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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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Mammograms Might Encourage Other Screenings

Mammograms Might Encourage Other Screenings

Latest Senior Health News TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older women who get mammograms are more likely to also seek screenings for cervical cancer and osteoporosis, new research reveals. This held true for the Medicare recipients even when their mammograms produced false positive results. “It’s encouraging that women for whom services are received […]

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American Seniors Facing Higher Out-of-Pocket Costs for Brand-Name Drugs

American seniors are filling fewer prescriptions for expensive brand-name drugs but are still spending more on such drugs, says a federal government study that points the finger at rising prices from drug makers. Latest Senior Health News There was a 17 percent decrease in the overall number of prescriptions for brand-name medications under Medicare’s “Part […]

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Walk Briskly to a Longer Life

Walk Briskly to a Longer Life

Latest Senior Health News FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — You might want to pick up the pace when you head out for a stroll, suggests a new study that found that doing so may lengthen your life. In fact, compared with a slow pace, walking at an average pace appeared to reduce the […]

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How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?

How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?

By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter Latest Senior Health News WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much — and what types — of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age. Reviewing data from dozens of […]

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Seniors Slow to Embrace Online Access to Doctors

Seniors Slow to Embrace Online Access to Doctors

Latest Senior Health News WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Many doctors have internet portals to help patients manage their care. But that doesn’t mean older folks will use them. A University of Michigan poll found only about half of patients 50 to 80 years old have set up an online account with their […]