Category Archives: HealthCare News

New Hope in the Fight against Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs

In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin, the very first antibiotic, and ushered in an era in which bacterial infections were no longer life-threatening illnesses. In the ninety years since then, antibiotics have saved countless lives — and have now led … Continue reading

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7 Ways to Know When Alzheimer’s Means Leaving Home

Alzheimer’s disease can be managed at home for many years. And that’s good, because maintaining stability in their living quarters brings a measure of calm to a person with cognitive impairment. There are many ways to make the home safer for people with Alzheimer’s, … Continue reading

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An Unusual – But Important Place to Check a Pulse

Diabetics know to have their feet checked every time they see their doctor, but everyone else should do that, as well. Feet should be checked for any discoloration or unusual nail growth, and the doctor should also take a pulse … Continue reading

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Influenza: Not Just another Name for a Cold

Influenza is not just a fancy name for a cold. While both the common cold and the flu are caused by viruses, a cold is usually harmless but the flu is potentially life-threatening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … Continue reading

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New Approach for Alzheimer’s Vaccine

In 1906, the German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Dr. Alois Alzheimer examined the brain of a woman who had had a strange combination of memory loss, unpredictable behavior, and difficulties with language. He found two types of abnormalities. The first were … Continue reading

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An Overlooked Risk Factor for Senior Falls

We know that falling is a serious risk for older Americans: Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among seniors, and one in four seniors will fall every year. Every 19 minutes an older person dies from complications of … Continue reading

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The Complex Effects of HDL on Older Women

It is common knowledge that there is “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the good kind, and having high HDL levels is considered protective against cardiovascular disease. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is the bad kind, and is associated … Continue reading

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Entire Body

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is usually associated with pain and swelling in the joints. However, it can cause long-term damage throughout the body. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is a wear-and-tear disease, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease. This means that RA causes … Continue reading

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What is the A1c Test? (Diabetes)

Since diabetes is defined by its abnormal blood sugar levels, it makes sense that tests for diabetes measure the amount of sugar in the blood. However, blood glucose tests have a downside: they offer only a snapshot of blood glucose … Continue reading

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Dangerous Myths about Senior Falls

The leading cause of fatal injury in older people? A fall. The leading cause of nonfatal injury in older people? A fall. The most common way for a senior to lose their independence? You guessed it: a fall. The statistics … Continue reading

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