MEDICAL COMPASS

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C-reactive protein can be measured to identify disease risk By David Dunaief, M.D. One of the most widely studied biomarkers for inflammation in our bodies is...

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Pedometers may help achieve exercise goals By David Dunaief, M.D. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is the third leading cause of mortality in the United...

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High sodium: potassium ratio increases cardiovascular risk By David Dunaief, M.D. We need sodium in our diets in modest amounts; however, many Americans overconsume it. Meanwhile,...

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Lifestyle changes may slow progression Osteoarthritis is widespread. Most commonly, it affects the knees, hips and hands. There are three types of treatment: surgery, involving...

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Weight and inactivity are among the greatest risk factors By David Dunaief, M.D. Gallstones affect up to 20 million Americans between the ages of 20 and...

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Studies suggest shorter duration treatments can be as effective, with fewer side effects By David Dunaief, M.D. Steroids typically make headlines related to their use as...

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The role of caffeine is still in question By David Dunaief, M.D. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common arrhythmia, an abnormal or irregular heartbeat. Though there...

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Excess iron may contribute to diabetes, eye disease and cardiovascular disease By David Dunaief, M.D. When we think of iron, we associate it with reducing fatigue...

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Inflammation and oxidative stress may play a role By David Dunaief, M.D. Aneurysms are universally feared; they can be lethal, and most times they have no...

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Lifestyle changes put you in control By David Dunaief, M.D. Even though cardiovascular disease has been on the decline, it is still the number one killer...