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Feeling a Little Sensitive?

Feeling a Little Sensitive?

Are you suddenly a little more sensitive—to sunlight? Some medications, foods, and skin care products can cause photosensitivity, an increased reaction to the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun that can make your future brighter than you want. Drugs: Antihistamines, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like ibuprofen), antibiotics, oral diabetes drugs, diuretics, tricyclic antidepressants, some antifungal medicines—all
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Take a Stand Against Falls

Take a Stand Against Falls

When retirees experience an accidental fall, it is common for them to try to hide it or downplay the seriousness. Too many people falsely believe that if they are upfront about their accidental falls that someone else will try to limit their independence. In fact, it’s a declining ability for safe gait and fear of
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Tracking Down How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

Tracking Down How Dogs Sniff Out Diabetes

Dogs possess an amazing ability to sniff out changes in human physiology, even drawing attention to diseases such as cancer. Their ability to detect low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and alert humans in well established. People with type I diabetes can experience abnormal drops in blood sugar – potentially resulting in fatigue, unconsciousness, or seizures. That’s
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In Good Odor

In Good Odor

Someday doctors may be able to screen for Alzheimer’s using a simple scratch and sniff test, according to two Columbia University studies. Dr. William Kreisl, a neurologist at Columbia University, and a team of researchers studied 84 people in their 60s and 70s, including 58 with memory problems indicative of early Alzheimer’s. Participants took the
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Arthritis Symptoms Can Be Reduced With Physical Activity and Educational Programs

Arthritis Symptoms Can Be Reduced With Physical Activity and Educational Programs

A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) study notes the prevalence of arthritis and the opportunities that are available to decrease pain and improve function. When people with arthritis engage in physical activity they can reduce their arthritis symptoms by up to 40 percent. Yet, many adults with arthritis are not physically active.
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