What causes sinusitis, and what can you do about it?

What is sinusitis? Sinus pressure is caused by swelling and inflammation of the tissue lining around the openings of your sinuses in your nasal cavity. This inflammation is triggered by allergies or viral infections, and the swelling may block these sinus openings. Your face may feel sensitive over your sinuses (like the maxillary sinuses under … Continue reading What causes sinusitis, and what can you do about it?

What is the one heart condition a smartwatch can detect?

Last fall Apple introduced the Series 4 Watch with a built-in single-lead electrocardiogram (EKG). When they announced the watch, they also said they received FDA clearance for the EKG function. What does this mean? Apple was not the first company to make an over-the-counter EKG available. Alivecor received FDA clearance in 2014 with a smartphone … Continue reading What is the one heart condition a smartwatch can detect?

Can drinking too much diet soda increase your risk of stroke?

What's going on? Last week, a team involved in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study published an analysis showing an association between high consumption of artificially sweetened beverages (aka diet soda) and an increased risk for stroke What does this mean? The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) is a huge study with over 90,000 participants, so there is some strength … Continue reading Can drinking too much diet soda increase your risk of stroke?