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Does Vitamin D Help Reduce the Pain of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue and the presence of what are called "tender points" -- 18 specific sites on the body that are exceptionally sensitive to pressure. Looking for relief from pain, a reader asks, "Is it true that vitamin D helps reduce fibromyalgia-associated pain?" Here's what the research suggests. More...
Posted in Arthritis on March 16, 2015

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Do All Antidepressants Cause Weight Gain?

A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry examined weight changes in 19,244 adults who were taking one of 11 antidepressants: the tricyclics amitriptyline (Elavil) and nortriptyline (Pamelor); the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft); the serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor); the dopamine reuptake inhibitor bupropion (Wellbutrin); and the tetracyclic mirtazapine (Remeron). More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on March 17, 2015

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Research on the "Bionic" Pancreas

People with type 1 diabetes achieved better glucose control and had fewer episodes of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose levels) when they used a "bionic" pancreas compared with an insulin pump, researchers reported in The New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 371, Page 313). More...
Posted in Diabetes on March 19, 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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Get Moving to Stop Going

Are multiple trips to the bathroom at night disturbing your sleep? A simple remedy for the need to urinate two or more times a night, known as nocturia, may be within reach. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on March 24, 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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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 Heart Health on March 27, 2015

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Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Pressure Medication

Many doctors are pressured for time these days. And if a patient doesn't ask questions, a busy doctor may simply say, "Here, just take this medication and come back next month." What follows is a list of questions that you should ask your doctor about blood pressure medication. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on March 10, 2015

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Is COPD a Risk Factor for Cognitive Impairment?

Findings from a recent study suggest that you may be at increased risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) if you have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). MCI causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities, including memory and thinking skills, and increases the risk for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on March 26, 2015

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The Cognitive Advantages of Learning a Second Language

Learning to communicate in more than one language may have a positive effect on your cognitive abilities later in life. The effect seems to occur even when the second language is acquired during adulthood, and it remains even if the additional language is infrequently used, according to a new study. More...
Posted in Memory on March 23, 2015

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A Plan of Action to Combat Excess Weight

One in three Americans is obese, and another third is overweight, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). To help combat the problem, the new AHA/American College of Cardiology Guideline for the Management of Overweight and Obesity in Adults focuses on identifying patients who face an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) because of their weight and then matching them with the appropriate treatment. The goal, according to the AHA: to aggressively treat obesity as a disease and avoid such outcomes as heart disease and stroke. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on March 11, 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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The Latest on Dietary Supplements and Prostate Cancer Risk

Two new studies underscore the risks and uncertainties of using dietary supplements for prostate cancer prevention. Both studies reexamined data from the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT). More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on March 18, 2015

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Common Diseases That Affect the Eye as We Age

Different vision disorders affect different parts of the eye. Cataracts affect the lens in the front of the eye, while age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy injure the retina in the back of the eye. Glaucoma affects the optic nerve, which also is in the back of the eye. Here's a brief description of each condition. More...
Posted in Vision on March 13, 2015

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