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  • Asthma Triggers and Treatments
  • How to Prevent 500,000 Heart Attacks a Year
  • New Strategies for Preventing Cancer
  • Confronting Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Don't Let Loneliness Shorten Your Life

Take steps to remain socially engaged and active in your golden years.

We all experience loneliness at some point in our lives, but seniors can be particularly vulnerable. Aging is accompanied by a shrinking social network as friends relocate or pass on.....

Identifying Joint Replacement Patients at Risk for Complications

Two studies produce models to predict possible complications following hip and knee replacement surgery.

Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine have developed two new ways to identify candidates who are at risk for complications following hip and knee replacement surgery....

Biennial Breast Cancer Screening Reaffirmed

USPSTF stands fast on its 2009 recommendation.

Women between the ages of 50 and 74, with an average risk of breast cancer, should have screening mammography only every two years, the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) again recommended....

New Uses for TAVR Growing Fast

Successes and advances point to a bright future for this nonsurgical valve-replacement technique.

If you haven't heard about a procedure called transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), it's only a matter of time before you will. This method of replacing the aortic valve through a catheter is....

Risk Gene for Alzheimer's Disease May Aid Prevention

Researchers have identified the chain reaction that may lead to the disease.

A new study provides a clearer understanding of how the gene Apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4) affects late, age-dependent Alzheimer's disease (AD). The findings may pave the way for better treatment and prevention....

Botox: A Novel Approach to Preventing Arrhythimas

Injections may stop atrial fibrillation for more than a year.

Injections of botulinum toxin A (Botox) revolutionized the beauty industry by providing a nonsurgical option for eliminating the appearance of wrinkles. Its value in treating a variety of medical conditions has been proven....