Almost everyone experiences a sore throat, cough or hoarseness once in awhile. But with head and neck cancer, these symptoms linger and don't respond to treatments.
Sports medicine specialist Winston Gwathmey, MD, believes youth sports emphasize fitness and teach valuable life lessons. But he's also concerned some kids play too much of the same sport, leading to overuse injuries.
Professional singers aren't the only ones who suffer from vocal problems. People who use their voices extensively throughout the day often develop hoarseness and other signs of vocal fatigue.
For most people, going to the dentist is inconvenient and perhaps mildly painful. But for individuals with special needs or complex medical problems, even the most routine dental care can present overwhelming pain and fear.
Most of us have experienced dry, irritated eyes at some point, perhaps from cigarette smoke or wind. But for some, dry eye is chronic. Women and the elderly are more at risk, although doctors aren't sure why.
If you have a torn or ruptured Achilles tendon, which connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, you'll probably know it. Typically, you'll feel a pop, or you may feel as though someone kicked you in the heel.
Many heart valve disease treatments are tried and true. But to do them, surgeons have had to break the patient's breastbone. That often means a long, painful recovery.
When you get a herniated disc, the outer portion tears, and the inner portion comes out into the spinal canal. Of course, lower back pain doesn't necessarily mean you have a herniated disc.
If your vision is gradually getting worse, you might not notice. But your eye doctor will. Annual eye exams are especially important if you have diabetes, a major cause of blindness in adults over 40.
The words "palliative care" get mixed up with "hospice," but they're not the same thing. Palliative care providers work alongside other doctors to treat side effects of serious illnesses, including cancer, heart disease and emphysema.