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Nontraditional Arthritis Treatments to Avoid

Many people with arthritis rely on complementary medicine, products and techniques in combination with conventional treatments to relieve pain and increase mobility. Some complementary or alternative treatments can be dangerous. Others won't harm you, but they are not worth spending money on. More...
Posted in Arthritis on April 15, 2015

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Back Pain Rx: Education Plus Exercise

Current approaches to treating chronic low back pain call for either exercise or educational interventions. The benefits of exercise are well known, but studies of educational approaches have been inconclusive. Now, a small Chinese study shows that combining exercise and education may be the best approach. More...
Posted in Back Pain on April 10, 2015

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Colonoscopy Prep: Getting It Right

Let's be honest: Preparing for a colonoscopy can be a challenge. But the procedure saves lives. A colonoscopy can detect polyps -- growths that are usually harmless but can develop into cancer. And the best step you can take toward a successful colonoscopy is proper preparation. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on April 13, 2015

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Linking Depression, Self-Esteem and Stress

Depression has been linked to low self-esteem, although the relationship is complex and it is not clear if one condition causes the other. New research suggests that people with depression who develop greater self-esteem as they get older may be better able to adapt to stress. The research was published in Psychoneuroendocrinology (Volume 41, page 111). More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on April 7, 2015

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What Is the A1c Test and How Can It Help You Control Your Diabetes?

The hemoglobin A1c (A1c) test is a blood test that measures the amount of glucose attached to hemoglobin -- the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cells that gives blood its color. The A1c test was originally used to monitor glucose levels in people already diagnosed with diabetes, but it is now also used to diagnose type 2 diabetes and prediabetes. More...
Posted in Diabetes on April 9, 2015

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Lifestyle Measures to Manage Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term for a group of chronic disorders that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The most common types of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, in which portions of the GI tract become inflamed and cause symptoms like diarrhea, bloody stool, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue and weight loss. Both conditions are marked by an abnormal response in the immune system, which causes it to mount an ongoing attack against the GI tract. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on March 23, 2015

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From Research: Prostatic Embolization Shows Promise for Enlarged Prostate

Results from two studies examining prostatic artery embolization demonstrate its promise for lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) associated with benign prostatic enlargement (BPE, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). In prostatic artery embolization, tiny particles are injected into the prostatic arteries starving the prostate tissue of nutrients and causing it to shrink. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on April 14, 2015

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Erasing the Effects of Aging with Cosmetic Fillers

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Americans spent more than $2.7 billion in 2013 on Botox and injectable cosmetic fillers that smooth out wrinkles like crow's feet and laugh lines, minimize facial folds, diminish scars, plump the lips and cheeks, and fill in hollow areas under the eyes. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on March 25, 2015

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Good News for Patients With Sleep Apnea

Treating sleep apnea could bring you a better night's sleep -- and possibly a healthier heart. More...
Posted in Heart Health on April 17, 2015

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A Tailored Approach to Midlife Hypertension

How your brain reacts to high blood pressure depends largely on your history -- particularly if you had high blood pressure in middle age, according to a study of more than 4,000 people without dementia that was published online in the prestigious journal Neurology. More importantly, the findings underscore the need for a tailored approach to blood pressure management, as lower numbers may not always be best in some patients. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on March 31, 2015

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How Does Yoga Affect Asthma Control?

Findings from a recent study that combined and analyzed the results from 14 randomized controlled trials suggested that yoga, particularly forms that include breathing exercises, may improve asthma control, asthma symptoms and quality of life. But the authors stressed that the evidence of such benefits was weak, at best, and that yoga should not take the place of standard asthma therapy. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on April 16, 2015

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What Are Subjective Memory Complaints?

Early memory complaints from older adults at risk for dementia may predict cognitive decline later in life, says a University of Kentucky study. In the study, adults who complained of problems with subjective memory -- such as misplacing items or increasing difficulty recalling names or recent events -- were almost three times as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment as were high-risk participants who had no complaints. More...
Posted in Memory on April 13, 2015

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Selenium Strikes Out

Selenium supplements are marketed for maintaining a healthy heart, but there is no evidence that the supplements decrease the risk of a heart attack. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on April 1, 2015

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Expanding the Definition of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is typically diagnosed when a bone mineral density (BMD) test shows a person has a T-score of -2.5 or more in the spine or hip. But many experts believe this strict definition has led to the underdiagnosis and undertreatment of osteoporosis in the United States. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on March 20, 2015

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More Data on Active Surveillance

A long-term study by Scandinavian researchers highlights the benefits of surgery for prostate cancer, but also lends support for active surveillance. The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 370, page 932). More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on April 8, 2015

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What Is TAC and How Can It Help You Prevent Cataracts?

A reader asks, "Are there any foods I can eat to lessen my risk of developing cataracts?" Here's our advice. More...
Posted in Vision on April 3, 2015

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