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Water Workouts: Easy-on-the-Joints Fitness

Researchers have long known that exercise is an important tool for anyone of any age aiming to stay healthy and fit. But for many older people, arthritis and osteoporosis can make movement difficult, causing pain or limiting mobility. More...
Posted in Arthritis on September 8, 2014

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Nonprescription Topical Medication: Safe or Not?

A reader asks: "Is it safe to use nonprescription topical medication for my joint and muscle pain?" Here's our advice. More...
Posted in Back Pain on September 12, 2014

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder vs. Normal Worry: How to Tell the Difference

Everyone worries, to some degree, about things at work or home. And with news of violent incidents and uncertainty about the economy, who doesn't consider worst-case scenarios? So how do you know whether you have a medical condition like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)? More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on September 9, 2014

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From Research: Eating More Red Meat Increases Diabetes Risk

Several studies have linked increased consumption of red meat to type 2 diabetes. However, people often change their diets over time, so a team of nutritionists set out to determine whether altering one's intake of red meat affects the risk for developing type 2 diabetes. More...
Posted in Diabetes on September 11, 2014

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Learning to Live the Gluten-Free Life

Celiac disease results from your body's negative reaction to gluten. When your immune system detects gluten, it produces antibodies that damage your small intestine. This causes malabsorption, which means your body can't get the nutrients it needs, such as iron, folate and vitamins D and B12, from food. As many as one in three new cases of celiac disease occur in people ages 65 and older. … More...
Posted in Digestive Health on August 25, 2014

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When Is Treatment Necessary for BPE?

If you have benign prostatic enlargement (BPE, also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), you and your doctor must decide together when your symptoms are severe enough -- and interfere with your life enough -- to merit treatment. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on August 26, 2014

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Is It a Heart Attack, or a Broken Heart?

Many people have felt the pain of the metaphoric broken heart. But the broken hearts of songs and poetry also have a physical counterpart. Known medically as stress cardiomyopathy, its less clinical term is "broken heart syndrome." More...
Posted in Heart Health on August 29, 2014

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New Guidelines to Tame an Abnormal Heatbeat

If you're one of the roughly 2.7 million Americans who has atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common form of abnormal heart rhythm, you may be due for an in-depth discussion with your doctor about your treatment. That’s because new, game-changing drugs and strategies for managing atrial fibrillation have emerged during the past few years. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on September 2, 2014

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Predicting COPD Flares: New Research

Elevations in three markers of inflammation -- C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and leukocyte count -- may identify people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are at increased risk for future exacerbations, according to a study published in JAMA (Volume 309, page 2353). More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on August 28, 2014

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Memory: A Casualty of High Blood Pressure

A gradual decline in memory and cognitive function is one of the lesser-known possible consequeces of elevated blood pressure. There's no clear-cut cause of cognitive impairment -- an early indication of dementia -- but research strongly suggests that high blood pressure contributes to the risk. More...
Posted in Memory on September 1, 2014

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More on Safe Food Handling

How much do you know about proper food handling procedures? Take the quiz below and for more food safety recommendations, go to www.foodsafety.gov. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on September 3, 2014

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Water Workouts: Easy-on-the-Joints Fitness

Researchers have long known that exercise is an important tool for anyone of any age aiming to stay healthy and fit. But for many older people, arthritis and osteoporosis can make movement difficult, causing pain or limiting mobility. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on August 22, 2014

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Understanding 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 September 10, 2014

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Light Eyes, Meds and Sun: A Bad Mix

Many people know that exposing unprotected eyes to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun (such as by not wearing sunglasses) over time can cause vision damage. But did you know that having light-colored eyes or taking certain drugs can make you even more vulnerable to future eye diseases? More than half of American adults don't, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). … More...
Posted in Vision on September 5, 2014

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