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Sweeteners, both natural and artificial, are being consumed in
larger quantities, and are contributing to the nation's obesity
problems. The best approach is moderation, especially for
While flaxseed oil may seem like a good way to get beneficial omega-3 fats, its healthful effects are not as powerful as they appear. Eating fish is still the best way to get omega-3s.
While recommended healthy blood pressure levels have decreased,
lowering diastolic pressure too much could deprive the heart of
needed blood flow, which could be dangerous for people with
coronary artery disease.
Coronary bypass patients frequently experience some cognitive
impairment after surgery. Some studies suggest that doing the
surgery without using the heart-lung machine may help prevent
clots from affecting the brain, but the results are inconclusive.
An Australian study questions the effectiveness of keeping a
wound covered with a bandage for more than 24 hours, but its
results are inconclusive.
Splitting pills can save consumers money, especially when
different size doses of a medication cost the same amount per
pill. A large health insurer is encouraging its subscribers to
split certain medications.
The air in my apartment gets exceedingly dry during the winter. I
started using a nasal decongestant containing oxymetazoline
hydrochloride. Now I?m hooked. Even when it?s not winter, I can?t
breathe at night without it. How can I break this addiction?
My father had a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on one
side. He?s aware of all that?s going on and can talk some, but he
has severe spasticity in his left elbow, shoulder, and hand,
along with muscle atrophy. Would Botox injections help the
painful spasms in his arm and hand?