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Are You at Risk for Osteopenia? Symptoms May Not Tell the Story

Are You at Risk for Osteopenia? Symptoms May Not Tell the Story

Osteopenia isn’t as serious as osteoporosis—see our posts defining bone loss test scores of osteoporosis -2.5 or osteoporosis -3.0. But it’s also not easy to detect; there aren’t any obvious osteopenia symptoms.

Certain factors, however, can make you vulnerable to osteopenia, meaning that it’s important to preserve your bone density. Specifically,

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain Behind Knee? Injury vs. Disease-Related Causes

Pain behind knee can be caused by a variety of conditions, the vast majority of which are injury-related. Some systemic diseases, however, can cause pain-behind-knee symptoms, and some life-threatening diseases also can be a source.

Here, we take a closer look at injuries as well as diseases that might lead to

Loving Animals Helping People

An elderly female patient was dozing late one afternoon when a therapeutic recreation staff member, a Golden Retriever, and the volunteer dog handler walked into her hospital room. She woke and she seemed confused, then her eyes brightened and she smiled. The dog approached her bedside, and the woman patted

Coping With Cancer Treatment

A recent report (Cancer, July 1) suggests that overall U.S. cancer death rates are decreasing, although progress in reducing mortality has not occurred for all cancers. Where improvement has occurred, it is likely due to improved methods of detecting and treating cancer. When it comes to the latter, radiation therapy,

Ask the Experts: Organic Foods & Cancer; Acupuncture for Pain Relief

Q: Does eating organic foods protect you from cancer?

A: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 85 percent of Americans have pesticides and other chemicals in their bodies. Studies have shown that when people eat organic food, which is grown without the use of conventional pesticides,

What Is a DEXA Scan?

What Is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan (also written as DXA scan) is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. A test that measures the strength of your bones as you age, a DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older.

Research suggests that not

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Breast Cancer Treatment Options to Consider

Once you’ve received the sobering news that you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, the next step is to discuss a personalized breast cancer treatment plan with your medical team. Your doctor’s recommendations will involve many factors, including your age, medical history, the type, location, and size of the cancer, and

2. Diagnosing Joint Pain

There are more than 100 types of arthritis, so when it comes to diagnosis the first challenge is to determine the cause of the inflammation. The second challenge is to evaluate the extent of tissue involvement and level of disease. For example, is there an acute and self-limiting inflammation of

Can Prostate Cancer Be Cured? Explore Your Treatment Options

Can Prostate Cancer Be Cured? Explore Your Treatment Options

Receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer is shocking—so much so that you might not fully process anything your doctor says after the “C word.” Consequently, you might forget about another “C word”—cure—and fail to understand that a prostate cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. So, can prostate cancer be

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