Category Archives: Men’s Health

Skin Cancer: The 3 Main Types (Cleveland Clinic)

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. The good news is, this disease is extremely treatable if caught early. Cleveland Clinic experts break down the 3 main types of skin cancer and how you can spot the signs of each.

Chapters: 0:00 Intro 0:24 What does skin cancer look like? 0:49 What are the signs of skin cancer? 0:59 What are the types of skin cancer? 1:06 What is basal cell carcinoma? 1:35 What is squamous cell carcinoma? 1:52 What is melanoma? 2:26 When should you talk to your doctor about skin cancer?

Knee Osteoarthritis: New Study Shows Telehealth Visit Benefits (Harvard)

Physical Exams: Hip And Lumbar Spine (Mayo Clinic)

Dr. Karen Newcomer – Hip and Lumbar Exam Guide

This video demonstration contains the components necessary to perform a physical examination on a patient with a complaint related to their lumbar spine and hip region. At the beginning of the video, I will demonstrate the basic examination components of inspection, palpation and range of motion I will then show you special tests including Trendelenburg test (compensaved and uncompensated), Stork test (provocation of posterior elements of spine and lumbar nerve roots), straight leg raise (lumbar radiculopathy), Faber test (intraarticular hip and sacroiliac joint provocation) and Fadir test (femoroacetabular impingement).

Nervous System: Multiple Sclerosis Explained (Mayo)

Learning about multiple sclerosis can be intimidating. Let our experts walk you through the facts, the questions, and the answers to help you better understand this condition.  

 Video timeline: 0:24 What is multiple sclerosis?   1:15 Types of multiple sclerosis 1:29 Who gets multiple sclerosis/risk factors?    3:11 Multiple sclerosis symptoms 3:40 How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed? 4:39 Treatment options    5:29 Coping methods/ What now?   6:23 Ending     

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Back Pain: The Symptoms And Causes Of Sciatica

Most sciatica is caused by problems that affect the L4L5, or S1 nerve roots. The nerve may be compressed or irritated, usually because it’s being rubbed by a disc, bone, joint, or ligament. The resulting inflammation makes the tis­sues and the nerves more sensitive and the pain feel worse.

Damage to or pinching of the sciatic nerve, or the nerves that feed into it, can have several causes.

Herniated disc

One of the most common causes of sciatica is a herniated disc in the lower part of the spine. It’s also called a slipped disc, though there’s no slipping going on.

Spinal discs are tucked between the vertebrae, where they act as cushions to keep the bones from touching one another. The discs absorb all the forces placed on the spine from walking, running, sitting, twisting, lifting, and every other activ­ity we do. They also absorb forces from falls, collisions, and other accidents.

Spinal stenosis

The spinal canal protects the spinal cord and the nerves that run up and down the spine. Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal canal. When this occurs, nerves can be compressed, causing pain. Because the lumbar verte­brae undergo the most consistent stress and support the most weight, lumbar stenosis is the most common type of spinal stenosis.


The bones of the spine are stacked on top of one another, separated by discs. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one spinal bone slips forward in relation to the bone below it. When the L4 vertebra moves over the L5 vertebra, it can cause a kink in the spinal canal leading to pressure on a nerve root and sciatica.

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Oral Health: Brushing, Flossing & Mouthwash

#1. If your gums are bleeding, you’re brushing too hard.

True, sometimes. Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gum disease, but over-vigorous brushing can cause gums to bleed as well. Pregnancy, poorly fitting dentures, and some medications, such as anti-clotting drugs, also can contribute to bleeding gums. However, if you’re brushing correctly (see the next question for tips!), healthy gums generally will not bleed.

#2. It doesn’t matter how I brush, as long as I brush for two minutes.

False. One of the better ways is to move your toothbrush in a circle. This is called the Modified Bass Technique. This circular motion picks up the plaque on your teeth and sweeps it out. The other ways of brushing only move the plaque and push it against other surfaces. To use the Modified Bass Technique, hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Let the bristles reach just beneath the gum line.

Regardless of the technique you use, it’s also possible to brush too hard. This can damage your gums and wear away tooth enamel. Gentle pressure is all that’s needed to remove debris and plaque.

Two minutes of brushing is ideal, though. If it helps, set a timer. Use a fluoride toothpaste, and floss at least once a day. Brushing and flossing before bed is especially important in order to remove food particles from your mouth before you sleep.

#3. There’s no single “right way” to floss.

False. For effective flossing, wrap the floss around the middle finger of each hand, leaving a section in the middle that’s several inches long. Use your thumbs and index fingers to hold that section. Gently work the floss into the space between two teeth and press it against one of the teeth cre­ating a C-shape, sliding it up and down a few times. Then press against the other tooth, repeat, and move to the next space. These motions scrub away the plaque. Make sure to move gently around the gums to avoid placing damaging pressure on them.

Floss holders, floss tape, and different types of floss offer something for every mouth.

#4. Electric toothbrushes are often more effective than manual ones.

True. Research has found that electric toothbrushes are better at removing plaque and reducing the risk of gingivitis. Proper use of a manual toothbrush should be as effective as an electric toothbrush, but most people don’t remove enough plaque with a manual toothbrush; they don’t brush long enough or use correct brushing techniques.

A research review by Cochrane, an independent review organization, found a “moderate benefit” for using an electric toothbrush over a manual one. And an 11-year study published in 2019 found that people who used electric toothbrushes had lower rates of tooth loss, as well as healthier gums and less plaque, compared with people using manual toothbrushes.

#5.  Mouthwash can be used instead of brushing and flossing.

False. The American Dental Association (ADA) says: “Using a mouthwash does not take the place of optimal brushing and flossing.” This doesn’t mean that mouthwash is useless, however. It can fight bad breath, and the ADA notes that some mouthwashes help reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, but only if used as part of a daily oral hygiene routine.

Over-the-counter mouthwashes may be targeted toward prevent­ing decay (fluoride rinses), bad breath, mouth sores, or gum disease. Prescription mouthwashes can help treat gum disease, dry mouth, mouth sores, or dry socket. Most mouthwashes prescribed for gum disease con­tain chlorhexidine, which is also in some over-the-counter mouthwashes in lower concentrations. Talk with your dentist to decide which mouthwash is best for you.