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Lyme Disease: Chronic or Recurring?

Each year, an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 cases of Lyme disease occur in the United States. Lyme disease is contracted after a bite by a tiny deer tick or a black-legged tick infected by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. About 70 to 80 percent of people who are bitten develop a characteristic "bull's-eye" rash with red and clear areas and experience flu-like symptoms, such as fever, stiffness, body aches and fatigue. More...
Posted in Arthritis on August 18, 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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Taking a Close Look at Colonoscopy

Because colonoscopy allows direct inspection of the colon and also allows a physician to remove any suspicious growths, experts have long assumed that colonoscopy screening is the best test for reducing the risk of developing colorectal cancer. In fact, many health experts credit the increasing use of colonoscopy, along with other screening tests, for playing a significant role in the decline in colorectal cancer rates over the past 20 years. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on August 4, 2014

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How Meditation Calms the Brain

By pinpointing the brain mechanisms involved, researchers now better understand how meditation reduces anxiety. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on August 19, 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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BPE Triggers: What We Know

Benign prostatic enlargement (BPE) -- also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) -- is the most common benign (noncancerous) growth process in men. As is true for prostate cancer, BPE occurs more often in Western industrialized countries (the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, for example) than in Eastern countries (such as Japan and China). … More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on August 5, 2014

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11 Ways to Sneak Exercise into Your Day

You know how critical regular physical activity is. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recommends that healthy older adults should engage in at least two-and-a-half hours of moderate-intensity exercise a week to reap substantial health benefits. That translates to at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. More...
Posted in Heart Health on August 8, 2014

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Two Arms Are Better Than One

People who have a substantial difference in blood pressure readings from the right and left arms may be at increased risk of vascular disease, a research review has determined. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on August 12, 2014

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Another Great Reason to Start Walking

A daily constitutional of at least two miles can help keep you out of the hospital if you suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on August 7, 2014

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Can Hearing Loss Lead to Cognitive Decline?

A reader recently asked:  “My mother was recently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, but she also has trouble hearing. Could hearing loss be responsible for her performance on the cognitive assessment tests?”  Here’s our reply. More...
Posted in Memory on August 11, 2014

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Multivitamins to Ward Off CVD and Cancer: Yay or Nay?

In a likely blow to people who think a daily multivitamin can replace their vegetables, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says that it can't recommend taking vitamin, mineral and multivitamin supplements to prevent either cardiovascular disease (CVD) or cancer. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on August 13, 2014

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A Question About Kegel Exercises

Here's an important question from a recent issue of the Prostate Cancer Bulletin. "I am 68 years old and am scheduled for prostate cancer surgery next month. In a conversation with my urologist today, he told me that he wanted me to begin Kegel exercises daily to strengthen my pelvic floor muscles. He said that these special exercises would help speed up the return of urinary continence following the surgery. I had never heard of these exercises before and was even more surprised to hear that I may have problems with urination after the surgery. What are your thoughts on the value of Kegel exercises before and after prostate surgery?" More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on August 20, 2014

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Vision Loss Increases Health Risks

By age 65, one in three Americans has some form of vision-limiting eye disease. While it's well recognized that vision problems increase with advancing age, it is less known that vision loss is associated with a higher prevalence of chronic health conditions, falls, injuries, depression and social isolation. More...
Posted in Vision on August 15, 2014

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