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Daily Aspirin:  Is it right for you?
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Daily Aspirin: Is it right for you?
The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have established new guidelines regarding daily low-dose aspirin as preventative for a heart attack or stroke.
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Incidence of uterine cancer on the rise
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Incidence of uterine cancer on the rise
Unlike many other types of cancers, uterine cancer is on the rise. The incidence and death rates are highest in African American women. When found early, the 5-year survival rate is 95 percent.
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Advances in the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer
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Advances in the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer
Triple-negative breast cancer is an aggressive form of breast cancer that more frequently strikes black women and younger women. Its five-year survival rate is roughly 77 percent compared to 90 percent for other forms of breast cancer.
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First case of West Nile virus in Hub
The Boston PublicHealth Commission (BPHC) last week announced that the first case of West Nile Virus has been confirmed in a Boston resident this year. The patient, in her 50s, was hospitalized and has since been discharged home. Although mosquito pools throughout the City have tested positive for West Nile Virus, it is not known whether this patient acquired the infection in Boston. The investigation is ongoing.
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New Medicare cards on the way
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New Medicare cards on the way
New Medicare cards are scheduled to be delivered to participating residents of Massachusetts sometime this month. The new cards use a unique identifying number instead of one’s social security number to help reduce fraud and abuse.
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High blood pressure: A moving target
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High blood pressure: A moving target
After a review of hundreds of studies, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recently revised their guidelines for labelling and treating high blood pressure. Many people, however, can reduce their blood pressure by healthy lifestyles.
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Soup starter
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Soup starter
Spring is on the march, but winter isn’t done with us yet. That means that I am not done with soup.
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Ketogenic eating
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Ketogenic eating
After a lifetime of making dietary choices by gut instinct, I recently embarked on my first real diet. I’m gunning for my visceral belly fat, the insidious deposits that lurk between your internal organs — or sometimes in them or on them — far beneath the abdominal wall. It’s the fat you can’t squeeze, no matter how wide your pinch.
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BMI does not tell the whole story
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BMI does not tell the whole story
Postmenopausal women who carry too much body fat may be at risk for invasive breast cancer, even if their BMI is within normal limits.
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A new vaccine for shingles
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A new vaccine for shingles
The varicella-zoster virus causes chickenpox as well as shingles. There are vaccines to prevent both conditions. The vaccine for shingles has been recently updated, and provides protection for a longer period of time.
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The decline in cervical cancer
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The decline in cervical cancer
With the advent of Pap smears and immunization against certain types of HPV, the incidence of cervical cancer in this country has plummeted in the past 50 years.
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Leave the lettuce
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Leave the lettuce
“Locavore” was anointed 2007’s word of the year by the Oxford American English Dictionary. Since then the idea of wanting to eat closer to home has only gained traction, which has naturaly invited skepticism. Number-crunchers have found enough cases of it being more carbon-friendly to purchase food from far-away places that the locavore movement should be sunk, at least if saving the world were the goal.
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