Beat the odds: uncovering the hidden signs of heart disease
By Amber Ackerson, Nov, 2002
Tom, a 56-year-old private contractor in East Quogue, New York, woke up one Tuesday morning feeling out of sorts. He hadn't been feeling well for several days, but now he felt worse. On his way to work, Tom's chest pain began.
He'd been to the emergency room twice in the past week, but the doctor assured him that he just had stomach problems. The antacids, however, weren't helping, and the chest pain was getting worse. Tom started to feel lightheaded and weak. Something was very wrong.
By the time he reached the job site, he could barely talk. "Get me to a hospital," he said, "I'm having a heart attack."
What Is Diabetes?
By Kim Beardsmore
Your doctor may have recently advised you have diabetes. Or you are overweight and you have discovered you may be at risk of diabetes. Others may have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed with the disease. Just what does diabetes mean and how does it affect your lifestyle?
Osteoporosis - Information: from your family doctor
By American Family Physician, March 1, 2004
In osteoporosis (say "os-tee-oh-por-oh-sis"), the inside of the bones becomes weak because of a loss of calcium. This is called losing bone mass. Bone weakness makes your bones more likely to break.
Osteoporosis is much more common in women than it is in men. This is because women have less bone mass than men, they tend to live longer and take in less calcium, and they need the female hormone estrogen to keep their bones strong. If men live long enough, they also are at risk of getting osteoporosis.