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Osteoporosis Common in Those with RA

Research has found that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are 1.5 times more likely to experience an osteoporosis-related fracture than those who don't have RA. More...
Posted in Arthritis on November 18, 2015

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OTC Topical Medications: Safe Treatment for Pain?

The Food and Drug Administration warns that some over-the-counter topical medicines used for joint and muscle pain can cause serious chemical burns. More...
Posted in Back Pain on November 11, 2015

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Ask the Expert: Is New At-Home Test a Replacement for Colonoscopy?

Cologuard, a stool-based test that screens for colorectal cancer, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last year. The test, which users perform at home and ship to a laboratory for results, detects microscopic amounts of blood in the stool as well as DNA that may indicate the presence of cancerous or precancerous growths. This test’s appeal is that, unlike a colonoscopy, it’s noninvasive and it doesn’t require overnight emptying of the bowels by drinking an ill-tasting solution. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on October 22, 2015

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Substance Abuse and Aging: a Growing Problem

Many older individuals may be self-medicating with alcohol and drugs as a way of managing depression or anxiety symptoms, coping with loneliness or loss, or dealing with pain. While this may temporarily ease a person's discomfort, many negative health consequences can develop from using these substances as a mental-health crutch. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on November 20, 2015

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Talking About the Glycemic Index

Because people with diabetes need to control their blood glucose, the glycemic index might seem like an important tool for helping them choose foods. But Health After 50 nutritional guidelines by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) conclude that people with diabetes don't have to restrict their food choices to those low on the glycemic index. More...
Posted in Diabetes on November 11, 2015

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The Latest Drug Therapies for Treating IBS

Longtime sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome have new options for relief. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on November 17, 2015

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What is the Impact of Lifestyle on Erectile Dysfunction?

While medication and surgery can certainly override the effects of ED, nothing makes more of an impact on a man’s sexual health than his lifestyle. To immediately implement healthy changes that can prevent or help overcome ED, here are the first steps that you can take so you can begin to take charge of your sexual health. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on November 19, 2015

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Do You Need More Aggressive Blood Pressure Goals?

Preliminary findings from a landmark NIH study show that lowering blood pressure goals could reduce the rates of major heart events, such as heart attack, and death by 25 to 30 percent as compared to current blood pressure recommendations. More...
Posted in Heart Health on November 16, 2015

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Preventing Post-Dinner Blood Pressure Drops

A condition called postprandial hypotension can make you prone to falls within two hours of eating due to dizziness or light-headedness from a sudden drop in blood pressure. The condition is most common in older people who have high blood pressure, diabetes or a central nervous system disorder, such as Parkinson’s disease. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on October 30, 2015

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Coping with Four Common Asthma Irritants

Even if your asthma is well controlled with medication, irritants -- smoke, air pollution, strong odors and cold air -- can worsen your asthma symptoms. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on November 5, 2015

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Fast Facts: Women and Dementia

Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease over the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer. More...
Posted in Memory on November 23, 2015

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Drink More Water: Here’s Why

Everyone loses about 68 ounces of water a day, mostly through perspiration and urination. Persistent, unreplaced water loss daily can cause muscle weakness, fatigue, dizziness, headaches, confusion, forgetfulness or an elevated heart rate. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on November 17, 2015

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Recognizing Major Depression After Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

In any given year, 15 million American adults—approximately 5 to 8 percent of the population—suffer at least one episode of major depression. However, the American Cancer Society estimates that as many as 25 percent of all cancer patients develop depression. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on November 27, 2015

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How Behavior Activation for AMD Works

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and depression are frequent companions. AMD -- a disorder that can lead to progressive central vision loss -- is the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. And depression is a leading cause of disability. Up to 30 percent of people with AMD in both eyes, called bilateral AMD, also become depressed as low vision interferes with activities they once found enjoyable. More...
Posted in Vision on November 3, 2015

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