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  • Fish oil and AD
  • Say "No" to aspirin / ibuprofen mix
  • Battling AD - step by small step
  • Fish, the ultimate brain food
  • Arthritis Breakthroughs
  • Emphysema alternative

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  • Gleevec may be heart-toxic
  • Naproxen still rules
  • Mitral valve surgery
  • Cardiac benefits of fish oil not widely acknowledged in U.S.
  • Anemia is a risk factor for Executive Function Impairment
  • Red wine could help prevent Alzheimer's disease
  • Does vitamin D reduce pancreatic cancer risk?
  • Pancreatic cancer survival


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The Antioxidant Controversy

The controversy surrounding antioxidant supplements has soared to a new level.

A review of studies published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association says that taking certain anti­oxidants as supplements provides no health benefits and might even increase the risk of death.....

Three Early-Warning Alzheimer’s Tests

Timelier detection can lead to longer and improved quality of life.

Researchers on three fronts have discovered new approaches that could lead to an early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), which now affects more than five million Americans —about 1.5 percent of the entire population....

Asthma Triggers and Treatments

Now, excess weight and obesity are also implicated in contributing to asthma attacks.

Asthma is a chronic condition that occurs when airways become inflamed and respond to irritating substances or allergens by narrowing. When this happens, less air reaches your lungs.If someone in your family has the condition, you are at greater risk for it. Asthma is more likely to appear during childhood, but it can first show up in your....

How to Prevent 500,000 Heart Attacks a Year

Widespread screening for CVD could pinpoint who's vulnerable.

Why is cardiovascular disease still the number one killer in the Western World when risk factors are well known and risk-reduction strategies are widely available? The Screening for Heart Attack Prevention and Education (SHAPE) Task Force has an answer....

New Strategies for Preventing Cancer

Recent meeting unveils some "do-it-yourself" tactics to help thwart the cancer monster.

Recent research is unraveling the promising role that diet, exercise, weight control and lifestyle choices play in keeping us healthy. At the Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, held by the American Association for Cancer Research last fall, scientists rolled out a number of studies aimed at helping the public forestall or decrease their cancer risk.

Confronting Age-Related Macular Degeneration

New drugs and treatments can retard progression of vision loss, though there is yet no definitive cure.

As we grow older, eyesight isn't what it used to be. Fortunately, eyeglasses or contact lenses can fix most garden-variety vision problems. But for many Americans, the solution isn't that simple. An estimated 1.75 million Americans age 40 and older have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that gradually and stealthily destroys central vision.