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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Therapy

What is photodynamic therapy (PDT)? Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that utilizes a photosensitizing molecule (frequently a drug that becomes activated by light exposure) and a light source to activate the administered drug. Very thin superficial skin cancers called actinic keratoses and certain other types of cancer cells can be eliminated this way. […]

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The Lifelong Health Benefits of Intimacy

The Lifelong Health Benefits of Intimacy

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter Latest Sexual Health News WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Much research has explored the mental and physical health benefits of maintaining social contacts well into later life. Studies also show that maintaining sexual health can have profound benefits that may include slowing down the aging process. Besides the exercise […]

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Falls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older Americans

Falls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older Americans

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Senior Health News TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Deaths from falls are increasing sharply among elderly Americans, a new study finds. Nearly 25,000 people 75 and older died as a result of falls in 2016 — almost three times as many as in 2000. And experts warn that […]

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Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects

Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely to Trigger Birth Defects

Latest Pregnancy News TUESDAY, June 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New research should reassure dads-to-be who’ve had testicular cancer that treatment with radiation or chemotherapy doesn’t raise the risk of fathering babies with birth defects. “Our research set out to investigate whether treatment for the most common cancer among young men leads to a higher […]

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FDA Approves First Drug to Help Tame Cluster Headaches

FDA Approves First Drug to Help Tame Cluster Headaches

Latest Migraine News WEDNESDAY, June 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday gave the nod to Emgality, an injected medication that’s the first to cut the frequency of cluster headaches. Episodic cluster headaches are “an extremely painful and often debilitating condition,” the FDA’s Dr. Eric Bastings noted in an […]

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Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. naproxen (Aleve)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. naproxen (Aleve)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. naproxen (Aleve): What’s the difference? Cyclobenzaprine and naproxen are used to treat different types of pain in different ways. Cyclobenzaprine is a muscle relaxant used with rest and physical therapy for short-term relief of muscle spasms associated with acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions. Naproxen is used to relieve mild to moderate […]

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Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. carisoprodol (Soma)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. carisoprodol (Soma)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. carisoprodol (Soma): What’s the difference? Cyclobenzaprine and carisoprodol are muscle relaxants used with rest and physical therapy for short-term relief of muscle spasms associated with acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions. Brand names for cyclobenzaprine include Flexeril, Amrix, and Fexmid. A brand name for carisoprodol is Soma. Side effects of cyclobenzaprine and […]

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Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. amitriptyline (Elavil)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. amitriptyline (Elavil)

Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) vs. amitriptyline (Elavil): What’s the difference? Cyclobenzaprine and amitriptyline are used to treat different types of pain from different causes. Cyclobenzaprine is used with rest and physical therapy for short-term relief of muscle spasms associated with acute painful muscle and skeletal conditions. Amitriptyline may be used to treat nerve pain, but it is […]