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Doctor's Diagnosis: Testosterone

Testosterone is a hormone that peaks in men

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I admit it: I’m not as young as I used to be. There’s more fat, less muscle, less energy. My chief concern in the bedroom is making sure I get a good night’s sleep. Question: Would taking testosterone supplements restore my former glory?

Testosterone is a hormone that peaks in men at about age 30. It helps control masculine characteristics such as muscle mass, sex drive and growth of body...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Strep throat

?Strep throat? means specific bacteria known as Streptococcus

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As school gets going into high gear, pediatricians will once again encounter many children complaining of sore throats, often accompanied by adults who are worried the child may have strep throat. Few of the adults realize that the main goal of diagnosing and treating strep throat is to prevent heart disease. Let me explain.

“Strep throat” means specific bacteria known as Streptococcus are...

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2014 New York City Marathon training: A long tune-up

A runner passes the author in Mile 9

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On Sunday, with seven weeks to go before the NYC Marathon, I was one of nearly 5,000 runners who gathered in Central Park for a “tune-up” and test -- an 18-mile race that would show just where we stand in our training. If you can make it 18 miles, 26.2 start to seem doable.

MILE 1: We’re off, and the first mile is the toughest -- through the Harlem hills. The long and winding downhill is easy,...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Rheumatoid arthritis

Several years ago my friend Lynne developed increasing difficulty using her hands. This was particularly alarming to her since she relies on them to perform her job as a nurse anesthetist. After some uncertainty, she was eventually diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

“Arthritis” is a general term meaning inflammation of the joints without specifying the cause. Lupus, gout, Lyme disease, even...

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Tapeworms: A diet plan with a long list of health risks

Tapeworms are stored in jars at an exhibit

What is typically only an issue in underdeveloped countries (and in the occasional case of eating undercooked meat), tapeworms recently made headlines when the story emerged of a Florida woman who willingly fed her teen daughter the tiny parasites.

In an episode of “Untold Stories of the ER” on Discovery Fit & Health, a nurse recalls when a woman admitted to having fed her daughter a tapeworm...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Quitting smoking

This file image shows a woman smoking a

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Since smoking at the beach club is prohibited, my pal Jim has to sneak out to the parking lot when he feels the urge for a cigarette. He knows that due to his smoking he is at high risk for heart and lung disease, stroke and many types of cancer. So why doesn’t he quit? In short: nicotine.

Nicotine is one of thousands of chemicals inhaled when smoking tobacco. It is absorbed into the blood...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Pallative care

A file photo of a hospital bed taken

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The oncologist spoke with certainty when she told us that any further attempt to treat my mother-in-law’s cancer was useless. As the family slowly came to understand what the doctor was really telling us, we were left with one overwhelming question: “Now what?”

In the past, in situations like this, health care providers and family members would often silently agree to not share the unfortunate...

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2014 New York City Marathon training: First steps

The most important thing in long-distance running is

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A Sunday morning in August. Central Park. An NYRR 5-mile race is about to start, and the field’s getting excited, revved up by a loud airing of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.”

That’s how my head feels, as I sit on a bench to the side. I’d woken up with a migraine, and as the minutes count down, I don’t appreciate AC/DC at all. Too much noise. But I’m training for this year’s New York City Marathon...

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Study: Skipping sleep may increase risk of false memories, compromise criminal investigations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have

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Skipping a few hours of sleep here and there, or even on a regular basis, may seem like a small price to pay to fit in some extra socializing or get that last bit of work done. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic. And new research suggests there’s yet another reason sleep needs to be taken seriously.

A study published online...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: Ovarian cancer

An international analysis has uncovered 23 previously unknown

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My mom was “old school” and never complained as she experienced the various aches and pains that are a normal part of the aging process.

So it was very alarming when she started having vague abdominal pains, and complained of feeling bloated after eating small meals. Eventually we discovered the source of her problems: she had ovarian cancer. Despite surgery and chemotherapy, she eventually...

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