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Are There Any Alternatives To A Colonoscopy  1024x682, Health Channel

Are there any alternatives to a colonoscopy?

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths for men and women in the United States. Every year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and more than 50,000 people die from it. For some time it has been known that the earlier that colon cancer is detected, the better the survival ...
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What Is The Peripheral Nervous System And What Is Peripheral Neuropathy  1024x683, Health Channel

What is the Peripheral Nervous System and what is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) is one of the most common, yet least well known, chronic conditions in the U.S., affecting over 20 million people. PN is not a single disease, but is a group of over 100 disorders that occur due to various conditions affecting the peripheral nervous system. What is the Peripheral Nervous System? The ...
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How Does An Iron Deficiency Affect Someone  1024x686, Health Channel

How does an iron deficiency affect someone?

Iron is an important building block for red blood cells. When the body lacks adequate amounts of iron, red blood cells become smaller and are produced in inadequate numbers. This results in decreased hemoglobin levels, the protein that transports oxygen in red blood cells. This condition is known as iron deficiency anemia and is the ...
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Are There Any Benefits To Riding Bike  1024x682, Health Channel

Are there any benefits to riding bike?

Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, May is National Bike Month and is an opportunity to celebrate the many reasons that people choose to ride. For some, bicycles represent their primary means of transportation. Many people ride bikes as a means to health and fitness. Others yet find pleasure and perspective from a bicycle ...
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Why Do Women Get A Preventive Mastectomy  1024x682, Health Channel

Why do women get a preventive mastectomy?

Preventive mastectomy, done to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, involves the surgical removal of one or both breasts. This procedure, also called prophylactic mastectomy, was in the news recently when actress Angelina Jolie announced her decision to undergo the procedure. Women with certain risk factors are much more likely to develop breast cancer ...
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Can Barbequed Food Make Me Sick  1024x682, Health Channel

Can barbequed food make me sick?

Foodborne illness increases dramatically during the summer months, in part due to more people using outdoor grills or cooking while camping. When cooking outdoors, food safety features that a home kitchen provides, such as temperature-controlled cooking, refrigeration, and washing facilities, are not always available. This increases the risk of “Bar-b-que Belly”, or acute gastroenteritis related ...
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How Beneficial Is A PSA In Screening For Prostate Cancer  1024x682, Health Channel

How beneficial is a PSA in screening for prostate cancer?

A few years ago, there was marked disparity among experts as to whether and how screening for prostate cancer should be performed. At that time, the American Cancer Society recommended that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test and digital rectal exam (DRE) should be done yearly, beginning at age 50, assuming the man had at ...
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