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Can Exercise Prevent Alzheimers

While we tend to think of Alzheimer’s disease as a condition that only affects the elderly, this isn’t necessarily true. As many as 200,000 Alzheimer’s patients are under the age of 65, indicating this is a form of dementia that can affect anyone at any time. Once an individual does begin to develop the disease,…

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Managing COPD Triggers

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung condition that results in inhibited airflow from the lungs. COPD is caused by long-term exposure to irritating particulate matter or gasses, most commonly cigarette smoke. Individuals with COPD are at greater risk of developing other health conditions, such as lung cancer and heart disease. COPD flare-ups…

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Artificial Sweeteners & Gut Bacteria

In an effort to cut back calories and reduce sugar intake, many people have turned to artificial sweeteners, like the ones found in diet sodas or low-calorie cookies, as an alternative to high-sugar foods, but a new study shows artificial sweeteners might not be a healthy choice after all. The study, which was done in a…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and the Lungs

The name rheumatoid arthritis, or RA is a bit misleading. This autoimmune disease, where the body’s own immune system attacks its healthy tissues and organs, does involve the joints but can also be systemic. Complications of the disease can involve the heart, the blood vessels, the eyes or the lungs. Besides being an autoimmune disorder,…

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Osteoporosis Can Increase Dementia Risk

Osteoporosis Can Increase Dementia Risk Overview Osteoporosis and dementia are two distinct medical conditions that cause different symptoms. Osteoporosis affects the bones while dementia affects one’s ability to think, remember, and reason. However, recent studies suggest that osteoporosis can increase the risk of dementia. This information is critical for people with osteoporosis who may be predisposed to…

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Breast Cancer Breakthrough

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has it that, in the United States alone, about 266,120 will receive a breast cancer diagnosis in 2018. Moreover, and sadly, about 41,000 of those diagnoses will result in death. Nevertheless, the NCI’s records indicate that the number of deaths resulting from breast cancer have been on a steady decrease…

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There Is No Amount Of Alcohol That Is Safe To Consume

It is held up as a great social lubricant and a wonderful way to have a good time, but the reality of alcohol is much darker than many of us assume. We have for years understood certain things about it such as that it is a terrible idea (and illegal!) to drink and drive. We…

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Forehead Wrinkles Linked to Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is a fairly common but extremely dangerous condition that can lead to heart attack and/or stroke. It occurs when plaque builds up inside the arteries, narrowing them and decreasing their elasticity. When the arteries weaken, the supply of oxygen to the blood is limited, and the body’s major organs (namely, the heart) suffer.…

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Skinny Fat & Dementia

With the current emphasis on being thin, it’s not surprising that many people don’t know that thinness alone won’t automatically ensure that you’re healthy. Although obesity is generally recognized as an unhealthy condition that is linked to diseases such as diabetes, impaired cognitive function, neuropathy, and others, research has shown a link between sarcopenic obesity,…

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Low Blood Sodium: A Risk for Cognitive Decline

Cognitive degeneration in the elderly is a growing concern, which is why research continues to explore the causes and possible treatments. As we learn more about the condition, it’s becoming clear that some of our own choices and lifestyle habits may be contributing to mental decline in our later years. New studies suggest that one…

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