January 22, 2013 |
Even during the coldest time of the year, gardener Suky Sung Lee enjoys her taro, the “potato of the tropics.” She doesn't eat the tennis-ball-size tubers, but rather the strips of the fibrous stems, which she peeled and dried in the sun last summer to make torandae , dried taro strips. She also uses them for yukgaejang , a spicy beef and vegetable soup. She could harvest her taro roots as well, but those are already available in ethnic markets. Dried taro strips for soup are much harder to find.
May 24, 2012 |
Phillip Phillips won "American Idol" on Wednesday night. Jeremy Lin is the point guard for the New York Knicks. They seemingly don't have a lot in common. But do they? Lin became an Internet sensation after moving into the Knicks' starting lineup after a Carmelo Anthony injury. Phillips became an Internet sensation after channeling Dave Matthews and never finishing in the bottom three during his entire "American Idol" stay. Lin was injured late in the season, tearing a meniscus in his knee.
June 28, 2010 |
I have taken naproxen regularly for several years, having had knee replacement and shoulder surgery. When I take naproxen, my blood pressure goes up from 115/70 to about 145/94. I was told my blood pressure problem was unrelated to the drug, but when I quit taking naproxen, my blood pressure went back down to 115/70. A recent report from Denmark (Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, July 2010) involved reviewing the health records of more than 1 million people taking NSAID pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.)
March 29, 2010 |
Q: The other day, someone wrote asking about kidney stones. To cut down on kidney stones, I drink several glasses of lemonade a week. A: There is some scientific basis for your observation. Doctors often prescribe potassium citrate to disrupt kidney-stone formation. Lemonade also contains citrate, and some research shows that lemonade therapy reduces the rate of kidney-stone formation (Journal of Urology, April 2007). Three or four glasses of lemonade per week are probably not enough to do much good, however.
February 22, 2010 |
Is there a way to make passing a kidney stone less painful? I went from uncomfortable to unbearable pain within hours. The ER doctors gave me narcotic pain relievers but nothing to speed the stone out. If surgery is not needed to remove the stone, Flomax (tamsulosin), the drug used to ease symptoms of prostate enlargement, may facilitate passage of kidney stones (Current Opinion in Urology, March 2008). Shock-wave treatment (lithotripsy) is sometimes used to break kidney stones into smaller pieces.
May 25, 2009 |
When pediatric urologist Barry Duel began practicing 11 years ago, it was rare to see a healthy child with kidney stones. These days, he sees two to three new children with stones a month. Craig Langman, head of the department of kidney diseases at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, has 800 pediatric patients in his files with kidney stones. More than half of them are from the past five years.