A Tech Giant Enters the Medicare Market

Google has become a household word, as a noun and even as a verb. But the multinational tech giant specializes in a variety of internet services and products has recently expanded into another market that, with the aging of the baby boomers, is also becoming a household word: Medicare. Alphabet, the parent company of Google…

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Indoor Temperature: A Risk Factor for Hypertension

Most people will be turning up their thermostats in the coming days and months. But according to British researchers, a warmer house does not just protect us from the colder weather. It also protects us from high blood pressure. A study published in the Journal of Hypertension, shows a strong link between a cooler home…

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Loneliness: A Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s Disease

As the population ages, more effort is being directed into research about one of the most frightening diseases associated with the elder years: Alzheimer’s disease. Cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes, and smoking have already been identified as risk factors for this scourge of old age. But now a large, government-sponsored longitudinal study has uncovered a new…

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What Are “Vital Signs”?

The term “vital signs” refers to a checklist of four measurements that give a snapshot of a person’s overall health. These measurements are body temperature, heart rate, respiration rate, and blood pressure. Vital signs are usually checked during every medical exam. Body Temperature Body temperature is the most familiar of the four vital signs, since…

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3 Tips to Improve Humidity in Winter

The old saying, It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity, applies as much in the winter as it does in the summer. However, in summer, the humidity is often too high. Because warmer air holds more moisture, as the temperature rises, the air is heavier with moisture, making the heat feel more oppressive. In the…

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The Impact of Seeing and Hearing on Cognitive Decline

Staying socially active is good for the brain. And being able to see and hear help facilitate being socially active. So, is being able to see and hear good for the brain? The answer to that is yes. Remarkable new research shows that hearing aids and cataract surgery, which improve hearing and vision, are actually…

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HDL: Can You Have Too Much of a Good Thing?

In the beginning, there was cholesterol. And it was all bad. Then research suggested that there were two types of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL was dubbed “bad” cholesterol; having high LDL levels is predictive of higher risk of cardiovascular disease. HDL, on the other hand, was called the “good” cholesterol,…

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Flu Vaccines: Just the FAQs

The weather is getting brisker. The leaves are starting to turn. We know what that means: it’s time to get a flu shot. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), millions of people get the flu each year. Of those millions, hundreds of thousands will require hospitalization, and tens of thousands will…

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Research Pinpoints Benefits of Whole Grains

Whole grains are good for us. They reduce the risk of heart disease, among other chronic diseases. They are even known to reduce the risk of mortality from all causes. But why? What is it about whole grains that make them so healthy? A new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition answers…

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