Health in Johnston, RI

Every year, more than three million people seek treatment for symptoms related to kidney stones. Many are familiar with the pain associated with kidney stones, but there are some surprising facts you might not know.

Clinicians use many tools to measure your overall health. One is called the body mass index, or BMI. Essentially, it is an easy method for individuals and health care professionals to determine if one is at a healthy weight for their height. BMI is calculated by dividing weight in pounds by height in inches squared, then multiplying by a conversion factor of 703. The level of

Midday sleep appears to lower blood pressure levels at the same magnitude as other lifestyle changes, researches found.

The Miriam Hospital has been named among the Top 100 hospitals in the nation by IBM Watson Health.

HIV cure? A second patient is HIV-free after undergoing a bone marrow transplant intended to treat cancer.

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Think twice about using weekends to recover lost sleep. A new study finds that not only are you still sleep-deprived, you are also more likely to gain weight and harm your health.

In almost any article about healthy living, it will mention that managing your weight is critical for your overall health. That is because extra weight impacts your heart. Your heart The heart has a big job: to pump blood throughout the body. The larger the body, the harder the heart must work to pump and circulate the blood. Extra weight also gives the body volume, which

You know sleep is important for overall health. But new research is shedding light on how for women sleep issues can bear a lot on the specific issues they’ll face in life, like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause.

Exercise can shift the human body clock, with the direction and amount of this effect depending on the time of day or night in which people exercise. That's according to new research in published in The Journal of Physiology. These findings suggest exercise could counter the effects of jet lag, shift work, and other disruptions to the body's internal clock (e.g. military deployments) helping individuals adjust to shifted schedules.

Our feet help us stand, get from place to place, run, jump, dance and more. That activity relies on a network of bones, muscles, tissues, and nerves that all must work together. When something isn’t quite right, you will typically feel pain. The heel of the foot is often the site of some pain in many individuals, and often that pain is caused by what is known as plantar

Just 30 minutes of exercise every morning may be as effective as drugs at lowering blood pressure for the rest of the day, research suggests.

Getting older? Your training might change, but it doesn't have to suffer.

If you follow health news, you know there are plenty of articles and tips about how to be heart-healthy. That’s especially true during February, traditionally known as “Heart Month.” But maybe it should be heart and brain month! You might not realize it, but those tips to improve the health of your heart are also good for your brain. Tina Burton, MD, a vascular neurologist

A study in humans and mice reveals that exercise prompts fat to release helpful compounds, including a signaling protein that improves glucose tolerance.

A new educational video game system is now in place at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, in the name of infection prevention. It's called, "Sure Wash," which is an interactive simulator that walks you through each step of proper hand-washing. It's eye opening to the nurses at Miriam Hospital. "I never would have washed my thumbs the way that the Sure Wash is instructing us to do,” said Sarah Shirshac, a registered nurse at the hospital. "I had never ever thought of scrubbing…

Heart disease rates have been declining over the last few decades in the United States, but there remain some concerning trends. For one, the rate of dying from heart disease for women has not declined as rapidly as it has for men. The result is that for the past 20 years or so, more American women die of heart disease than men every year. In fact, approximately one in three

If you suffer from nail bed irregularities, you may have a simple vitamin deficiency or something worse. If you have fingernail disorders, your health may be in jeopardy.

As people age, their sleep patterns shift, which is normal but can lead to negative health consequences in cases of too little quality sleep.

A mammogram is imaging of the breasts using low-dose x-rays. It is the only form of diagnostic imaging proven to save lives by finding cancers early and thereby reducing deaths from breast cancer. Technology is always advancing, and that’s also true in health care. In mammography, it has led to a whole new dimension to improve our ability to detect breast cancer.

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The United States health care system is generally centered around hospitals and specialty care. The value of primary care, however, has remained unclear and debated, in part due to limited research.

Use of Emergency Departments Should be Limited to Emergency Situations
With Rhode Island seeing increases in cases of the flu and other seasonal viruses, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) is reminding all Rhode Islanders to seek medical care in settings where they will be most appropriately treated. People who do not need emergency care should avoid going to emergency departments
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Ditching carbs can lead to quick weight loss, but can you really stick with it? Here's the science on eating carbs smarter to keep you sated and healthy.

Butternut squash is an orange-fleshed winter squash, celebrated for its versatility and sweet, nutty flavor. This article takes a look at butternut squash, its nutrition, health benefits, and uses.

You have chronic back pain. You think medication will help, but your doctor recommends physical therapy. What is it, and can it really help you? Yes,