Living With Chronic Conditions

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How to Keep Sore Hips, Knees, Shoulders from Ruining Your Sleep

Tags: chronic pain, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, sleep

Shoulder, hip, and knee pain can easily keep you awake at night. Making a few changes, including to your sleeping position, can decrease the pain and help you get a good night’s sleep.


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Why Do Some Boxers Develop Dementia and Some Don’t?

Tags: Alzheimer's, Alzheimer’s disease, brain fog, brain health, brain injury, dementia, depression, Parkinson's, Parkinson's Disease, traumatic brain injury TBI

The boxing community has known for decades that repeated blows to a fighter’s head can result in permanent brain damage. Now, a four-year-old study looking for answers as to why punch drunk happens is coming to Cleveland.


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If You Have Diabetes and Coronary Blockages, Watch This (Video)

Tags: bypass surgery, chronic static angina, coronary blockages, diabetes, heart, heart and vascular institute, heart health, heart video, stenting, video

If you have diabetes and need treatment for chronic static angina -- the kind that causes chest pain from exertion -- you should know about new treatment guidelines that recommend surgery over stenting.


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If You Have Lupus, Consult Doctor Before Pregnancy (Video)

Tags: high-risk pregnancy, lupus, pregnancy, systemic lupus erythematosus

Before getting pregnant, it's best for lupus patients to coordinate care with their rheumatologist and an obstetrician familiar with high-risk pregnancies.


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Drugs Can Help You with Lupus-Related Hair Loss (Video)

Tags: androgenic hair thinning, hair loss, lupus, medications, systemic lupus erythematosus, videos

Doctors treat hair loss in lupus patients with medications such as steroid lotions or prednisone. Talk to your doctor early to best manage the condition.


Rehab after LVAD Implant

Rehab After LVAD Implant Makes a Life Saver Even Better

Tags: cardiac rehabilitation, heart and vascular institute, heart disease, heart failure, heart health, LVAD

Left ventricular assist devices help failing hearts pump better, and cardiac rehab improves both strength and quality of life for new recipients of LVADs.


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Drug Addictions Are Physical Illnesses (Video)

Tags: addiction, drugs, Prescription Drugs, substance abuse, videos

Addictive drugs in effect can end up changing our personality and outlook on the world.


If You Have a Colostomy Bag, Embrace the Freedom It Offers

If You Have a Colostomy Bag, Embrace the Freedom It Offers

Tags: cancer, colon cancer, colostomy bags, crohn's, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis

Conditions that require colostomy bags, particularly on a permanent basis -- and for younger people -- bring a stigma that patients can face and conquer.


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Sports Beat: Is Your Heart Murmur Serious? (Video)

Tags: arrhythmias, athletes, heart murmur, heart video, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, sports, sudden cardiac death, video

Your doctor unexpectedly tells you at your annual sports physical that you have a heart murmur. So now what? Here’s how a sports cardiologist can help.


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New Surgeries Ease Arthritis of Your Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist

Tags: arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic pain, elbow pain, innovation, osteoarthritis, shoulder pain, surgery, wrist

Arthritis of the shoulder, elbow and wrist can leave you in pain and feeling weak. It also can create a substantial loss of mobility and function. The good news is that there are some very effective techniques to addressing this problem, even in severe cases.