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Pain Pills Don't Go Away After Back Surgery

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We can debate the necessity of spine surgery until the proverbial cows come home, but a few concerning realities are becoming apparent: it's performed far too frequently and it doesn't mean your pain will go away. In terms of the latter point, a recent study in the peer-reviewed journal Pain found that patients who took prescription opioid pain meds...

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Even Pre-Diabetes Is Risky

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Don't have type 2 diabetes? That's good news. The bad news is your blood sugar may still be high enough to cause heart and kidney disease. Both conditions have been associated with a diabetes diagnosis, but new research suggests even non-diabetes sufferers whose blood sugar levels are elevated have a greater risk of developing either disease.

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Keep Your Spine in Shape

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Your spine is the backbone of your entire body – literally and figuratively. That means poor spine health can negatively impact you from head to toe. How can you keep your spine in shape? Let's learn more about this critical anatomical structure and take a look at some of the simple strategies you can employ to ensure a healthy spine and a healthy...

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Obesity Can Kill Your Taste Buds

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Obesity can be a killer, but even if you live with it, your life probably won't be as rewarding as it would be if you achieved a healthy weight. Here's one reason you might not realize: Extra weight can blunt your taste buds. Cornell University researchers have discovered that even small levels of inflammation caused by obesity can reduce the number of...

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Your Baby's Medication May Lead to Childhood Allergies

No parent wants a child to develop allergies to any food or substance, but sometimes it happens outside of anyone's control. The tendency to develop allergies is often hereditary, passed from parents to offspring. But the risk of suffering an allergy can certainly be reduced. Here's a risk-reduction story all parents should heed. A study published in...

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High BP Ups Miscarriage Risk

A miscarriage can be an emotionally crippling experience for expectant parents, particularly the mother, who can also suffer health complications. Chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus can lead to miscarriage, and maternal health can also play a role. Diabetes, hormonal problems, thyroid disease, weight and smoking all increase miscarriage risk....

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