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Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Muscle spasms happen due to the sudden contraction of a muscle: The affected muscle pulls tight and may also feel harder than usual.

Muscle spasms can range from minor (for example, the leg or foot cramps you might experience at night sometimes) to more serious (lower back muscle spasms that might

Identifying Signs of Dementia

Identifying Signs of Dementia

As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you

Standard Blood Tests Can Illuminate Many Health Problems and Risks

A routine blood test that takes less than a minute is perhaps the most revealing tool ever invented to assess a person’s overall health. A blood sample contains information from every part of the body.

“The most commonly ordered blood tests include a CBC (complete blood count), iron studies for anemia

How to Reduce Triglycerides: 4 Time-Tested Strategies

How to Reduce Triglycerides: 4 Time-Tested Strategies

You’re a reasonable person, and you want to take care of your health. You know this means not ignoring your recent lab test, which showed you have high triglycerides. But… you’ve heard of the frequent debilitating side effects that prescription fibrates and statin drugs cause—muscle pain, weakness, liver damage, memory loss,

Ask the Doctor: Heel Pain; Fatigue & Low Energy

Q: I have pain in the bottom of my foot, in the area of my heel. What could this be?

A: It’s possible that you have plantar fasciitis, characterized by pain in the morning when you take your first step, followed by slight improvement, and then more pain later in the

Autoimmune Diseases Affect Many More Women Than Men

Autoimmune diseases (ADs) are conditions characterized by inflammatory responses from misdirected at-tacks by the immune system on the body’s organ systems. ADs affect roughly seven to 10 percent of the U.S. population—and women make up nearly 80 percent of patients with ADs.

ADs are the fifth leading cause of death among

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