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Updated Guidelines for A-Fib Aim to Lower Stroke Risk

New guidelines for reducing stroke risk in people with atrial fibrillation include the use of non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants over traditional blood thinners.

By Diane Domina

10 Red Flags of a Hyperthyroidism Flare

Are you wired, anxious, or feeling panicky? Is it hard to sleep? Are you running to the bathroom frequently? You might be having a flare-up of hyperthyroidism, and should get your levels checked ASAP.

By Mary Shomon

Birth Control Methods and Your Autoimmune Disease Risk

Some studies have associated certain types of birth control with a potentially increased risk of autoimmune disease development. But how much of a risk is it really? Here's what you need to know.

By Robin Elise Weiss, Ph.D.

Menopause Before 45 Increases Your Risk of Diabetes

Did you go through menopause before the age of 45? Researchers think that you might be at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

By Mary Shomon

10 Global Health Threats in 2019

WHO has identified several issues to be addressed globally in 2019 as part of a plan to improve health for 1 billion people worldwide over the next 5 years.

By Diane Domina

7 Risk Factors for Alzheimer's

Despite tremendous advances in the understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, scientists have yet to pinpoint the causes of the disorder.

By HealthAfter50

MSI and Endometrial Cancer: What Patients Should Know

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with this type of uterine cancer, knowing their MSI status could impact treatment.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

What Is Microsatellite Instability? An Explainer

Microsatellite instability (MSI) doesn’t have anything to do with satellites in the sky, but it can have serious implications for endometrial cancer risk and future treatments. Here’s what you should know.

By Kathleen Hall, MBA

Lymphoma Can Raise Your Heart Failure Risk

Having lymphoma or breast cancer was linked to a three-times higher risk of developing heart failure within five years of initial diagnosis.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

Can the Flu Make My RA Symptoms Worse?

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, getting a cold or the flu can add stress to your immune system and make your symptoms worse.

By Ask HealthCentral