Do You Know the Signs of a Kidney Stone?

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A recent study published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings journal found that the prevalence of kidney stones has increased more than fourfold in women and more than twofold in men over the past 30 years.

If treated in a timely fashion, kidney stones usually don’t cause permanent damage. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain so severe that you can’t sit still or find a comfortable position
  • Pain accompanied by nausea, vomiting, fever or chills
  • Blood in your urine
  • Difficulty passing urine

Google Partners with Mayo Clinic

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If you’re like many people, the Internet is often the first resource you turn to when you’re faced with a new ailment or illness. Unfortunately, not everything you read on the Internet is reliable.

Google is trying to change that. In early 2015, Google rolled out a new search-result format for the 400 most frequently searched health topics. The new layout shows reliable, vetted medical information in an illustrated box on the right side of the search-result screen, next to the usual search-result list. The box also shows up on mobile devices.

To provide this professionally approved medical information, Google teamed up with Mayo Clinic and other doctors to vet available content and ensure that information is accurate. Remember, though, if you do have a serious or undiagnosed health problem, a Google search is not a replacement for proper medical care.

The Risks of Sitting

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Some doctors are saying that sitting is the new smoking. According to the Mayo Clinic, sitting, like smoking, is a pervasive problem that harms your health. Approximately 80 percent of Americans work a non-active job, making all-day sitting a common condition.

Businessman With Lower Back AcheLengthy, non-interrupted sitting causes poor circulation and low calorie burn and is linked to various health problems, including obesity, hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as stiffness, headaches and sluggishness.

Your job may require you to spend a considerable amount of time at a desk, or maybe you’re fond of all-day movie marathons. Try these tips to sit less, move more and improve your health:

  • Stand while talking on the phone or watching television.
  • Try a walking or standing meeting at work.
  • Stand up and stretch at least every hour.
  • Wear a pedometer and find ways to add steps into your daily routine.
  • Take the stairs when possible.
  • Consider walking or biking when commuting to work or running errands.