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From Research: Platelet-Rich Plasma for Osteoarthritis

Can your blood be the source of medicine that relieves the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis? That's the theory behind an injected therapy called platelet-rich plasma. Some doctors offer platelet-rich plasma as a treatment option for patients with hard-to-treat osteoarthritis, especially for symptoms affecting the knee. However, studies are just beginning to reveal how platelet-rich plasma works and whether it's a reasonable alternative for managing osteoarthritis. More...
Posted in Arthritis on March 4, 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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Which Comes First: BPE or Sleep Problems?

Some men with benign prostate enlargement (BPE, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH) also experience lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), such as incontinence or a frequent need to urinate at night. It's certainly understandable how such problems can interfere with a good night's sleep, but a recent study examined whether the opposite might be true, too. That is, could struggling to get a good night's rest be a risk factor for urinary difficulties? More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on March 3, 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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Pneumonia Vaccinations: New CDC Recommendations

Influenza gets much attention this time of year, but pneumonia -- characterized by a fever, cough and trouble breathing -- is another serious illness that is common during winter and can sometimes emerge as a flu-related complication. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on March 5, 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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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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