American Doctors and Alternative Medicine

The American Medical Association (AMA) devoted the entire November issue of Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and portions of several sister publications, to alternative medicine. This is a big step forward for one of our foremost medical organizations, and it’s great news for the American public. Read more

When Latex Attacks. Part 5

Latex Allergy Testing
Although standardized skin tests for latex allergy are available in Canada and Europe, none of these are approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use in the United States. Read more

When Latex Attacks. Part 4

Avoidance is Critical First StepĀ 
The Latex Allergy Information Service noted that although there is presently no cure for adverse latex reactions, avoidance and symptomatic treatment can help people who are sensitive or allergic lead more normal lives. Support groups for allergic individuals can also be useful. Read more

When Latex Attacks. Part 3

Three Common Reactions
According to Debra Adkins, editor of the Latex Allergy News published by the Latex Allergy Information Service in Torrington, Conn., three reactions to latex exposure are common. Read more

When Latex Attacks. Part 2

Reactions Result From Repeated Exposure
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, latex reactions result from repeated exposure to latex allergens through skin contact or inhalation. NIOSH pointed out the exact amount of exposure needed to sensitize an individual to latex allergens is not known, but reduced exposure to latex proteins is often associated with decreased sensitization and symptom relief. Read more

When Latex Attacks. Part 1

State highway patrol officer Daniel McGurdy noticed the skin on his hands and forearms was sometimes dry and crusty. It didn’t happen often — just when he donned rubber gloves at a bloody crime or accident scene. Read more

Six Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Quit Your Job

Can you handle the change financially? Can you cut back on nonessentials to make it happen?
Can you give up the rewards satisfying work can provide? Read more

How can I Stop my Achilles from Aching?

I am a 40-year-old office worker who has developed a love for running (well, at the speed I go, jogging). I jog four kilometers five mornings per week, and once per week, jog 10-plus kilometers. Read more

Exercise Lite!: Do the numbers add up?

To the Editor:

“Exercise Lite” [April, pages 44-45] was an outstanding article that should clear the air on exercise recommendations. The whole article can be summarized by the statement: “Our objective should be to get the sedentary to become moderately active and the moderately active to become vigorously active.” Read more

Back Pain in the Adolescent Athlete

Meet Alsamdan,a fictitious 14-year-old gymnast who is very competitive at Level 8. She practices daily for many hours, working in her school work throughout the rest of the day. Read more