The American College of Radiology and the American Heart Association earlier this month set the first new comprehensive set of blood pressure guidelines since 2003.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first new drug in many years to treat ALS, the disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease that attacks and kills the nerves that control muscles
More than 24 million adults with arthritis are physically limited by the disease, a 20 percent increase in the number suffering limitations from 2002 to 2014, but exercise can reduce pain and prevent progression of the disease
Americans have increasingly turned to surgery to help them lose weight. Nearly 200,000 people get bariatric surgery each year. The procedures have improved and evolved over the years.
More than 66,000 children under three years old end up in the emergency room each year after suffering injuries from accidents in the nursery, according to a long-running study in the journal Pediatrics
A study published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that while overall rates of colorectal cancer has been declining for decades in the United States, the rates for people in their 20s and 30s have increased dramatically over the same time, but earlier screening can catch more cases
Heart attack is the number one killer and one-third of patients go undiagnosed and die. 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.
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 passing a kidney stone in their lifetime, said The pain can be so intense that people that some people compare it to giving birth. But he explains there are many treatments for the painful stones.
Many sarcomas are overlooked by patients or misdiagnosed by physicians who are not familiar with the tumors. Any abnormal lump, bump or mass should be evaluated by a specialist, typically an orthopedic oncologist
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 the root cause of snoring.
When the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a statement saying there wasn't enough evidence to determine if the standard pelvic exam was beneficial for women without symptoms and who are not pregnant, it may have felt like welcome advice for women who dread the annual precautionary look
Elisabeth D'Alto, the retail dietitian for ShopRite Timonium shares the ways that people can make sure they get enough fluids this summer and avoid dehydration.
Lynch syndrome is the most common cause of inherited colon and endometrial cancer; about 2 to 3 percent of colon and endometrial cancer is associated with Lynch syndrome.
Many runners are familiar with the pain that comes from plantar fasciitis, inflammation in the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. But normally all that's needed is conservative treatment until the symptoms subside, says Dr. Gary Pichney, podiatric surgeon at the Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center.
Anne Arundel Medical Center cardiologist answers questions about atrial fibrillation, an irregular and often rapid heartbeat, a common malady in Americans that can lead to many different problems if it's not treated
Bring on the peanuts and Cracker Jacks; the Orioles are back at Camden Yards. The ballpark has all the traditional offerings plus some new ones this year. Alison Massey and Leigh Tracy, registered dietitians at Mercy Medical Center, go over the menu and offer tips on eating well — while still enjoying a treat or two.
Dr. Ryan M. Zimmerman at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital said the tiniest joints of the fingers can break down over time, causing pain and stiffness in some patients. Joint replacement can provide much-needed relief.
There are dozens of types of autoimmune diseases, which cause the body's immune system to attack healthy cells, and millions of Americans suffer from them. They can result in a range of problems, from pain in joints and muscles to dysfunction in organs.
Dr. Anand M. Murthi, chief of shoulder and elbow surgery MedStar Union Memorial Hospital talks about the differences between stemless and traditional shoulder replacement surgery.
Women who have been pregnant or anyone who has been constipated may have experienced hemorrhoids, the swollen rectal veins that can make for a very uncomfortable situation. Most people, however, can learn to control flare ups with over-the-counter remedies and lifestyle changes.
Human bones need a steady supply of blood to survive. When something happens to that flow of blood, it can severely weaken and even kill the bone if not treated, said Dr. Robert M. Peroutka, a hip and knee surgeon at MedStar Orthopaedics. But, he explains, there are treatment options to prevent this from happening.
Students who play sports are more likely to be prescribed an opioid painkiller than those who don't play sports because of the chance of injury during the game or practice. That can lead to abuse of the addictive medication. Parents should monitor the prescriptions and even request doctors use other methods of pain relief if there is concern about addiction.
As the temperatures drop in winter and people turn to alternative heating systems, the chances of carbon monoxide poisoning increases.
In 2015 it is estimated that about 17,000 people will be diagnosed with esophageal cancer. In men in the U.S., the lifetime risk of esophageal cancer is about 1 in 125 while in women it is about 1 in 435.
It's not uncommon to hear people say they feel tired, whether it's because of a new work schedule, a new baby or just a hectic lifestyle. The answer for most if just getting enough sleep at a consistent time, expert says.
Public health officials often warn the public not to approach wild animals because they can bite, and they may be infected with rabies, whether they show obvious signs or not. Hundreds of animals a year are confirmed to have the nervous system disease
Head lice, the scourge of daycare centers and elementary schools, may have just gotten bigger. A new strain of "super lice" has infested people in 25 states, potentially making it more difficult to get rid of the parasites.
When Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's Tonight Show, slipped on a rug in his kitchen and caught his ring on the countertop in late June, it took specialized micro-surgery to repair the damage to his finger. Fallon had what is called a ring avulsion, where the skin and most everything underneath is torn.
Influenza is a nasty virus that causes thousands of people to be hospitalized and die every year, but the flu vaccine can prevent many people from becoming ill.
Dr. Lisa Carey from Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Hunt Manor explains the difference between good and bad cholesterol and tells people how to maintain healthy levels of both.
The cartilage knee replacement, where cells are implanted and grow into the damaged space, is the longest lasting fix for younger patients who don't have arthritis
Many children suffer from foot problems, but often go undiagnosed. There are many symptoms parents can watch for said Dr. Bradley Lamm, a Baltimore-area foot and ankle surgeon and fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons.
Dr. Scott E. Woodburn, a fellow of the of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons who practices in Maryland clears up some misconceptions about bunions.
There doesn't yet appear to be ways to prevent allergies, but they can be identified and even controlled, according to Dr. Alvin Sanico, director of the Asthma Sinus Allergy Program at Greater Baltimore Medical Center.
Radiation plays significant role in treating patients with breast cancer, but there are more option now that can reduce the time spent in therapy or the amount of healthy tissue treated.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. men, and there are effective treatments for many people, with several new drugs approved for tougher cases in recent years. Researchers also are exploring genetic tests to decide which therapies are best for which cases.
Epilepsy is a common disorder where people suffer seizers, but most with the disorder can be treated with medications, though trial and error is often needed to find the drugs and dosage.
Acne is one of the most common problems that send people to dermatologist, and it's not always young people coming through the door. Adult acne isn't uncommon, and there is help at the drug store and from doctors.
Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, has spent more than a month in a medically induced coma since being discovered Jan. 31 unconscious and face-down in a bathtub. People can survive a coma, with their chances largely depending on the level of brain damage they suffered, according to Dr. Michael A. Williams, medical director of the Sandra and Malcolm Berman Brain & Spine Institute at LifeBridge Health.
Chronic coughs are one of life's little annoyances. Coughing fits make it hard to sleep, make breathing difficult when exercising and can sneak up when you least expect it.
Like men, women benefit from strength training and stretching, though there are a few things that make women's muscles different from their male counterparts' bodies.
Because of advanced treatments, curing prostate cancer has become more common. But many men suffer from side effects after treatment.
Antibiotics have saved countless lives over the years, but their overuse has lead to problems including antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Dr. Mary R. Clance, an epidemiologist at Anne Arundel Medical Center, discusses the history, troubles and appropriate uses of the drugs.
With all of the beeping of machines and checking of vital signs, patients in the intensive-care unit often have trouble sleeping. This, along with other hospital conditions, like lack of natural light and familiar surroundings, can lead to disorientation.
Keeping the body hydrated is important for everyone, but the elderly may face more challenges. Amy Boulware is Director of Nursing for North Oaks, a senior living facility in Pikesville, talks about how medications and lifestyles may make it hard for the elderly to stay hydrated.
But Dr. Gregory Small, board-certified in internal medicine and a primary care physician at Greater Baltimore Medical Center at Texas Station, says that there are a number of ways to treat these allergies.
Many people assume the local hospital's emergency department is the best place to go for treatment, but an urgent care center may be a faster and cheaper way to get care for less serious conditions, according to Dr. William P. Jaquis, chief of emergency medicine at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Putting too much stress on your joints? Or maybe arthritis has become an issue? Athletes, seniors or anyone in these categories could develop a bone spur, or extra bone produced by the body.
The beginning of the school year is time when allergy symptoms in children may flare up. Dr. Manav Singla, a specialist at the Asthma Allergy & Sinus Center in Baltimore talks about how parents can help their children manage symptoms.
Maryland Insurance Commissioner Therese M. Goldsmith describes the kinds of plans that will be offered on the health insurance exchange, called Maryland Health Connection, when people begin enrolling Oct. 1.
How far would you want doctors to go to save your life after a bad accident? It's a tough question many people may not want to think about it, but should.
We've all heard of arthritis in the knees and even the hips. But many people may not know the thumb is prone to the joint disease as well. Neil Zimmerman, hand surgeon at the Curtis National Hand Center at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, said the most common type of thumb arthritis happens gradually over time.
Damage to the compartments can cause a condition called compartment syndrome, which can cause painful swelling, said Daryl Osbahr, an orthopedic surgeon at Union Memorial Hospital.
Ovarian cancer can be a death sentence for many woman. It is difficult to trreat and often goes undetected until the late stages when it has spread to other organs in the pelvis and abdomen.
Most men will experience prostate enlargement as they get older, some to the point that it will cause urination problems, but there are many treatments.