Got Foot Problems? The President Feels Your Pain

President Obama’s latest physical examination found him in excellent health, except for one nagging little pain: no, not his political critics. He has “recurrent plantar fasciitis” of the right foot, says his physician. The condition (pronounced PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain, typically occurring in adults ages 40 to 60 (the president is 52). It happens when the thick, protective ligament that runs from the heel bone to the base of the toes, called …

Age 60 or Older? You Need Yearly Kidney Disease Test

Six out of 10 Americans will develop kidney disease in their lifetime, according to a new study, and the National Kidney Foundation says there’s an easy way to catch problems early: A simple pee-in-the-cup test once a year if you’re age 60 or older. Data analyzed by researchers with Johns Hopkins University and published this week in the American Journal of Kidney Disease, estimates that 59.1 percent of Americans – about 135.8 million people – will develop moderate kidney disease …