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A step closer to ovarian cancer screening

Although ovarian cancer is rare, it is the fifth deadliest form of cancer in women. To date, a reliable screening test for ovarian cancer has not been developed.

Glaucoma: The silent thief of sight

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of blindness in this country. There is no cure for glaucoma, but it can be treated with medicine and surgery.

The flu: Will antibiotics work?

Antibiotics are often prescribed for people suffering from the flu. However, antibiotics are designed to treat infections from bacteria. The flu, on the other hand, is a virus and does not respond to antibiotics.

January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month

With the advent of Pap smears and immunization against certain types of HPV, the incidence of cervical cancer in this country has plummeted in the past 50 years.

Diabetes and Cancer

Current data indicate that the incidence of diabetes may be on the decline. Since research suggests that there is a link between type 2 diabetes and several types of cancer, a drop in diabetes rates may result in lower cancer ...

The Food and Drug Administration: Attack on added sugars

The Food and Drug Administration is at it again. Now the target is sugar, but it’s not just any sugar. It’s the added sugar the administration is going after.

Keep high blood pressure at bay

Some cases of high blood pressure are difficult to avoid. It may run in families or a medical condition precipitates it. For everyone the risk of hypertension increases with every tick of the clock. But too many times our behavior ...

Prescription medications for HBP

Many prescription drugs are available for the treatment of high blood pressure. Often more than one drug is necessary to control one’s pressure.

Over-the-counter medications and HBP

Although over-the-counter drugs are readily available to consumers, those with high blood pressure need to be careful in their choice. Some OTC drugs can increase their pressure or make their medication less effective.

High blood pressure

Although high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is one of the most common chronic conditions in this country, roughly half of those afflicted do not follow their prescribed medication regimen.

Complications of high blood pressure

Years of uncontrolled blood pressure can cause life-threatening disorders. High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease.

Risk factors of high blood pressure

A risk factor increases the risk of a particular disease or condition. Having a particular risk factor, however, does not mean that you will get that disease.

More women may be eligible for breast-conserving surgery

Some cases of breast cancer can be treated by lumpectomy, a breast-conserving surgery. A recent study has found that more women than previously thought could be eligible for lumpectomy.

New guidelines for breast cancer screening

The American Cancer Society recently updated its screening guidelines for breast cancer. The ACS now recommends that women of average risk of breast cancer initiate screening at 45 rather than 40.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

With 231,840 new cases expected in 2015, breast cancer is not only the most common cancer in women it beats out lung cancer by almost 11,000 to be the number one cancer in the country. Lung cancer is, however, the ...

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