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Is It Time for A Joint Replacement?

It’s been estimated that up to one million joint replacements – mostly hip and knee – are performed every year in the U.S.

That’s no surprise – a joint that needs replacement is painful and even debilitating. But even though a joint replacement is a common procedure, you should carefully consider whether you need the operation, and how it will affect you. Here, from the experts at Harvard Medical School, are some signs that it may be appropriate to have a joint replacement:

Rich Vocabulary Protects Against Dementia

Some people suffer incipient dementia as they get older. To make up for this loss, the brain's cognitive reserve is put to the test. Researchers from the University of Santiago de Compostela have studied what factors can help to improve this ability and they conclude that having a higher level of vocabulary is one such factor.

Halloween the Healthy Way

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wants you and yours to join the “Creatures of Habit” this Halloween season and all year long. Make choices to stay healthy and strong.

A New Way to Predict Successful Joint Replacement

Researchers have developed a simple “frailty index” to predict the risk of death and serious complications in older patients who are considering total hip and knee replacements.

A person’s eligibility for such surgeries has traditionally been based on age alone. But that is changing now, as a person’s level of frailty is also being taken into account.

Handling Paranoia and Delusions in Alzheimer's Patients

From the National Institute on Aging

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses, the person with the disease may have hallucinations, delusions, or paranoia. During a hallucination, the person sees, hears, smells, tastes, or feels something that isn’t there. He or she also may have delusions—false beliefs that the person thinks are real.

Paranoia is a type of delusion in which a person may believe—without a good reason—that others are mean, lying, unfair, or “out to get me.” He or she may become suspicious, fearful, or jealous of people.

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