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The Risks of Shoulder Replacement If You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint replacement surgery to ease shoulder pain and improve limited range of motion caused by rheumatoid arthritis after physical and drug therapies fail can pose unique challenges to doctors. More...
Posted in Arthritis on September 17, 2014

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Nonprescription Topical Medication: Safe or Not?

A reader asks: "Is it safe to use nonprescription topical medication for my joint and muscle pain?" Here's our advice. More...
Posted in Back Pain on September 12, 2014

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Colonoscopy: Screening Recommendations

Because colonoscopy allows direct inspection of the colon and also allows a physician to remove any suspicious growths, experts have long assumed that colonoscopy screening is the best test for reducing the risk of developing colorectal cancer. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on September 15, 2014

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Normal Worry: How to Tell the Difference

Everyone worries, to some degree, about things at work or home. And with news of violent incidents and uncertainty about the economy, who doesn't consider worst-case scenarios? So how do you know whether you have a medical condition like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)? More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on September 9, 2014

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From Research: Eating More Red Meat Increases Diabetes Risk

Several studies have linked increased consumption of red meat to type 2 diabetes. However, people often change their diets over time, so a team of nutritionists set out to determine whether altering one's intake of red meat affects the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. More...
Posted in Diabetes on September 11, 2014

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Learning to Live the Gluten-Free Life

Celiac disease results from your body's negative reaction to gluten. When your immune system detects gluten, it produces antibodies that damage your small intestine. This causes malabsorption, which means your body can't get the nutrients it needs, such as iron, folate and vitamins D and B12, from food. As many as one in three new cases of celiac disease occur in people ages 65 and older. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on August 25, 2014

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Do You Know Your Prostate Symptom Score?

More than 50 percent of all men experience symptoms of benign prostatic enlargement, BPE (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), by age 50. If you're one of them, you'll want to take this easy, self-scoring questionnaire to calculate the severity of your symptoms. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on September 16, 2014

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Anger: Not Worth the Heartache

Do you have a temper? You may want to find ways to manage it: Outbursts of anger are associated with an increased risk for heart attack, and the more intense the outburst, the higher the risk. More...
Posted in Heart Health on September 19, 2014

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Memory Loss: A Casualty of High Blood Pressure

A gradual decline in memory and cognitive function is one of the lesser-known casualties of elevated blood pressure. There's no clear-cut cause of cognitive impairment -- an early indication of dementia -- but research strongly suggests that high blood pressure contributes to the risk. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on September 23, 2014

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New Advice on Steroid Use for Acute COPD Flares

Treating patients hospitalized for an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with oral prednisolone for five days appears to be as effective as standard 14-day therapy, according to a study reported in JAMA (Volume 309, page 2223). More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on September 18, 2014

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Can Taking Statins Help Prevent Dementia?

Statins provide protection -- but only a little -- against Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, according to an analysis of pooled results from 20 studies. The analysis was published in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (Volume 22, page 345). More...
Posted in Memory on September 22, 2014

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More on Safe Food Handling

How much do you know about proper food handling procedures? Take the quiz below and for more food safety recommendations, go to www.foodsafety.gov. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on September 3, 2014

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Water Workouts: Easy-on-the-Joints Fitness

Researchers have long known that exercise is an important tool for anyone of any age aiming to stay healthy and fit. But for many older people, arthritis and osteoporosis can make movement difficult, causing pain or limiting mobility. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on August 22, 2014

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Understanding the TNM Prostate Cancer Staging System

Determining the extent of prostate cancer is important for predicting the course of the disease and in choosing the best treatment. The Whitemore-Jewett method or, more commonly the TNM (tumor, nodes, metastasis) staging system is used to describe a cancer's clinical stage, or how far it has spread. This Health Alert provides an explanation of this important prostate cancer staging system. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on September 10, 2014

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Light Eyes, Meds and Sun: A Bad Mix

Many people know that exposing unprotected eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun (such as by not wearing sunglasses) over time can cause vision damage. But did you know that having light-colored eyes or taking certain drugs can make you even more vulnerable to future eye diseases? More than half of American adults don't, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). More...
Posted in Vision on September 5, 2014

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