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6 ways to avoid heart problems linked to family history

Q: I have a history of heart problems in my family. Dad died from his only heart attack at age 56. I'm 29 and overweight, but I'm trying to lose the extra pounds. What else might I do to prevent future heart problems for me?

A: The best thing to do to avoid heart problems...

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What is the healthiest sleeping position?

Q: What is the best sleeping position? Is it OK if I sleep on my back with my knees up and my feet flat on the mattress?

A: Most people change sleeping positions multiple times during the night. In general on the back is the most recommended position since it rests your...

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7 common symptoms of a heart attack

Being able to identify a possible heart attack in yourself or others can help save lives.

Here is a list of common heart-attack symptoms that can manifest in both men and women, as provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

* Unusually heavy pressure on...

How can I prevent swelling in my feet and ankles?

Q: What can I do to keep my ankles and feet from swelling? (I am already taking Lasix pills twice daily.)

A: The most common causes of "edema feet" or swelling are: prolonged standing, long journeys, increased age, venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and certain...

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What to expect if your 'rheumatoid factor' is high

Q: What is "rheumatoid factor"? I think mine is high. My symptoms: fingers swell, left wrist hurts, eyes itch sometimes, and my lower back hurts.

A: Rheumatoid factor is an antibody which can bind to other antibodies. Antibodies are normal proteins found in the blood...

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The best type of doctor to see for sciatica pain

Q: I am a 59-year-old male with occasional but daily pain in my lower right back that seems to radiate into my lower right leg. I have an appointment with a doctor who specializes in "sports medicine." Is that the appropriate specialist to see for this?

A: Yes, sports...

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How can I tell if I'm allergic to my acne gel?

Q: How can I tell if I am allergic to Retin-A Micro Gel or experiencing routine initial breakout? I have severely itchy, bumpy skin where I applied it on two different days.

A: Your symptoms can occur with allergic reaction from Retin-A Micro Gel (tretinoin topical). In...

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Best ways to stop or reduce snoring

Q: Is there a way to stop snoring or reduce the loudness of snoring? My partner's snoring stops him from getting enough sleep, and the problem persists in any sleeping position (back, side, stomach). He is a little overweight, but he still snored when he wasn't overweight.

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How to stay on track for losing weight this year

This article is part of JustAnswer's "Resolution Rescue" series to boost success with common New Year resolutions. Previous: "4 strategies to improve your finances in 2013."

Losing weight is consistently the...

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How is seasonal affective disorder (SAD) treated?

Q: What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and how is it treated?

A: SAD is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time each year, usually fall or winter. A common method of treatment is light therapy.

During light therapy, you sit or work near a device...