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Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

Understand the Different Types and Causes of Cardiomyopathy

You may know cardiomyopathy as a type of heart disease, but it’s actually more than that. Cardiomyopathy is really a group of diseases affecting the heart muscle. There are several kinds of cardiomyopathies, and each one has its own set of possible causes and outcomes.
One of the common characteristics of

Are You at Risk for Esophageal Cancer?

Esophageal cancer is on the rise in the U.S.—according to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 17,000 new cases were diagnosed in 2016. Symptoms typically don’t become apparent until late in the disease, and the fact this cancer is often detected at an advanced stage means that outcomes are poor.

Q&A: PsA; Sandwiches; Cancer Treatment

Q. What is psoriatic arthritis, and what makes it different from other types of arthritis?
A. Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory arthritis; its symptoms mimic other forms of arthritis, so it is often difficult to diagnose. Symptoms include joint pain and stiffness, swollen fingers and toes, changes in nails, such

“Prehabilitation” Can Improve Cancer Treatment Outcomes

If you are one of the 1.6 million Americans diagnosed with cancer annually, how you are treated will depend on the type of cancer you have, how far it has progressed, your age, and your overall health, among other things.

As you and your doctors decide what course of treatment is

Dealing with Dysphagia: A Difficult-to-Swallow Condition

Dealing with Dysphagia: A Difficult-to-Swallow Condition

Dysphagia is a condition that can occur at any age, although it’s more common in older adults. It falls into one of the following categories:

Esophageal dysphagia: This is the feeling that food gets stuck in your throat or in your chest.
Oropharyngeal dysphagia: This occurs when certain conditions weaken your

A Lower Weight May Mean a Lower Risk of Lymphedema

A Lower Weight May Mean a Lower Risk of Lymphedema

Advances in medical, radiation, and surgical treatments are extending the lives of many women with breast cancer. But as survival rates increase and more and more women live longer, they also face the possibility of experiencing delayed side effects from their cancer treatments. Among these potential side effects is lymphedema,

The Obesity-Ovarian Cancer Link: Another Reason to Lose Weight

Being overweight or obese significantly increases a woman’s risk of developing ovarian cancer, ac-cording to the American Institute for Cancer Research and World Cancer Research Fund (AICR/WCRF).

In March 2014, the AICR/WCRF issued a report that, for the first time, links excessive body weight to the most deadly gynecological cancer. Two

Natural Diuretics: How to Reduce Fluid Retention Safely

Natural Diuretics: How to Reduce Fluid Retention Safely

Natural diuretics are herbs or other plants used for their effect on the urinary tract and fluid balance. Diuretics are primarily used to eliminate excess fluid from body tissues, to flush the urinary tract in the treatment of urinary infections, and in detoxification of the body via increased excretion of

Newsbriefs: Breast Cancer; Fruits and Vegetables

Exercise Extends Breast Cancer Survival
A recent review suggests that women with breast cancer who meet current physical activity recommendations as an adjunct to standard treatment may have a reduced risk for death from their disease. The review (Canadian Medical Association Journal, Feb. 21) analyzed 67 studies, and found that 150

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Is Twitching While Sleeping a Problem?

Twitching while sleeping is a common occurrence, but many people who experience these brief muscle movements aren’t even aware that they’re happening. Sometimes, however, the sudden twitching or jerking of your hand or foot is enough to awaken you. Or your spouse.

Twitching while sleeping also may be a symptom of

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