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A Look at Cognitive Therapy for Chronic Pain

If you have chronic pain, you may not be finding adequate relief with medications or surgery. This can affect your mood, your health and your overall quality of life. But pain is not simply a physical sensation; it also has psychological and emotional components, which are not always addressed in a treatment plan. More...
Posted in Arthritis on August 19, 2015

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Treating Spinal Stenosis: Physical Therapy Versus Surgery

Lumbar spinal stenosis is the most common diagnosis leading to back surgery in the United States. While physical therapy is typically the first line of treatment for spinal stenosis—the narrowing of the spinal canal that puts pressure on nerves running through the spine—many patients eventually opt for surgery. But few studies have compared the long-term effects of a standard regimen of physical therapy with surgery. More...
Posted in Back Pain on August 14, 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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Depressed About Macular Degeneration? Here's a Therapy That Could Help

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and depression are frequent companions. AMD—a disorder that can lead to progressive central vision loss (central vision is used to read, drive and recognize faces, among other daily tasks)—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 Depression and Anxiety on August 11, 2015

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Should You Be Screened for Diabetes?

Don't be surprised if, at your next office visit, your doctor draws blood to test for diabetes even if you don't have risk factors such as excess weight, high blood pressure or a close relative with the condition. More...
Posted in Diabetes on August 13, 2015

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Alpha-Blockers for BPH Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Daily use of an alpha-adrenergic blocker drug may increase urinary flow and relieve symptoms of urinary frequency and nocturia. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on August 18, 2015

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Hold the Salt, Hold the Headache?

Can cutting back on salt curb headaches? Perhaps, says a recent study published online in BMJ Open. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on August 14, 2015

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When Should You Worry About Heart Palpitations?

Although the sensation that your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering or racing can be quite disconcerting, most of the time palpitations are nothing to worry about. Still, palpitations can be a sign of underlying heart disease. More...
Posted in Heart Health on August 21, 2015

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Study Links Stroke Risk to Shingles

A new study suggests that the painful skin rash is linked to an increased risk of stroke—by 63 percent—in the first month of diagnosis. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on August 25, 2015

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Are Stogies Safer Than Cigarettes?

A recent study showed that cigar smokers don’t necessarily have an upper hand over cigarette smokers when it comes to health risks. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on August 20, 2015

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Dangerous Drugs for Patients with Dementia

A new study says that the death risk from antipsychotics may be higher than originally thought. More...
Posted in Memory on September 3, 2015

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Looking at High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets

Are high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets like the Atkins diet safe? Yes, in the short term. Here’s our advice. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on August 26, 2015

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Obesity and Cancer: Are You at Risk?

Obesity is quickly overtaking tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer, and although data are still emerging, research suggests that the risk of developing and dying from many common cancers is increased in obese individuals. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on August 27, 2015

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Eight Steps to Avoid Microbial Keratitis

Did you know that almost a million patients end up in doctors' offices and emergency departments each year because of microbial keratitis, a bacterial inflammation of the eye's cornea, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? Left untreated, microbial keratitis can lead to corneal scarring and vision loss. But the good news is that microbial keratitis is preventable More...
Posted in Vision on August 7, 2015

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