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Taking a Close Look at Gout Risk and Obesity

As the U.S. obesity epidemic continues to rise, gout rates are climbing as well. Doctors say that's no coincidence, as the two conditions are closely linked. But scientists wondered: Does gout tend to strike after your weight reaches a certain threshold or does the risk rise with each pound you gain? Also, is it possible that weight gain simply occurs alongside gout, but doesn't cause it? More...
Posted in Arthritis on September 29, 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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Research on Treatment for Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder is common among older adults and, in many cases, requires additional treatment beyond traditional medications. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on September 30, 2014

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Latest Thinking About Diabetes and Cognitive Decline

Could keeping diabetes in check help you maintain a sharp memory as you grow older? Major studies long ago established that effective glucose control guards against diabetes complications such as kidney disease and vision loss. Keeping your glucose at a healthy level is also likely related to a reduced risk for heart attacks and strokes. More...
Posted in Diabetes on October 2, 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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Why Too Little Sleep Might Lead to Weight Gain

Previous research has shown that getting too little sleep can lead to excess weight gain, but it hasn't been clear why this occurs. A recent study provides intriguing clues. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on September 24, 2014

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What Triggers Hot Flashes in Men?

Channing J. Paller, M.D., Assistant Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, talks about hot flashes, a common side effect of androgen deprivation therapy. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on October 1, 2014

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A Look at the Future: Microstents

Perhaps the most difficult part of becoming a glaucoma patient is the prospect of a lifetime of taking eyedrops. If a new class of surgeries continues to perform well in clinical trials, however, some glaucoma patients may be able to abandon their medications more frequently when they have cataract surgery, or even undergo surgery as their first treatment. More...
Posted in Vision on September 26, 2014

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