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Slurred speech is commonly recognized as a symptom that someone has had a stroke. But speech difficulties resulting from a stroke can be much more complicated than just slurred words. ...

Language vs. Speech – What's the Difference for Stroke Survivors?

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We all have moments when we struggle to find the right words or forget the name of someone we just met. But if spoken words suddenly sound like gibberish or if the names of familiar objects ...

Lost Ability to Communicate May Be a Sign of a More Serious Problem

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Would you know if you were having a stroke? Stroke is the third leading cause of death for women in the United States, and fourth for men and women combined. But one in five women could not name ...

Protect Your Health – Know Your Stroke Symptoms

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If you use pre-moistened wipes and have an itchy or painful rash, trying to stay clean may be the source of your skin problem. Contact dermatitis is an allergic reaction to something that touches ...

Chemical in Baby Wipes May Cause Itchy Skin

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Loud snoring may be more than just annoying. It can be a symptom of a serious sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Recent studies show that treating a sleep illness for yourself or your sleep ...

Sleeping with a Snorer May Hinder Your Healthy Lifestyle

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If you have diabetes, you may be at higher risk of a stomach disorder known as gastroparesis, or delayed gastric emptying. This condition causes the stomach to take too long to empty after you ...

Gastroparesis Can Make Sugar Control More Difficult

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If the idea of a colonoscopy makes you cringe, there are less invasive tests you can take at home that can help detect early signs of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in ...

Afraid of a Colonoscopy? Home Tests May Detect Colorectal Cancer

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If you or your partner is looking to spice up your love life, commercials for drugs to treat “low T” may have you looking at testosterone therapy as a solution for low male sex drive. But a ...

Testosterone Therapy May Increase Risk of Heart Attack, Study Shows

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As professional athletes seem to shrug off the effects of a potential concussion to return to their game, it may be easy to assume that a concussion is a relatively minor concern. Contrary to ...

Research Shows Just One Concussion May Cause Prolonged Damage

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Car seats and booster seats are excellent tools to help keep children safe in the car, as long as they are used correctly. Infants, toddlers and children should be safely restrained whenever they ...

Car Safety Seats Can Save Lives, Even After Minor Accidents

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If you've had shingles, you may be at higher risk of having a stroke. That report comes from a new study published in the online issue of the American Academy of Neurology’s medical journal ...

Shingles May Increase Stroke Risk in Young People

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Whether you are jumping into action as a weekend sports warrior, getting regular exercise or just going through your daily activities, movement is an important part of your regular routine. If ...

Test your Joint Health Knowledge: Take the Joint Awareness Quiz!

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Are the toys you are giving for Christmas on the Nice or Naughty list when it comes to vision safety? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 265,000 toy-related injuries were ...

Protect Your Child’s Vision with These Toy Safety Tips

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Did you know you can freeze a pumpkin pie for up to two months? The same thing is true of a pecan pie. And eggnog that you buy in a carton can be frozen for as long as six months. But beware the ...

7 Tips for Safe Food Storage

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Is it hard for you to lose weight or keep the weight off? Your sleep patterns, including what time you go to sleep and wake up, may be partly to blame, according to a new study from Brigham Young ...

Consistent Times to Sleep and Wake May Help Control Weight

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Getting extra sleep can help you feel better when you are sick. New research also shows that not getting enough sleep may make you more likely to get sick. A study by researchers from the ...

Want to Stay Healthy? Get Enough Sleep!

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If you are pregnant, your doctor should order a blood sugar test even if you've never been diagnosed with diabetes. That is the new recommendation from the Endocrine Society. The group released a ...

Blood Sugar Testing Recommended for All Pregnant Women

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When you reach for your first cup of coffee in the morning, you’re probably looking for that kick-start of caffeine to get you going on the day. But researchers say there are even better reasons ...

Drinking Coffee May Protect Your Liver

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Are you sleeping too much? Many of us would quickly respond that there is no such thing as too much sleep. But a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows ...

Not Too Much, Not Too Little! Sleep Just Right for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Dogs are often called man’s best friends. Now, dogs may also become your best way to ensure older family members are well and thriving while living alone, thanks to a recent study at Newcastle ...

Dog Collars May Provide Insight into Elderly Owners' Well-Being

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For many of us, fall means it’s time to dig into yard work to clear out fallen leaves and get everything ready for fresh landscaping in the spring. But if you have seasonal allergies, working in ...

Get a Jump on Yard Work to Limit Fall Allergies

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A patient who has a pacemaker implanted to regulate a slow heart beat may have a better chance of a normal life expectancy than previously believed. A new study by Dr. Erik O. Udo from the ...

Pacemakers Can Restore Life Expectancy in Some Patients

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Is your brain function at risk? If you have diabetes and you have protein in your urine, it might be. That was the conclusion of a new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American ...

Protein in Your Urine? It May Predict Decreased Brain Function

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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a joint condition or arthritis that affects people with the skin condition known as psoriasis. PsA occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. ...

Don’t Let Psoriatic Arthritis Damage Your Joints

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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory type of arthritis that can affect people who have psoriasis. Arthritis attacks the joints, causing them to become painful, swollen and often warm to ...

Could Your Skin Condition Be Affecting Your Joints?

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We all know that having too much LDL or “bad” cholesterol in our bloodstream can be harmful to our health. Cholesterol can build up in arteries and cause blockages that can increase your risk for ...

'Cholesterol Eaters' in Eyes May Help Slow AMD

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If you are a woman, you know that you will eventually go into menopause. That’s the time later in life when your period permanently stops and you are no longer able to have children. Most women ...

Are Men to Blame for Menopause?

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When you think about the most common dental problems, you may first think of cavities and the dreaded trip to the dentist for a filling. But there are many other types of dental problems that can ...

Don’t Let Common Dental Problems Dim your Smile

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Fireworks are a favorite part of many July 4th celebrations. But before you break out the sparklers and backyard firecrackers, make sure you know how to protect your vision around ...

Don’t Let Fireworks Damage Your Vision

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Menstruation (men-STRAY-shun) is a normal part of a woman’s reproductive cycle. Each month chemical messengers known as hormones instruct the lining of a woman’s vagina or womb to thicken as part ...

Know Your Average Menstrual Cycle So You Can Plan Ahead

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When talking about a “normal” menstrual cycle, it is important to remember that normal for you may be very different from what is normal for someone else. Menstruation (pronounced ...

Keeping Track of Your Normal Menstrual Cycle

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Do you have a hard time remembering the names and faces of new people you meet? Or are you one of those people who effortlessly remembers names and faces? If you fall into the second group, a new ...

Forget a Face? Study Shows Women Remember More

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If you are a woman approaching or going through menopause, don’t blame your hormones for any weight you may gain. A recent review by the International Menopause Society determined that menopause ...

Blame Diet, Not Hormones for Menopause Weight Gain

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If you like to eat junk food, you may want to add fish oil to your diet. Researchers at the University of Liverpool gathered data from more than180 studies to reach that conclusion. The research ...

Supplement Junk Food with Fish Oil for Better Health

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As women, none of us can avoid the eventual arrival of menopause, that time of life when our hormone levels decrease and our periods end. But if you want to avoid some of the less pleasant ...

Diet for Menopause May Reduce Hot Flashes

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If the center of your vision is blurry or missing, you could have age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of serious vision loss in people over 50 years of age. Until ...

Implanted Telescope Improves Vision with Macular Degeneration

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When will your period be over for good? If you’re still planning to have children, you probably hope it’s far in the future. On the other hand, if your family is complete, you may think the end ...

Putting the Period on Your Menstrual Cycle

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Are you at increased risk of developing ovarian cancer? New research from the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center may help answer that question. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic studied the genes of ...

Study Discovers Gene Involved in Ovarian Cancer Risk

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Amblyopia is a condition that results when one eye cannot see as well as it should, even with glasses or contact lenses. The good news is that amblyopia can often be successfully treated if it is ...

Early Eye Exams Critical to Detect Amblyopia

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Although most babies are born with the ability to see, it takes time for their eyes to learn to work together and for their brains to learn how to interpret what their eyes are showing them. ...

Infant Vision: The First Few Months

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As parents, it’s normal to worry about things that can affect your children’s vision. You teach them not to look directly at the sun and do everything you can to protect their eyes. But ...

Infant Vision Development Begins in the Womb

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If you or your children don’t usually get a flu shot due to egg allergy, new research has good news for your family’s health. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ...

Research Shows Flu Shots are Safe for Children with Egg Allergy

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Do you ever have the feeling that your heart is rushing, beating too fast or skipping beats? If so, you may have experienced heart palpitations. A healthy adult heart beats an average of 60 to ...

Rapid Heartbeat? May Be Palpitations

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If you have type 2 diabetes and use insulin to control your sugar levels, a new study from Germany may change how long you need to wait before eating. In fact, you may not need to wait at all ...

New Study Cuts Wait Time between Insulin Use and Eating

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Extended wear contact lenses give wearers the option of leaving lenses in their eyes for days or even weeks. But just because these lenses are approved by the FDA does not mean they are 100 ...

Play It Safe with Extended Wear Contacts

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Are your bones at risk? If you’re over age 50, the answer is probably yes! It’s a simple fact of aging that the older we get, the weaker our bones become. We think of bone as a strong, ...

Healthy Bone is Strong and Flexible

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If you have an older friend or relative with vision problems, it may be easy to focus your concerns on the details of his or her everyday life. You may worry about him reading and being able ...

Poor Vision May Cause Fear of Falling

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If you’re looking for a new twist on your annual resolution to lose weight this year, you might want to change the resolution to “drive less”. A new study by researchers at the University of ...

Make 'Drive Less' Your New Weight Loss Resolution

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If you have the flu, the only thing you want is to feel better as quickly as possible. Over-the-counter remedies can help relieve specific symptoms, but they cannot get rid of the virus that ...

Antiviral Drugs Can Speed Healing from the Flu

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If you have diabetes, getting ready for a trip means extra planning to make sure you have everything you need to take care of your health. Check out these tips to help make sure you are well ...

Tips to Prepare for Traveling with Diabetes