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Osteoporosis: Sorting Fact From Fiction, Focusing on Prevention

Osteoporosis. Your mother may have told you to drink more milk to prevent it. You may associate it with broken bones and, possibly, the actress Sally Field, who has made public her own diagnosis. Often called the silent disease because it often progresses without symptoms until a fracture occurs, osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million […]

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Don’t Skip This Screening. An Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Screening Could Save Your Life

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and April 10–16, 2016, is Oral Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, which are sponsored by the Oral Cancer Foundation and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance, respectively. In 2016, about 48,250 people in the United States will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer—the largest group of cancers that fall […]

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What Is Type 2 Diabetes? Am I at Risk?

Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a metabolic disorder in which the body doesn’t make enough insulin, is not able to use it effectively or both. [1],[2] (Produced by the pancreas, insulin is a hormone that regulates blood glucose.) Because of this pancreatic dysfunction, people with diabetes have high blood glucose levels—also known as […]

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What Do Your Kidneys Do?

We know about things that can go wrong with our kidneys—kidney infections, kidney disease, kidney failure—but have you ever wondered what kidneys actually do and how they work? March is National Kidney Month, and March 10 is World Kidney Day. Both of these observances serve to raise awareness about the importance of kidneys. Understanding how […]

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10 Fast Facts to Help You Get to Know You Thyroid

Do you know your thyroid? You may have heard about this part of your anatomy, but do you know where it is, what it does or why it sometimes acts out? January is Thyroid Awareness Month, a good time to learn about thyroid health and thyroid conditions. As such, we’d like to familiarize you with […]

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5 Tips for Better Colonoscopy Prep

Any procedure that involves examining the large intestine and rectum to ensure they are free of cancerous growths sounds unpleasant. However, it’s not really the colonoscopy we dread. It’s the preparation. Fear prevents 7 out of 10 people age 50 and older from getting this recommended screening, according to a Colon Cancer Alliance survey. Seventy-three […]

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4 important tips for family caregivers

About 66 million people, or 29 percent of the U.S. poulation, cares for a chroniclly  ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year, according “Caregiving in the United States,” a 2009 report on caregiving in America. The National Family Caregivers Association defines family caregiving as the act of assisting someone you […]

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Prostate cancer and you – what men should know

When it comes to health concerns among aging men, the prostate is at the forefront. The walnut-size gland, located just under the bladder, is part of the reproductive system and wraps around the urethra and secretes a milky white, alkaline fluid that is present in semen and nourishes sperm. As men get older, they run […]

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Erectile Dysfunction – the sign of something else?

Eighteen million men, or about 18.4 percent, ages 20 and older have erectile dysfunction, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. And while it is significantly most prevalent in men over 70 years old, it is not necessarily “just another part of growing older.” Erectile dysfunction may be embarrassing and uncomfortable to talk […]

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Depression is a medical illness that affects a person’s body, feelings, thoughts and behavior. It is not a character weakness. Everyone experiences bouts of the blues or periods of sadness now and then. However, if these feelings last more than two weeks or disrupt daily life, a person may have major depression. Major depression can […]

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