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Gene editing has captivated scientists and medical providers with tantalizing visions of wiping out debilitating inherited diseases. But would it tempt some to engineer designer babies with genes encoded for superior intelligence, beauty or athletic abilities?
You need a hysterectomy ... what approach is best for you? One of the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the U.S. is the hysterectomy. There are many different approaches to completion of this surgery, including vaginal, laparoscopic, robotic and abdominal. Each method has differences that can make it either the right or wrong choice for you.
Corns and calluses are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. They most often develop on the feet and toes or hands and fingers. Corns and calluses can be unsightly. If you’re healthy, you need treatment for corns and calluses only if they cause discomfort. For most people, simply eliminating the source of friction or pressure makes corns and calluses disappear.
Q: What’s the best way to treat a minor burn? At what point does a burn require medical care?
When it comes to your pooch and your bed, the verdict is in. For a good night's sleep, there's no need to let the dog out of the bedroom when you're ready to go to sleep. A recent Mayo Clinic study found sleeping with your dog in the bedroom, but not in your bed, may not disrupt sleep as previously thought.
Q: Every few months, I develop hemorrhoids that are quite painful, but, after a few days, they seem to go away on their own. Is there a way to avoid getting them altogether? Do I need to see my doctor the next time the hemorrhoids return?
Q: Is it best to have bunions surgically treated before they begin hurting, or do some never cause pain? In the past few months, I've noticed throbbing from the bunion on my left foot, and I’m considering surgery. I have one on my right foot, too, but it doesn’t hurt. Will I eventually need the procedure done to both sides? A: Not all bunions require surgery, and more conservative means of treatment typically are recommended first, before any surgical intervention is used.
Q: My sister, who is 56, recently was diagnosed with early-stage endometrial cancer. I’m wondering if this kind of cancer runs in families. Could I be at risk for it, too? Are there other things that can raise a woman’s risk for endometrial cancer? Are there any screening tests available for it?
For many people, autumn colors and cool mornings in September signal the beginning of the long-awaited hunting season. Gun safety is important to most hunters, but some other lesser-known precautions are overlooked.
Having children can sometimes be a crapshoot. Some couples achieve pregnancy on the first try, while other can try for years with no success. Mayo Clinic urologist and fertility specialist Dr. Landon Trost says there are things men can do to improve their odds. “In general, the lower the sperm count, typically, the harder time you’ll have to achieve a pregnancy,” Trost says. He says you can now get over-the-counter sperm count tests. Ideally, you want more than 55 million sperm.