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  • NEI statement on the difference between screening and comprehensive dilated eye exams in detecting glaucoma

    National Eye Institute

    The research evidence is mixed on whether adults should be screened for glaucoma if they do not have vision problems. Comprehensive dilated eye exams are still important. Adults 60+ are at higher risk for glaucoma, and should receive a dilated eye exam every one or two years. Early treatment for glaucoma helps stop vision from getting worse.

  • Benign enlarged prostate: Surgery - advantages and disadvantages

    Informed Health Online

    Surgery is not usually needed for benign enlarged prostate. It may be an option, however, if the enlarged prostate is causing urinary tract infections or bladder stones, or if other treatments are not helping. The transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP) is considered to be the standard surgical approach. There are other variations of TURP, as well as laser treatments and heat therapy. Talk to your doctor to find out what treatment is right for you.

  • Benign enlarged prostate: Medication and herbal products

    Informed Health Online

    Herbal medicine products such as saw palmetto and stinging nettle root extracts may claim to relieve symptoms of benign enlarged prostate, but studies show that these products do not actually help. Other treatments include alpha blockers (tamsulosin), enzyme inhibitors (finasteride), and anticholinergics. Alpha blockers have been proven effective, but have side effects. Talk to your doctor to find out which treatment is right for you.

  • Ankle fractures

    Informed Health Online

    Talk to your doctor if you have twisted your ankle and your foot becomes swollen, painful and can no longer hold any weight. You may have a fractured ankle, where one or more bones of the ankle joint are broken. Surgery is not usually needed for ankle fractures, but you will probably need to wear a brace, splint or plaster cast for about six weeks. It can take several days or weeks for the swelling to go down completely, and months for the ankle joint to fully recover.

  • Benign enlarged prostate

    Informed Health Online

    If you have an enlarged prostate, practice pelvic floor exercises, keep watch for any changes, and talk to your doctor about potential medications.

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