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High cholesterol is symptomless. Adults should have their HDL and LDL cholesterol levels checked every five years.

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Skipped Heart Beats

Are they serious or just an
annoying symptom?

More on Palpitations
by Paul Nadler, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Pain in the wrist?

Do you know the symptoms of
carpal tunnel syndrome?

More on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
by E. Gene Deune, MD
Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopedic Surgery

LASIK Eye Surgery

Are you considering LASIK surgery
to correct your vision?

More on LASIK Surgery

Memory Loss

Could your forgetfulness
be an early symptom of AD?

More on Alzheimer's Disease
by Bruce Miller, MD; Lara Heflin, PhD
UCSF Memory & Aging Center
University of California San Francisco

obese dog

Dog obesity is on the rise...but help is on the way - or so says drug giant Pfizer. A new therapy to help manage obesity in overweight dogs is now available from your veterinarian. Slentrol, a prescription drug manufactured by Pfizer, was recently approved by the FDA for the treatment of obesity in dogs. According to drug literature, Slentrol promotes weight loss by reducing appetite and fat absorption.

A veterinarian will determine whether the dog should be treated, based on the dog's weight and general health. Adverse reactions associated with treatment with Slentrol include vomiting, loose stools, diarrhea, lethargy and loss of appetite.

To discourage human use, the label of Slentrol includes the standard warning:


"not for use in humans"


The label further cites the adverse reactions associated with human use, including abdominal distention, abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, headache, nausea and vomiting.

Walking the dog never sounded so good.

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Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

The FDA approved the first medical laser for hair removal in the mid 1990's. Since that time, the use of lasers for cosmetic hair removal has continued to grow in popularity. The technology has continued to improve as well, providing better results and safer treatments for people of more diverse skin and hair colors. At the onset, laser hair was only for people with dark hair and light skin. The new advancements have made it possible to treat people with darker skin, tanned skin, and blond, gray, or red hair.

Both men and women are searching for effective ways of removing unwanted hair. The most common form of hair removal is shaving, but it is a very temporary method. Many people have tried waxing, but it is painful and the results are temporary as well. Electrolysis is a permanent hair removal option, but it is painful, as well as time-consuming and expensive for large treatment areas. Laser hair removal has become a popular cosmetic procedure because it is able to treat large body areas relatively fast with a minimal amount of pain and long-lasting results.


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