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  • Bariatric surgery has evolved over time

    Bariatric surgery has evolved over time

    Obesity is a growing problem in the United States and Americans have increasingly turned to surgery to help them lose weight. Nearly 200,000 people now get bariatric surgery each year. The procedures have improved and evolved over the last decade. Dr. Gustavo E. Bello, a bariatric surgeon for the...

  • Milia are white bumps, not acne, and should be treated differently

    Milia are white bumps, not acne, and should be treated differently

    Those little white bumps on your face, or your newborn's face or body, may not be acne. And they may require a different tactic to treat, says Dr. G. Panisri Rao, a primary care physician at Carroll Health Group. If you're unsure, your doctor will be able to tell the difference. What are milia...

  • Injuries from products in the nursery are common

    Injuries from products in the nursery are common

    More than 66,000 children under 3 years old end up in the emergency room each year after suffering injuries from accidents in the nursery, according to a long-running study recently published in the journal Pediatrics. Injuries also increased nearly 25 percent in the past eight years of the 20-year...

  • Younger people increasingly at risk for colorectal cancer

    Younger people increasingly at risk for colorectal cancer

    A study published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that while overall rates of colorectal cancer have been declining for decades in the United States, the rates for people in their 20s and 30s have increased dramatically over the same time. If not caught early, the...

  • The signs of heart disease

    The signs of heart disease

    Heart attack is the leading killer in the United States, and one-third of its victims die with the disease undiagnosed. Dr. Stephen Pollock, a cardiologist at University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, talks about the best ways to detect, prevent and treat heart disease. Pollock himself...

  • Technology that fragments kidney stones lessens pain of passing them whole

    Technology that fragments kidney stones lessens pain of passing them whole

    A tell-tale sign of a kidney stone is pain in a person's side, back and below the ribs. About one in every ten individuals will experience the pain of having a kidney stone in their lifetime, said Dr. Mark Redwood, the division head of the Department of Urology at Sinai Hospital. The pain from...

  • Tom Brady will keep playing football, older athletes can, too

    Tom Brady will keep playing football, older athletes can, too

    Tom Brady, the 39-year-old New England Patriots quarterback who just won his fifth Super Bowl, says he isn't retiring. That may be disappointing to his wife, the Atlanta Falcons and Ravens fans. But it may be reassuring to many 40-plus amateur athletes. Dr. Louis Kovacs, a physician at the Arnold...

  • There are therapies when children don't outgrow stuttering

    There are therapies when children don't outgrow stuttering

    Stuttering is not uncommon among adults in the United States, and is more prevalent among children. Sometimes children recover on their own and other times, depending on the level of stuttering, they require therapy, according to John Sloan, a board-certified fluency specialist and the director...

  • Cancerous sarcomas often missed or misdiagnosed

    Cancerous sarcomas often missed or misdiagnosed

    Got a funny-looking bump or lump somewhere on your body? If so, it's best to get it checked out because it might be a sarcoma, said Dr. Vincent Y. Ng, an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Sarcomas are cancerous tumors that are often missed by...

  • Snoring can be a sign of more serious health problems

    Snoring can be a sign of more serious health problems

    While snoring can annoy your spouse or significant other, it can also be a sign of more serious health problem. Dr. Steven A. Schonfeld, director of the Sleep Lab at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, explains why it is important to figure out its root cause. What is snoring? Snoring is a sound caused...

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