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When seniors and others require long or short-term assistance with daily living needs, home is the most comfortable and convenient place to receive care. The Home Option provides non-medical home carecompanion care and homemaker services to seniors, those recovering from illness or surgery and others. Care options include 24 hour live in home care and hourly care.

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Physical Fitness

In weight loss, the real challenge may come not from shedding the pounds, but from keeping them off. New suggestions from a panel of experts could help people who have lost weight keep the pounds off.

Posted: December 19, 2014, 6:42 pm

Want to reduce your heart disease risk? Some sun salutations or warrior poses might help.

Posted: December 16, 2014, 7:56 pm

After a heart attack, patients are usually ready to get back to their lives — and that includes their sex lives. Most patients, however, do not talk to their doctors about whether it is safe to do so.

Posted: December 15, 2014, 7:05 pm

The United Health Foundation today released its annual state health rankings. The states varied widely, and some national measures of health saw slight improvements.

Posted: December 10, 2014, 6:25 pm

Having weight loss surgery can improve obese patients' health, but it isn't a fix-all for health problems tied to being obese. Exercise may improve these patients' overall health even more and lower their risk for diabetes.

Posted: December 2, 2014, 9:00 pm

Kids learn all sorts of things from their parents including healthy and unhealthy habits, suggest the authors of a new study.

Posted: November 19, 2014, 3:42 pm

Healthy eating is tied to a wide range of health benefits, from heart health to a lowered risk for cancer. And new research suggests that eating less salt and more fresh foods may prevent kidney disease and benefit kidney disease patients.

Posted: November 15, 2014, 7:35 pm

Obesity and depression are both tied to health risks like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. And now a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report suggests that being obese may increase patients' risk of depression, and vice versa.

Posted: October 17, 2014, 7:33 pm

Medical procedures like colonoscopies and chemotherapy can be great screening tools and treatments for bowel cancer. But patients may be able to take measures at home to reduce their risk for this disease.

Posted: October 14, 2014, 4:16 pm

Weakened bones from osteoporosis can lead to hip and other fractures. Although it’s commonly thought of as a problem only aging women face, new research suggests that, because osteoporosis is underdiagnosed in men, they face a higher risk of death following a hip fracture.

Posted: October 9, 2014, 1:58 pm

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Alzheimer’s

A good night’s rest may not only make you less groggy — it could also prevent a more serious brain drain. Those who get enough deep sleep may be less likely to develop dementia.

Posted: December 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

In middle age, taking care of yourself now could mean avoiding a health crisis later — and that may go double for diabetes patients. Middle-aged diabetes patients may have a raised risk for mental decline later in life.

Posted: December 1, 2014, 8:05 pm

Reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s may be as simple as enjoying a few cups of coffee each day.

Posted: November 30, 2014, 11:46 am

Getting early treatment for dementia can improve patients' health. Many people, however, aren't getting screened for the disorder in the first place.

Posted: November 26, 2014, 7:05 pm

Americans may be living longer than ever before. In a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, measures of life span were up and rates of death were down.

Posted: October 9, 2014, 4:03 pm

A moody and high-stress lifestyle in midlife, particularly coupled with prolonged periods of distress, might do more than affect how a woman feels day-to-day. It could also play a part in the development Alzheimer's disease.

Posted: October 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

Do you often forget where you left your keys or parked the car? More frequent memory problems may be a sign of more brain function loss to come.

Posted: September 24, 2014, 8:05 pm

Alzheimer's patients often become upset or afraid in new situations. But a new medicine may be able to reduce this agitation.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 5:14 pm

Anti-anxiety medicines can be helpful treatments for the short term. But new research found that they may also be risky.

Posted: September 9, 2014, 10:35 pm

As people age, their brains may not work at full speed. For middle-aged people with type 2 diabetes, a decline in brain function may be more likely than for those who don’t have the disease.

Posted: September 5, 2014, 5:52 pm

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Mental Health

Parents may breathe a little easier — fewer teens may be lighting up, getting high and binge drinking.

Posted: December 20, 2014, 12:00 pm

From bath salts to laundry pods, many items can pose poisoning risks. Calls to poison control centers around the US have not only saved many people's lives, they've also identified new trends in toxic substance exposure.

Posted: December 19, 2014, 6:30 pm

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, may return a bit of independence to tobacco smokers who make the switch.

Posted: December 19, 2014, 3:06 pm

A common medication for ADHD may keep kids out of the emergency room.

Posted: December 18, 2014, 1:25 pm

Traditional cigarette smoking has been dropping among US teens for years. But there might be a new trend to consider — e-cigarettes.

Posted: December 18, 2014, 11:41 am

Families and schools can take steps to stop the risky business of teen drinking. Teens are one of the groups most prone to binge drinking — a practice that can lead to alcohol-related blackouts.

Posted: December 17, 2014, 11:32 pm

If you can fight fire with fire, why not fight addiction to nicotine with another chemical?

Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:05 pm

They relieve anxiety and help many patients sleep, but benzodiazepines might not be the best choice for many patients — especially over the long term. Still, many older patients were taking these medications. 

Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:05 pm

It's tough to kick the smoking habit, but electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) may help.

Posted: December 16, 2014, 10:05 pm

A foggy memory and slower thinking don't have to be a part of aging. Patients can take many steps to keep their minds sharp.

Posted: December 16, 2014, 7:40 pm

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Healthy Living

In weight loss, the real challenge may come not from shedding the pounds, but from keeping them off. New suggestions from a panel of experts could help people who have lost weight keep the pounds off.

Posted: December 19, 2014, 6:42 pm

Lowering your risk for health problems like diabetes and heart disease through diet may be simpler than once thought. Patients may need to simply focus on eating healthy, natural foods in general, rather than worrying about how healthy foods affect factors like blood sugar.

Posted: December 16, 2014, 8:05 pm

Want to reduce your heart disease risk? Some sun salutations or warrior poses might help.

Posted: December 16, 2014, 7:56 pm

After a heart attack, patients are usually ready to get back to their lives — and that includes their sex lives. Most patients, however, do not talk to their doctors about whether it is safe to do so.

Posted: December 15, 2014, 7:05 pm

Getting better sleep may be as simple as skipping your nightcap.

Posted: December 12, 2014, 2:55 pm

Extra padding around the tummy may seem harmless, but it could pose some long-term health risks. Luckily, taking measures to reduce belly fat could reduce these risks.

Posted: December 10, 2014, 9:47 pm

Salt may be a little less sinister for patients with high blood pressure than once thought. And sugar may steal salt's spot on the list of blood pressure spikers.

Posted: December 10, 2014, 9:35 pm

The United Health Foundation today released its annual state health rankings. The states varied widely, and some national measures of health saw slight improvements.

Posted: December 10, 2014, 6:25 pm

If you've got metabolic syndrome, you may have a raised risk for urinary tract symptoms like bladder leakage, having to urinate more often, having to get up at night to go and feeling an urgent need to go. And you may be able to fight those symptoms by losing weight.

Posted: December 8, 2014, 3:35 pm

Chocolate lovers may have one more reason to indulge their sweet tooth — chocolate may lower diabetes risk.

Posted: December 6, 2014, 12:00 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

Good news for the people of Earth: people are living much longer than they were 20 years ago, and death rates have dropped for certain cancers, heart disease, stroke and other major diseases around the world.

Posted: December 17, 2014, 10:05 pm

If you can fight fire with fire, why not fight addiction to nicotine with another chemical?

Posted: December 17, 2014, 8:05 pm

Pilots and cabin crew members may want to make sure sunscreen is part of their pre-flight routine.

Posted: December 17, 2014, 7:05 pm

For years, colon cancer has appeared to be more dangerous for blacks than for other groups. Researchers say more screening and earlier detection could close this racial gap in colon cancer survival.

Posted: December 15, 2014, 8:05 pm

A simple change in diet could make a world of difference for women with certain types of breast cancer.

Posted: December 14, 2014, 2:14 pm

They're painful and can put patients out of commission for hours or even days, but migraines aren't likely associated with breast cancer — despite past research that suggested they might be.

Posted: December 12, 2014, 7:10 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new medication for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Posted: December 12, 2014, 4:31 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a vaccine to prevent several types of cancer associated with human papillomavirus (HPV).

Posted: December 10, 2014, 8:23 pm

Not all breast cancer treatment methods are created equal — and many patients may not always get the shortest, most cost-effective option.

Posted: December 10, 2014, 5:46 pm

Jason White, longtime touring guitarist for pop punk band Green Day, has been diagnosed with tonsil cancer. Luckily, the cancer is treatable, and his doctors expect a "full and speedy recovery."

Posted: December 9, 2014, 3:42 pm

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Exercising and MCI

Mild cognitive impairment causes problems with memory, language and thinking. It can also put people at a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s. For patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), exercising may offer some protection for the mind. Read more at http://bit.ly/1cw1qsk Via dailyRx

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Life Expectancy

A healthy lifestyle depends on more than just your behavior or your genes. It may also depend on where you live. A recent study found that life expectancy changes significantly from state to state. Read more at http://bit.ly/16j8un5 Via dailyRx

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Dementia Screening

Routine screening for certain diseases comes with aging. But among the general population, pricey screening tests for ‎dementia‬ may not provide any real benefit for seniors who are not at risk. Read more at http://bit.ly/143kwW0 Via dailyRx

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Vitamin D

People get their vitamin D from sunlight, foods and supplements. This vitamin is important for bones as well as for muscles. New research shows that getting enough vitamin D may also help adults maintain their physical abilities as they age. Read more at http://bit.ly/18yI6LL Via dailyRx

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Alzheimer’s Disease Study

The race to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has led to trying medications that work for other diseases. One particular medication has shown some positive signs of slowing down signs of Alzheimer’s progression. Read more at http://bit.ly/13q0fGP Via dailyRx

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Dementia Study

There’s no cure for ‪dementia‬, but it may not be spreading as widely as doctors once predicted. Healthier generations may have a lower risk for developing dementia in the future. A recent study looked at dementia rates among senior adults in the United Kingdom (UK) in the 1990s and again 20 years later. Read more at http://bit.ly/13PaDLn Via dailyRx

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Get Old Video – Hy Snell

“Get Old” Hy Snell, 94 from Variable on Vimeo.

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Aging and Happiness

The 1993 comedy “Grumpy Old Men” played on the stereotype that with old age comes unhappiness. These days, the reality may be much different. Seniors appear to be growing older more happily than in the past. Read more at http://bit.ly/18Yu85c Via dailyRx

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Staying Sharp

There’s good news in the ‎health‬ world for ‪aging‬ seniors. People in their mid 90s may be staying sharper nowadays compared to previous generations. Read more at http://bit.ly/158ayy5 Via dailyRx

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Disability and Aging

Self-care helps shape the quality of life for most people. That is no less true for many aging individuals, who also desire to dress and feed themselves, get around on their own and so forth. Read more at http://bit.ly/12Eim8r Via dailyRx

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Healthy Living

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your grandparents, try a crossword puzzle book. And while you’re at the store, buy yourself a book too. You may thank yourself later. Read more at http://bit.ly/12T50bU Via dailyRx

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