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Would You Benefit from Joint Replacement Surgery? What the Research Suggests

Total joint replacement surgery is one of the most effective medical interventions available, in terms of improving quality of life. However, the procedure does carry some risks and isn't successful in 100 percent of patients. More...
Posted in Arthritis on July 7, 2014

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Substance Abuse and Aging: A Growing Problem

Current guidelines suggest that one alcoholic drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men may be beneficial for health. If you drink more than that, you could have a drinking problem -- and you're not alone. Researchers acknowledge the prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse among people over age 60, saying that it affects as many as 17 percent of older adults. … More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on July 8, 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 Diabetes on July 10, 2014

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Liver Damage: Medication May Be the Culprit

In the United States, injury caused by medication is the most common cause of acute liver damage -- that is, damage that comes on suddenly. While efforts are made to ensure the safety of medications before they're introduced to the marketplace, the reality is that some approved drugs still may cause harm -- and liver damage (which in rare cases can lead to liver failure) is the number-one reason a particular medication is pulled from the shelves. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on July 14, 2014

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A Lexicon of BPE Surgical Techniques

The most common surgical procedure for benign prostatic enlargement (BPE, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), transurethral prostatectomy (TURP), is considered the gold standard treatment for the condition. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on July 15, 2014

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Dental Implants: Pros and Cons

Tooth loss from accidents, gum disease, failed root canals or decay is common -- in fact, 26 percent of adults have lost all their permanent teeth by age 74, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. In the past, dentures and fixed bridgework were the standard options to help "fill in the gaps," but dental implants have become a popular alternative in recent years, partly due to their more natural look. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on July 16, 2014

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Latest Thinking on Aortic Valve Disease

Like a car's engine, your heart relies on a healthy set of valves to run smoothly. Every time your heart beats, valves inside are opening and closing to ensure blood keeps pumping in the right direction. Unfortunately, diseases of the valves become more common with age and can lead to heart failure (the inability to pump enough blood for the body's needs) and other conditions. More...
Posted in Heart Health on July 18, 2014

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A Smoker Asks: Am I Too Old to Quit?

"I'm a 65-year-old smoker. Is it too late for me to see any real cardiovascular benefits from quitting?"   Here’s our advice. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on July 22, 2014

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Support Groups Are Key to Living with COPD

If you or a loved one has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the first step is to find an experienced physician. But however well trained, few doctors are likely to know what it really feels like to try to get through the day with chronic COPD. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on July 17, 2014

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Research on Sleep and Memory Loss

During sleep the brain consolidates and firms up newly acquired information. Age-associated brain deterioration impairs sleep quality in older people, which, in turn, leads to impaired long-term memory, a recent study suggests. Here’s what the researchers discovered. More...
Posted in Memory on July 21, 2014

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Enjoyable – and Healthy, Too

You may have heard that a Mediterranean-style diet is good for your weight and your heart. Now research has found that the Mediterranean diet reduces by about 30 percent the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, or dying from a cardiovascular cause. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on July 23, 2014

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From Research: CT Scans and Osteoporosis

Bone mineral density (BMD) testing is recommended for women 65 and over and men 70 and over. Yet in the United States only a fraction of both groups have had a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test. In contrast, some 80 million computed tomography (CT) scans are performed yearly as part of the diagnostic workup for gastrointestinal symptoms, suspected cancer and other conditions, leading researchers to speculate whether these tests might incidentally detect osteoporosis. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on July 11, 2014

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Genes and Prostate Cancer: Terms You Should Know

Our genes guide production of proteins that regulate every aspect of our physiology. Genes are made up of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. The critical information found in DNA is contained in chemical "bases" known as adenine, guanine, cytosine and thymine (which are usually represented by their first initials, A, G, C and T). Genes form tightly wrapped pairs of threads called chromosomes. Every cell in your body contains two copies of each gene, one inherited… More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on July 24, 2014

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Protective Sunglasses: What to Look For

The right pair of sunglasses can protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays (UV) and high-energy visible (HEV) light -- light from the blue part of the spectrum, implicated in cataracts and retina damage. More...
Posted in Vision on July 25, 2014

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