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What Is an ESR?

An erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), commonly referred to as a "sed" rate, is a blood test that measures the rate at which red blood cells (erythrocytes) settle in a tube of unclotted blood. More...
Posted in Arthritis on April 14, 2014

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Extra Pounds and a Pain in the Back

Healthcare professionals have long known there's a connection between weight and low back pain. Until recently, though, the nature of that connection wasn't clear. Not enough data were available to show whether there was a causal relationship or some other factor influencing the likelihood of obesity and low back pain occurring together. More...
Posted in Back Pain on March 28, 2014

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Do You Know the Ten Signs of Colorectal Cancer?

When something goes wrong with the digestive system, it usually makes itself known pretty quickly, through pain or discomfort. Common problems are upset stomach, constipation and diarrhea, which are usually not serious and don’t last long. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on April 7, 2014

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Exercise Relieves Major Depression: How Much Is Enough?

Used in conjunction with other traditional treatments such as medication or psychotherapy, or on its own, exercise is a viable way to reduce the symptoms of depression -- so much so that it's included in the American Psychiatric Association's treatment recommendations. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on April 15, 2014

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Another Important Reason to Stay in Good Control

Cognitive function and decline may be worse in adults with diabetes when compared with their nondiabetic peers, and poor glucose control could be a contributing factor. More...
Posted in Diabetes on April 17, 2014

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Double Trouble: Celiac Disease Plus Lactose Intolerance

If you have celiac disease, don't be surprised if drinking milk or consuming other dairy products leaves you feeling bloated or nauseated, or you experience cramping and diarrhea afterward. Up to two-thirds of people with celiac disease are also lactose intolerant. The symptoms they endure can be blamed on the digestive system's inability to sufficiently break down and absorb the simple carbohydrate lactose, present in milk and other dairy products. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on March 31, 2014

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Supplements to Treat BPH: A Good Idea or Not?

In this excerpt from our special report on BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), a reader asks: “I am 51 years old and have had BPH for the past six years. Based on my own Internet research and speaking with friends, I now take the following products to treat my enlarged prostate: zinc, pyridoxine HCL, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, pumpkin seed concentrate, flaxseed oil, and soy. Is there any evidence that these supplements will help reduce or eliminate my frequent trips to the bathroom?” More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on April 1, 2014

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Primer on Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common bacterial infections in the United States and the most common illness in men and women ages 65 and older. In fact, urinary tract infections are the leading cause of emergency department (ED) visits among older adults. Yet, a recent study reports that ED doctors often overdiagnose urinary tract infections in older women who actually don't have them, resulting in needless treatment with antibiotics. Men, on the other hand, can be seriously affected: A separate study says that significantly more older men than women are likely to be hospitalized with a urinary tract infection. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on April 9, 2014

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Gentle Yoga May Reduce Atrial Fibrillation Episodes

Yoga is an increasingly popular form of exercise, and now a small clinical trial suggests that slow-paced classes may help curb atrial fibrillation (AF) symptoms. More...
Posted in Heart Health on April 4, 2014

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White-Coat Hypertension – Not So Harmless After All

People diagnosed with “white-coat hypertension” (WCH) are often told by their healthcare providers that they don't need treatment. That's because their blood pressure is high only when it's measured during a visit with the doctor and appears normal when measured at home. The phenomenon of white-coat hypertension is thought to result from tension or anxiety about seeing the doctor. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on April 8, 2014

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Can a Pill Prevent Lung Cancer?

Chemoprevention -- the use of certain agents to reverse, suppress or prevent a disease -- has not been a successful strategy for lung cancer. Now, however, results from a small new study show a bit of progress. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on April 4, 2014

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One More Good Reason to Get Moving

A new study suggests that being fit in middle age reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia in later life. More...
Posted in Memory on April 7, 2014

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Looking at Cholesterol-Busting Foods

When people need to reduce their cholesterol, they often think about eliminating some foods from their diet. But research increasingly shows that adding certain foods can also lower cholesterol levels significantly. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on April 9, 2014

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Treatment Side Effects of Early-Stage Prostate Cancer

If you or a loved one is considering treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, you may wonder about long-term side effects. Here are the latest research findings. Until recently, most studies of side effects experienced by patients treated for localized prostate cancer have only lasted a few years. Fortunately, that has begun to change. The longest follow-up to date comes from a 2013 study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine. … More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on April 16, 2014

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Cataract Surgery: One Eye or Two?

For people with cataracts in both eyes, unilateral cataract surgery (surgery in one eye) improves visual functioning. However, the greatest improvement is found in those who undergo second-eye cataract surgery, according to a recent study published in the journal Ophthalmology (Volume 120(5), page 949). More...
Posted in Vision on April 11, 2014

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