Body And Soul

  • Dealing with Scoliosis

    Scoliosis is a medical condition of which, in 90 percent of cases, the cause is unknown . Scoliosis can happen to anyone, including toddlers.
  • Finding peace on a yoga mat

    Sunday was International Yoga Day, which gave me the perfect excuse for some reflection.

  • Health sense: Finding non-invasive solutions for injuries

    In the last two decades, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) — a non-invasive procedure with virtually no down-time after treatment, has proven effective in treating certain common but troublesome tendon conditions, such as plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow and shoulder calcific tendinitis.

  • Health sense: Managing osteoporosis and bone-mineral density for men

    Eddie, who is 70, had been suffering from constant low back pain. He took painkillers but the pain kept recurring. When he finally decided to consult his doctor, an X-ray showed a compression fracture in a vertebra in his lower spine.

  • Health Sense: Dealing with real pains in the neck

    The neck consists of seven pieces of bone (vertebrae) with soft cushions (discs) in between. Every time you move your neck, these vertebrae and discs work in sync to allow movement. There are several causes of the aches and pains that can develop in the neck, with its many structures.

  • Health Sense: Painful bowel movement may be a sign of a bigger problem

    Are you experiencing pain after bowel movements? You may have an anal fissure. Pain during or after bowel movements can be attributed to several reasons. You may have developed an anorectal abscess, prolapsed piles or anal fissure.

  • Health Sense: What’s lurking inside your pot belly

    Let’s face it: Too much of fatty foods, delicious meals and indulgence with alcohol creates a beer belly or in short a big fat abdomen.

  • Health Sense: The causes and treatments of lower back pain

    Lower back pain is the most common musculoskeletal disorder and the most common reason for patients to seek medical attention after the common cold. It is the number-two cause of missed work and the number-one cause of disability in patients younger than 45.

  • Drug resistance found worldwide, new drugs needed

    Bacteria resistant to antibiotics have now spread to every part of the world and might lead to a future where minor infections could kill, according to a report published Wednesday by the World Health Organization.

  • Studies find new drugs greatly lower cholesterol

    A new class of experimental medicines can dramatically lower cholesterol, raising hopes of a fresh option for people who can't tolerate or don't get enough help from Lipitor and other statin drugs that have been used for this for decades.

  • London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death

    You can learn a lot from a tooth. Molars taken from skeletons unearthed by work on a new London railway line are revealing secrets of the medieval Black Death — and of its victims.

  • 4 women with new wombs are trying to get pregnant

    A Swedish doctor says four women who received transplanted wombs have had embryos transferred into them in an attempt to get pregnant.

  • Urban Chat: Speaking about the one who speaks a thousand words

    That a picture speaks a thousand words is certainly a well known phrase. And from the moment the digital age met with social media, everyone has spoken a thousand pictures.

  • Caffeine common in US kids, youths; mainly soda

    Nearly 3 out of 4 US children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.

  • Health Sense: Spotting age-related macular degeneration early

    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an often overlooked eye condition. Many older people may not know that they have AMD, which, if not treated in time, can lead to blindness. They may miss out on small changes in vision, and wrongly assume them to be symptoms caused by aging. By the time their vision has deteriorated enough, it may be too late.

  • Health Sense: Plastic surgery and expectations for your nip/tuck

    When a doctor claims that he has had no complications ever in his experience, it may be wise to reconsider.

  • Health Sense: How to treat acute and chronic pain

    The most important thing in the treatment of pain is the correct diagnosis.

    For acute pain problems, this is usually straightforward. Acute pain in the limbs, joints and the spine is often related to a sprain consequent to an injury. In severe cases, a muscle tendon or ligament tear is the reason. In some patients, an acute limb pain is from a sudden slipped disc compressing nerve roots.

  • Health Sense: Night sweats: When it’s not just the hot summer evening

    Night sweats are a common outpatient complaint, but there is no data regarding its actual frequency.

    For many, night sweats can be highly disruptive of sleep, especially for those waking up in the middle of the night with their hair soaked, sheets drenched and sweat pouring off.

  • Health Sense: On managing arthritis and inflamed joints

    If you wake up in the mornings with stiff and painful fingers, or feel pain in your joints when you work with your hands, you might have arthritis – a very common problem affecting the hand and wrist.

  • Cigarette smoking? It’s all in your mind, minister says

    It seems that only through the unthinkable — expensive cigarettes and strictly enforced smoking bans — can Indonesians quit smoking.

  • Health Sense: Fighting back against fallen arches and flat feet

    The most common arch problem is the flat foot. This sometimes starts in childhood or may gradually develop in adulthood.