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Acetaminophen for Osteoarthritis: Is There Any Benefit?

Some guidelines recommend acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) as one of many options for osteoarthritis (OA) pain relief. However, findings from a recent study demonstrate that it provides only minimal benefit for hip or knee pain caused by OA. More...
Posted in Arthritis on January 8, 2016

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What Triggers Back Pain?

A recent study indicates that several factors conspire to increase the risk of acute back pain, like being tired or distracted during an activity. More...
Posted in Back Pain on January 19, 2016

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Study: Colon Cancer Screening Often Overused in Older Patients

A recent study finds that older adults with limited life expectancy frequently receive colon cancer screening, while many ages 65 to 75 with a 10-year or greater life expectancy are not screened. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on January 20, 2016

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Depression: Does It Increase the Risk of Stroke?

A recent study suggests that people who are depressed have a higher risk of having a stroke than those who aren’t depressed. And this increased risk may last even after the symptoms of depression go away. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on January 11, 2016

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Diabetes Medication Linked to Joint Pain

The drugs include sitagliptin (Januvia), saxagliptin (Onglyza), linagliptin (Tradjenta) and alogliptin (Nesina) taken as either a single-ingredient drug or a multi-ingredient drug combined with other diabetes medicines such as metformin. More...
Posted in Diabetes on January 28, 2016

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A Lesser-Known Gluten Sensitivity

Over the past decade, a new classification has emerged—non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS)—an intolerance to gluten. A growing body of research suggests that this problem is real and that people with NCGS might benefit from reducing their gluten consumption. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on January 22, 2016

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Fast Facts: BPE Relief and Dietary Supplements

Saw palmetto is the most well-known remedy, but African plum, Trinovin, South African star grass, flower pollen extract, soy, stinging nettle, rye pollen, purple coneflower and pumpkin seeds also are used to manage BPE symptoms, as are supplements of the minerals zinc and selenium. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on January 28, 2016

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Trying to Successfully Lose Weight? Enlist Your Partner!

When both partners needed to lose weight and one partner did so, 26 to 36 percent (depending on gender) of the other partners lost weight as well. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on January 1, 2016

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A Goodbye to Trans Fats

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered food manufacturers to phase out their use of artificial trans fats in an array of processed foods over the next two years. More...
Posted in Heart Health on February 5, 2016

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Stroke's Effect on Blood Pressure

For someone who’s had a stroke, the risk of treatment-resistant hypertension is greater than for those who have not had either a transient ischemic attack or a stroke. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on February 2, 2016

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6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of COPD Flares

Recently, clinicians and researchers from the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) and the Canadian Thoracic Society?(CTS) with expertise in COPD were brought together to review the most up-to-date, evidence-based research on promising nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic strategies to prevent COPD flares. Last year, the panel issued new recommendations that provide important guidance. Here’s a look at some of the highlights—with a spotlight on steps you can take to reduce the frequency and severity. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on January 21, 2016

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Should You Get an Annual Cognition Checkup?

If you’re covered under Medicare, you are entitled to receive a routine cognitive screening evaluation at no cost as part of your yearly wellness visit. More...
Posted in Memory on February 1, 2016

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Can Barbecued Meat Cause Cancer?

Although researchers have stopped short of declaring a cause-and-effect relationship between barbecued meat and cancer in humans, they note that such a relationship has been established in animal studies and is likely to apply to humans. Here's what you can do to reduce your risk. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on February 3, 2016

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Do You Need a PSA 'Do-Over?'

A recent study found that of men who underwent a second PSA test within three months of their first test showing elevated PSA levels, almost one-quarter had normal results the second time around. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on February 4, 2016

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Can You Prevent Cataracts?

Being physically active, especially over the long term, can lower your risk of developing cataracts, and being inactive can increase it, studies are showing. More...
Posted in Vision on January 29, 2016

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