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Selenium and Prostate Cancer: What You Should Know

Selenium is an essential trace mineral—that is, it’s needed in small amounts to maintain good health and must be consumed, since the body does not manufacture it. Among its purported benefits: It prevents cancers—notably prostate cancer. But does that claim hold up?

Compounded Pain Creams May Not Offer Relief

Compounded topical pain creams were no better than a placebo at easing sore, aching joints and other discomfort, according to a 2019 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But don’t dismiss topical pain creams altogether.

Understanding Your Diabetes Treatment Plan

What you don’t know won’t hurt you, as the saying goes. But that’s far from true when it comes to managing type 2 diabetes. Understanding the reasoning behind your individual treatment puts you on the right track to controlling your diabetes and helps better prepare you to make educated decisions about your self-care.

Is the Price Right for the Newest Cholesterol Drugs?

When the newest cholesterol-lowering drugs, PCSK9 inhibitors, first became available in 2015, the cost was about $14,000 per year—which strictly limited their use. But according to the National Lipid Association (NLA), major reductions in the prices of these non-statin medications make them a more reasonable option for some people at high risk of a heart attack.

Antibiotic Resistance: 5 Steps You Can Take to Curb This Growing Threat

Antibiotics were heralded as wonder drugs when they first came along many decades ago and with good reason. But today, experts warn, we’re running out of effective antibiotics as the bacteria they target become increasingly resistant. And some bacterial agents have evolved into “superbugs,” resistant to virtually every drug doctors throw at them. While researchers around…

Many with Suspected Celiac Disease Don’t Get Recommended Tests

People with evidence of celiac disease should undergo a combination of tests, including a biopsy of the small bowel, to establish a diagnosis, say guidelines from the American College of Gastroenterology and the American Gastroenterological Association. This is the definitive way to diagnose celiac disease. But a recent study found that about a fifth of patients…

Uncovering the Link Between Memory Loss, Sleep Apnea, and Depression

Some middle-aged and older people have cloudy memories of their past; their recollections lack specific details. Recent findings from Australian researchers show an intriguing link between these “overgeneral” autobiographical memories, obstructive sleep apnea, and persistent depression.

How to Cope with Winter Depression

Humans, like most animals, are affected by sunlight or the lack of it, both physically and emotionally. But some people are affected much more than others. During the shorter, darker days of late fall and winter, especially in more northern regions, they may experience a type of clinical depression called seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also called…

More Evidence that ADT Boosts Fracture

A recent study provides more evidence that androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)—an important treatment for men with or at risk for metastatic prostate cancer— weakens bones. It also identifies the types of fractures most likely to occur. Current guidelines recommend a number of steps that men on ADT should take to boost their bone strength.

The Best Exercises to Help Seniors Prevent Falls

It’s estimated that each year, at least 30 percent of people over the age of 65 experience a fall. All too often in older individuals, a fall can lead to a spine or hip fracture, triggering a downward spiral of health-related ills. Exercise, particularly balance and muscle-strengthening (resistance) exercises, is recommended to reduce the risk of…