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Do Diabetics Really Need to Fast for Blood Tests?

Do Diabetics Really Need to Fast for Blood Tests?

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Diabetes News TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Fasting before a cholesterol blood test is just a nuisance for most people, but for those with diabetes, it can be dangerous. New research shows that up to 22 percent of people with diabetes who fasted for lab tests had a […]

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Some Foods Can Be Cholesterol Fighters

Some Foods Can Be Cholesterol Fighters

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Cholesterol News WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Watching your cholesterol has gotten easier. Nutrition experts now agree that foods high in cholesterol, like shrimp, don’t have the impact on blood cholesterol that was once thought. So depending on your current cholesterol count, you may not have to curtail […]

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What is the normal pH range for urine?

What is the normal pH range for urine?

Urine comprises water, salts, and waste products from the kidneys. The balance of these compounds can affect the urine’s acidity levels, which specialists measure in pH. The pH is the measurement of how acidic or alkaline a person’s urine is. Doctors often test the urine pH, and they may perform other diagnostic tests, when a […]

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What causes pelvic pain?

What causes pelvic pain?

The pelvis is the area of the body below the abdomen or belly. There are many different organs and structures in the pelvis, including blood vessels, nerves, reproductive structures, bladder and urinary structures, and the bowel and rectum. There are many different causes of pain in the pelvis. In this article, we investigate possible causes […]

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What is female ejaculation?

What is female ejaculation?

Female ejaculation is when a female’s urethra expels fluid during sex. It can happen when a female becomes sexually aroused, but there is not necessarily an association with having an orgasm. Scientists do not fully understand female ejaculation, and there is limited research on how it works and its purpose. Female ejaculation is perfectly normal, […]

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Prostate cancer and back pain

Prostate cancer and back pain

Chronic back pain can sometimes be a symptom of advanced prostate cancer. However, there are many other possible causes of back pain. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits below the bladder and wraps around the urethra. This gland is part of the male reproductive system and is involved in the production of semen. […]

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Statins: Risk of side effects is low, say experts

Statins: Risk of side effects is low, say experts

For most people who take statins to lower cholesterol, the risk of side effects is low compared to the benefits, according to a recent scientific statement. New research suggests that the benefits of statins outweigh the risks. The American Heart Association (AHA) statement applies to those who — according to current guidelines — are at […]

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What is appendix cancer?

What is appendix cancer?

Appendix cancer is a rare type of cancer that grows in the appendix. There are several different types of appendix cancer, and a person often experiences no symptoms in the early stages. The appendix is a tubular, finger-like sac around 4 inches in length that connects to the first part of the colon. Scientists do […]

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What to know about fibroadenomas of the breast

What to know about fibroadenomas of the breast

A fibroadenoma is a type of lump that can develop in the breast and typically appears in females. Fibroadenomas are very common, but they are benign, which means that they are noncancerous. Other than the lump itself, a person with a fibroadenoma is unlikely to experience any symptoms. In this article, we look at the […]

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What to know about stage 4 lymphoma

What to know about stage 4 lymphoma

Stage 4 lymphoma occurs when cancer has spread to a distant part of the body outside of the lymphatic system, such as the spinal cord, lungs, or liver. Lymphoma is cancer that originates in a type of white blood cell called lymphocytes. These cells travel through the lymphatic system, which is part of the body’s […]