More than 500,000 American adults suffer from adult bedwetting, and contrary to popular belief, the condition is not an inevitable symptom of old age. Bedwetting can indicate ailments such as diabetes, cancer, bladder infection, or enlarged prostate gland [for men] so it’s vital to consult with your physician to determine its cause.
“If you are suffering from bedwetting as an adult, don’t accept it as your reality,” ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork says. “Talk to your physician, there is hope out there.”
When to Worry About Bloodshot Eyes
Dr. Travis explains what causes bloodshot eyes, and how they should be treated.
Help for Newborn Constipation
Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears says that constipation is common in newborns. “Their stool should be nice and mushy,” he explains.
Switching between breast milk and formula can cause constipation, as well as the introduction of any new milk source. Make sure to give baby lots of fluids, which will increase fluid in the colon and stool.
Signs of Newborn Constipation
- Straining to pass firm stool less than once a day
- Painful, dry, hard stool
- Hard, pebble-sized stool
- Abdominal discomfort
Botox during Pregnancy
“It’s a no-brainer,” plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says. “I wouldn’t do Botox, fillers, laser treatments or any unnecessary local anesthetics while you’re pregnant.”
Because there is no information as to whether prior Botox injections affect pregnancy, OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson adds that it’s important for women to tell their doctor if they’ve had the procedure done. “We’ll survey the pregnancy really carefully, just to make sure there’s nothing going on. I.e. early ultrasounds and things like that,” she notes.
Guess My Height
Nine-year-old Blake’s mother is 5-foot-1 and his father is 6-foot-4, and Blake wonders on which end of the spectrum he’ll fall. Dr. Jim says that boys and girls have growth spurts at different times in life, and boys tend to have a growth spurt between the ages of 11 and 14. He shows Blake a formula that endocrinologists commonly use to predict height.
Factors that Determine Growth
- Overall health
- Adequate nutrition
- Adequate sleep
Sustain Your Brain!
Neurosurgeon Dr. Adam Mamelak from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says that brains age. “From a brain point of view, 25 [years of age] is about as good as it gets, and then it all starts to go downhill from there,” he says.
Steps to Keep Your Brain Sharp:
- Exercise your body
- Exercise your mind
- Learn, read, take classes -- challenge yourself!
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Watch less TV
Improve Your Posture, Improve Your Health?
Sitting and balancing on bouncing balls force you to engage and strengthen abdominal and lower back muscles, which are vital for good posture. Good posture not only looks regal, it allows a person to take deeper breaths and minimize chronic back pain.