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Getting to Know Your Joints

Before you can understand the causes and treatments of arthritis, you need to know about your joints. A joint is the place where two or more movable bones come together (articulate). Think of your knees, hips, and the many joints in your hands and feet. Healthy joints move smoothly, thanks to a complex system of lubrication and shock absorption. More...
Posted in Arthritis on January 21, 2015

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Managing Chronic Back Pain with the Help of Your Significant Other

Chronic back pain affects more than just the person who has it. It also affects the person's significant other. Whether you're a spouse, partner or adult child, you naturally want to help. But a small study from England suggests help may not always be beneficial. More...
Posted in Back Pain on January 16, 2015

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Are You at Risk for Interval Cancer?

Nearly 20 years ago, authors of the National Polyp Study reported that colonoscopy prevents cancer, and the most recent data to come out of that long-running trial support the hypothesis that colonoscopy saves lives. Some patients, however, develop colorectal cancers, often called interval cancers, after a negative colonoscopy. Interval cancer is defined as cancer occurring in patients who had undergone colonoscopy six to 36 months prior to diagnosis. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on January 19, 2015

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Are You Getting the Best Treatment for Your Depression?

A recent survey of 1,318 older adults receiving care for depression, anxiety or other mental disorders found that doctors frequently don't discuss key aspects of treatment with their patients. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on January 13, 2015

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Diabetes Management: Making Positive Changes Permanent

If you have prediabetes or diabetes, you probably received strict marching orders from your doctor along with the initial diagnosis: Start eating right, get regular exercise, try to lose some weight and, if you have diabetes, check your blood glucose levels regularly. More...
Posted in Diabetes on January 15, 2015

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The Diet-BPE Connection

Can changing your diet relieve symptoms of an enlarged prostate? Here's what the research suggests. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on January 20, 2015

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Statins to Treat Chronic Kidney Disease: Clinical Guidelines Recommendations

People who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) must take special precautions to avoid its complications. Complications can hasten kidney dysfunction and, if left untreated, may eventually lead to kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), when the kidneys stop working. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on January 8, 2015

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Angina Self-Management Advice

It may start as a feeling of squeezing or suffocating in the midchest, with pain that shoots to the left arm. But it's not a heart attack, it's angina -- chest pain that's a symptom of heart disease. More...
Posted in Heart Health on January 23, 2015

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Shingles May Lead to Stroke: Here’s How

Here's another reason to get your vaccination for herpes zoster, or 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.  The study was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases (Volume 58, page 1,497). … More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on January 27, 2015

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Antibiotics Do’s and Don’ts

Despite repeated warnings from experts during the past decade, too many Americans still think antibiotics will cure the common cold or the flu, according to a recent poll by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Pew Charitable Trusts. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on January 22, 2015

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The Oldest Old: What Do We Hope to Learn from The 90+ Study

Beginning at age 65, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s doubles every five years. As a result, after age 85, the risk of developing Alzheimer's in a single year reaches nearly 20 percent. More...
Posted in Memory on January 26, 2015

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One Reason Why You Should Eat Berries

According to a study published in Circulation (Volume 127, page 188), women with a high intake of a compound found in berries and certain other fruits and vegetables may have lower odds of suffering a heart attack. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on January 28, 2015

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Osteoporosis: A Common Complication of Rheumatoid Arthritis

When you think about who's at risk for osteoporosis, a stereotypical portrait probably comes to mind: a thin Caucasian or Asian woman who's over age 50. But if you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA), add yourself to that picture. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on December 25, 2014

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What’s the Prognosis? Look to the Gleason Score

The most important factor in predicting the current state of a prostate cancer and the success of any treatment is the Gleason score. The Gleason score is based on tumor grade, which is an indication of the tumor's aggressiveness. The tumor grade reflects how far the cancer cells deviate from normal, healthy cells. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on January 14, 2015

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Do You Know the Warning Signs of Retinal Detachment?

Retinal detachment occurs when the retina, a delicate, light-sensitive membrane lining the inner eyeball, separates from the back of the eye. This can't always be prevented, but you can take some steps to reduce your risk. More...
Posted in Vision on January 9, 2015

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