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Macular degeneration can only be diagnosed with a dilated eye examination. (Photo: zoran/Getty Images)

Eye Health

Are You at Risk for Macular Degeneration? Many people accept deteriorating eyesight as an inevitable part of getting older, but blurry or distorted vision – such as when straight lines appear wavy – could be signs of age-related macular degeneration. The condition is the most
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A new UCLA study found that the newly discovered gene meXis helps remove cholesterol from arteries. (Photo: Alamy)

Selfish Genes

Gene May Protect Against Heart Disease Scientists have identified a gene that may play a protective role in preventing heart disease. Their research revealed that the gene, called MeXis, acts within key cells inside clogged arteries to help remove excess cholesterol from blood
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Most smokers know that smoking causes breathing problems and lung cancer, but they may not be aware of the other health problems it can cause. (Photo: gunnerl/Getty Images)

Health Risks

Smoking Risks Are More Than Lung Cancer Doctors ask patients about smoking habits for the same reason they check weight, blood pressure, breathing and heart beat during a visit. The answers – much like the results of the other checks – provide information that offers clues to
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