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You've heard the advice before -- from your mother, from your doctor, and from us: "Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy products, and use polyunsaturated oils." But if you're eating on a budget (and who isn't?), that's tough advice to follow. Fill your grocery basket with fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil, and lean meats -- especially organic versions -- and you can lighten your wallet in a hurry. But eating on a budget doesn’t have to mean eating poorly.

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Need another excuse to drink that cup of coffee in the morning? Do you regularly reach for a cup of green tea when you need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up? You may be lowering your risk of stroke, if research published March 14 in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association holds true. Study findings suggest that the benefits of green tea and coffee consumption may include a reduction in risk of stroke by as much as 20%.   

A daily dose of growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) may help to improve memory and reasoning abilities in older people, whether or not they have mild problems with cognition. In a small randomized trial conducted by a University of Washington research team, people who received daily injections of GHRH did better on tests of mental function than those who received a fake shot, or placebo.

Parents of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often concerned about the safety and long-term effects of medications used to help manage  ADHD symptoms. But a recent animal study by a Wake Forest Baptist research team suggests that these fears may be unfounded. In this study of juvenile monkeys, the researchers found that Ritalin – the stimulant drug most commonly prescribed for ADHD – did not affect the developing brain, physical growth, or increase the risk of later substance abuse.

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I am often asked by my patient's and frequently by other patients as a second opinion, whether they need surgery after a dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint of their shoulder.

It is common now for broken bones (fractures) to be fixed with metal plates and screws or a long nail (called the "hardware"), especially if the fracture is unstable or the joint surface has been damaged and for this hardware to be left in the body.

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High blood pressure (hypertension) affects one in three adults around the world. In parts of Africa, up to 50% of the population has high blood pressure. Even in developed countries like the United States, where effective medications and interventions can help people control blood pressure, half of people who have high blood pressure don't know they have the condition.

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When did you have your first drink of alcohol?
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