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Liver cancer, alcohol and what you should know

Primary liver cancer is a form of cancer that begins in the liver and is linked with excessive alcohol consumption. Liver cancer can be very serious, and unfortunately more people are dying from the disease.

The connection between stress and strokes

The idea of a stroke can be frightening because it comes without warning and can change your life forever. Unfortunately, nearly 800,000 people will experience a new or recurrent stroke every year, and stroke is a leading cause of disability ...

Preventing birth defects before pregnancy

One in every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s one baby born every 4.5 minutes with a condition that may require special medical care at ...

Texas House, Senate budget plans tens of millions apart on prisoner health care

While the state’s Republican leaders appear in sync on issues like school finance and property taxes, they clearly see things differently when it comes to at least one thing: prison health care.

Advice on health screenings and habits for the New Year

Staying healthy in the New Year is an important resolution, but many adults tend to bypass preventive exams and screenings that would keep them stronger longer. Just as infants and children need to follow an immunization timetable, adults should also ...

Fruit, vegetable safety during the holidays

Contaminated food is an extremely common problem. The Center for Disease Control estimates that germs in food make 48 million Americans sick every year – that’s 1 out of 6 people. About 128,000 are made sick enough to be hospitalized, ...

Gout is no holiday

The holiday season comes with little indulgences. But when you have gout, you must be smart to make sure those little indulgences do not turn into big flare-ups. If the joint of your big toe is hot, swollen, red and ...

National grief study to help military families manage loss of loved ones

Military family members who have experienced the loss of a loved one in a duty-related death often describe continued challenges with bereavement long after the death of their loved one. As a result, experts at the Uniformed Services University have ...

Michelle Obama’s revelation of IVF

In her just-released book, Michelle Obama made public, for the first time, that she used in vitro fertilization to have both her daughters. Obama, at 34 years old, experienced something many women and couples have a hard time discussing: infertility.

Falls in the elderly

If you or an older person you know has fallen, you’re not alone.

Resisting candy binges

By the time you read this column, you’re either preparing for Halloween, or you’re looking at the piles of candy you weren’t able to give out or the bounty of the young Trick-or-Treaters in your household.

Parkland specialists offer tips to prevent health care-associated infections

In health care settings, infections have always been a problem for patients and medical providers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on any given day, one in every 25 hospital patients is treated for a healthcare-associated infection ...

Chemotherapy for cancer

The very thought of having chemotherapy frightens many people. But knowing what chemotherapy is, how it works and what to expect can often help calm their fears. It can also give them a better sense of control over their cancer ...

Health concerns linger after hurricane passes

All of us, at any given time, can find ourselves in the path of a hurricane, or have loved ones who are affected.

Digestive issues in children

Hearing a child say “my tummy hurts” can strike fear into the heart of a parent. Stomachaches in children can come and go, but frequent tummy troubles may need medical attention.