A Simple, Delicious Way to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

A Simple, Delicious Way to Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Thrombotic disorders, in particular heart attacks and strokes, are the leading cause of death worldwide. Every year, in the United States, approximately 800,000 people have a heart attack, and a similar number of people have strokes. The majority of these heart attacks and strokes are due to arteriosclerosis, a buildup of buildup of plaque in…

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Bruises and Blood Clots: When to Worry

Bruises and blood clots are both ways in which the body heals itself. Both can result from damage to blood vessels due to an injury. However, it is important to understand when a bruise or a blood clot signals a more serious condition. Bruises Bruises are typically associated with an injury. For example, after a…

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Avoiding Kidney Problems with Vitamin B3

Avoiding Kidney Problems with Vitamin B3

Approximately 10% of all adults who are hospitalized in the United States develop acute kidney problems. In many cases the problems are temporary, but according to the National Institute of Health, nearly 10% of those diagnosed with an acute kidney problem will end up dying of it. Acute kidney problems often occur when waste products…

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5 Ways to Deal with Morning Stiffness

Aching joints and stiffness (in particular morning stiffness) are well-known to those who suffer from arthritis — and in particular those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. However, as we age, it becomes a common problem for most of people. Many seniors feel enough stiffness and pain in the morning that it can be difficult for…

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Wound Care for Seniors

Wound Care for Seniors

The skin, the largest organ of the body, ages just as our other organs age. Wrinkles may be an obvious sign of this aging, but treating older skin properly is not merely a cosmetic issue. Normal aspects of aging, such as thinning skin, a weakened immune system, and decreased circulation can leave seniors vulnerable to…

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The Importance of the Family Medical History

The Importance of the Family Medical History

A normal part of any initial consultation with a healthcare provider is giving them a detailed family medical history. It is no mere stroll down Memory Lane: the family medical history contains a wealth of information that can guide your healthcare. Why is the family medical history important? Many diseases, including high blood pressure, high…

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10 Signs It’s Time to Consider Nursing Home Care

10 Signs It’s Time to Consider Nursing Home Care

The love and responsibility that family members feel for older or disabled relatives lead them to try to care for their family member at home for as long as possible. But when does it become impossible? The question is hard — and often painful — to answer. Consider the following 10 signs that suggest it…

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The Emotional Costs of Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is not strong enough to pump as much blood as the body needs. Though the heart is a muscle, unfortunately, as it works harder to pump blood it does not get stronger, it gets weaker. Moreover, as the body gets less oxygen, the classic symptoms of…

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Women and Migraines

Women and Migraines

A migraine is a debilitating headache that is often accompanied by nausea, blurred vision, and hypersensitivity to light, smell, or sound. The vast majority of chronic migraine sufferers — a staggering 85% — are women. It has long been suspected that hormones play a role in migraines, and a recent study published in the journal…

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