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The Aging Thyroid

As we age, our bodies start to slow down. Including our thyroid. The thyroid gland releases less T3 and T4 hormones as people age. And the hormone that is released is less effective than it is in younger people. As a result, older people have a greater risk of thyroid disease. However, the classic symptoms…

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Reversing the Decline of Working Memory in the Elderly

An unfortunate but natural aspect of aging is the decline of memory. Elderly adults — even those without a neurodegenerative condition such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia — usually find their memory declines with age. This decline can negatively affect an individual’s quality of life and their ability to remain independent. Dr. Robert Reinhardt, the…

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A Surprising Way to Protect Against Cognitive Decline: Eat Mushrooms

A recent article in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease demonstrated that certain varieties of mushrooms can significantly reduce the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Mild cognitive impairment shares some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, for example difficulty with memory, language and spatial orientation, but in a way that is less debilitating and which…

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Colon Cancer Screenings Should Begin at 45  

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its guidelines for colon cancer, recommending that screening start at age 45 for people with an average risk of the disease. The previous recommendation had screenings start at age 50. People at higher risk of colon cancer, including those with a family history of the disease, or a…

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New Mechanism Found to Cause Alzheimer’s

It has been accepted by most scientists studying Alzheimer’s disease that the cause of the disease is the buildup of beta amyloid plaque in the brain. This buildup interferes with the normal functioning of the brain’s synapses. Synapses constitute the connections between brain cells. Those synapses form the network which allows information to be shared…

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A Better Way to Treat Osteoarthritis

What do you do to treat your osteoarthritis (OA)? If you say take a pain killer, you’re not alone. But the American College of Rheumatology begs to differ. Their strongest recommendation for treatment of osteoarthritis is taking part in land-or water-based exercises and losing weight, if required. Both those measures reduce the risk of disability…

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New Method Found to Regenerate Brain Cells

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA have taken a major step forward in the search for a method to recover brain function lost through injury, stroke, or illness — for example dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the journal Stem Cell Reports, describes discovery of a method for converting glial…

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The Dangers of Iron Deficiency

It might be surprising, but iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10% of women suffer from iron deficiency. Iron is a fundamental component of hemoglobin, the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to…

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