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AS the FDA is encouraging the food industry to cut back on added sodium in commercially processed and prepared food, it also serves as a good reminder for all of us that too much salt in the diet is risky for health — but how much is too much is still being debated, says the November 2016 issue of the Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Letter.

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WHILE most prostate biopsies using the conventional ultrasound-guided biopsy method are negative for cancer, many men with negative biopsies but elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels may still have a malignant tumor which, until recently, imaging modalities have generally failed to reveal, says the September 2016 issue of the UCLA Health HEALTHY Years.

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MORE than half of all Americans will develop hemorrhoids at some points in their lives, typically between the ages of 45 and 65, says the August 2016 issue of the University of California, Berkeley, Wellness Letter.

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SUMMER is upon us once again, reminding us of the urgent need for sun protection, regular skin self-exams and doctor visits which can help us catch melanoma and other skin cancers before they progress, says the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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“RISK factor modification is essential for stroke prevention — and, while it’s great to treat any risk factor, it’s best to treat them all,” says Louis Klebanoff, M.D., vice chair of the Department of Neurology at Weill Cornell, in an article recently published in the Weill Cornell Medical College Women’s Health Advisor.

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