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ALTHOUGH sleep patterns change somewhat as an individual ages, that doesn’t mean one has to live with restless nights and the persistent feeling of lacking enough sleep — the underlying causes are usually treatable, says the September 2011 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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WHILE maintaining optimal blood sugar levels, or glycemic control, remains a cornerstone of diabetes management, intensive blood-sugar reduction does not trim the risk of the most serious complications of diabetes: heart attack and stroke — in patients at highest risk of these cardiovascular events, lowering blood sugar too much may be dangerous, says the August 2011 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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SOME individuals with hypertension (about one in eight) are doing all the right things yet still can’t manage to control their blood pressure — they have what’s known as resistant hypertension:

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ALTHOUGH virtually every cell in the body can break down glucose for energy, about the only ones that can handle fructose are liver cells — what the liver does with fructose, especially when there is too much in the diet, has potentially dangerous consequences for the liver, the arteries, and the heart, says the September 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

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WITH summer in full swing, many of us look forward to a fun-filled get-away trip and taking a few precautions can improve the odds for the medically uneventful vacation, says the August 2011 issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

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