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ALTHOUGH it’s easy to get derailed from your healthy diet when eating in a restaurant or in celebrating the fast-approaching holidays, a little preparation can minimize the damage, says the November 2014 issue of the Weill Cornell Medical College Women’s Nutrition Connection.

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WHILE it seems counterintuitive that exercise would be good for an already sore joint, Cleveland Clinic experts say that even with knee arthritis, you can (and should) stay active and, by doing so, you’ll bolster your joint’s mobility and strength and potentially ease your pain, says the September 2014 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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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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