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Pete Kelly

Pete Kelly is a freelance writer based in northern New Jersey. He has been a medical editor and writer for more than two decades, focusing on diabetes, medical education, and psychiatry. He also has worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor. He is involved in civic causes and enjoys reading and running.

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Risk Factors

Hospital Waits Are Risky for Stroke Patients

Every minute counts during a stroke, but disabling or deadly delays occur frequently after patients reach a hospital’s emergency room for treatment.

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Risk Factors

Think Twice Before You Drink

You may have heard that moderate alcohol consumption can improve heart health. But there’s a fine line between healthy and hazardous drinking. Here’s what you need to know before you raise a glass.

ICU Discharge: How to Help Older Patients
Lifestyle

ICU Discharge: How to Help Older Patients

A full recovery after a stay in a hospital’s intensive care unit can be difficult for older patients. Here’s what you can do to help.

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Risk Factors

Why It's Not Too Late for a Flu Shot

Being over 50 increases your risk of flu-related complications. When it comes to getting vaccinated, it’s better late than never.

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Treatment

More Seniors Taking Multiple Brain-Affecting Drugs

If you’re taking three or more medications for depression, anxiety, pain, or insomnia, you may be at risk for serious side effects.

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Tests

MRI Scan Could Spare You From Prostate Biopsy

If your doctor suspects you have prostate cancer, having an MRI scan might spare you the medical risks of a prostate biopsy.

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Tests

Should You Try a Home Sleep Test for Apnea?

A simplified sleep testing device that can be used at home may be as effective as a sleep clinic for detecting sleep apnea.

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Living With

Little Dab of Exercise May Do It for Inflammation

Even a small dose of exercise, such as brisk walking, may help prevent serious illness by stimulating the immune system and suppressing inflammation.