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Could Apathy Signal Dementia?

New research suggests that apathy may serve as an important early warning sign of dementia in individuals with cerebrovascular disease.

Sep 21st, 2020
Autoimmunity’s Role in Parkinson’s Disease

A recent study provides evidence that Parkinson’s disease is partly an autoimmune disease. Researchers found that evidence of autoimmunity can appear years before Parkinson’s disease patients are diagnosed.

Aug 23rd, 2020
Data Confirm Coronavirus Impact on Mental Health

A recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic continues to take a significant toll on Americans’ mental health.

Aug 17th, 2020
CDC Updates Views on COVID Spread

Updated information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that COVID-19 is not easily spread from contaminated surfaces.

Jun 2nd, 2020
Dangers of Pancreatitis

Concerns related to pancreatitis increase because recurrent episodes lead to chronic pancreatitis, heighten the risk for pancreatic cancer, and increase the likelihood of developing diabetes.

May 26th, 2020
Significant Costs of Ignoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea

New research shows that untreated obstructive sleep apnea can be costly in a variety of ways. A potentially serious disorder, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by repeated stops and starts to breathing during sleep.

Feb 25th, 2020
Does Coronavirus Hype Match Realities?

Coronavirus has reached the United States, but health care capabilities and precautions put in place make it unlikely it will approach the epidemic proportions noted in China.

Mar 2nd, 2020
Knowledge of Eye Health Is Lacking

With the correlation to vision that 2020 presents, the American Academy of Opthalmology encourages Americans to increase their awareness of eye health this year.

Feb 18th, 2020
Caregiver Burnout Produces Ripple Effects

Undertaking a caregiver role for a loved one can be a rewarding experience, but in the absence of appropriate outlets and coping mechanisms, demands of caregiving can exact a detrimental toll on caregivers.

Feb 11th, 2020
Infrequent Activity Suggests Poor Health Outcomes

Research has shown the importance of regular physical activity in improving older adults’ health and longevity. But a recent study has focused on the detrimental effects associated with fragmented physical activity through short bouts of infrequent exercis

Jan 21st, 2020
Fatigue May Point to Anemia

Anemia occurs when a person’s body has an insufficient number of red blood cells to supply adequate oxygen to the tissues throughout the body. The condition can cause feelings of tiredness and weakness.

Jan 14th, 2020
Hearing Aids & Dementia

Researchers have identified an association between hearing loss and an increased risk of developing dementia. However, new evidence suggests it may be possible for people with hearing loss to forestall dementia’s onset.

Dec 19th, 2019
Eating Disorders

Eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, often go undiagnosed and untreated. But detrimental eating behaviors can negatively impact your health, emotional status and ability to navigate daily activities.

Dec 12th, 2019
Don’t Ignore Chronic Snoring

Do you frequently abruptly awaken yourself with your own snoring? Or does your spouse complain about your loud snoring? Snoring may be a manifestation of a serious health problem.

Dec 5th, 2019
Kidney Stones: Prevent Rather Than Treat Them

If you’ve experienced the pain kidney stones create, you would agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Understand the origins of kidney stones and preventive steps that can spare you a very painful experience.

Nov 21st, 2019
Can Oral Health Affect Cardiovascular Disease Risk?

Researchers have identified a link between heart disease and periodontal disease, which involves gum infection, gum inflammation and tooth damage. Studies have noted an association between poor dental hygiene and coronary heart disease.

Nov 4th, 2019
Common Symptoms May Point to Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome, a disorder of the immune system characterized most commonly by dry eyes and dry mouth, occurs when white blood cells attack saliva glands, tear glands, and other tissues, leading to a sig

Oct 21st, 2019
Know the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream cause metabolism disorders in the body. The condition is known as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid disease.

Oct 14th, 2019
Psoriasis: A Manageable Disease

Although there is no cure for psoriasis, adopting judicious lifestyle choices can help to make the disease management easier.

Sep 9th, 2019
Varicose Veins

A common condition, varicose veins appear as swollen, twisted veins that are visible just under the skin’s surface. Although they usual occur in the legs, they also can form in other parts of the body. 

Aug 27th, 2019
Probiotics Offer Multiple Benefits

Although people often think of bacteria and other microorganisms as harmful, probiotics can provide health benefits to the human body. Available as supplements or in fermented food products, they can boost health in a number of ways.

Aug 12th, 2019
Leaves of Three, Let Them Be!

A poison ivy rash can quickly turn a mountain hike or camping trip into an itchy, painful and uncomfortable ordeal. Learn to recognize the culprit plant and avoid contact with it.

Aug 6th, 2019
Extreme Heat Poses Health Threat

Both heat exhaustion and heat stroke are conditions related to exposure to extreme heat. Be aware of the dangers of high temperatures and humidity and take precautions against falling victim to heat-related illnesses.

Jul 29th, 2019
Don’t Ignore Symptoms of Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, which creates a cascade of physical symptoms, can be successfully treated if it’s caught early. However, left untreated, the infection can affect the heart, joints and the nervous system.

Jul 22nd, 2019
Know the Symptoms of a Transient Ischemic Attack

Although transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) typically cause no permanent damage, they serve as a serious warning that a stroke may occur in the future. Therefore, medical attention is warranted.

Jul 15th, 2019
Coffee Consumption: Continuing Controversy

A recent study indicates drinking coffee doesn’t have the detrimental effects on our arteries that some previous research suggested. The findings indicate that drinking coffee, even as many as 25 cups per day, is not associated with having stiffer arteries

Jul 8th, 2019
Is Anger Linked to Chronic Illness?

Adults who experience frequent bouts of anger are likely to have an increased risk of developing chronic illnesses, according to a recent study.

Jul 1st, 2019
New Study Points to Dangers of Sugary Beverages

The results of a new study suggest that higher consumption of sugary beverages, including sugar-sweetened sodas, soft drinks, and fruit drinks as well as naturally sweet fruit juices, is associated with increased all-cause mortality among older American ad

Jun 24th, 2019
Don’t Ignore Prostate Problems

Aging increases the incidence of some conditions. One of them, unique to men, is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), also known as prostate gland enlargement. Prostate problems become much more likely after the age of 50.

Jun 16th, 2019
New Study Identifies Risks of Sedentary Lifestyles

We’ve long known that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to increased risk for a number of health conditions. But now researchers have reported the results of a nationally representative sample of the U.S. population across multiple age groups.

Jun 11th, 2019
Are You An Allergy Sufferer?

Allergies, the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, can’t be cured but can be effectively managed.

Jun 3rd, 2019
Prevent Dehydration with Adequate Fluid Intake

With summer quickly approaching and temperatures on the rise, it’s critical to understand the importance of maintaining adequate hydration and recognizing symptoms that may indicate a detrimental inadequacy of fluids.

May 29th, 2019
Preserving Memory

Neuroscience researchers have identified various factors that play a role in maintaining healthy memory in people over the age of 55, as well as recommendations for avoiding memory decline. A recent study suggests that specific early interventions have im

May 20th, 2019
Heartburn: A Common Problem

Occasional heartburn is not uncommon, and over-the-counter medications can usually provide relief. However, frequent and severe heartburn may indicate a more serious condition.

May 13th, 2019
Medical Marijuana Use Remains Controversial

Although some research suggests medical marijuana can offer relief to older adults with symptoms such as sleep disorders, pain or anxiety stemming from chronic conditions including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, experts agree that more studies

May 6th, 2019
Family History Affects Dementia Risk

Experts have recognized that having a parent with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has been known to increase an individual’s risk of developing the disease. But new research suggests that having second- and third-degree relatives who have had Alzheimer’s disease

May 1st, 2019
Fibromyalgia: An Elusive Diagnosis

A chronic condition involving widespread musculoskeletal pain, accompanied by sleep disturbances, memory and mood changes, frequently presents diagnosis challenges to providers. Experts suggest that fibromyalgia prompts an increase in the brain’s sensitiza

Apr 22nd, 2019
Candida Auris: An Emerging Health Concern

American health authorities have designated a novel fungus infection, Candida auris, as a “serious global health threat,” according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta.

Apr 15th, 2019
Liver Disease Likelihood Increases With Age

Age-related changes in the liver and a higher incidence of chronic conditions such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia increase older adults’ risk of liver disease.

Apr 8th, 2019
Exercise Can Help Reverse Mild Cognitive Impairment

An established exercise regimen can help prevent chronic diseases such as depression, osteoporosis and heart disease. And now, a new study indicates that exercise is linked with improved brain function in a group of adults diagnosed with mild cognitive imp

Apr 2nd, 2019
Back Pain: A Common Cause of Disability

Back pain, whether acute or chronic, can appear abruptly or develop over time. It can range from a dull annoying ache to a disabling unrelenting sharp or stabbing sensation that interferes with activities of daily living. Although it can affect people of a

Mar 25th, 2019
Maintaining Your Immune System

Many adults understand the importance of controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. But many overlook the essential nature of keeping the immune system healthy.

Mar 20th, 2019
Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline

A recent study conducted among older men has shown an association between hearing loss and cognitive function. Hearing loss, the most prevalent sensory deficit, takes a toll on those who are affected by it. And older adults are those most likely to experie

Mar 8th, 2019
Sleep Changes Can Accompany Aging

Many older adults experience sleep difficulties on a regular basis. According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than one-half of men and women over the age of 65 suffer from at least one sleep problem.

Feb 25th, 2019
Dietary Choices Profoundly Affect Health Status

Remember the Food Pyramid, the long-time gold standard for nutritious meal planning suggested decades ago by the United States Department of Agriculture? It has been replaced by MyPlate as the model for healthy eating and well-balanced meals.

Jan 28th, 2019
Osteoporosis Is Silent But Serious

Although symptoms of early osteoporosis may be absent, continuing bone loss can be detrimental to your health and increase the risk of bone fractures.

Jan 3rd, 2019
Don’t Be a No-Show to Your Medical Appointments

It’s important to note the dates and times of your medical appointments, and then plan to appear on time at your provider’s office. Failure to keep medical appointments can have significant negative impacts on your health.

Dec 10th, 2018
What is Tobacco Dependence Disease?

Nicotine, the active ingredient in tobacco products, creates dependence among tobacco users that makes quitting difficult, despite the fact that tobacco use is detrimental to health.

Nov 16th, 2018
It’s Never Too Late to Start Exercising

It’s been said that exercise is medicine. And, indeed, physical activity benefits adults in numerous ways. Starting an exercise regimen or maintaining physical activity can contribute to healthy aging.

Nov 6th, 2018
Protect Yourself from Shingles

If you’ve ever had chickenpox over the course of your lifetime, the virus that caused it, varicella zoster, has lain dormant in your body since that time. And it can reactivate years later and cause shingles, a painful condition.

Oct 23rd, 2018
Beware of Herbal Supplements

Clever advertising may lead to the belief that herbal supplements will supply a needed remedy for a health concern. But supplements require special scrutiny.

Oct 2nd, 2018
Use of Multiple Medications Threatens Health

As people age, it’s not uncommon for health concerns and problematic conditions to increase. Older adults may decide to take various vitamins and supplements in an attempt to combat perceived health difficulties but could this be doing more harm than good?

Sep 25th, 2018
Forgetfulness Doesn’t Always Indicate Alzheimer’s Disease

Do you sometimes enter a room and then fail to remember your reason for going there? Have you put down your keys or eye glasses and forgotten where you left them? You may have experienced these episodes, but is it really a cause for serious concern?

Sep 19th, 2018
Flu Shots’ Benefits Outweigh Risks

The current focus on preventive medicine requires patients to accept some responsibility for their own health care. In partnership with your provider, you can make beneficial lifestyle changes in your diet, exercise, smoking status and medication adherence

Sep 6th, 2018