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Methotrexate: Is There a Better First Drug for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Methotrexate is the first drug most doctors prescribe for patients newly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but findings from a recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine suggest another drug may be more effective. More...
Posted in Arthritis on September 28, 2015

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Herniated Disk: Know the Symptoms

Pain due to a herniated disk usually strikes suddenly. The person may “feel something snap” before the pain begins. The pain may start as a mild tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation before increasing in severity. More...
Posted in Back Pain on October 2, 2015

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Fiber and Colorectal Cancer Prevention: What the Research Says

The role of dietary fiber in helping to prevent the development of colorectal adenomas, which are the precursor to colorectal cancer, has always been a bit vague. A recent review of medical literature, however, suggests that fiber does indeed have a protective effect. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on August 17, 2015

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Learning to Overcome Persistent Anxiety

We all experience anxiety from time to time. Some people, though, are in a constant state of excessive and persistent anxiety. Their worrying is often out of proportion to the actual likelihood or impact of the feared event. If this sounds like you, you may have what’s called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), the most common anxiety disorder among older adults. People with GAD typically agonize over everyday concerns, such as job responsibilities and finances or even… More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on September 22, 2015

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From Research: Managing Prediabetes Cuts Heart Risks, Too

People who make lifestyle changes to prevent prediabetes from progressing may also lower their risk of dying of heart disease years down the road. More...
Posted in Diabetes on September 24, 2015

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Is Drinking Water Key to Preventing Kidney Stones?

There’s good evidence to suggest that staying well hydrated does indeed help prevent kidney stones. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on September 3, 2015

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Fast Facts: How BPH Develops

BPE occurs to some degree in 80 percent of men, but only about one-third develop lower urinary tract problems significant enough to require treatment. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on September 29, 2015

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Trouble Swallowing Pills? Try These 7 Tips

One tip: Don’t throw your head back when swallowing. This action stretches the esophagus and makes it harder to swallow. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on September 28, 2015

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Drug Interaction Can Trigger Dangerous Heart Arrhythmia

Mixing certain hepatitis C drugs and the arrhythmia drug amiodarone can lead to a life-threatening heart rate. More...
Posted in Heart Health on September 18, 2015

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Transient Ischemic Attack: a Warning You Need to Heed

The symptoms of a TIA should be taken seriously: Approximately 15 percent of all ischemic strokes are preceded by a TIA, and up to 17 percent of TIAs are followed by a full-blown ischemic stroke in the next three months. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on September 17, 2015

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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea at Home

Among the benefits of at-home testing for sleep apnea: You can undergo testing in the comfort and privacy of your own bedroom. And, if you live in an area where there are few, if any, sleep labs or where there are waiting lists to have the test performed, home monitoring may decrease the waiting time for diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, if needed. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on September 21, 2015

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Fast Facts: How Sleeping Aids Can Negatively Affect Cognition

Benzodiazepine-type sedatives, whether short-, intermediate- or long-acting, have been shown to increase the risk of cognitive impairment and delirium in older adults. More...
Posted in Memory on October 1, 2015

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Is the Food Network Making You Fat?

Both cooking from scratch and following recipes from cooking shows were associated with an increased body mass index (BMI). More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on September 9, 2015

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Vegetarian? Make Sure You're Getting These Bone-Building Nutrients

A vegetarian diet can be an excellent choice for overall health, and eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables supplies many of the nutrients your bones need, including magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K. Still, a plant-based diet may be deficient in bone-essential nutrients. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on September 14, 2015

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What Happens During a Prostate Biopsy

A prostate biopsy typically takes about 15 to 20 minutes and is performed on an outpatient basis. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on September 23, 2015

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Can You Prevent Cataracts?

Because smoking contributes to the risk of cataracts, stopping the habit is a vital step in cataract prevention. Other measures, such as taking certain medications or vitamins, are less certain. More...
Posted in Vision on September 30, 2015

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