Health A-Z

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Senior Health

“Pink Noise” Boosts Older Adults’ Memory & Deep Sleep

Gentle sound stimulation known as “pink noise” is defined as random noise having equal energy per octave, having more low-frequency components than “white noise”. An example of pink noise i Read More >

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High blood pressure / hypertension

New Treatment Target for Blood Pressure

New, more effective treatments for high blood pressure could be possible thanks to the discovery that the nitric oxide that regulates blood pressure is formed in nerves rather than in the walls of Read More >

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Cancer Center

New Blood Test Could Help Detect and Locate Cancer Early

Bioengineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new blood test that could detect cancer — and locate where in the body the tumor is growing.

The study could pro Read More >

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Oral Health

3 Lesser-Known Benefits of Flashing Your Amazing Smile

The Consumer Guide to Dentistry lists eight different components of a smile, practically from ear to ear, beginning with the frame (lips) and ending with the buccal corridor. (That’s the dark spa Read More >

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Senior Health

High-Dose Flu Vaccine Better at Preventing Deaths in Seniors

The high-dose flu vaccine appeared to be more effective at preventing post-influenza deaths among older adults than the standard-dose vaccine, at least during a more severe flu season, according to Read More >

Living Well

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Sex

Americans Are Having Sex Less Often

While the topic of sex is less taboo than it was a generation ago, that doesn’t necessarily mean people are having more of it.

According to a study done at San Diego State University a Read More >

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Money Matters

You Can Still Cut Your 2016 Tax Bill

It’s not too late to slash your 2016 income taxes.

Contribute to your Health Savings Account by April 18.  HSA Contributions reduce your taxable income dollar-for-dollar. To be eligible, Read More >

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Money Matters

Afraid of a Hefty Long-Term Care Bill?

Even as aging Americans revel in the splendor of their well-earned retirements they still harbor plenty of worries, such as outliving their savings.

Near the top of the worry list is the fea Read More >

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Money Matters

Teaching Money Lessons to Kids Who Don't Have It Tough

The hardest thing about upward mobility – the so-called American dream – is attaining it.

Perhaps the second hardest thing is this: Once you’ve risen from a hardscrabble upbringing and Read More >

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Hair

Toward a Safer Permanent Hair Dye

Coloring hair has become a common practice, particularly for people who want to hide their graying locks. But according to a release from the American Chemical Society, an ingredient in many of tod Read More >

Food

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Diet & Nutrition

Spring Clean Your Eating Habits

We’ve all been there: The mere sight of the Starbucks logo makes us crave a caramel latte. Ditto craving a chocolate-glazed treat when driving by Dunkin Donuts.

These, along with dozens if Read More >

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Healthy Eating for Families

March is National Nutrition Month–a time to shed some light on our food choices and how we can develop some sound eating and physical activity habits. Health professionals seem to agree that Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Best Heart-Healthy Food Choices

Experts affiliated with the nonprofit Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have recommended whole food, plant-based eating patterns for optimal heart health.

The recommend Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Growth Hormones in Food Animals: What’s the Risk?

Growth hormones are routinely given to cows and sheep being produced for their meat, and are injected into dairy cows. These hormones make their way to our dinner tables, and also contaminate the e Read More >

Fitness

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Exercise

Interval Training Helps Stave off Old Age

It’s often repeated but true: Exercise keeps you healthy. It boosts your immune system, keeps the mind sharp, helps you sleep, maintains your muscle tone, and extends your healthy lifespan. R Read More >

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Getting into Exercise Again

Flu? Out-of-town guests? The experts at Go4Life, a division of the National Institutes on Aging, know that while many things can interrupt your physical activity routine, you can start again and be Read More >

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Health & Fitness

Yes, I Did! My First Race

My phone rang on a chilly December afternoon; it was my sister reminding me to register for a 5K (3.1-mile) race that was being held in Atlanta in late January.

I don’t like to run. Her re Read More >

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Exercise

Regular Exercise Lowers Chances of Mobility Problems

According to a release from the Health in Aging Foundation, nearly one in four adults aged 65 and older has trouble walking or climbing stairs–and 3.4 million older adults have trouble taking Read More >

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The Right Workout Clothes Can be A Great Motivator

Editor’s note: There are so many kinds of activewear available today that picking the right outfit can be a challenge, especially if you’re a beginner at the sport you’ve chosen. Read More >

Family

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Pets

Best Car Accessories for Pet Owners

According to the ASPCA, 37 to 47 percent of all U.S. households have a dog, and 30 to 37 percent have a cat. Meanwhile, the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that more than 90 percent of all U.S. househ Read More >

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Pets

How to Safely Drive with a Pet in Your Car

Just a few decades ago, it was considered perfectly acceptable for adults to travel in cars without wearing seat belts and for young kids to ride without the safety and support of car seats. These Read More >

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Pets

Keep Calm and Measure Cats' Blood Pressure!

The International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM), the veterinary division of International Cat Care, is highlighting some concerns about high blood pressure in our feline companions. Hypertensio Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Only 1/3 of Parents Think They Are Doing a Good Job Helping Kids Eat Healthy

If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it’s easier said than done, you’re not alone.

Nearly all parents agree with the importance of healthy Read More >

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Pets

Therapy Dogs and Their Benefits to Senior Citizens

As the United States population shifts to more people over the age of 65 than ever before, healthcare providers are searching for new methods to help address some of the specific concerns of senior Read More >

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