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Is Your Arthritis Pain Caused by Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Ankylosing spondylitis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the joints and ligaments in the spine and the sacroiliac area (where the spine connects to the pelvis). More...
Posted in Arthritis on October 20, 2014

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Worries About Epidural Steroid Shots

Loss of vision, stroke, paralysis and death -- these are some of the complications that have been linked to spinal epidural steroid (or corticosteroid) injections for pain relief in the back and neck and radiating pain in the arms and legs. Though rare, reports of these events have been enough to spur the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require a warning describing the risks on the epidural injections' labels. More...
Posted in Back Pain on October 24, 2014

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Depression in Women Boosts Heart Risks

According to a study reported in the American Journal of Public Health (Volume 103, page e34), postmenopausal women who are depressed or take antidepressants may have an increased risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on October 21, 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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Clues Lead to Pancreatic Cancer Marker

One reason pancreatic cancer tends to be fatal is because it usually goes undetected until later stages, when it becomes harder to treat and the chances of survival diminish. At this point, there is no justification for screening the general population, so researchers are trying to find ways to identify people at high risk for pancreatic cancer who would benefit from screening. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on October 6, 2014

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Talking TUMT

The goal of minimally invasive treatment for benign prostatic enlargement or BPE is to reduce lower urinary tract symptoms and thereby improve quality of life, while minimizing treatment side effects. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on October 7, 2014

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Gallbladder Surgery: Timing Makes a Difference

Although surgery to remove the gallbladder has long been recognized as the gold standard of treatment for people suffering from acute cholecystitis -- an inflamed gallbladder -- exactly when to remove the gallbladder hasn't been as clear. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on October 8, 2014

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Heart Disease: Not Just For Men

Heart-health experts have spent a lot of time and effort alerting women to the dangers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and educating them about heart attack symptoms. The hope was that, armed with this knowledge, women would have the necessary tools to help prevent heart disease and its complications. More...
Posted in Heart Health on October 10, 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 Hypertension and Stroke on October 14, 2014

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Yet Another Reason to Get an Annual Flu Shot

Early antiviral treatment of elderly adults with influenza A (H1N1) may reduce the risk of death following infection. This is one of a number of findings from a recent review of the clinical features and prognosis of elderly adults with severe influenza A. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on October 9, 2014

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Driving and Dementia: The CDR Test

For the purposes of evaluating driving ability and other aspects of daily functioning, doctors sometimes use the Clinical Dementia Rating (CDR) scale to determine dementia severity. More...
Posted in Memory on October 13, 2014

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Getting Tough on Obesity

The days of going to your doctor and simply having your weight recorded in your chart -- with perhaps a gentle nudge to lose weight if that's an issue -- may soon be over. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on October 15, 2014

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Understanding How Osteoporosis Weakens the Bones

The word osteoporosis means porous bone. A person with osteoporosis typically has low bone mass, poor bone quality and fragile bones. Approximately 10 million Americans -- eight million women and two million men -- already have osteoporosis, and 34 million more are at increased risk because of low bone mass (osteopenia). More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on October 3, 2014

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Watch What You Eat – and How Much

What we eat and how much we eat contribute to our risk of developing many of the chronic diseases that occur with age, including those that directly affect male health. Diet is linked directly to disorders of glucose and fat metabolism and to inflammation and disorders of the immune system -- all of which lead to higher risks of chronic aging diseases such as cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes -- and, yes, sexual dysfunction and prostate diseases. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on October 22, 2014

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Eye Care Advice from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

How can you be sure about choosing the best care for your eyes? When it comes to eye care, it's important to discuss your medical options with your ophthalmologist. That said, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) offers the following advice about some common tests and treatments. More...
Posted in Vision on October 17, 2014

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