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CDC: Many Americans May Have Prediabetes and Not Know It

More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them do not know they have it, medical experts say. Nov. 14 was World Diabetes Day, and the American Medical Association and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a campaign to raise awareness about prediabetes and encourage people to find out if they have the condition. "Prediabetes...

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Health Tip: Think You Have a Broken Toe?

-- If you think you may have broken a toe, it's time to see a doctor, even if you can walk on it. Failure to promptly treat a toe fracture may lead to a permanent deformity, arthritis and chronic pain, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons warns. The organization offers these common symptoms of a broken toe: You hear a cracking or popping...

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Health Tip: How Bad is Your Hearing Loss?

-- You've had a professional diagnose your hearing loss. So how bad is it? Your degree of hearing loss can range from "mild" to "profound," the Better Hearing Institute says. Here's are brief explanation of each degree: Mild -- It's the most common and under-diagnosed degree of hearing loss, the institute says. It means you probably have trouble...

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Implanted Pumps: Safety Communication - Use Caution When Selecting Pain Medicine for Intrathecal Administration

ISSUE: The FDA is aware that patients undergoing treatment or management of pain are commonly given pain medicines in the spinal fluid (intrathecal administration) that are not FDA approved for use with the implanted pump. While individual patients may experience some relief from using pain medicines not approved for intrathecal administration in their...

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Gay 'Conversion Therapy' Often Begins at Home, With Devastating Consequences

The new movie "Boy Erased"-- about a gay teen's ordeal when forced to attend a "conversion therapy" program -- is shining a spotlight on a treatment deemed bogus and harmful by most experts. And new research shows the key role parents often play in efforts to change an LGBT child's sexual orientation. The first-of-its-kind study, which surveyed white...

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Like Coffee? You May Be Genetically Wired That Way

Coffee's bitter taste shouldn't be a selling point. But a genetic variant explains why so many people love the brew, a new study suggests. Bitterness evolved as a natural warning system to protect people from harmful substances. That means they should want to spit out coffee, the researchers said. But their study of more than 400,000 people in the...

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Why Are So Few COPD Patients Getting Vital Rehab Treatment?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) remains the fourth biggest killer in the United States. But only a fraction of the millions of people who could benefit from post-hospital rehab for COPD are doing so, new research shows. COPD is a progressive, debilitating and incurable respiratory illness, often tied to smoking. Many patients require supplementary...

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AHA: Caring for Loved One With Heart Failure Even Tougher for Rural Americans

Living in a rural area increases the difficulty of caring for someone with heart failure, according to new research. An estimated 6.5 million U.S. adults ages 20 and older have heart failure, a serious condition that develops when the heart can't pump enough blood and oxygen to support other organs in the body. People with heart failure often experience...

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Ageism Costs Billions in Health Care Dollars

Prejudice directed at older people results in $63 billion in excess health costs each year in the United States, a new study claims. Ageism, which is the marginalization of the elderly in society, accounts for one of every seven dollars spent on the eight most expensive health conditions for Americans older than 60. Those conditions include heart disease,...

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Certain Diabetes Meds Tied to Higher Odds for Amputation

A specific class of diabetes medication appears to double the risk of losing a leg or foot to amputation, a new study reports. People on sodium-glucose cotransporter2 (SGLT2) inhibitors were twice as likely to require a lower limb amputation as people taking another type of diabetes medication, Scandinavian researchers found. Patients also had a doubled...

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When even colors hurt

Having battery acid poured on your brain, splitting your head in half with an ax, being in so much pain that colors hurt and the sun is too loud. These are all ways migraines have been described by people who endure them frequently, sometimes as often as three times a week. A migraine is not […]

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No Baby Plus No HIV

What if there was a device that could stop you from getting pregnant as well as protect you from HIV? Well, one day soon, there might be. Researchers are currently working on a vaginal ring that releases both levonorgestrel (a contraceptive hormone) and dapivirine (an antiviral effective against HIV) that can be left in place […]

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Vitamin D: Our most controversial vitamin?

Over the past two decades, we have learned a lot about vitamin D. For a start, it shouldn’t really be called a vitamin, because it isn’t. A vitamin is defined as “A compound that is vital for normal growth and nutrition that is required in small quantities in our diet because it is not made by […]

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