Why Your Hands Tremble

Many people who experience trembling, which is usually most obvious in the hands, immediately worry they have Parkinson’s, a disease characterized by tremors.  The fact is that most older people have some degree of hand tremor, though it may not be so noticeable. Moreover, though tremors appear most commonly in the hands, they also can…

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Easy Tips for Senior Downsizing

It’s time. Mom and Dad need to be somewhere that can care of them. The good news: they agree it’s time. The not-so-good news: you are looking at a family home filled with thirty (or more!) years of stuff, wondering what you’re going to do with it all. Be warned: it’s not a simple process,…

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Early Cancer Detection Method Developed

Many types of cancer are asymptomatic at their early stages, with lung cancer, ovarian cancer and colon cancer being well-known examples. Consequently, these cancers are usually detected when they are too far advanced for effective treatment. Recently, scientists at the University of Kansas in Lawrence and the KU Cancer Center in Kansas City developed a…

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5 Food-Medicine Interactions to Watch out for

We all know that some medications interact with others. But some medicines also interact with foods and drinks. The databases utilized by physicians and pharmacists will reveal drug interactions, but don’t always consider food interactions. The safest thing to do? Check with your doctor and pharmacist about potential interactions whenever you start a new medication.…

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Vitamin C, Epinephrine, and Cancer

It is well-known that chronic stress can have a negative impact on health. Numerous studies have linked chronic stress to higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, an imbalance of the gut microbiome, cognitive decline, and many other illnesses, including cancer. Recently, researchers from the Dalian Medical University in China, along with colleagues from around the…

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Top 10 Chronic Medical Problems in Older People

As we age, it becomes more difficult to stay healthy. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have more than one. What issues are seniors likely to have? Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare records: 1.…

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HDL is Not Always Protective — Especially for Older Women

We all know that cholesterol comes in two types: the “good” and the “bad.” High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good kind; having high HDL levels is considered protective against cardiovascular disease. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad kind; it is associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. But recent research has cast doubt on…

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Leopard Tortoise Behavior Guides Development of an Insulin Pill

People with type 1 diabetes face the unpleasant task of injecting themselves with insulin daily, usually more than once a day. This requirement is means that not all diabetics will follow medical instructions, given most people’s aversion to injections. Recently Dr. Robert Langer of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute…

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The Parkinson’s Pandemic

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition that affects the central nervous system. As the disease advances, movement of any kind becomes difficult. In its later stages, Parkinson’s often causes dementia. Historically, Parkinson’s was quite rare. For example, according to medical records from the United Kingdom, only 22 people died with Parkinson’s Disease in 1855.…

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