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Glucosamine for Joint Pain: Is There a Benefit?

Researchers have done dozens of studies on glucosamine, focusing primarily on its effect on knee pain, with conflicting results. But some recent evidence suggests that glucosamine/chondroitin may offer an alternative treatment for some patients. More...
Posted in Arthritis on August 31, 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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Major Depression: What You Need to Know

In any given year, 15 million American adults—approximately 5 to 8 percent of the population—suffer at least one episode of major depression, and only 60 percent of these individuals reportedly receive treatment. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on September 1, 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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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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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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COPD and the Sudden Death Connection

COPD patients are more likely to die suddenly—from sudden cardiac death (SCD)— than those who don’t have COPD, according to a recent study. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on September 4, 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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ADT: How Prostate Therapy Can Increase Your Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Androgen deprivation therapy may help shrink and slow the growth of prostate tumors at the expense of increasing the risk of metabolic syndrome. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on September 2, 2015

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Cataract Surgery: Do You Need Pre-op Testing?

Preoperative testing for cataract surgery may sound like a prudent idea, but besides being costly, it may lead to testing with only marginal benefits. More...
Posted in Vision on August 28, 2015

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