It’s common to sometimes feel dizzy, lightheaded or off-balance, and it’s not usually serious. See a GP if you’re worried. Check if you have dizziness Dizziness includes feeling: off-balance giddy lightheaded or faint like you’re spinning or things around you are spinning (vertigo) How you can treat dizziness yourself Dizziness usually goes away on its own. […]

Treat “mini strokes” as an emergency, not a gentle warning

May 14, 2020 Transient ischemic attack needs a new name. Its current nickname, mini stroke, doesn’t fill the bill either. Both suggest something small and passing, a fleeting problem you can put off until you have the time to do something about it. What’s needed is something that conveys urgency and harm because a transient […]

How CRISPR Is Changing Cancer Research and Treatment

July 27, 2020, by NCI Staff Ever since scientists realized that changes in DNA cause cancer, they have been searching for an easy way to correct those changes by manipulating DNA. Although several methods of gene editing have been developed over the years, none has really fit the bill for a quick, easy, and cheap technology. But a game-changer […]

The Surprising Benefits of Donating Blood

Amid a worsening blood shortage, New York-Presbyterian experts explain how donating blood not only helps someone in need, but also offers health benefits for the donors themselves. very two seconds, someone in the U.S. requires a blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. The benefits of donating blood include helping people injured in accidents, […]

Extreme Obesity, And What You Can Do

Too much weight can take a toll on your body, especially your heart. The good news is that there are steps you can take to get healthier — and even losing a little body weight can start you on the right path. Why lose weight? If you’re extremely obese, losing weight can mean “less heart disease, […]

Health benefits of eating well

A well-balanced diet provides all of the: energy you need to keep active throughout the day nutrients you need for growth and repair, helping you to stay strong and healthy and help to prevent diet-related illness, such as some cancers Keeping active and eating a healthy balanced diet can also help you to maintain a healthy […]

When Is Back or Neck Pain an Emergency?

Jan 12, 2019 Kevin R. O’Neill, MD, MS Spine Surgeon Most people experience back pain or neck pain at some point in their lives—and most cases are not an emergency. Bouts of spine-related pain can usually be managed at home with an over the counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory drug, OTC pain reliever or ice and heat. […]

Stress and your health

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But […]

Chest pain: A heart attack or something else?

August 29, 2020 What makes you worry that chest pain is serious, like a heart attack When is chest pain serious? That dull burning feeling in your chest doesn’t seem to be going away, and even feels like it is getting worse. Is it a heart attack, or something else? It’s a vexing question, one […]

What Is Nausea? Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

By Paula Derrow Medically Reviewed by Justin Laube, MD Reviewed: December 16, 2020 Nausea is a symptom everyone dreads. You’ve almost certainly experienced that queasy feeling at one time or another — perhaps while reading a book in a moving vehicle, or maybe after eating something that didn’t agree with you. Whatever the cause, “nausea” is […]