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13 Things That Increase Your Colon Cancer Risk (and What to Do About Them)

Colon cancer may be the third most common malignancy in adults, but there's a lot you can do to reduce your risk. We show you how.

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Decoding Your Psoriatic Arthritis Bloodwork

Psoriatic disease is all about inflammation. Your blood work will tell you the full story, but it helps to know how to decode the results. Learn what your results are saying.

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Just Diagnosed With Hepatitis C? Here Are Your Next Steps

Know what to do with Hepatitis C from diagnosis and testing to treatment and beyond.

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How Doctors Diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis

Do you suspect you might have rheumatoid arthritis? These are the signs that your physician will look for to diagnose or rule out the condition.

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How Doctors Diagnose AS

Know anyone with back problems? Just about everyone, right? That’s one reason why ankylosing spondylitis can be difficult to diagnose. We’re here to help speed up the process.

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IBS Diagnosis Is About to Get a Lot Easier

Irritable bowel syndrome is notoriously difficult to diagnose since there is no definitive test available. But that may soon change thanks to new research.

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Cheat Sheet: The Eye Tests You'll Take for Diabetic Macular Edema

So, your doc suspects you may be experiencing some diabetes-related vision issues like macular edema. Step one is to get tested. Here's what you can expect.

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What Your Liver Tests Reveal About Your Health

Without a lot of symptoms to draw from, doctors rely on lab tests to understand what's going on with this essential organ. Here's what it all means.

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DIY Thyroid Tests: What to Know Before You Go It Alone

Home thyroid test kits and direct-to-consumer lab services let you skip the doctor and check your hormone levels yourself. Find out when it make sense and why you still need your M.D.

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My TSH Says I’m Fine – Now What?

Besides T3, T4, and TSH, what other thyroid tests should my doctor perform? Your TSH, and even your T3 and T4 tests, don’t always give the full picture.