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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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If You Can’t Run, Walk

Running can be a daunting if not impossible activity, especially if you're not in the best of health. But the good news is that you can walk your way to the same rewards you'd get by running. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on November 4, 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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The Brain-Healthy Eating Plan

Are there any dietary eating plans that are both heart and brain healthy? Here’s one plan you might want to consider … More...
Posted in Memory on November 17, 2014

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According to the AMA, Obesity Is a Disease: Here’s Why

The American Medical Association (AMA) is hoping that this policy change will lead the medical community to take obesity more seriously, motivating physicians to spend additional time discussing the seriousness of obesity, which can lead to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, among other problems, and counseling their obese patients about how to lose weight. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on November 5, 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 Is the TNM Prostate Cancer Staging System?

Determining the extent of prostate cancer is important for predicting the course of the disease and in choosing the best treatment.  The Whitemore-Jewett method or, more commonly the TNM (tumor, nodes, metastasis) staging system is used to describe a cancer's clinical stage, or how far it has spread. This Health Alert provides an explanation of this important prostate cancer staging system. … More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on November 19, 2014

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PVD and the Aging Eyeball

Even eyeballs age. As you edge over 40, the vitreous -- the clear gel-like substance inside your eyes -- begins to liquefy and shrink. Within the gel are millions of fibers attached to the retina, the light-sensitive nerve tissue lining the interior of the eye. As the gel shrinks, the fibers break, allowing the vitreous to peel away from the retina, a process called posterior vitreous detachment (PVD). This event occurs in everyone as they get older. More...
Posted in Vision on November 7, 2014

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