems

    Carbon monoxide can injure, kill as people turn to faulty heat systems

    As the temperatures drop in winter and people turn to alternative heating systems, the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning increase. Faulty space heaters and gas-burning electric generators, along with furnaces and water heaters that aren't functioning properly, can lead to injury and death by...

  • Esophageal cancer symptoms often show up in later stages

    Esophageal cancer symptoms often show up in later stages

    Esophageal cancer is one of those diseases that sneaks up on people. The symptoms in many cases may not show up until the advanced stages of the illness. Dr. Bruce D. Greenwald, a professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine,...

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