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What to know about heart pacemakers

What to know about heart pacemakers

A pacemaker is a device that helps keep the heart beating regularly. It can represent a life-changing treatment for heart conditions such as arrhythmias, which involve the heart beating irregularly. Inserting a pacemaker into the chest requires minor surgery. The procedure is generally safe, but there are some risks, such as injury around the site […]

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Psoriatic arthritis and weight gain: What to know

Psoriatic arthritis and weight gain: What to know

Being overweight can make a person more likely to develop psoriatic arthritis or make its symptoms worse. Taking medications and losing weight can improve the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a form of inflammatory arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, about 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop this condition. People without […]

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New drug limits damage to heart muscle from heart attack

New drug limits damage to heart muscle from heart attack

An experimental drug has shown great promise in limiting the damage that a heart attack can inflict on the heart. It targets a protein that plays a central role in the death of heart muscle cells. New experiments in mice find that a small molecule can restrict the damage to heart muscle that a heart […]

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Diabetes: Could muscle strength lower risk?

Diabetes: Could muscle strength lower risk?

Many people worldwide have type 2 diabetes, a metabolic condition in which the body cannot properly regulate blood sugar levels. Experts already know that lack of physical activity can contribute to the risk of diabetes, but what type of exercise might lower it? Building up muscle strength could help lower diabetes risk, new findings suggest. […]

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Vascular risk factors tied to brain health

Vascular risk factors tied to brain health

New research uncovers a host of vascular risk factors that may affect the health of our brains as we get older. New research finds that some risk factors that affect the health of our blood vessels can also influence the health of our brains into old age. It is no secret that the global population […]

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Could sleep apnea be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s?

Could sleep apnea be a risk factor for Alzheimer’s?

The majority of people with sleep apnea do not receive a diagnosis. However, brain scans have revealed that there may be an association between this condition and a form of dementia. There may be an association between sleep apnea and dementia, according to a recent study. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA), an […]

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Stretches for Calves, Hamstrings and Quads

Stretches for Calves, Hamstrings and Quads

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Exercise & Fitness News MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Stretching your leg muscles can improve your flexibility and prevent injury. Here are three stretches that you can do every day and at every age. Start with a calf stretch. Stand at arm’s length from a wall and place […]

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AHA News: Irregular Sleep Could Impact Your Heart Health

AHA News: Irregular Sleep Could Impact Your Heart Health

Latest Heart News FRIDAY, March 8, 2019 (American Heart Association News) — It’s not just lack of sleep and poor sleep that can put the heart at risk — getting to bed on time may also matter, new research suggests. The new study took the unique approach of looking at how much night-to-night difference a […]

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PSA Test (Prostate Specific Antigen)

PSA Test (Prostate Specific Antigen)

What is the PSA screening controversy? The goal of measuring PSA in men with no symptoms of cancer as a screening test for prostate cancer is to reduce the mortality caused by this cancer. Although the advent of prostate cancer screening is associated with decreased prostate cancer deaths, concerns exist regarding risks of overtreatment and […]