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When It's OK to Skip a Test

When It's OK to Skip a Test

One afternoon, we received a call that an ambulance was on its way to the ER with a landscaper who was suffering excruciating right foot pain and very high blood pressure. As I was envisioning some so...

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Are Ceramic-on-Ceramic Artificial Joints the Best Choice?

Are Ceramic-on-Ceramic Artificial Joints the Best Choice?

Picture this scenario: You’ve endured hip- or knee-replacement surgery and are feeling pretty confident that you’re going to be much better off than before—even better off than other people you ...

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Marijuana: A Safer Solution to Chronic Pain Relief?

Marijuana: A Safer Solution to Chronic Pain Relief?

Don't kid yourself—if you use an opioid-based pain drug, such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin or Dilaudid, it could kill you. Thousands of people who use opioids for pain control die from overdose e...

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The Right Selenium Supplement for Prostate Health

The Right Selenium Supplement for Prostate Health

If you are a health news junkie, you've probably found yourself frustrated by what seems like completely contradictory information. For example, one day a perfectly sound study will show that a certai...

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Avoid an Unnecessary Colonoscopy

Avoid an Unnecessary Colonoscopy

Should you really be getting colonoscopies more often than the United States elects a new president? Frequent colonoscopies may be lifesaving for some, but you ought to know whether that someone is yo...

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Cover Your Butt When Hospitalized

Cover Your Butt When Hospitalized

If you’ve ever been in the hospital, you know how miserable and undignified the experience can be, right down to the attire that hospital staffers make you wear—the infamous “johnny coat,” or ...

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Choosing the Safest NSAID for Heart Health

Choosing the Safest NSAID for Heart Health

If the first thing you do when you're hurting is reach for aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) or a similar nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), stop, look and liste...

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Let Vitamin D Improve Your Heart and Your Sex Life

Let Vitamin D Improve Your Heart and Your Sex Life

Erectile dysfunction (ED) isn’t something that men and women usually talk about at dinner parties or on soccer game sidelines, unless it’s the punch line of a joke or mentioned with a snicker. But...

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Ever Feel “Spaced Out”?

Ever Feel “Spaced Out”?

It could be epilepsy. The room suddenly looks different…or you “space out” for 30 seconds or longer, staring vacantly into space unaware of your surroundings…or black out and fall to the floo...

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5 Holiday Dangers That Send You to the ER

5 Holiday Dangers That Send You to the ER

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a trip to the ER. Emergency physicians have a jaded view of the holidays. The hanging of Christmas lights and the excitement of opening presents, along with gargantu...

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