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What Happens If You Have Prostate Surgery? 

Mar 14, 2018 by William Kirkpatrick
The prostate is a walnut-sized reproductive gland responsible for producing certain fluid components of semen. After a person reaches the age of 40 years old, cells in the prostate gland sometimes begin to multiply. This growth can lead to enlargement of the gland, causing it to squeeze the urethra, often interfering with urination. This condition is known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic enlargement (BPE). It is not related to cancer and is usually harmless, though it can cause unpleasant symptoms.

The most common surgery for BPH is called "transurethral resection of the prostate" or TURP. During the procedure, surgeons remove the excess prostate tissue through the urethra.

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What Happens to Joints and Cartilage As You Age?

Oct 31, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Gowing older is an inevitable part of life. The older we get, the more common it is to experience mild soreness or aching when you stand, climb stairs, or exercise. But what does this mean for our joints and cartilage? 

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8 Everyday Things That Age You

Jul 31, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

While ageing is an inevitable part of life, how quickly or well you age depends on many different factors. Although there are some obvious causes of premature ageing, there are many seemingly harmless things that can also add on the years. And besides, no one wants to grow old before their time. 

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Do You Skip Breakfast? You Could Be At Risk For Multiple Health Problems

Jul 28, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Have you heard of the saying, "you are what you eat?" Well, studies indicate that when you eat may be just as important as what you eat. 

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New Study: Reduction of Overall Body Fat Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer

Jul 26, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

A reduction in overall body fat, rather than abdominal fat, is associated with lower levels of breast cancer markers. The study published in Endocrine-Related Cancer, found that levels of several breast cancer risk markers were reduced in postmenopausal women who lost total body fat, rather than just belly fat.

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How Stress Influences Your Risk For Heart Disease and Stroke

Jul 24, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

You're stuck in line at airport security and your plane leaves in 10 minutes. You become antsy. As your breath quickens and your muscles tense, your anxiety builds and it feels like you're on the verge of a heart attack.

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Tips For A Diabetes Management Plan

Jul 21, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Diabetes management requires awareness and is measured by how well you can control your blood sugar. Therefore, it is important to know what makes your blood sugar level rise and fall and you need to know how to control these day-to-day factors. 

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New Study: Drinking Coffee Linked to 20% Lower Risk of Liver Cancer

Jul 19, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Primary liver cancer is the sixth most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide, and because of its poor prognosis, it's the second leading cause of cancer death. But, researchers have found an important link between coffee consumption and liver cancer that can help diminish the risk. 

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8 Signs You Should Stop Exercising Now

Jul 17, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Being as physically active as possible protects your health. The benefits of physical activity far outweigh any potential risk, but it is not always a good idea. So, the advice is to just listen to your body.

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Mental Health Medication Is Very Common, Study Shows

Jul 14, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Taking medication for a mental health issue is common, study shows.

Approximately one in six Americans has taken a prescribed psychiatric drug such as antidepressants at least once. And, most psychiatric drug use reported by adults was long-term.

Researchers found 16.7% of 242 million U.S. adults reported filling one or more psychiatric drug prescriptions in 2013. 

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