Month: September 2019

Headache
Health
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If you have migraines, put down your coffee and read this

During medical school, a neurologist taught me that the number one cause of headaches in the US was coffee. That was news to me! But it made more sense when he clarified that he meant lack of coffee. His point was that for people who regularly drink coffee, missing an early morning cup, or even […]

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Alzheimer's Disease
Healthy Aging
Memory
Tests and procedures
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Is there a test for Alzheimer’s disease?

After spending 30 minutes hunting for your car in a parking lot, or getting lost on a familiar route, have you ever considered asking your doctor for a blood test or brain scan to find out if you have Alzheimer’s disease? A number of factors contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. By definition, this form of dementia […]

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Diabetes
Diet and Weight Loss
Fatigue
Sleep
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Weekend catch-up sleep won’t fix the effects of sleep deprivation on your waistline

Sleeping in late on a Saturday sounds delicious, right? However, as with many delicious things, there may be a cost to your health and waistline. Catching up on sleep on the weekend can almost feel like the norm these days. With increasingly full schedules and competing demands, sleep is often sacrificed during the busy workweek. […]

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Health
Skin and Hair Care
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Adult acne: Understanding underlying causes and banishing breakouts

“I’m not a teenager anymore, why do I still have acne?!” This is a question we hear from patients on a daily basis. The truth is, it is quite common to see acne persist into adulthood. Although acne is commonly thought of as a problem of adolescence, it can occur in people of all ages. […]

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Drugs and Supplements
Headache
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Does Botox reduce the frequency of chronic migraine?

Doesn’t it seem like Botox is showing up everywhere as a medical treatment? Botox is a brand of botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT), a protein substance originally derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In its original form it was the toxin responsible for botulism, the paralyzing illness often caused by eating contaminated food. BoNT is now used […]

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Children's Health
Health care disparities
Mental Health
Parenting
Stress
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How racism harms children

Racism hurts children, in real and fundamental ways. It hurts not just their health, but their chances for a good, successful life. That’s the bottom line message of a new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). It is a call to action for all of us. If we care about the health […]

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Brain and cognitive health
Genes
Medical Research
Memory
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Your risk of dementia: Do lifestyle and genetics matter?

Globally, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are a major burden on individuals and communities. To make matters worse, there are few treatments to combat these complex illnesses. Even the causes of dementia are widely debated. Sadly, clinical trials for drugs to stop or even slow its progress have come up short. Taking a […]

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Exercise and Fitness
Healthy Aging
Heart Health
Hypertension and Stroke
Pain Management
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Leg pain when you walk? Don’t ignore it

Walking is often touted as a perfect exercise to improve multiple aspects of health. But what if walking causes leg pain? Many people shrug off leg pain when they walk as a normal part of aging. In some cases, though, it’s the sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD), which can put heart and brain health […]

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Digestive Disorders
Healthy Aging
Healthy Eating
Nutrition
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Avoiding nuts and seeds for better gut health? You shouldn’t

Nuts and seeds are important components of a healthy diet. But if you have diverticula — little pouchlike structures that sometimes form in the muscular wall of the colon and bulge outward — you may worry about nuts or seeds getting stuck in those little pockets, which can cause a painful infection called diverticulitis. Take […]

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