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A sleep lab may be your answer for insomnia, obstructive apnea

Sleep clinics, like those run by Baptist Health, Cleveland Clinic and UHealth-University of Miami Health System, are treating many common sleep disorders like insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep-depriving issues that can lead to heart attack, high blood pressure drowsy driving accidents and poor work performance. Sometimes help is as easy as breathing through a CPAP machine or new medications for insomnia.

Health & Fitness

Is there hope in the war on Alzheimer’s? Maybe

There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which affects more than five million Americans and their families — but maybe there’s hope. Mount Sinai Medical Center, UHealth, Miami Jewish Health Systems and Cleveland Clinic Florida are all working with memory disorder patients, and a new five-year study is investigating normal aging vs. early signs of memory loss.

Jock Doc

Snapping hip when you run may mean tight muscles

Q. I am a 42-year-old runner who has snapping on the side of my right hip. When I run and flex my knee, I feel a snap. Sometimes it hurts when it snaps. I did not injure it and it has gradually come on two months ago. I can still run but have had to cut down my mileage. It is getting annoying and I am also concerned if it is safe to run. What is my next step?

Health & Fitness

A safe haven for sex-trafficked women

A Miami home will help adult women who’ve been sexually exploited, including trafficking, prostitution, stripping and pornography, develop new skills to transform their lives. It will be the fourth home — and the first in Florida — for Refuge for Women, a nonprofit. Florida is the third-highest sex trafficking destination in the United States behind California and Texas.

Health & Fitness

What can happen if your child isn’t vaccinated

Each year, measles outbreaks continue to occur around the country, including the largest number of cases in 2014 (383 cases) and last year with 189 cases from 24 states. This past June, an unvaccinated child who attended a Miami-Dade public school was confirmed to have contracted measles. An estimated 100 people were suspected to have been exposed by this one case.

Skin Deep

Your anti-aging arsenal: Retinol and retinoid skincare products

Dermatologists often say that sunscreen is the number-one anti-aging product because it prevents the damage that eventually appears as visible signs of aging. But when it comes to anti-aging products that improve existing signs of aging, my product pick is retinol (and retinoids). Best, you can find effective products at all different price points at the drugstore, department store and your dermatologist’s office.

Health & Fitness

Cupping: Do those purple blotches really work?

Cupping — the treatment behind the purple blotches covering Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps’ skin — is a 2,000-year-old Chinese medical tradition. It’s designed to bring blood to an area of the body very quickly, replenishing muscle tissue and reducing inflammation. But does it work?

Jock Doc

Wrist injury from fall may not show up on X-rays; MRI may be needed

Q. Three weeks ago I fell on my right wrist. I felt a pop and it swelled and hurt. I went to the emergency room where they took X-rays and I was told nothing was broken. I wore a splint for a couple days. My wrist felt better and I was entered in a slot tournament. Just pushing the buttons was so painful I had to drop out. My wrist still hurts when I bend or rotate it. What should I do?

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Zapping Zika fears during pregnancy

Tracy Towle Humphrey's concern about an outbreak of Zika near her Upper Eastside Miami neighborhood, especially while being six-months pregnant, inspired her and her husband to outfit their home and yard with a multitude of zappers, sprays and a 24/7 propane fueled mosquito magnet machine.
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