Health Tips

Why Women are Less Likely than Men to Survive a Heart Attack

Picture a person having a heart attack. Chances are the image that came immediately to mind was of a middle-aged man clutching his chest. Yet cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, will kill six times as many women this year as it will men. Moreover, women, while less likely than…

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Both Too Little and Too Much Sleep are Bad for Cognition

There is mounting evidence that shows the direct negative effect of diminished sleep on health, including cognitive health. Researchers from Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute in Canada, in the largest sleep study ever conducted, examined sleep data from 40,000 people. Dr. Adrian Owen, a cognitive neuroscience researcher at the Western University Institute explained, “We…

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WHO Releases List of 12 Significant Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s

Approximately 50 million people across the world are suffering with some form of dementia. Approximately 35 million have Alzheimer’s disease, while the remainder suffer from any of a number of neurodegenerative conditions that lead to memory loss. As their conditions worsen, the ability of these people to live normal and independent lives can become impossible.…

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How to Travel Safely with Alzheimer’s

Summertime is vacation time for many families. But if your family includes someone who has Alzheimer’s, you’ll need to do a little extra planning. These 6 tips will help you make your vacation both fun and safe for everyone. Be realistic. This is not the time to plan a 7-day 10-country trip to Europe. Your…

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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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The Facts about Pacemakers

A healthy adult heart beats between 60 and 100 times a minute. Each beat is prompted by a group of cells in the upper right chamber of the heart. This biological “spark plug” fires at regular intervals, generating an electrical signal that travels through the heart, keeping the heart beating regularly. But if the heart’s…

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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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5 Ways that Arthritis can Affect the Eyes

Arthritis is known as a disease that affects the joints. However, arthritis can also affect other parts of the body, including the lungs, heart, and even the eyes. Dry Eyes The most common eye problem for people with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is dry eyes. Eye dryness might seem like a relatively minor problem, but eye…

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3 Tips for Staying Hydrated with Alzheimer’s

Welcome to summer! This glorious season brings extra concern for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Hydration is always an issue for people with Alzheimer’s, since they may forget to drink, or may have swallowing problems or other difficulties ingesting enough liquid. Try these tips to help your loved one with Alzheimer’s get the fluid…

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5 Dehydration Risks in People with Alzheimer’s

Hello, summer! Along with a renewed opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, this lovely season brings additional reason for caution when caring for someone with  Alzheimer’s. Dehydration is a risk all year round, but during the summer, caregivers need to be especially watchful. The following five issues put Alzheimer’s patients at extra risk of dehydration. They…

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