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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. It is the most common cancer worldwide. Lung Cancer is the number one cancer killer of women and men in the United States. It takes more lives every year than colon, prostate, ovarian and breast cancers combined. Early detection leads to 20% fewer lung cancer deaths each year.

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory,…

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Breakthrough in Treatment of Osteoarthritis

More than 30 million people in the United States currently suffer from osteoarthritis, a disease that targets the joints and cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition, and the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is incurable, and the best we can do for this condition is to manage the pain. However, research published in…

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The Joyful Nursing Home

Depression affects nearly one out of every five American seniors, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. At greater risk are seniors with at least one chronic condition, those becoming increasingly dependent on others for their care, and people who are disabled. Because of this extra risk, we at Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation…

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The Nose is Key to Unexpected Cognitive Functions

Interestingly, the anterior olfactory nucleus, a region in the forebrain that registers odor, has recently been found to be responsible for certain aspects of memory. Even more interesting is that those aspects are still linked with the sense of smell. A team of Swedish investigators published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience reporting that…

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A New Approach May Yield a Treatment for Alzheimer’s

The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Over time, Alzheimer’s disease destroys an individual’s ability to think and to independently go about the activities of daily life. It robs a person of their ability to relate to others, and tragically destroys their ability to remember the important people and events in their life.…

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Feeling Busy is Good for Your Health

Recently, a simple yet fascinating study was conducted at the global business school INSEAD, which has campuses in France, Singapore, and Abu Dhabi, along with the Fox School of Business at Temple University in Pennsylvania, and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of…

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Do Probiotics Work? Sometimes.

Among the hottest trends in health foods today is probiotics. The live organisms contained in various probiotic pills and powders are thought to promote a healthy bacterial presence in the gastrointestinal tract. The importance of healthy gut flora has been well-studied and well-documented, but a question that has never been accurately answered is whether probiotics…

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Diabetes Risk Discovered with Use of Statins

As we know, medications can have some undesirable side effects. When our doctor prescribes a medication, they take into account the positive effect the medicine is intended to have versus the negative impact it may have. However, this only applies when the negative side effect of the specific medication is known. A recent large-scale study…

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Diabetes Drug Proves Effective in Treating Anxiety and Depression

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes. As is well known, diabetes increases the risk for many serious health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney disease, and blindness. What it is less known is that diabetes…

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