Health A-Z

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Digestive Health

Managing Bad Digestion

The symptoms of indigestion are familiar to most of us: They can range from a vaguely upset stomach to bloating to throwing up. Assuming there’s no other cause for your upper abdominal pain or di Read More >

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Senior Health

Elder Care Medication, Even Taken Correctly, Can be Dangerous

Adverse drug reactions are an all-too-common cause of hospitalization for elders. About half of Americans age 65 and older take five or more medications daily and many mix prescription and over-the Read More >

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Skin Health

Psoriasis and Weight Loss

People who have psoriasis symptoms can improve the symptoms and their quality of life by losing weight, according to European researchers.

The finding, published in The American Journal of C Read More >

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Osteoporosis

Bone Density Tests: What the Numbers Mean

If you’re considering taking a bone density test, or have taken one but find the result puzzling, here are some helpful explanations from the NIH Osteoporosis and Related Diseases National Resour Read More >

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Heart Health

Rate of Heart Attacks Decreases After Surgery Not Related to the Heart, but Risk of Stroke Increases

In a study published online by JAMA Cardiology in December 2016, Sripal Bangalore, M.D., M.H.A., of the New York University School of Medicine, New York, and colleagues examined national trends in Read More >

Living Well

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Money Isn't The Only Thing You Need in Retirement

It’s the dream retirement many people anticipate for decades.

Hang out around the pool all day. Play one round of golf after the other. Finally read that teetering stack of books on the ni Read More >

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Study: Help Others and Live Longer

Older people who help and support others such as their grandchildren live longer, according to a news release about research conducted by investigators from Australia, Switzerland and Germany.

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Money Matters

3 Things Women Should Know If They Outlive Their Spouse

The importance of women taking an active role in a couple’s financial planning represents more than just jockeying over who gets to control the checking account.

Women on average live long Read More >

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Stress-Free Living

Vanquishing Information Overload

Too much information, constantly, can lead to stress. Each day, do you feel besieged by information on a continual basis?  There is good reason: one estimate holds that information doubles in the Read More >

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The Mental-Health Benefits of Doodling

Doodling – drawing, often when idle or bored – is less superficial than you think, according to an article in the Harvard Health Blog.

The article says that 26 of the 44 American Preside Read More >

Food

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Diet & Nutrition

7 Strategies to Curb Cravings, Practice Mindful Eating and Lose Weight for Good

America, we have a problem. More than two-thirds of adults in the U.S. are overweight or obese. The statistics are staggering, but they shouldn’t lead us to believe the problem is insurmoun Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Your Gut Microbes May “Remember” What You Ate, and Make a New Diet Less Effective

Your microbiota may not be on your side as you try improving your diet this New Year. In a study published December 29 2016 in Cell Host & Microbe, Researchers found that certain human gut bact Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Mediterranean Diet May Have Lasting Effects on Brain Health

A January 2017 study shows that older people who followed a Mediterranean diet retained more brain volume over a three-year period than those who did not follow the diet as closely. The study was p Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Re-do Your Coffee-Shop Stop

Editor’s note: Most of us go to our local coffee shop so often that we seldom stop to think about the calories adding up. But some drinks can total several hundred calories – as much as Read More >

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Vitamins + Supplements

Vitamin D: What’s the “Right” Level”

Many of my patients who come into the office for their physical exams ask to have their vitamin D levels checked. They may have a family member with osteoporosis, or perhaps they have had bone thin Read More >

Fitness

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Exercise

Cycling in Bed is Safe for ICU Patients

Early bicycle exercise during their stay in a hospital intensive care unit (ICU) may help some patients recover more quickly, according to researchers at McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Read More >

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Diet & Nutrition

Six Surprising Strategies for Nailing Your New Year's Weight Loss and Fitness Goals

Right now you’re fired up to hit the new year running. You’re going to lose those extra pounds you’ve been hauling around. You’re going to run a 5k. You’re going to fi Read More >

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Mind/Body Wellness

Detox Your Attitude in 2017

Editor’s note: When it comes to detoxing, most of us think of our bodies. But detoxing our mental attitudes can be just as important – and can help us achieve our goals as well as feel bett Read More >

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Mind/Body Wellness

Optimism Leads to A Longer Life

Being optimistic may help women live longer, according to new research from Harvard T.J. Chan School of Public Health.

Specifically, the study found that women who have a general expectation Read More >

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Five Fabulous Fitness Treats

You’ve eaten right. You’ve worked out consistently and you’ve taken the time to keep your mind sharp and clear. Shouldn’t you be rewarded for your efforts, while taking your fitness game t Read More >

Family

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Pets

Bisphenol A in Canned Dog Food May Increase BPA Concentrations in Pets and People

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used industrial chemical found in many household items, including resins used to line metal storage containers, such as food cans. Now, researchers at the University o Read More >

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Caregiving

7 Tips for All Caregivers: Be Prepared.

Here, from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, are tips for caregivers:

Keep a list of medicines for each person you care for. Include over-the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, v Read More >

elderly couple

Elderly Couples In Assisted Living Still Need Intimate and Social Relationships

Researchers have found that both intimate and social relationships are important for adults in assisted-living facilities.

In a study conducted at Georgia State University, inivestigators fo Read More >

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Pets

Keep Your Dogs and Cats Safe From Holiday Hazards

This holiday season, while you’re busy decorating, cooking, and wrapping gifts, remember to watch out for holiday temptations for your pets. FDA veterinarian Carmela Stamper tells how to keep you Read More >

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Program Helps Teens “Get the Message” About Distracted Driving

Parent and grandparent alert! A program to educate teens about distracted driving–including a tour of a hospital trauma center and testimony from a trauma survivor–can increase awarenes Read More >

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