Conditions & Treatments

An inside look at age-related hearing loss

The loud music, front row tickets, and your favorite band blasting can bring back great memories of your younger years. You may not regret going to that concert 20 years ago, but it may have contributed to age-related hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss, or presbyacusis,  can start as early as 45. The older you are, …

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5 most common bladder issues explained

Are you running to the bathroom every hour because you can’t shake the urge to go the bathroom? Or do you leak urine when you cough, sneeze or laugh? Well, then you’re probably experiencing one of the five most common bladder health problems that plague Americans every day. According to the National Association for Continence, …

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Weathering the perils of thyroid storm

Your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which regulates your metabolism, growth and temperature. When your thyroid gland malfunctions, you may seem a little off balance. If it makes too little thyroid hormone, you feel sluggish and tired. If it makes too much, you’re shaky and anxious. If your thyroid gland makes way too much thyroid …

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Lack of energy could be hypothyroidism

Martha rarely could muster up the energy to exercise. She felt tired all the time, and it seemed she was gaining weight, even though she was eating less, not more, than usual. Her physician checked her thyroid hormone levels. Sure enough, her thyroid gland was underfunctioning in a condition called hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is the underproduction …

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Face lifts: Types and options to help you look your best

Once a taboo subject to talk about in the mainstream media, face lifts are getting more attention as celebrities and non-celebrities come clean and open up about their enhancements. While the term “face lift” has been around for decades, it can sometimes be misleading. Many often lump all facial enhancement procedures under that phrase, but …

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Hyperthyroidism — Your body in overdrive

Carrie was overjoyed. She was losing weight — and she wasn’t even trying! She had lost two dress sizes in the last six months. Unfortunately — as she found out at her yearly exam — the weight loss was due to hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, or T4, says Deepika …

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How safe is a blood transfusion?

You’re scheduled to have surgery and your doctor tells you that you may need a blood transfusion. You’re immediately concerned. How safe are blood transfusions? “The U.S. blood supply has never been safer,” says Walter J. Linz, MD, Medical Director of the Scott & White Blood Center and Transfusion Medicine. “Your chances of getting HIV …

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