Get solutions for your most pressing health questions with 20 answers from 20 specialists!
"Well, Lynn, I have good news for you: It's entirely possible," urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz says.
Dr. Spitz explains how a reverse vasectomy is performed and what the potential success rate of conception will be after the procedure. Because every couple's situations are different, Dr. Spitz recommends Lynn visit her OB-GYN for an evaluation to gauge her fertility.
Fine Line Removal
Dagny hates the fine lines around her mouth and wants a quick fix for removing them.
Heart Attack Prevention
Cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy explains the potentially deadly risk of prolonged sitting and shares vital tips to prevent a heart attack.
Witnessing someone suddenly faint can be a scary situation. Paramedic Bobby Beall, Jr. demonstrates the dos and don'ts for helping someone who has passed out.
• Try to prevent him or her from falling.
• Position the person on his or her back.
• Loosen anything constrictive, such as collars and belts.
• Check the person's airway to make sure he or she is breathing.
• Prop his or her feet up.
• Take note of how long he or she has been unconscious.
• Cover him or her with a blanket if possible.
• Call 911 and stay with person until paramedics arrive.
• Slap or shake him or her awake.
• Give the person food unless he or she is a known diabetic and low blood sugar has caused the fainting.
You Are What You Eat
Want to improve your complexion? Forget over-the-counter creams and just look in your kitchen. Nutritionist Alyse Levine reveals the surprising effects foods have on your appearance!
• Brussels Sprouts: The food version of Botox. They are loaded with vitamin C, which is necessary for collagen production and can decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Dark Chocolate: Rich in flavonoids, which are antioxidants that reduce roughness in skin and provide skin protection.
• Salmon: Contains essential fatty acids that help prevent toxin buildup and retain moisture and nutrients in for plumper, younger-looking skin.
• Brazil Nuts: Rich in selenium, which is a mineral that plays a key role in the health of skin cells and it can also help sun damaged skin. Just one to three nuts can provide 100 percent of your daily selenium needs.
• Watermelon: Rich in lycopene, which helps eliminate skin-aging free radicals caused by ultraviolet rays.
• Swiss Chard: Rich source of vitamin E, which acts as a powerful antioxidant and helps skin retain moisture.
• Oysters: Contain zinc, which is vital to the immune system and the manufacture of collagen.
The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain and produces hormones. A tumor in the gland can cause symptoms such as loss of peripheral vision, complete blindness, hypertension, diabetes, weight gain, fatigue and enlarged feet and hands. Neurosurgeon Dr. Neil Martin reveals why pituitary tumors are difficult to diagnose, and demonstrates a minimally invasive treatment for them.
Sick at School
Robin Fleming, a school nurse with the Seattle Public Schools in Seattle, Washington, reveals why most kids visit the school nurse and how often.
"It's always a crazy place," Robin says, referring to the nurse's office. "There are a lot more very severe health issues in our schools, and an increased frequency of those. A lot more asthma, seizure disorders, diabetes, anaphylactic allergies. We just need more school nurses."
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says that he sees similar problems in his office, as well. "Kids are generally getting sicker," he says. "A lot of it is diet related, because more inflammation in the body [due to] poor diet causes more allergies, asthma, other inflammation."
Emergency or Not?
Max, from Petersburg, Virginia, asks what situations are considered true emergencies in the ER that earn you immediate treatment.
"Obviously, if you have a gunshot wound, or you've been stabbed, you're going to the front of the line," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. "But there are some more nuanced conditions. If we think you may be having a heart attack, if we think you may be having a stroke, if you have altered mental status, you are going to get pushed straight to the front of the line, and you are going to go back immediately for treatment.
"This is where things get frustrating for you if you're sitting in the waiting room," Dr. Travis continues. "You may think that cut on your arm is an emergency, but if you're not bleeding to death, it's not an emergency. Instead, we call it an urgent condition. And that's where the triage system of the emergency department is so key. We give everyone a number, essentially, [for] how sick this person is. The higher their acuity, the quicker that you'll come back."
Dr. Travis says that if you are in an emergency department and you think the person you are with may be having a more serious condition than initially thought, such as a stroke, you should explain the problem to get immediate help.
"You always have the right to go back up and say, 'Mom can't speak anymore. Mom is not moving the right side of her body,' and they will get you back immediately," Dr. Travis says. "And if they don't, you go ahead and raise hell, because they need to get her back. Just understand: In emergency departments, it's chaos, and if you have to wait a few hours, it's not the doctors' fault, it's not the hospital's fault," he adds. "It's just the fact that our emergency departments are overwhelmed."
Dr. Sears recommends calling your doctor before getting to the ER to determine if the condition can wait for treatment, and OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds that if your physician is affiliated with the hospital, he or she may be able to call ahead for you to help expedite your trip to the ER.
Oral Yeast Infection
Mitch, 54, asks Dr. Lisa if it's possible to get an oral yeast infection, or thrush, from engaging in oral sex.
"It absolutely is," Dr. Lisa says. "You can transfer sexually transmitted diseases and yeast infections orally."
Thrush can cause redness, soreness or white patches that may bleed in the mouth or on the tongue. You may be at higher risk of contracting thrush if you are taking certain antibiotics, have diabetes, if your immune system is compromised, or if you engage in oral sex with someone who has a yeast infection.
If you suffer from frequent thrush infections, be sure to see your doctor. It can be treated with anti-fungal mouth rinses or lozenges and probiotics.
"And often, women and men can pass their yeast infections back and forth," Dr. Lisa says. "Oral sex is not safe sex as far as STDs and any kind of infection that can spread."