- By Laurel J. Kelly
Consumer Health: Dealing with kidney stones
Kidney stones are hard deposits made of minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. A kidney stone may not cause symptoms until it moves around within your kidney or moves into your ureter, but passing kidney stones can cause severe pain. Other symptoms can include changes in urination, such as a persistent need to go, a need to go more frequently or urinating a smaller quantity than usual. There also could be changes in your urine, including a change in color to pink, red or brown, or your urine could become cloudy or foul-smelling. You also could experience nausea, vomiting, and fever and chills if an infection is present. Find out what might increase your risk of developing kidney stones and when you need to seek immediate medical attention.
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Cannabidiol (CBD) and epilepsy
Cannabidiol, often called CBD, is a chemical found in marijuana. CBD doesn't contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana that produces a high. A prescription CBD oil, Epidiolex, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat two types of epilepsy. However, further research is needed to determine other benefits and safety concerns. Learn more from Dr. Brent Bauer, director of Mayo Clinic's Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program.
Coping with stress: Workplace tips
Job stress can be all-consuming, but it doesn't have to be. Your personality, experiences and other unique characteristics all influence the way you respond to, and cope with, stress. Situations and events that are distressing for your colleagues might not bother you. Or you might be particularly sensitive to certain stressors that don't bother others. Effectively coping with job stress can benefit both your professional and personal life. Here are some tips for coping with stress in your workplace.
Stroke: First aid
A stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment is crucial. A stroke occurs when there's bleeding into your brain or when blood flow to your brain is blocked, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. Early action can minimize brain damage and potential complications. Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Use the acronym FAST: Face, Arms, Speech and Time. Here's what you need to know.
DNA and weight loss
If you've struggled with your weight, you're not alone. But you are unique. Your individual DNA and genes make you who you are and drive how your body responds to weight-loss attempts. Between 25 and 70 percent of factors that affect body weight are tied to genes. From your appetite level and how full you feel as you eat to how your body burns calories, learn how your DNA may affect your attempts to shed those extra pounds.