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Blood Test: What Our Results Tell Us About Our Health

An annual physical and a blood test go hand in hand. Blood tests can help a doctor to diagnose multiple medical problems and diseases, sometimes before a patient notices any…

Doctor’s Advice on Breaking Bad News: When a Diagnosis Is Serious

Doctor’s Advice on Breaking Bad News: When a Diagnosis Is Serious

As we get older, we become more vulnerable to serious health issues that may be difficult to treat or impossible to cure. When this happens, people differ in how much…

Varicose Vein Treatment: Which Approach Is Best for You?

Varicose Vein Treatment: Which Approach Is Best for You?

If you have varicose veins or spider veins, you are not alone. They affect one in five adults and half of people over the age of 50 in the U…

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Alcohol Abuse: When Drinking Becomes a Problem

Full-blown alcohol addiction, commonly known as alcoholism, doesn’t happen all at once. Typically, alcohol abuse—a pattern of harmful drinking—begins the process. Abuse then progresses to dependency…

Fall Risk Assessment: How It Can Help You Keep Your Independence

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of older adults dying from falls, per research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC…

Vaccines Aren’t Just for Children: What Seniors Should Know About Immunization

Vaccines Aren’t Just for Children: What Seniors Should Know About Immunization

As we get into the annual flu season (it runs from October to May), we no doubt will see advertisements for flu shots at every pharmacy we visit. But the…

What Causes Dry Skin? Look to These 7 Culprits for Answers

What Causes Dry Skin? Look to These 7 Culprits for Answers

The skin is our body’s largest organ and the primary way we come into contact with the external environment. Acting as a barrier, it protects the body from various…

Blood Types Provide Important Clues About Our Health

Blood Types Provide Important Clues About Our Health

Blood types are important when it comes to donating blood or having a transfusion. They’re also a good indicator of your potential health risks. Those with certain blood types…

Pneumonia Vaccine: It Could Be a Lifesaver

Pneumonia Vaccine: It Could Be a Lifesaver

  Certain factions of the population—particularly the young and the elderly—can benefit from a pneumonia vaccine. © Areeyatm | Dreamstime.com Pneumonia is often relatively mild in healthy people, but…

Muscular Dystrophy: What Causes This Disabling Condition?

Muscular Dystrophy: What Causes This Disabling Condition?

We typically think of muscular dystrophy as a singular disease. But, per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s more complex than that: “The muscular dystrophies (MD…