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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

Mental health and physical health tend to be a two-way street — each can affect the other. Having PTSD can affect both, but recent research suggests some of the physical harms associated with PTSD may be the fault of another culprit.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:41 pm

Technology is a powerful tool, but some experts say today's youth may devote too much time to sedentary technology use. A new study measured how much time young teens actually spend in front of a screen.

Posted: July 18, 2014, 6:24 pm

Alzheimer’s disease and the memory loss and behavioral changes that come with it can take a major toll on patients and their families. Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's cases continues to rise with the growing elderly population.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

Work hard, get a reward. It’s a simple mindset that in many cases is hardwired into peoples’ brains. But that reward system may not always be a benefit to one's health.

Posted: July 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

Children and teens are spending less time participating in physical activities and more time indoors in front of screens. New research shows what getting some fresh air can do for young people's health.

Posted: July 10, 2014, 3:32 pm

Healthy living is marked by things like not smoking or drinking too much, eating right and exercising. If you haven't done those things by young adulthood, has the damage already been done?

Posted: July 9, 2014, 9:28 pm

Exercise and diet both play a role in physical fitness, but does one trump the other? Perhaps so, according to the researchers behind a long-term study of obesity.

Posted: July 8, 2014, 9:01 pm

Being obese can increase the risk for numerous health problems. Being underweight isn't healthy either; it may even raise the risk for chronic lung disease.

Posted: July 8, 2014, 5:21 pm

Exercise is good for everyone, including those with diabetes. But what is the best type of exercise to help control the blood sugar of people with type 2 diabetes?

Posted: July 2, 2014, 10:00 pm

Even simple forms of exercise can strengthen the body and mind. People with Parkinson’s disease may be among those who can benefit from a no-frills regimen of walking.

Posted: July 2, 2014, 8:00 pm

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Alzheimer’s

Some in the medical community have zeroed in on B vitamins as having the potential to reduce Alzheimer’s risk. But recent research suggested this hypothesis wasn't true.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:01 pm

Activities like walking or doing mental puzzles are often associated with preventing cognitive decline. Taking a fish oil supplement may also be one of those activities.

Posted: July 17, 2014, 5:50 pm

Alzheimer’s disease and the memory loss and behavioral changes that come with it can take a major toll on patients and their families. Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's cases continues to rise with the growing elderly population.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

As people age, there are sometimes impacts on memory, communication and other mental faculties. But could choices we make throughout life ultimately delay the onset of those conditions?

Posted: June 23, 2014, 8:09 pm

While there are ways to ease symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, there are no treatments to stop the disease itself. For that reason, many doctors and researchers have shifted their focus to finding ways to prevent the disease.

Posted: June 11, 2014, 6:32 pm

Alzheimer’s disease typically affects the area of the brain involved in memory. However, there’s a less common type of Alzheimer’s in which memory loss is not the main symptom.

Posted: May 6, 2014, 6:52 pm

Researchers continue to look for new ways to detect Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms like dementia take shape. Reliable diagnostics may increase the effectiveness of treatments.

Posted: March 24, 2014, 8:41 pm

It's been difficult to develop a treatment for early Alzheimer's disease without being able to predict who might get it. Researchers may have just found a way to tell who could be at risk for the disease.

Posted: March 10, 2014, 3:16 am

Several diseases may factor into an older, gravely ill person’s death. Alzheimer’s may be one of those diseases, but it might not be listed as the primary cause of death.

Posted: March 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

Patients with Alzheimer’s disease sometimes have severe agitation that needs to be managed with medication. A new study found that one medication could be a good treatment.

Posted: February 18, 2014, 7:00 pm

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Mental Health

Mental health and physical health tend to be a two-way street — each can affect the other. Having PTSD can affect both, but recent research suggests some of the physical harms associated with PTSD may be the fault of another culprit.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:41 pm

Parenting a child with autism and/or other disabilities can be rewarding yet stressful. Learning to manage that stress can help moms be more effective parents.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:05 am

The birth of a new baby, while joyful, can also bring a great deal of stress and anxiety — especially if the child arrived well before the due date.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:05 am

It's pretty common knowledge that smoking isn't good for you, and smoking during pregnancy isn't good for either of you.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 4:05 am

Adding alcohol to energy drinks has become common, especially among young adults. New research suggests that this trend encourages people to drink more than they normally would.

Posted: July 17, 2014, 8:24 pm

Activities like walking or doing mental puzzles are often associated with preventing cognitive decline. Taking a fish oil supplement may also be one of those activities.

Posted: July 17, 2014, 5:50 pm

Most traumatic brain injuries are mild or moderate, but that doesn't mean they can't cause long-term damage.

Posted: July 16, 2014, 8:00 pm

Even mild brain injury is serious business. A person can experience a range of symptoms many months after having received a concussion, but those symptoms might not be what they seem.

Posted: July 16, 2014, 8:00 pm

Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability among children. Past studies have uncovered various risk factors for the condition, and new research suggests family may play a role in a child's risk for cerebral palsy.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 10:30 pm

Alzheimer’s disease and the memory loss and behavioral changes that come with it can take a major toll on patients and their families. Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's cases continues to rise with the growing elderly population.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

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Healthy Living

Some in the medical community have zeroed in on B vitamins as having the potential to reduce Alzheimer’s risk. But recent research suggested this hypothesis wasn't true.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 7:01 pm

Mental health and physical health tend to be a two-way street — each can affect the other. Having PTSD can affect both, but recent research suggests some of the physical harms associated with PTSD may be the fault of another culprit.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 1:41 pm

People with high blood pressure are often told to lower their sodium intake and to exercise to lower their blood pressure. New research suggests that yogurt may also be a heart-healthy way to reduce high blood pressure.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 8:00 pm

Obesity among American children has been the focus of public health officials for some time — and there is some evidence of success.

Posted: July 21, 2014, 1:41 pm

Many parents may face the age-old struggle of convincing their kids to eat fruits and vegetables. But a new study suggests kids are more willing to eat these foods than parents might think.

Posted: July 18, 2014, 6:27 pm

Technology is a powerful tool, but some experts say today's youth may devote too much time to sedentary technology use. A new study measured how much time young teens actually spend in front of a screen.

Posted: July 18, 2014, 6:24 pm

Being overweight or obese is usually considered a risk factor for heart disease. But overweight or obese heart disease patients may not be the ones most at risk of dying from a heart condition.

Posted: July 16, 2014, 7:53 pm

Alzheimer’s disease and the memory loss and behavioral changes that come with it can take a major toll on patients and their families. Unfortunately, the number of Alzheimer's cases continues to rise with the growing elderly population.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 7:03 pm

A bad day may drive some to overindulge in ice cream or greasy food, but could it actually be slowing down the metabolism as well? Maybe so, suggest the authors of a new study.

Posted: July 14, 2014, 4:05 am

Work hard, get a reward. It’s a simple mindset that in many cases is hardwired into peoples’ brains. But that reward system may not always be a benefit to one's health.

Posted: July 12, 2014, 12:00 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

Many women choose to undergo morcellation when they get a hysterectomy, a minimally invasive procedure in which the uterus is divided into pieces and removed. However, for some women, the procedure may come with added risks.

Posted: July 22, 2014, 3:23 pm

Women with a certain type of breast cancer may be prescribed a medication called tamoxifen to slow the spread of the cancer. In some women, though, tamoxifen causes harmful side effects. A similar medication may lead to fewer such side effects.

Posted: July 15, 2014, 3:47 pm

A patient's choice of doctor can go a long way towards developing a personal and professional relationship. But that selection could also play a part in what kind of treatment the physician recommends.

Posted: July 14, 2014, 8:09 pm

Prostate cancer is a sensitive subject for men. Some of the common treatment options come with very personal potential side effects like loss of sexual desire or impotence.

Posted: July 14, 2014, 8:00 pm

One sector of young American males is seeing more testicular cancer now than ever, and experts don’t know why.

Posted: July 14, 2014, 4:02 am

One of the few vaccines that can actually protect against cancer is the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which prevents four strains of HPV. But some parents have expressed concerns about the safety of the HPV vaccine.

Posted: July 8, 2014, 8:08 pm

People with a type of skin cancer that has spread to the liver may live only four to five months, but doctors may be able to extend that time frame for some patients.

Posted: July 2, 2014, 4:40 pm

Even when new medications show a lot of promise in the early stages of testing, they don't always prove to work so well in later stages of testing. For certain liver cancer patients, everolimus (Afinitor) may be less effective against tumors than previously thought.

Posted: July 1, 2014, 8:00 pm

New medical research continually contributes to how physicians treat their patients. As new information becomes available, older practices can become obsolete.

Posted: June 26, 2014, 6:29 pm

Low-dose aspirin, commonly used to prevent heart attack and stroke, may have another use: protecting against one of the deadliest cancers.

Posted: June 26, 2014, 4:15 am

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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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