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Religious belief may extend life by 4 years

Religious belief may extend life by 4 years

If you believe in a higher power, you may live longer, suggests a new study. Having religious faith may extend your life by as much as 4 years. Religion may hold unexpected health and longevity benefits. Although the reason for this remains a mystery, it’s a known fact that women tend to live longer than […]

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Birth Control: Surgical Sterilization

Birth Control: Surgical Sterilization

Introduction to birth control The terminology used to describe birth control methods include: contraception, pregnancy prevention, fertility control, and family planning. But no matter what the terminology, sexually active people can choose from an abundance of methods to reduce the possibility of their becoming pregnant. Nevertheless, no method of birth control available today offers perfect protection […]

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Hormonal Methods of Birth Control

Hormonal Methods of Birth Control

Injection: depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is a synthetic long-acting form of the hormone progesterone. DMPA is similar to the birth-control minipill in that it does not contain estrogen. Like other progesterone-based contraceptives, DMPA acts by preventing the release of the egg from the ovary (ovulation) and by promoting thick cervical mucus […]

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Thyroid and Aging – Helping to Keep the Golden Years Golden

Thyroid and Aging – Helping to Keep the Golden Years Golden

Medical Author: Ruchi Mathur, M.D.Medical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr., MD, FACP, FACR It is an often a sad but true fact that as we age, the golden years are not quite as golden as we dreamed. Symptoms such as fatigue, depression, forgetfulness, and sleeplessness can make attempts at enjoying retirement difficult. Many seniors attribute […]

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Seniors – Falls Cause Serious Injuries

Seniors – Falls Cause Serious Injuries

On March 4, 1999 Justice Harry A. Blackmun died of complications after hip replacement surgery. He underwent the procedure after a fall at his home. Justice Blackmun was 90. The cause of Justice Blackmun’s death underscores the seriousness of the consequences of a fall in the elderly and the need to understand why such falls […]

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Nursing Home: How to Evaluate a Nursing Home

Nursing Home: How to Evaluate a Nursing Home

Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MDMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr, MD, FACP, FACR Over 1.6 million Americans are residents of more than 18,000 nursing homes located in this country. Nursing homes can either be permanent residences for people who are too frail or sick to live at home or temporary facilities for use during […]

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Advance Medical Directive: Sample Form

Advance Medical Directive: Sample Form

Medical Author: Maude B. Hecht, RNMedical Editor: William C. Shiel, Jr. MD, FACP, FACR and Barbara K. Hecht, Ph.D. The current case of Terri Schiavo has focussed the spotlight on the issue of advance medical directives. An advance directive, through a living will or the designation of a health care proxy, prevents the involvement of […]

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11 Tips for Surviving A Heat Wave Without Air-Conditioning

11 Tips for Surviving A Heat Wave Without Air-Conditioning

In summer, heat waves can strike areas of the country where cooler climates are the norm. In these areas, many homes do not have air conditioning, and surviving in the extreme temperatures becomes a challenge for everyone. The following steps can help you keep cool during a heat wave even if you have an air-conditioned […]

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Natural Birth Control

Natural Birth Control

Natural birth control facts Birth control is the use of practices, medications, or devices to prevent pregnancy. Natural methods of birth control, or natural family planning, are a type of birth control that relies on observations about the woman’s body and menstrual cycle. Natural methods of birth control include fertility awareness methods. Examples of natural […]