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Prostate Cancer Risk Linked to Obesity, Waist Size

Men who are moderately obese in middle age and later life may be more likely to develop advanced or aggressive prostate cancer, according to an observational study in the Annals of Oncology. The study, which looked at data from more than 830,000 men, also had sobering news for men with very large waistlines.

Early PT for Low Back Pain May Reduce Need for Opioids

In the face of an ongoing national epidemic of opioid abuse, medical experts are looking for strategies to lower the risk of addiction for patients in pain. Findings from a study in JAMA Network Open suggest that one approach may be the early use of physical therapy (PT) for low back and other types of musculoskeletal…

Quelling Anxiety with Mindfulness and Meditation

Coping with the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many of us feeling increasingly anxious. If you need a respite from the anxiety-producing news, you might want to consider meditation. People who regularly meditate say it provides mental, spiritual, and physical benefits, including stress reduction and a sense of well-being. And a growing number of studies support…

Keep Your Body in Motion to Benefit Your Brain

There are many reasons to believe that physical activity and exercise can benefit the brain. And a growing body of research is helping doctors clarify the role of physical activity in the prevention of cognitive decline. While there are no specific guidelines on how much exercise you need to help prevent cognitive decline, here’s a look…

How to Boost the Odds of Survival After a Heart Attack

Technically referred to as a myocardial infarction, a heart attack occurs when the complete blockage of a coronary artery interrupts blood flow to a portion of the heart muscle, causing death of heart tissue. According to a study in the Journal of the American Heart Association, following medical guidance after a heart attack increases the odds…

Coping with Isolation in the Age of Covid-19

By now, many of us know firsthand what it feels like to be quarantined or told to shelter at home. We’ve experienced the anxiety, confusion, anger, fear, and even boredom that results. Here’s what previous outbreaks have taught us about how to get through the worst—and how to recover from extended periods of quarantine and social…

When Not to Treat Diabetic Macular Edema

Injections of anti-VEGF agents and laser photocoagulation have both been shown to effectively treat people with diabetic macular edema involving the center of the macula (CI-DME) when it impairs vision. Less is known about whether these treatments are effective in people with CI-DME who have good vision (20/25 or better) that hasn’t been impaired by the…

Aquablation for BPH: Harnessing the Power of Water

Some men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as an enlarged prostate, develop lower urinary tract symptoms that are troubling enough to warrant treatment. Aquablation is a relatively new therapy that uses water pumped at such a high pressure that it cuts like a knife. Here’s a look at how it’s performed and how it…

The Link Between Alzheimer’s and Stroke

A growing body of evidence suggests that stroke and even stroke risk factors are related to cognitive decline. In fact, the chances of having a stroke in midlife are linked to the chances of developing dementia down the road. Here’s a sobering look at some of the research.

Will Eating Breakfast Help You Lose Weight?

There are plenty of good reasons to eat breakfast, but losing weight may not be one of them. In fact, the “most important meal of the day” might just mean extra calories for people watching their weight, according to a study in The BMJ.