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Sports Concussions Are on the Rise: Know How to Protect Your Child Athlete (Part 1)

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(This is part 1 of a 2-part series on sports-related concussion injuries) The 2017 school year is in full swing for many kids across the country, and it's about to begin for millions more. That means plenty of kids will be returning to sports and socializing on the school playground, and unfortunately, it also means they'll be at an increased risk ...
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Worried About Osteoporosis? Here's Why You Need DEXA

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About 54 million adults in the U.S. are affected by osteoporosis and osteopenia (low bone mass), conditions that significantly increase your risk for serious fractures, including spine, hip and thigh fractures that can wind up causing long-term disability, not to mention considerable pain. Although osteoporosis occurs most commonly in menopausal wo...
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6 Tips to Keep Your Student Athletes Healthy This Fall

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Every year in the U.S., about 3 million student athletes are seen in emergency rooms seeking care for all sorts of injuries related to their sports. Sports injuries have two primary causes: traumatic injuries caused by falls, contact or similar events, and overuse injuries. In fact, as many as half of all student athlete injuries are due to overuse...
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Chronic Venous Insufficiency: Know What to Look for - and How It's Diagnosed

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Everybody knows the heart plays a central role in circulation, pumping blood throughout the body to provide organs and tissues with oxygen and essential nutrients. But few know the heart has a little help, especially once the first "half" of the circulatory cycle is complete and the blood needs to travel from the extremities and back to the heart. ...
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MRIs and Alzheimer's: Detecting the Disease Early

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About 5.5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association , and that number is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia and the 6th leading cause of death, causing more deaths every year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. About one out of ever...
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Treating Uterine Fibroids With Uterine Artery Embolization

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Uterine fibroids are surprisingly common - affecting from 70% to 90% of women by the time they reach age 50, according to the CDC - yet many women are unfamiliar with these growths and the impact they can have on their health and wellness. Fibroids are benign tumors comprising smooth muscle cells and other types of tissue, and they can range in siz...
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Spider Veins and Varicose Veins: More Than "Just" a Cosmetic Problem

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Spider veins - even the name sounds ugly. Still, the hard truth is, most of us will develop these tiny, weblike , purplish veins at some point in our lives - and some of us will develop quite a few. And right about now, just as the warm weather is starting to roll in full force, is when most of us start to notice them. That's because spider veins -...
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These 3 Imaging Tests Can Help Determine Your Risk of Stroke

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Every year in the U.S., nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke, according to data from the CDC , and more than 600,000 of those are first-time strokes. What's more the CDC says about 130,000 people die each year as a result of strokes, which are also the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. Most strokes - about 85% - are ischemic stroke...
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