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Geriatrics Means Rejuvenation in Ayurvedic Medicine

By Dori Ahern The ancient science of Ayurveda has eight branches, similar to the branches of allopathic medicine. However, the Sanskrit term for Geriatrics is rasayana, and it means rejuvenation. Some readers may be familiar with the three Ayurvedic mind/body types: vata, pitta, and kapha. These three humors, or doshas in Sanskrit, are derived from the basic [...]

Sleep Disorders—a Medical Challenge

By Salvador Quiroz   “To sleep: perchance to dream.” Hamlet, Act III, i, 56 When we decide to call it a day and turn out the light, all of us want a sound and restful sleep. However, 40 percent of us will not be able to achieve that goal. This group suffers from insomnia, and, [...]

Personal Health

By Nancy Johnston Hall   What You Should Know About Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” M. Kathleen Casey, Canadian politician We’re used to popping pills now and then to avoid the suffering that comes from pain. And thank heavens for the many over-the-counter (OTC) meds that offer inexpensive, non-addictive pain relief. Since [...]

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By Salvador Quiroz   The Sun Versus Our Skin   Hospital H+ recently hosted a presentation by Dr. Blanca Farías on skin cancer, directed toward the general public. Dr. Farías, or “Doctora Blanca” as her patients know her, is a board-certified dermatologist in San Miguel de Allende and a consultant in that field for the hospital. [...]

Health Column

By Salvador Quiroz   Indigestion: Does it Always Indicate Infection?   Indigestion is a term frequently used by patients to describe a variety of symptoms that are, for the most part, very non-specific. To some patients, indigestion refers to actual abdominal pain, pressure, or heartburn. Others may use the term to describe a vague feeling [...]

Personal Health

By Nancy Johnston Hall Itch. Scratch. Itch. Repeat. I was the master of my own misery. When my neck, back, and scalp began itching like crazy this winter, I began scratching which led to more itching, which led to more scratching. I was trapped in the itch-scratch cycle. A dermatologist diagnosed the reason for my [...]

On Call: Health Advice from UC San Diego Health Experts

By Santiago Horgan Taking NOTES: A Q&A with Surgeon Santiago Horgan, MD, UC San Diego Health Surgeons at UC San Diego Health are looking for ways to take the cutting edge out of surgery by making operations incision-less. The trick is to operate through natural body openings, such as the mouth. Almost a decade ago, [...]

Think You Know Everything About the Flu?

Personal Health By Nancy Johnston Hall We’re heading into flu season, from December into the spring. So now is a good time to find out what you know (and don’t know) about preventing and treating this common but potentially serious virus. True or false? The flu (influenza) is just a bad cold. False—a cold and [...]

Is Butter Better . . . or Not?

Personal Health By Nancy Johnston Hall, Illustration by American Heart Association If you’re confused about which is best for your health, butter or margarine, be comforted—you’re not alone. For years we heard that butter was supposed to be bad for your heart. But then came the headlines, “Butter is Back!” and “Butter is Natural—from the [...]

Personal Health Stroke: A Brain Attack Where Minutes Matter

By Nancy Johnston Hall, Illustration by The American Stroke Association The parallels between a stroke and a heart attack are striking. The most important parallel is that both are medical emergencies for which getting to a hospital fast can mean the difference between life and death, a return to health versus a life-changing disability. Both [...]

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