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Do Shock-Absorbing Insoles Help Reduce the Pain of Osteoarthritis?

A small Canadian study published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation examined the efficacy of shock-absorbing insoles. The findings suggest that wearing these insoles can indeed help reduce knee osteoarthritis pain and improve physical function as well. More...
Posted in Arthritis on July 28, 2014

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Got Back Pain? Make Your Leisure-Time Activity Count

If you're a woman with persistent back pain, staying active during your downtime can pay dividends. However, it isn't clear how leisure activity aids recovery from back pain or why it works for women -- but not men. More...
Posted in Back Pain on August 1, 2014

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The Toll of Untreated Depression

It's normal to feel low occasionally, but bouts of prolonged depression can be a serious threat to both your physical and mental health. Unfortunately, many older adults with depression go untreated, which can have devastating consequences. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on July 29, 2014

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Statins to Treat Chronic Kidney Disease: Clinical Guidelines Recommendations

People who have chronic kidney disease (CKD) must take special precautions to avoid its complications. Complications can hasten kidney dysfunction and, if left untreated, may eventually lead to kidney failure or end-stage renal disease (ESRD), when the kidneys stop working. More...
Posted in Diabetes on July 31, 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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Sex Life and Prostate Cancer: A Question for Dr. Mostwin

In a recent issue of the Prostate Bulletin, a reader asked, “I am 66 years old, recently remarried to a woman 20 years younger. I was diagnosed with Gleason 6 prostate cancer last week. My wife and I have enjoyed an active sex life and want to continue it. What other issues should I consider when choosing a treatment for my prostate cancer? Or might I not need any treatment at all?” Here is Dr. Mostwin’s reply. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on July 30, 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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