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ALTHOUGH your skin is designed to protect your body from harm, including the damage caused by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, when exposed to this radiation for too long or at too great an intensity, skin damage occurs - over time, changes in skin cells may result in skin cancer, says the August 2014 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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THE decision to consider back surgery should always come after trying non-surgical or “conservative” options - you might talk to your doctor about surgery when the pain is persistent and clearly related to a mechanical problem in the spine, says the July 2014 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Men’s Health Watch.

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WIDELY used statin drugs are the most effective drugs for preventing heart attacks and strokes - since they can lower low-density (LDL, “bad”) cholesterol by upwards of 50 percent - but statins can cause side effects significant enough to prompt some patients to stop taking them, says the June 2014 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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WHILE excess fat and salt are well-known dietary villains, especially when it comes to heart health, mounting evidence suggests that a sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease - even if you aren’t overweight, says the June 2014 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Heart Letter.

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AS you age, giving more consideration to safety factors in your home and satisfying your changing needs will help you live there longer, says the May 2014 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Letter.

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