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Prostate Cancer Clinical Trial: What to Consider

Perhaps you've had hormone therapy for prostate cancer, but your prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level is rapidly rising. What are your options? If you have a prostate condition and find yourself in a situation where your current treatment choices are unsatisfactory, you may want to enroll in a clinical trial.

Blood Test May Predict Hypertension

Hypertension has traditionally been diagnosed by a blood pressure reading of 140/90 mm Hg or higher. Before that threshold is reached, however, undetected blood pressure elevations may have already caused heart damage.

How to Get an Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

Once other conditions, such as depression, Huntington's disease or hypothyroidism, have been ruled out, an Alzheimer's diagnosis is made by accumulating information on the individual's history and mental status exams and by interviews with the patient, family members and friends over a period of several weeks. Diagnoses based on this type of clinical information are accurate…

Why Diabetes Raises Your Risk of Falling

Comedians may trip and stumble for easy laughs, but there's nothing funny about falling, which is a major health risk for older adults. Having diabetes increases that risk because the condition can cause physical impairments that may make you less steady on your feet.

Mindfulness Therapy May Curb Depression Episodes

Feelings of overwhelming sadness and hopelessness are commonplace in people suffering from depression. Antidepressant medications and psychotherapy help many people, but 50 to 80 percent of those who don't get ongoing treatment will experience repeated bouts. However, a June 2016 study suggests that a hybrid form of psychotherapy called mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an effective…

Cataract Surgery: Know Your Lens Options

Preparing for cataract surgery? Before your operation, your surgeon will review the intraocular lens (IOL) replacement options. A number of factors can affect your lens choices. Here are a few things to consider before you head to surgery.

Got Low Back Pain? Skip the Pills

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit a doctor. But dont expect to walk away with a prescription. Youre likely to be told to try a nondrug treatment first.

6 Things to Do to Prevent COPD Exacerbations

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) flare-ups can take a significant toll on patients-medically, financially, and psychologically. Multiple studies have shown that COPD exacerbations are linked to more doctor visits and increased hospital admissions.

MRI Scan Could Spare Some from Prostate Biopsy

If your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer, undergoing a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan immediately after an initial screening might spare you the medical risks of a prostate biopsy and improve your chances of an accurate diagnosis.

How Stroke Affects the Brain

The effects of a stroke can be devastating. Damage to brain cells can result in long-lasting impairments of senses, motor skills, behavior, language ability, memory, and thought processes. The good news is that experts are finding that the brain has great plasticity and powers of recuperation.