Health Breakthroughs


5 Ways To Maintain Healthy Joints And Beat Arthritis

Maintaining healthy joints is so important to getting the most from life after 60. Unfortunately, few people escape joint aches and pains, however gracefully they age. Over 100 different types of arthritis can cause symptoms of pain, swelling, stiffness and restricted movement.  Arthritis literally...

Stents, bypass surgery offer only limited benefits for millions with heart disease, study finds

PHILADELPHIA — Stents and coronary artery bypass surgery are no more effective than intensive drug treatment and better health habits in preventing millions of Americans from heart attacks and death, a large study found, shedding new light on a major controversy in cardiology. Researchers and doctors have fiercely debated for years how best to treat [...]

Texas sees first pediatric flu death of season in unvaccinated child, 5

Texas health officials late last week reported the first pediatric flu death of the 2019-2020 season The child, who was not identified, was a 5-year-old from the Rio Grande area, according to a Friday tweet from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). He or she had not been vaccinated against the virus, officials said. [...]

What is a hemorrhoid and how can you get rid of it?

Dear Dr. Manny, I think I might have a hemorrhoid? But I’m not sure. What is a hemorrhoid and what can I do about it? Is it like a pimple? Thanks for your question. Hemorrhoids, or piles, are swollen veins in the rectal area. The walls of these blood vessels often become so thin that [...]

Are kissing bugs dangerous? Here’s what to know

Dear Dr. Manny,  My son found a funny looking bug in the backyard. When we went to identify it, we found out it was a kissing bug! Aren’t those dangerous? Why are they dangerous?  Thanks for your question. The kissing bug is a blood-sucking insect that attacks humans for food. They tend to bite around [...]

Woman seeking treatment for dizziness finds out she’s missing her cerebellum

In 2014, a Chinese woman in her 20's sought treatment for recurring problems with balance and dizziness, reports a case study published in the journal Brain. But when doctors looked at brain imaging via a CT scan and MRI, they discovered their patient was living without her cerebellum. This young woman falls within a small [...]