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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 Arthritis on December 9, 2014

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What to Do About a Back Spasm

It can happen when you bend to pick up a dropped pen. Sudden, excruciating pain makes it difficult to straighten up. Your back is in spasm.   Fortunately, most people who experience back spasms will recover quickly, usually without seeing a doctor. If you experience a back spasm, you'll need to know how to manage the pain and what to do to help prevent a recurrence. … More...
Posted in Back Pain on December 5, 2014

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Obesity: A Risk Factor for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal polyps are small, noncancerous (benign) clumps of cells that grow in the rectum and colon. Over the course of 10 to 15 years, some of these polyps -- usually the ones that are larger than a pea -- can become cancerous. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on December 8, 2014

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Avoid a Stroke: Keep Calm and Carry On

Can anxiety induce a stroke? While a direct link between the two can't be established, scientists say they've found that high levels of anxiety have been associated with increased stroke risk. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on December 2, 2014

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Hypoglycemia: A Problem for Type 2 Diabetes

Hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) has long been recognized as a concern for people with type 1 diabetes, but falling blood sugar levels can be a worry for all people with diabetes. That's an important message featured in "Hypoglycemia and Diabetes: A Report of a Workgroup of the American Diabetes Association and The Endocrine Society." … More...
Posted in Diabetes on December 4, 2014

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Focus on Simple Prostatectomy for BPE

Known as simple prostatectomy, surgery for benign prostatic enlargement or BPE (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) typically involves removing only the prostate tissue that is surrounding and pressing on the urethra. The procedure can be performed in one of two ways: through the urethra (transurethrally) or by making an incision in the lower abdomen. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on December 10, 2014

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The Confusing Advice About Salt Consumption

Are you confused about the benefits of eating less salt? Do you wonder if it’s really necessary to dramatically cut salt intake to protect the heart? More...
Posted in Heart Health on December 12, 2014

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The Added Benefits of Pet Ownership

They're more than man's best friends. The American Heart Association (AHA) says that pets -- and especially dogs -- may be an ally in the management of blood pressure and overall cardiovascular disease prevention. Specifically, pet ownership may be linked to lower blood pressure, lower levels of cholesterol and less incidence of obesity. Overall, having a pet has been linked to lower mortality rates. … More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on December 16, 2014

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Is it the Flu or Pneumonia? How to Recognize the Symptoms

The early symptoms of viral pneumonia may resemble those of influenza, including a dry cough, fever, headache, muscle pain and weakness. Twelve to 36 hours later, however, people with viral pneumonia may experience increased breathlessness, worsening cough with mucus, high fever and, possibly, blueness of the lips. People who have very serious viral pneumonia may experience extreme difficulty breathing. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on December 11, 2014

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The Other Dementia: Vascular Dementia

After Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of significant memory loss is vascular dementia -- a disorder often resulting from a series of tiny strokes (known as infarcts) that destroy brain cells. Each small infarct may be inconsequential alone, but the cumulative effect of many infarcts can destroy enough brain tissue to impair memory, language and other intellectual abilities. More...
Posted in Memory on December 15, 2014

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Talking About the Glycemic Index

The glycemic index of a particular food is determined by the rise in blood glucose (sugar) during the two hours after its ingestion in comparison with the glucose response to an equivalent amount of carbohydrate in a standard food like white bread. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on December 17, 2014

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What’s the Right Prostate Cancer Treatment for You?

The choice of treatment for prostate cancer -- active surveillance, surgery, radiation therapy or hormone therapy -- depends on a man's prostate cancer risk category, his age and general health, and his personal preferences. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on December 18, 2014

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Four Conditions That Cause Watery, Itchy Eyes

Tears are essential to the performance and health of our eyes. They keep the surface of the eye moist, help with distribution of nutrients and protective cells, and wash away particles and foreign objects. More...
Posted in Vision on December 19, 2014

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