Research: The effect of happiness on heart health

Most of us associate stress with heart disease, and recent research indeed suggests that people who are happy, more optimistic and have meaning in their lives tend to have better cardiovascular health. Julia Boehm, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Chapman University, shares her findings within this area of study.

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What’s so healthy about beer?

Beer has been around for thousands of years, and it has many healthy benefits. Larry Santora, M.D., explores the good side of one of our favorite libations.

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Joint effort: Understanding the new partial knee-replacement surgery

From injection therapy to a new, less-invasive partial knee-replacement surgery, orthopedic surgeon Eric Lee, M.D., explains the many different treatments for knee problems.

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Children who cut themselves and the emotional turmoil behind self-mutilation

One form of self-inflicted injury by an adolescent or child is called “cutting.” Psychiatrist Gayani DeSilva, M.D., explains the emotional reasons that young people intentionally hurt themselves by cutting and other forms of self-mutilation.

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The paleo diet: Is eating like a caveman healthy?

Eating like prehistoric hunters and gatherers provides a very clean diet, but is it a sustainable nutrition plan for modern human beings? Larry Santora, M.D., explores the trendy paleo diet and how it works.

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Understanding glaucoma can help you avoid progressive vision loss

Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, and currently there is no cure. Often glaucoma has no symptoms until very late in the course of the disease, and once you have vision loss from glaucoma, you won’t get it back. Many patients may not notice the slow progression of the condition as their vision gradually diminishes. Ophthalmologist Laura Howard, M.D., of MD Eye Care in Orange, Calif., explains the symptoms and treatments for this disease.

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Chiropractic treatment for mature adults

Focusing on decreasing pain and being more mobile, chiropractor Mike Milinkovic, D.C., demonstrates the latest and more precise treatments for chiropractic care in older adults.

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Sodium in your medication — good or bad?

Some medications, like effervescent tablets, are effective, but a daily dose may contain more sodium than you should intake in a day. Larry Santora, M.D., examines the salt content in both over-the-counter and prescription medications and suggests alternatives.

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Recent changes to the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer

The approach to diagnosing and treating prostate cancer has changed drastically in just the last few years. Surgery may not be the best answer. Urologist Martin Weissman, M.D., shares information that’s important for all men to understand.

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The symptoms and treatment of female sexual dysfunction

Many women suffer from pelvic pain, problems with libido, arousal and orgasm and sometimes incontinence, and there are a number of ways to treat and understand these health issues. Melanie Santos, M.D., a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, explores these conditions and explains a number of different treatment options.

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