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Lyme Disease: Chronic or Recurring?

Each year, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 cases of Lyme disease occur in the United States. Lyme disease is contracted after a bite by a tiny deer tick or a black-legged tick infected by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. About 70 to 80 percent of people who are bitten develop a characteristic "bull's-eye" rash with red and clear areas and experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, stiffness, body aches and fatigue. More...
Posted in Arthritis on August 18, 2014

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How Meditation Calms the Brain

By pinpointing the brain mechanisms involved, researchers now better understand how meditation reduces anxiety. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on August 19, 2014

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The Bitter Truth About Sweet Drinks and Diabetes

Research studies from around the globe all show that modest weight loss and regular physical activity can help to prevent type 2 diabetes. The largest and best known of these studies is the Diabetes Prevention Program, which was done in the United States. More...
Posted in Diabetes on August 21, 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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When Is Treatment Necessary for BPE?

If you have benign prostatic enlargement (BPE, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), you and your doctor must decide together when your symptoms are severe enough -- and interfere with your life enough -- to merit treatment. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on August 26, 2014

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Is It a Heart Attack, or a Broken Heart?

Many people have felt the pain of the metaphoric broken heart. But the broken hearts of songs and poetry also have a physical counterpart. Known medically as stress cardiomyopathy, its less clinical term is "broken heart syndrome." More...
Posted in Heart Health on August 29, 2014

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Two Arms Are Better Than One

People who have a substantial difference in blood pressure readings from the right and left arms may be at increased risk of vascular disease, a research review has determined. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on August 12, 2014

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Predicting COPD Flares: New Research

Elevations in three markers of inflammation -- C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and leukocyte count -- may identify people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are at increased risk for future exacerbations, according to a study published in JAMA (Volume 309, page 2353). More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on August 28, 2014

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Memory: A Casualty of High Blood Pressure

A gradual decline in memory and cognitive function is one of the lesser-known possible consequeces 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 Memory on September 1, 2014

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Multivitamins to Ward Off CVD and Cancer: Yay or Nay?

In a likely blow to people who think a daily multivitamin can replace their vegetables, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that it can't recommend taking vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements to prevent either cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on August 13, 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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A Look at the UPDATED Partin Tables

Prostate cancer experts at Johns Hopkins have developed an updated version of the Partin Tables, a tool to help men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their physicians better assess their chance of a surgical cure. The refined tool, based on a study of more than 5,600 men treated at The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2006 to 2011, was published in the British Journal of Urology International. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on August 27, 2014

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Vision Loss Increases Health Risks

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-limiting eye disease. While it's well recognized that vision problems increase with advancing age, it is less known that vision loss is associated with a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions, falls, injuries, depression and social isolation. More...
Posted in Vision on August 15, 2014

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