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News Briefs: Cancer Patients & Shingles; Musicians’ Ability to Synchronize

Cancer Patients Face Higher Risk of Shingles; New Vaccines May Help
People newly diagnosed with cancer, particularly blood cancers, and those treated with chemotherapy have a greater risk of developing shingles, according to an Australian study published in the Journal of ­Infectious Diseases. Shingles, or herpes zoster, is caused by the varicella

The Four Causes of Arthritis

The Four Causes of Arthritis

Arthritis refers to joint inflammation, but the term also is more loosely used to describe any disorder that affects the joints. It is a symptom, rather than a specific disease. Arthritic conditions fall into a wider disease category known as “rheumatic diseases.” There are more than 100 types, each with

Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Causes of Dizziness in Older Adults

Dizziness is not a specific medical disorder, but a set of symptoms frequently reported in older adults. Dizziness can be caused by many underlying factors that could involve the eyes, ears, thyroid, lungs, bladder, musculoskeletal system, brain, and heart. The emergency room physician who treats a patient with dizziness has

Swollen Lymph Nodes Aren’t Always A Sign of Disease

Swollen Lymph Nodes Aren’t Always A Sign of Disease

Finding a lump is frightening—no matter where it is. Swollen lymph nodes are your body’s way of telling you that something’s wrong. Usually, they’re alerting you to a mild infection or illness. Once your immune system has fought the pesky invader, your lymph nodes will shrink back to their normal

3. Non-Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Conditions

The 17 conditions listed alphabetically in this chapter are non-orthopaedic in nature. They can affect bones, muscles, and the structures surrounding joints and can cause just as much discomfort as orthopaedic issues.
Athlete’s Foot
Athlete’s foot is more common in men than in women and more common in older adults than in

3. Laboratory Testing for Fatigue

In order to fully understand the underlying cause of your fatigue and get the best possible diagnosis, you will likely need laboratory testing. If you have not already done so, visit your primary-care provider as soon as possible to describe the details of your fatigue.

A discussion with a primary-care practitioner

2. What Causes Fatigue?

The key to resolving any chronic health condition is to discover the root causes and then supply the body with the needed raw materials to correct any deficiencies or to bring the body back into balance. Therefore, you will need to become somewhat of a detective, patiently investigating each known

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