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NSAIDS: Worth the Side Effects?

If you regularly take a nonsteroidal antinflammatory drug (NSAID) for arthritis pain, you may be wondering if it's safe. Here’s our advice. More...
Posted in Arthritis on November 10, 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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Rethinking Age Limits for Colorectal Cancer Screening

If you think you're off the hook for a colonoscopy after age 75 because you're past the recommendation age, don't be so sure. A new study says that if you've never had a screening for colorectal cancer and are older than 75, you may still need one. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on October 27, 2014

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Advice on Stopping Antidepressant Medication

Although antidepressant medications aren't addictive and, when stopped, don't cause the same type of withdrawal as medications like opiates for pain, your body may still experience withdrawal-like symptoms. If you quit cold turkey, you could experience physical discomfort or a relapse of your depression. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on November 11, 2014

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Finding Relief from Gastroparesis

Gastroparesis, which means "paralyzed stomach," occurs when a person's stomach takes too long to empty its contents into the small intestine after he or she eats. Diabetes is the most common known cause of gastroparesis. Complications from stomach and chest surgeries, such as for weight loss and to repair gastroesophageal reflux disease, are also common gastroparesis triggers. More...
Posted in Diabetes on November 13, 2014

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GERD Without Heartburn?

The most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is heartburn, which occurs when the acidic contents of the stomach reflux (flow backward) into the esophagus. But about 10 to 15 percent of people with GERD do not have heartburn. Instead, they experience asthma, a chronic cough, chest pain or laryngitis. … More...
Posted in Digestive Health on November 17, 2014

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The Link Between Metabolic Syndrome and Prostate Disorders

Benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) -- also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) -- is the most common benign (noncancerous) growth process in men. More than 50 percent of men over age 50 and 80 percent of those over 80 experience some BPE-related symptoms. … More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on November 18, 2014

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Easing the Pain of a "Charley Horse"

A charley horse is a muscle cramp in the calf that can be brought on by either too much or, ironically, too little activity. Studies have found that up to 70 percent of people over age 50 experience calf cramps from time to time, usually at night. More...
Posted in Healthy Living on November 19, 2014

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Berries: A Wise Choice

According to a study published in Circulation (Volume 127, page 188), women with a high intake of a compound found in berries and certain other fruits and vegetables may have lower odds of suffering a heart attack. More...
Posted in Heart Health on November 21, 2014

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Alternative Therapy and Hypertension: What Works?

Based on a review of scientific literature, the American Heart Association (AHA) recently issued a statement summarizing which alternative therapies have the most merit in hypertension treatment. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on November 25, 2014

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18 Ways to Conserve Energy When You Have COPD

Routine activities, such as bathing, grooming and dressing, can take their toll on your energy if you have moderate or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But using some simple energy-conserving techniques can help you get through these tasks more quickly and with less effort. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on November 20, 2014

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How to Tell the Difference Between Dementia and Normal Aging: 10 Warning Signs

As more brain researchers are finding that subjective cognitive complaints may be the earliest sign of Alzheimer's disease, how can you tell the difference between normal age-related memory problems and early Alzheimer's? The following 10 warning signs from the Alzheimer's Association will help you differentiate the two. 1. Significant memory changes. Forgetting important dates, events or appointments and repeatedly asking for the same information. If you are aging normally, you may sometimes forget names and… More...
Posted in Memory on November 24, 2014

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Obesity Counseling Q & A

When you think of preventive health care, flu shots and other vaccinations or screening for breast or prostate cancer might come to mind. But what you may not know is that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) considers obesity screening and counseling to be preventive services, too. And like other preventive services, they are fully covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which means that there's no charge to you. Here's what else you should know. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on November 26, 2014

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Advice to Help You Prevent Broken Bones

Easily fracturing a bone -- especially when the break is caused by little or no trauma -- might be the first sign that you have osteoporosis, a condition where bones become porous, weak and prone to fractures. A fracture after age 50 doubles your risk for a second one. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on November 14, 2014

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What’s Your QALE?

Men with low-risk prostate cancer who choose observation (active surveillance or watchful waiting) enjoy greater quality of life than those who elect to be treated right away, according to a new report published in Annals of Internal Medicine (Volume 158, page 853). This study used a model known as Quality-Adjusted for Life Expectancy, or QALE, to estimate the quality of life that a man (age 65 to 75) with low-risk prostate cancer could expect based… More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on November 27, 2014

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Focus on the Aging Eye

It's normal for our eyes to change with age. The lens of the eye hardens and its muscles become stiffer, making it difficult to read small type or focus in dim light. Luckily, many age-related changes, called refractive errors, can be easily corrected. Advancing age also puts you at risk for more serious eye diseases, as do chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure. Early diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders can help slow their progression and sometimes prevent serious vision loss. More...
Posted in Vision on November 28, 2014

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