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Can You Shrug Off Shoulder Pain with Shock Therapy?

A report from Tufts Medical Center suggests that if conservative treatments fail, noninvasive high-energy extracorporeal shock-wave therapy (ESWT) could be an effective alternative to surgery—without the risks. More...
Posted in Arthritis on June 29, 2015

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Got polyps? Here's What Your Colonoscopy Screening Schedule May Look Like

For most people colonoscopy does not need to be performed very often.But you’ll be advised to come back sooner if you’ve had precancerous polyps removed (polypectomy) during your colonoscopy. The timing for your subsequent screenings will depend on the number, size and types of polyps found; their location in your colon; and other risk factors for developing colorectal cancer. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on June 15, 2015

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9 Key Symptoms of Depression

In any given year, 15 million American adults suffer at least one episode of major depression, and only 60 percent of these individuals reportedly receive treatment. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on June 30, 2015

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Hypoglycemia: Know the Symptoms

Tight glucose control can increase your risk of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia. This risk may outweigh the benefits of tight control in elderly people. More...
Posted in Diabetes on June 11, 2015

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Uncovering a Pancreatic Cyst: Cause for Concern?

It happens more often than you might think: In the course of diagnostic testing for one problem, another unrelated condition is uncovered. Although alarming, such conditions often don't require immediate treatment. Such is the case for symptomless pancreatic cysts found incidentally during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan that's performed for another reason. … More...
Posted in Digestive Health on June 12, 2015

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Tips to Help Manage BPH Symptoms During Watchful Waiting

Because the course of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is unpredictable, watchful waiting is often best for men with minimal symptoms that are not especially bothersome—for the time being. Men should also adopt certain lifestyle measures to help relieve symptoms or prevent them from worsening. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on June 16, 2015

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Fact or Fiction: Garlic Supplements Can Lower Cholesterol

Studies have yielded inconsistent results on the matter of garlic supplements and cholesterol. More...
Posted in Heart Health on June 19, 2015

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8 Tips for Preventing Bed Sores

If you’re facing a long period confined to a bed or a wheelchair, you run the risk of developing a pressure sore (or bed sore), and the consequences can be quite serious. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on June 23, 2015

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A Little-Known Lung Disease on the Rise

Doctors say the incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung disease is rising in North America, particularly among white females ages 55 and older. NTM lung disease is a rare infection caused by inhaling environmental bacteria commonly found in tap water, water surfaces and soil. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on June 18, 2015

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Do Diabetes Medications Cause Dementia?

A reader asks, "I'm 72 and was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Can some diabetes medications increase the risk of dementia?" Here's what the research suggests. More...
Posted in Memory on July 2, 2015

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The Paleo diet: Is it right for you?

The Paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, has been the rage in recent years. The idea is to mimic the way our forefathers ate back in the Paleolithic age for optimum health today. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on June 24, 2015

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Fighting Frailty

Experts on aging say that it is possible to forestall and, in many cases, prevent frailty from ever developing. It can even be reversed if caught in its earliest stages. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on June 12, 2015

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Radiation-Induced ED: Can It Be Prevented?

Erectile dysfunction (ED), a common side effect of radiation therapy for prostate cancer, is typically treated after impotence develops. In a recent study, investigators examined whether treating men with daily tadalafil (Cialis) in conjunction with radiation therapy -- before the onset of ED -- could prevent its development. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on July 1, 2015

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The Truth About Nutritional Supplements for AMD

There's no sufficient evidence that supplements can prevent age-related macular degeneration or slow progression of milder forms of the eye disease. But that hasn't stopped some drug manufacturers from marketing their over-the-counter eye supplements as essential for vision health and maintenance as well as short-changing some of the ingredients in their formulas. More...
Posted in Vision on June 26, 2015

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