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Ask the Experts: Magnesium Deficiency; Spinal Cord Stimulator

Q: My doctor diagnosed my sudden leg weakness as a medication-related magnesium deficiency. What medications can cause deficiencies?

A: Nutritional deficiencies are a common and under-recognized side effect of many medications. Here are some of the most common offenders:

ACE inhibitors, used to treat hypertension, deplete zinc.
Aluminum antacids and calcium carbonate,

Diabetes Is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease

You may be aware that people with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of heart disease—but you may not know just how strong the connection is between these two conditions. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), at least 68 percent of people age 65 or older who have diabetes

2. Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second-most-common cancer in men (after skin cancer) and the second-most-common cause of cancer-related death in men (after lung cancer). Latest data from the American Cancer Society: One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, and one in 41 will die from

2018 HN Index

Alcohol Consumption

In rheumatoid arthritis patients, Jan., 4
Guidelines revisited, June 5; July 4
Rates increasing, Feb., 2
Bones, Joints, and Pain
Back pain, spinal fusion, March, 8
Dental pain, NSAIDs versus opioids, Sept., 3
Fibromyalgia, Jan., 3
Hip replacement, longevity, June, 7
Knee pain, noninvasive treatment, Sept., 2
Marijuana,

4. Who Is at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Simply getting older raises your risk for Alzheimer’s, but age alone does not mean a slow decline toward dementia. Beyond age, there are certain factors that may further increase risk. Most likely, several factors interact to set off the chain of events that cause Alzheimer’s disease. The process may begin

Newsbriefs: Cardiovascular Medicine

E-Cigarettes Elevate Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
E-cigarettes that contain nicotine are no safer than traditional cigarettes when it comes to cardiovascular risk, according to a study published on July 9 in Vascular Medicine. In fact, their cardiovascular effects may last even longer. Researchers found that peripheral systolic blood pressure was significantly

Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

Prediabetes Symptoms: Are They a Reliable Indicator?

During your latest doctor’s appointment, your physician breaks the news that you have prediabetes. It means your blood-sugar levels are elevated, but not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes. You’re surprised not only by the diagnosis, but also by the fact that you experienced no prediabetes symptoms. After

Diabetes Medications: What You Need to Know

If you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, it’s important to manage your blood sugar levels, since high blood sugar can result in serious health complications. Diabetes more than doubles your risk of heart attack and stroke, and accounts for one-third of all cases of kidney failure. It slows blood flow

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