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Diabetes and Sleep Apnea: What You Need To Know

Tags: diabetes, sleep, sleep apnea, Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes

If you have diabetes, it is critical to manage your sleep apnea in order to manage your diabetes. Some 18 million Americans are diagnosed with sleep apnea; millions more have it and don’t know it.


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Steps You Can Take To Guard Against Dementia

Tags: #onememory, Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain health, dementia, memory, memory loss

Choosing a healthy lifestyle that features regular exercise, a nutritious diet, limited alcohol consumption and no smoking can slow or reverse dementia and cognitive deterioration.


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Keeping Your Limbs Limber Helps Keep MS Symptoms at Bay

Tags: exercise, MS, multiple sclerosis, physical therapy, stretching, therapy

Stretching, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, pilates, tai chi ... many of the usual ways people keep themselves fit and limber become doubly important for those with an MS diagnosis.


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If Your Relative Has an Aneurysm, You Might Have One Too

Tags: aneurysms, brain, brain health, smoking, stroke

If a close relative has a cerebral aneurysm, that means you’re statistically more likely to have one. Other factors are in play, but it's best to get tested.


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7 Tips to Keep Cool If You Have MS

Tags: heat, heat exhaustion, MS, multiple sclerosis

Some MS patients have problems with heat intolerance, so it's important to know what the possible heat sources may be, and how to keep yourself cool in hot and humid weather or while exercising.


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Need Some Sleep? Here’s How You Can Cope With Hot Flashes at Night

Tags: CPAP, hormones, hot flashes, menopause, sleep, sleep apnea

The hot flashes associated with menopause aren’t just uncomfortable during the day — they can disrupt your sleep. Doctors usually prescribe hormone therapy.


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Use Portable Test to Diagnose Your Sleep Apnea at Home

Tags: sleep, sleep apnea, sleep disorders, sleep testing, study

New guidelines from the American College of Physicians recommend a home-based test for obstructive sleep apnea in average people suffering from unexplained daytime sleepiness.


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You Can Manage Your Pain Without Medications

Tags: chronic pain, diet, exercise, medications, pain

Too often, we treat pain with medications. Unfortunately, many pain medications have bad side effects. They also can be addictive. If you're struggling with pain, consider all the alternatives.


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Radiating Pain in Your Leg? Best to See Your Doctor

Tags: exercise therapy, herniated disc, leg pain, physical therapy, radiculopathy, spine

Sharp pains radiating down your leg could signal a damaged nerve or herniated disc, so learn what the different levels of back pain might represent.


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Back to School May Mean Headache Pain for Your Child

Tags: back to school, children with headaches, Headaches, migraine headaches, migraines

School is not the only thing that begins in the fall. For many children, the stress of returning to classes brings on an unwanted result: headaches.