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Ask the Doctors: Vocal changes are common as we age

The changes that occur in the larynx, where the voice originates, are known as presbylaryngis, also called vocal fold atrophy.

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Ask the Doctors: Immune system, age make a difference in UTI symptoms

A urinary tract infection that goes untreated can lead to serious problems, such as kidney damage or even sepsis. These so-called "silent" UTIs can present a grave threat to the health of older adults.

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Ask the Doctors: Obsessive-compulsive disorder often begins in childhood

OCD is marked by a stressful cycle of unwanted and disruptive thoughts, images or sensations and repetitive behaviors that become a compulsion.

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Ask the Doctors: Music therapy proving effective with Alzheimer’s patients

There’s a robust body of research into the therapeutic uses of music for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Why many breastfeeding mothers lose weight

It’s not unusual. Women who breastfeed burn an added 500 to 700 calories a day, which can lead to weight loss. Adjust your diet to make up for calories used to produce milk.

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Ask the Doctors: Tips on dealing with cognition issues during menopause

It’s estimated that up to two-thirds of women experience some degree of menopause-related cognitive impairment or brain fog. Here’s what you can do.

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Ask the Doctors: Insulin resistance can be helped with diet, exercise

People often don’t know they have this condition until a routine blood test reveals it. It can put you at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

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Ask the Doctors: Can foods rich in flavonoids help reduce blood pressure, improve cognition?

These phytonutrients that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors are associated with a host of health benefits.

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Tick bites and anaplasmosis, an infection they can cause: what to watch for

These tiny arachnids carry a range of diseases that can be transferred when they bite people.

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Ask the Doctors: What can cause dry eye and what you can do about it

The condition occurs when someone lacks enough tears to lubricate and nourish the exposed surfaces of the eye.

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Ask the Doctors: Hyperparathyroidism can cause kidney stones; what you need to know

When calcium levels in the blood drop too low, it prompts the parathyroid glands to produce a hormone that causes stored calcium in the bones to be released into the blood.

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Ask the Doctors: Jaw trouble needs doctor’s attention whether it’s from TMJ or trismus

Treatment of both conditions can include resting the jaw with a soft food diet, medications for pain, muscle-relaxers, exercises and devices to prevent nighttime clenching.

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Ask the Doctors: Diet, exercise can help arthritis pain, inflammation

Arthritis can affect anyone. It’s estimated that up to one-fourth of Americans have some type of arthritis. It’s one of the leading causes of disability in the United States.

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Ask the Doctors: Initial studies link added sugar, inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a term for a group of disorders that arise from chronic inflammation of the digestive tract.

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Ask the Doctors: Eating more plant-rich foods is a good idea for better health

There’s a lot of research about the health benefits of a plant-forward diet. Fiber is particularly important. It helps reduce inflammation and nourishes the microbes in our gut.

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Ask the Doctors: Short-burst workouts of as little as 11 minutes can improve your health, study shows

Study participants were asked to work as hard as was comfortable for each one-minute burst of body weight exercise. Six weeks later, they were in measurably better shape.

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Ask the Doctors: Age spots are a result of too much sun exposure. Here’s what to do.

Sometimes referred to as sun spots or liver spots, these become more common as we get older. Tey can appear on any part of the skin that’s had chronic overexposure to sunlight.

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Ask the Doctors: What Type 2 diabetes is, understanding insulin’s role in treatment

Once seen mostly among middle-aged adults, it’s increasingly seen in young adults, adolescents and even children.

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Ask the doctors: napping can refresh you

Keep in mind that not all naps are equally beneficial. When you nap and how long it lasts makes a difference.

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Ask the Doctors: What can be done about foot pain caused by peripheral neuropathy?

It’s a condition in which the nervous system malfunctions because of disease or some kind of damage.

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Ask the doctors: How to know whether you have seasonal affective disorder and what to do

Sometimes referred to as the winter blues, SAD is a mental health condition that has been linked to the shorter days and longer nights of fall and winter.

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Ask the Doctors: Block screens’ blue light to get better sleep

Recent studies have found that prolonged exposure to blue light, particularly in the hours before bed, confuses the brain.

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Ask the doctors: Going vegan? Try going slowly with your shift in diet

Say, rather than totally eliminating meat at first, you could start by adding more foods to your diet like nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, tofu, tempeh and seitan.

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Ask the Doctors: Even while working at home, keep your body moving

Prolonged sitting is really bad for your health. Long stretches of sitting required by many jobs are putting people at risk for a number of health problems.

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Ask the Doctors: As the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, take time for self-care

Not only have the added parenting demand brought on more anxiety and exhaustion, particularly among moms and women of color, the stresses are affecting health.

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Hospital programs help patients deal with physical changes from cancer

The changes that can result from cancer treatment can be unexpected and scary. These programs help people cope, help them feel safer, stronger, more like their old selves.

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Ask the Doctors: Flu shots especially important in COVID-19 era

Most people get a standard flu shot. Adults 65 and older are urged to get a higher-dose vaccine. For people with an egg allergy, there’s an egg-free version.

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Ask the Doctors: Is herd immunity realistic when it comes to COVID-19?

The only path to herd immunity is for a significant portion of the populace to become infected. Based on the current U.S. population, we’re talking about almost 200 million adults and children becoming infected with the novel coronavirus in order to achieve herd immunity.

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Ask the Doctors: Older adults still need regular exercise

Among the benefits at every age, it can improve cardiovascular health, lessen the risk of chronic diseases and help with balance, strength, flexibility and stamina.

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Ask the Doctors: Boys and girls can benefit from the HPV vaccine

The first HPV vaccine won approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Today, an updated vaccine protects against nine strains of HPV.

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Ask the Doctors: Here are some steps you can take to get better sleep

People who regularly get under 7 hours of sleep q night are at higher risk of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression.

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Ask the doctors: Good oral hygiene is important even for babies

The Itasca-based American Academy of Pediatrics recommends kids see a pediatric dentist within six months after their first tooth appears or by 1 year old.