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Colorectal Cancer: Why Screen?
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. Colon cancer screenings -- tests that look for disease when a person does not have signs or symptoms -- save lives. If you are 50 or older, USA gastroenterologist Dr. Brooks Cash said you should be talking to your primary care provider about colon cancer screening. 

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Will an Aspirin a Day Keep the Doctor Away?
Taking a low-dose aspirin every day can help prevent heart attacks in people who have already had one. But a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that nearly 12 percent of patients take daily aspirin without a clear indication, exposing them to greater risk than benefit.

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Advanced Reproductive Age
During the last several years, there has been a significant increase in the number of women who are postponing pregnancy. There are definite benefits to having children at an older age, USA obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Brian Brocato said. But to ensure the healthiest outcomes for both mother and child, there are several measures to consider.

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Are Antibiotics Always the Answer?
Antibiotics, a type of medication that kills or slows down the growth of bacteria, are an effective treatment for many bacterial infections. However, USA pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Estrada said antibiotics should not be used to treat viral infections such as colds, most causes of cough, or the flu.

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Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment
Mammograms can catch breast cancer early and pick up far more cancers than a clinical examination or a self-breast examination. It is recommended that women get mammograms every year starting at age 40.

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Know the Stroke Warning Signs
As an academic health center, USA Medical Center is the premier hospital in our region to first introduce the latest gold standard technology in endovascular stroke treatment. Many Gulf Coast residents are considered at risk for stroke because of high rates of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. USA neurologist Dr. Steve Cordina urges everyone to learn the warning signs and call 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke.

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Stay Active: Reduce Your Risk of Irregular Heartbeat
A recent study found that staying active may help postmenopausal women avoid atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to blood clots, stroke and even heart failure. USA cardiologist Dr. Clara Massey stresses the importance of exercise even if you have a risk factor for heart disease such as being overweight.

 

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