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What Is Ankylosing Spondylitis?

Back pain from AS isn’t the same as more common types of back pain caused by things like muscle spasms or slipped disks. AS back pain is caused by inflammation. It’s chronic, which means it lasts a long time. But treatments can help lessen pain and stiffness. To get started, …

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What a 5% Weight Loss Can Do for Your Health

You don’t have to slim down to your high school size to get real health benefits. Losing just a few pounds makes a big difference. Five percent of your body weight — 10 pounds for a 200-pound person — can improve all kinds of health problems, and make you feel …

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Heart Failure: Am I at Risk, and Can I Prevent It?

Heart failure is common in the United States. Nearly 6 million Americans live with it. But there are simple steps you can take to lower your odds of getting the condition. What Is Heart Failure? You get heart failure when your heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to your …

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Heart Tests You Need for Type 2 Diabetes

When you have diabetes, your chance of heart disease goes up, so you may need tests that check how well your ticker is working. They’ll help your doctor see if you have signs of heart trouble and figure out the best treatment for you. Blood pressure check. It’s a painless test …

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Types of Heart Disease Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

From clogged arteries to heart failure, type 2 diabetes can affect your ticker in a lot of ways. To help protect yourself, learn about the kinds of heart disease that are linked to diabetes and the warning signs to watch for. Coronary Heart Disease This is the most common type of …

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Causes of Muscle Twitches and Spasms

Muscles Have a Mind of Their Own? You tell your muscles what to do without thinking about it. But sometimes they do their own thing — they might pulse or contract and can’t relax. Twitches and spasms are most common in the thighs, calves, hands, arms, belly, ribcage, and the …

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Activated Charcoal

Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal is sometimes used to help treat a drug overdose or a poisoning. When you take activated charcoal, drugs and toxins can bind to it. This helps rid the body of unwanted substances. Charcoal is made from coal, wood, or other substances. It becomes “activated charcoal” when …

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Pterygium: What Is “Surfer’s Eye”?

A pterygium (tuh-RIJ-ee-uhm) is an elevated, wedged-shaped bump on the eyeball that starts on the white of the eye (sclera) and can invade the cornea. If you have more than one of these eye growths, the plural form of the word is pterygia (tuh-RIJ-ee-ah). Though it’s commonly called “surfer’s eye,” you don’t have …

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Alcohol poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is a serious — and sometimes deadly — consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Drinking too much too quickly can affect your breathing, heart rate, body temperature and gag reflex and potentially lead to a coma and death. Alcohol poisoning can …

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Addison’s disease

Addison’s disease is a disorder that occurs when your body produces insufficient amounts of certain hormones produced by your adrenal glands. In Addison’s disease, your adrenal glands produce too little cortisol and often insufficient levels of aldosterone as well. Also called adrenal insufficiency, Addison’s disease occurs in all age groups …

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