Sifting Through “Fake” Health News

In our modern, highly connected, Internet age, information on virtually every subject is available at our fingertips. Medical information in particular is highly sought after — and easily found. Any tests we take, any information our doctors give us, anything and eveything can be checked on the internet so that we have a greater understanding…

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The Dangers of Black Mold

Black mold is a black or dark-green fungus that tends to grow in humid areas, for example, bathrooms and laundry rooms. It also can appear after flooding has occurred, taking hold in areas of an individual’s house or apartment that are not easily seen. Generally speaking, black mold has a distinct musty smell, similar mildew.…

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Plant-based Diet Reduces Effects of Diabetes

Nearly 10% of the population in the United States suffers from the devastating disease of diabetes. Although medication and exercise can help to counter some of the negative effects of type II diabetes, the risks of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, neuropathy, and vision loss remain high. The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and the…

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How to Avoid Prednisone Withdrawal

Doctors prescribe prednisone, a corticosteroid, to treat a variety of conditions that involve swelling and inflammation. These conditions include breathing difficulties such as asthma; skin conditions that cause swelling and itching, such as poison ivy; arthritis; allergies; digestive problems; kidney problems; multiple sclerosis (MS)  episodes; and lupus. In general, prednisone is prescribed short-term, and the…

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7 Ways to Enhance Your Immune System

Our body’s natural defense system, the immune system, keeps us healthy by fighting off bacteria, viruses and a variety of destructive cells. Regardless of our age, there are several steps we can take to help strengthen our immune system and enhance our health. Here are 7 simple ways to keep our immune system in shape:…

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Keeping Track of Dad’s Health? There’s an App for That!

You and your siblings don’t live as close to Dad as you’d like. It’s close enough that any of you can get there whenever you need to, but far enough that none of you can easily keep tabs on his diabetes and arthritis. There’s good news for you — and the other 10 million long-distance…

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19th Century Muscle Relaxant May Be the Key to Cancer

Researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center recently published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showing that a muscle relaxant, originally discovered in 1848, may provide a major advance in cancer therapy. Radiation is a common therapy used to destroy cancer cells. It works by annihilating tumor cells…

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Knees Buckling

Knees Buckling? This May Be Why.

The sensation of the knee beginning to buckle, or the actual buckling of the knee, is quite common among older adults. Based on various studies, it has been estimated that nearly 12% of adults between the ages of 36 and 94 reported at least one episode of knee buckling within the last three months. Since…

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The 4 Most Common Complications of COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) refers to a group of lung conditions that get progressively worse over time. COPD prevents the lungs from working in an efficient manner and can lead to a wide range of complications. The four most common complications are: 1. Pneumonia In a recent study it was discovered that older adults…

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6 Terms to Know about Heart Attacks

If you or a loved one has had a heart attack, you may find yourself in a new world filled with strange words and unusual acronyms. Dealing with the aftermath of a heart attack is difficult enough; there is no need to add confusion to the mix. Here is a brief glossary of the essential…

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