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What Angelina Jolie’s choices mean for women

Randall Oyer, MD | 03/25/2015

Two years ago, Angelina Jolie's decision to have both breasts removed to prevent cancer focused attention on genetic testing and the choices patients face when they get the results. This week Jolie revealed in an op-ed in the New York Times that she had another preventive surgery: removal of her ovaries and fallopian tubes. What does this news mean for you?

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6 tips to keep depression out of diabetes

Stephanie Prestileo, RD, LDN | 03/24/2015

Do you or a loved one with diabetes struggle with depression or anxiety? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly one in five people with diabetes suffers from depression, and often it is undiagnosed. Depression can make diabetes self-care seem very overwhelming. Learn the signs to look for and steps you can take -- or share with others -- to keep depression at bay.

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New study raises questions about breast biopsies: What women need to know

Ronald T. Grenko, MD | 03/20/2015

A new study just reported in JAMA is raising questions about the accuracy of breast biopsy results – particularly those results that fall somewhere between normal and a breast cancer diagnosis. Here’s what women need to know.

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New study adds another benefit to breastfeeding

Charlene Wolford, BSN, RN, IBCLC | 03/11/2015

A just-released study, adds one more item to the already-long list of benefits of breastfeeding. We’ll review the list and offer 5 tips on successful breastfeeding.

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Testing for colorectal cancer without the colonoscopy

Ketan Kulkarni, MD | 03/11/2015

A new noninvasive test to detect colon and rectal cancer is offering hope that more people will be willing to be screened, driving down the rates of these cancers. Cologuard is the first stool DNA colorectal cancer screening test to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

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Busy parent? MyLGHealth can help you keep your family healthy

Corey Meyer | 03/09/2015

Like many of you, my wife and I are busy working all day and shuffling the kids around to activities in the early evening. Nothing challenges the family schedule, and raises a parent’s level of concern, quite like getting the inevitable call from the school nurse telling you your child is sick and needs to be picked up. 

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Can vitamin D help prevent prostate cancer?

Randall Oyer, MD | 03/05/2015

When you think of vitamin D, chances are you think of its role in keeping bones healthy by helping the body absorb calcium. You may be surprised to learn there is also a link between vitamin D and prostate cancer – the second most common cancer in men, affecting one in six men in this country.

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Walk like a penguin: 4 steps to prevent falls on ice

Tracy Evans, MD, FACS | 03/03/2015

Although spring is just around the corner, a few more blasts from old man winter are still in the forecast. Snow and ice on sidewalks, driveways and parking lots makes walking hazardous; causing an increase in falls. Falls can result in serious injuries and even death. Falls are also preventable.

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Live long and prosper: Leonard Nimoy’s death sheds light on ways to both prevent and live with COPD

Yaroslav Lando, MD | 03/02/2015

Live long and prosper. Actor Leonard Nimoy immortalized these words as Mr. Spock in the Star Trek television series and films. Nimoy also shared the phrase in tweets during the last year of his life, encouraging fans to learn from his mistakes and quit smoking, or better yet, never start. Nimoy died Friday of end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   

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Are you at high risk for breast cancer? 8 risk factors you need to know

Daleela Dodge, MD | 03/02/2015

The timing, frequency and absolute impact of screening mammography for breast cancer have become subjects of intense debate and controversy. However, for women at high risk, there is no debate: Mammograms save lives. Learn if you may be at high risk.

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