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Should You Take an SNRI for Fibromyalgia Relief?

Doctors prescribe a variety of medications for the treatment of fibromyalgia, including duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella), antidepressants that belong to a class of drugs known as serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). More...
Posted in Arthritis on October 29, 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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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 on Bariatric Surgery and Diabetes

Bariatric surgery can induce remission in patients with type 2 diabetes, but current guidelines reserve the operation for severely obese people with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 kg/m2 or higher, or a BMI of 35 kg/m2 and a serious health problem such as type 2 diabetes. More...
Posted in Diabetes on October 23, 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 About Nocturia

In this excerpt from our report Best Treatment Strategies for BPH, author Dr. Brian Matlaga answers a question about a very common problem among older men –frequent nighttime urination or nocturia. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on October 28, 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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From Research: Sleep Apnea and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Sleep apnea is characterized by repeated episodes of breathing cessation (apnea) during sleep. These episodes last from 10 seconds to nearly a minute, ending with a brief partial arousal. This can occur (and disrupt sleep) hundreds of times throughout one night. An estimated 12 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea, yet 95 percent of them are undiagnosed and untreated. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on October 30, 2014

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Research on the Progression of Alzheimer's

Which people with Alzheimer's disease are likely to progress to severe disease most quickly? A new study sheds light on clinical and demographic risk factors. The study was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia (Volume 9, page 2040). More...
Posted in Memory on October 27, 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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