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Glucosamine Supplements for Osteoarthritis: Buyer Beware

A reader asks, "I have osteoarthritis and have been drinking a glucosamine supplement for my chronic knee pain, but my wife thinks it's a waste of money. Who's right?" Here's what the research suggests. More...
Posted in Arthritis on February 23, 2015

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From Research: Pain Location Matters

Leg pain often accompanies low back pain. In a recent British study reported online in the European Spine Journal, at least one of every three people treated for low back pain also had sciatica. And people with sciatica fare significantly worse in terms of health and quality of life than those without it. More...
Posted in Back Pain on February 27, 2015

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Colonoscopy: Quality Matters

The effectiveness of colonoscopy in preventing colon cancer depends on the detection and removal of abnormal growths -- adenomas and polyps. Adenoma detection rates (ADR) and polyp detection rates (PDR) vary substantially among endoscopists, so researchers have been trying to identify quality measures that ensure consistent, high-quality exams. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on March 2, 2015

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Mindfulness: Effective Treatment for Depression

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs), in which people are taught to focus their attention on the present moment without judgment, can reduce symptoms in people who are in the middle of a depressive episode. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on February 24, 2015

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FDA Approves Inhaled Insulin

Afrezza, a rapid-acting inhaled insulin, was recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people with diabetes who require mealtime insulin. More...
Posted in Diabetes on February 26, 2015

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New Guidelines on Curbing GERD

Last year, the American College of Gastroenterology released updated clinical guidelines for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) based on an extensive analysis of medical research conducted between 1960 and 2011. The new guidelines highlight three key lifestyle modifications as a first step. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on February 9, 2015

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Focus on the Development of BPE

When a man reaches his mid-40s, the area of the prostate that encircles the urethra begins to grow. This overgrowth of prostate tissue is called benign prostatic enlargement (BPE), also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on February 10, 2015

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Testing for Radon: A Silent Killer

Radon is an odorless radioactive gas released from the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water, which can build up in homes. Regularly breathing in radon can cause lung cancer -- radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on February 11, 2015

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Should You Be Screened for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?

If you're an older (aged 65 to 75) smoker or ex-smoker -- and especially if you're male -- you're at an increased risk for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a ballooning or bulging of the aorta wall that can rupture and be fatal 75 to 90 percent of the time. More...
Posted in Heart Health on February 13, 2015

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Do You Know These Signs of Stroke?

Like a heart attack, a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. Getting to the hospital as soon as symptoms start is essential; prompt diagnosis and treatment are key to improving the outcome. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on February 17, 2015

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Fighting COPD: The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Payoff

If you're like many people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you may not realize that a routine exercise program is an excellent way to get your COPD under control. A medically supervised pulmonary rehabilitation program, typically offered in outpatient hospital settings combines exercise and education to help you control or reduce shortness of breath (dyspnea), increase your tolerance for daily activities and improve your quality of life. Regular activity can also reduce your risk of being hospitalized for COPD exacerbations. Everyone with COPD -- whether it's mild, moderate or severe -- is a good candidate for pulmonary rehabilitation. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on February 12, 2015

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To Keep Your Mind Sharp: Don’t Skimp on Sleep

The health benefits of a proper night's rest have been shown to help numerous conditions, from hypertension to diabetes and depression. Now, increasing evidence points to the importance of good-quality sleep in keeping your memory and cognitive abilities sharp, too. More...
Posted in Memory on March 2, 2015

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Resveratrol Reversal

Researchers have put the kibosh on the popular notion that the compound resveratrol, found in red wine, dark chocolate, grapes and berries, will add years to your life. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on February 18, 2015

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Focus on Vertebral Compression Fractures

Bone loss in the spine takes place rapidly around the time of menopause; an estimated 25 percent of American women over age 50 experience one or more compression fractures of their vertebrae in their lifetime. Men account for approximately one-seventh of the vertebral compression fractures associated with osteoporosis. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on February 6, 2015

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Does Vasectomy Put Men at Risk for Prostate Cancer?

A reader asks, "I've heard that men who have had a vasectomy are at increased risk for prostate cancer. Is that true?" Here's what the research suggests. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on February 25, 2015

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What Is Blepharitis and How Do You Treat It?

A reader asks: "How can I get rid of persistent eyelid inflammation?" Here's our advice. More...
Posted in Vision on February 20, 2015

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