An estimated five million Americans suffer from heart failure. Now, a new combination device is aimed at improving the lives of those patients. The recently FDA approved, Contak CD system is designed to provide two cardiac treatments at once. Three wires lead from the implanted device to the heart, improving the timing of beats between chambers. The device can also detect any dangerous disturbances in the heart's rhythm and delivers a life-saving shock to restore normal beating.
As women age, they experience changes in their bodies that are often blamed on menopause. But some of those changes may actually signal an autoimmune disease called Sjogren's syndrome. It causes the body's immune system to attack its own moisture-producing glands, and that can lead to pain, inflammation and fatigue. The so-called seven signals of Sjogren's syndrome are a dry mouth, difficulty chewing or swallowing tender gums, tooth decay, a burning mouth or tongue, dry eyes, and vaginal dryness, so talk to your doctor if you think you're showing symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome.
People who suffer from migraines may be making things worse by immediately reaching for the over the counter medications. That's according to experts at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They claim that long-term use of such pain relievers may set the stage for more frequent, and more intense, migraines. Instead, they suggest reducing the stress and anxiety in your life and eliminating caffeine.