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Study Questions Use of Arthroscopic Surgery for Knee Pain

Arthroscopic surgery is often used to treat people with knee pain and damaged cartilage (a sign of osteoarthritis), but a recent scientific review suggests that this procedure doesn’t offer significant long-term benefits. More...
Posted in Arthritis on May 20, 2016

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Depression's Effect on Back Surgery

The greater the level of depression before surgery, the lower the level of improvement was afterward, one study has found. More...
Posted in Back Pain on May 15, 2016

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Ask the Expert: Is New At-Home Test a Replacement for Colonoscopy?

Cologuard's appeal is that, unlike a colonoscopy, it’s noninvasive and it doesn’t require overnight emptying of the bowels by drinking an ill-tasting solution. More...
Posted in Colon Cancer on May 22, 2016

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Is This Depression Treatment No Better Than a Placebo?

Some people have claimed that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are not helpful for treating depression because only approximately half of the studies of SSRIs found a difference between these medications and a placebo. But a recent reanalysis suggests otherwise. More...
Posted in Depression and Anxiety on May 8, 2016

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Is Diabetes Taking a Bite Out of Your Teeth?

Researchers at Duke University found that people with diabetes lost teeth at twice the rate of people without diabetes. More...
Posted in Diabetes on May 29, 2016

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Deep Relaxation May Help Your IBS, IBD Symptoms

People who suffer from certain gastrointestinal disorders may benefit from mind-body interventions that elicit the relaxation response, a state of deep physiological rest that has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. More...
Posted in Digestive Health on May 11, 2016

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Can Bicycling Affect Your PSA Level?

Some researchers have speculated that sitting on a bicycle seat puts direct pressure on the prostate and perineum (the area between the scrotum and the anus), resulting in an elevated PSA. More...
Posted in Enlarged Prostate on May 31, 2016

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Should You Go Generic?

If you take multiple prescription medications, you know their costs can add up. One way to save money is to ask your doctor if a generic is available—but are generic drugs as effective as more expensive brands? More...
Posted in Healthy Living on May 24, 2016

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Do You Need More Aggressive Blood Pressure Goals?

Preliminary findings from a landmark NIH study show that lowering blood pressure goals could reduce the rates of major heart events, such as heart attack, and death by 25 to 30 percent as compared to current blood pressure recommendations. More...
Posted in Heart Health on May 27, 2016

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Transient Ischemic Attack: a Warning You Need to Heed

The symptoms of a TIA should be taken seriously: Approximately 15 percent of all ischemic strokes are preceded by a TIA, and up to 17 percent of TIAs are followed by a full-blown ischemic stroke in the next three months. More...
Posted in Hypertension and Stroke on May 24, 2016

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Diagnosing Sleep Apnea at Home

Among the benefits of at-home testing for sleep apnea: You can undergo testing in the comfort and privacy of your own bedroom. And, if you live in an area where there are few, if any, sleep labs or where there are waiting lists to have the test performed, home monitoring may decrease the waiting time for diagnosis and the beginning of treatment, if needed. More...
Posted in Lung Disorders on May 26, 2016

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Mental Fuzziness at Menopause: What You Can Do to Combat It

Some studies report that as many as 60 percent of women notice memory problems at midlife. Here are some steps you can take to guard against cognitive problems. More...
Posted in Memory on May 30, 2016

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Water: a Key Ingredient in Recipe for Weight Loss

People who drink one to three cups of plain water tend to reduce their “empty-calorie” intake from sweetened foods and beverages, according to recent research. More...
Posted in Nutrition and Weight Control on May 1, 2016

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Osteoporosis: Do Men Need to Be Screened?

About one in five men will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture in his lifetime. More...
Posted in Osteoporosis on May 11, 2016

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A More Accurate PSA Test?

Researchers have developed several ways to improve the prostate-specific antigen (PSA test’s accuracy. More...
Posted in Prostate Disorders on May 23, 2016

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New Contact Lens Detects Glaucoma Progression

The Sensimed Triggerfish system, approved by the FDA in March, includes a soft silicone contact lens equipped with sensors that continuously monitor eye pressure for up to 24 hours. More...
Posted in Vision on May 10, 2016

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