Kidney Stones: The Basics

Ureterolithiasis, renal calculi, nephrolithiasis and kidney stone all mean the same thing: agony. The nurse told us the pain is equivalent to passing a five-pound canned ham through the southern…

Mighty Mitochondria… and Cardiolipin, Too

Suppose you were asked to name the most important part of your car? Of course, without an engine you’re not going anywhere. Without a transmission you’re not going anywhere, either. So, which is…

Lead And Violent Behavior

Childhood exposure to lead dust has been associated with enduring physical and behavioral effects. Recent exploration into this public health menace has revealed that leaded gasoline, used to reduce…

Selective Hearing…Is Not Gender Specific

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect." "Really," answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?"…

Gallstones: An Ounce Of Prevention Is Worth…

If you have some gall, we hope it’s the kind that causes you to exasperate others, and not the kind that hurts in the center of your upper belly, under the ribs, and occasionally spreads to your…

Blood Pressure and Vitamin C

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps blood, and, if it stays elevated for a long time, can cause myriad health problems, including heart…

Longevity And Stress

Just as oxidation causes iron to rust and brass to tarnish, it causes our cells to rust and tarnish, only figuratively and not literally…unless the Tin Man is part of the gene pool. When you get…

Food Coloring And Behavior

Listen to a lie long enough and you’ll start to accept it as the truth. Didn’t the tobacco industry use images of physicians and athletes to sell cigarettes back in the last century? Babe Ruth hawked…