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Paget’s Disease Can Boost Fracture Risk

Abnormal bone growth caused by Paget’s disease—the second most common bone disease after osteoporosis—can increase the risk for fractures and other complications, including hearing loss. Bisphosphonates, a type of medication used to slow or stop bone loss in people with osteoporosis, are the standard treatment recommended by the Endocrine Society for people at risk for complications.

7 Tips to Help You Breathe More Easily—and When to Call 911

Most often, chronic or recurrent shortness of breath (dyspnea) signals a problem with your lungs or heart. The American Thoracic Society offers advice to help you control breathlessness, once your doctor has diagnosed the underlying cause. If you experience dyspnea, it’s also important to know when to call 911.

Do You Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal?

Many people can benefit from the companionship of an emotional support animal, reducing or even eliminating the need to take medication, such as for anxiety or depression. But what constitutes an actual need for a companion animal is debatable, and undoubtedly there is plenty of fraud.

Will You Benefit from a Prostate Cancer Biopsy? Tests to Help You Decide

A high prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level doesn’t necessarily mean a man has prostate cancer, but it will usually lead to a referral for a prostate biopsy, which can be painful and cause serious side effects, in some cases. Lab tests are now available that may help identify men most likely to benefit from a biopsy, and…

Dementia and Guns: A Dangerous Duo

When an older relative’s failing cognitive or physical abilities begin to affect his or her driving skills, you know it’s time to have a heart-to-heart talk about giving up the car keys to protect your loved one—and others—from harm. But do you know to have a similar talk with a relative whose mental or physical state…

Prescription Omega-3s Get Thumbs Up for High Triglycerides

Prescription omega-3 fatty acids can effectively lower high triglycerides, according to a recent science advisory from the American Heart Association. As a result, the group recently endorsed the use of prescription, but not over-the-counter, omega-3s.

Online Blood Alcohol Calculators Can Lead to a False Sense of Security

During the holiday season, more parties and more dinners often lead to more drinking. So, are online blood alcohol calculators a good tool for determining how much alcohol you can drink before reaching the legal limit for driving? Here’s what you should know before you get behind the wheel.

Should You Take Vision Supplements?

Good nutrition is essential to eye health, as it is to the health of all our organs. But should you take dietary supplements claiming to “support,” “protect,” or “promote” eye health in hopes of preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or cataracts—or for general eye health?

Study Examines 5-ARIs and Mortality Risk

Men who use 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors (5-ARIs) to relieve lower urinary tract symptoms from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are at no greater risk of dying of prostate cancer or any other cause than men treated with alpha blockers, according to a study in Urology.

Can Being Overweight in Midlife Accelerate Brain Aging?

You know that maintaining a healthy weight may protect you against a variety of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Now, a recent study in Neurology suggests there’s another reason to maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight in midlife may accelerate aging in the brain.