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Are Highly Cushioned Shoes Good for You?

It is extremely common nowadays to see people with highly cushioned footwear, whether running shoes with thick protective soles, specialized walking shoes, or orthopedic shoes. Though more expensive, these shoes are generally considered more comfortable, able to provide better protection for the feet, and to make better balance, posture, and stability easier to achieve. Consequently,…

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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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Sleep Deprivation and Heart Disease

Recently, a group of scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA, in collaboration with colleagues from other research institutions, investigated the relationship between sleep and arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is a condition caused by the buildup of fatty deposits and plaque inside a person’s arteries, causing them to become narrow and stiff. Individuals suffering from…

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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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Keeping Track of Your Loved One’s Health? There’s an App for That!

Your parents live 50 miles from you and your siblings. It’s close enough to get there quickly in case of emergency, but too far to keep tabs on Mom’s diabetes and Dad’s high blood pressure. You’re not alone: there are an estimated 7 to 10 million long-distance caregivers in the US. And in the twenty-first…

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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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How the Effectiveness of Your Medicine Changes with Age

You’ve been taking medication for a chronic condition, but lately, you find that it doesn’t work the same way it did when you first started. Or you suddenly start developing side effects from a medication that you’ve successfully tolerated for years. What happened? It may be very simple: you’re older. Especially once you turn 65,…

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