Loneliness is Associated with Higher Incidence of Mental Illness

According to numerous studies, approximately one-third of the population will experience a mental disorder during their lifetime. Common mental disorders include depression and anxiety. In extreme cases, these disorders can lead to substance abuse or other forms of self-destructive behavior. A recent study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, examined the relationship between common mental…

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Artificial Intelligence Tackles Lung Cancer Diagnosis

For those of us who are fascinated by the possibilities that artificial intelligence (AI) is creating, it is impossible to forget the famous 1997 tournament between the reigning world chess champion Garry Kasparov and IBM’s Deep Blue chess supercomputer. It was the first time that a machine defeated a reigning chess world champion in a…

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It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity, Especially for the Elderly

As they say, it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. This is especially true for older people who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and high blood pressure (hypertension). In general, seniors are greater risk for heat-related conditions, such as dehydration, heat stress, and sunstroke. Their bodies have a diminishing…

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4 Surprising Risk Factors for Heart Disease

Heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, is implicated in one out of every four deaths. The risk factors for heart disease are well-known: smoking, high cholesterol, hypertension, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, diabetes, and stress. But research has uncovered a few risk factors that might come as more of a surprise.…

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Study Reveals the Genetics of High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is known as “the silent killer” because it has no symptoms and is the leading cardiovascular cause of death worldwide. The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that nearly one-half of all adults in the US suffers from hypertension, meaning approximately 100 million Americans have it. What’s worse: many…

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How to Recover from a Stroke

Every forty seconds, someone in the US has a stroke. Strokes are the number one cause of serious disability in the US, and the number three cause of death. Despite these grim facts, it is possible to recover from a stroke. To do so, follow these three rules: Get to the ER immediately. There is…

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Diagnosing Skin Cancer is about to Become Much Easier

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Skin cancer generally falls into two categories: melanoma and non-melanoma. Non-melanoma often leads to some sort of disfigurement, while melanoma often leads to death. According to the American Cancer Society, rates of melanoma have…

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10 Ways to Help People with Alzheimer’s Get the Nutrition They Need

A common but lesser-known aspect of Alzheimer’s and other dementias is loss of appetite. Add to this that as mental and 1physical function decline, skills such as using a fork or spoon, and drinking from a cup can also be lost. Ensuring that someone with a dementia gets proper nutrition requires planning. If nutrition is…

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