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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

Doctors often use medicines and behavioral therapy to counteract risks associated with high blood pressure. But new research suggests the key to delaying high blood pressure may be exercise.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 7:35 pm

Young boys who bike or walk to school or play sports benefit in many ways. Not only are they more fit, but they may even do better in school, new research suggests.

Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

Exercise improves health in many ways. And a new study suggests it may help children who have problems focusing at school.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but daily exercise may work better for your cardiologist.

Posted: September 3, 2014, 7:15 pm

You can't avoid aging, but you don't have to feel old. Exercise may keep people from feeling older.

Posted: August 29, 2014, 7:01 pm

Patients can reduce some risks for heart disease — like high blood pressure, metabolic conditions and cigarette smoking — through counseling and lifestyle changes, a recent study suggested.

Posted: August 25, 2014, 9:05 pm

Losing excess weight is good for the health. But it may also be good for the finances, suggest the authors of a new study.

Posted: August 21, 2014, 7:05 pm

Over one-third of adults in the United Sates are obese, and many other nations struggle with obesity. One weight-loss strategy may come from something most people do every day — the daily commute.

Posted: August 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

Being obese in middle age can cause immediate health problems. But it may also affect brain health in the decades to come.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 10:35 pm

An out-of-sync heartbeat can have dangerous health consequences. But exercise may offer a prevention method.

Posted: August 20, 2014, 8:05 pm

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Alzheimer’s

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

Alzheimer's disease is often thought of as a part of aging, but it may not have to be. New research suggests a certain vitamin may help prevent the disease.

Posted: August 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

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

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Mental Health

Many patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have difficulty coping with the anxiety and stress they may feel. This could lead some to turn to overeating to ease their pain.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 8:05 pm

Whether you're late for work or getting laid off, how you handle stress may affect your health.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 4:04 pm

Obesity is linked to a host of conditions, such as sleep apnea and high blood pressure. New research suggests that cutting calories may improve these conditions.

Posted: September 10, 2014, 8:05 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

Since 2000, US officials have made several policy changes in nutrition and proper food processing. But a new study found that, despite government efforts to promote proper diet, eating habits in the US remained a national concern.

Posted: September 9, 2014, 5:02 pm

There’s an established and complex link between asthma and obesity. But which one comes first in children?

Posted: September 9, 2014, 4:26 pm

Some dental implants don't stay in place after they have been inserted. New research suggests certain medicines may contribute to this problem

Posted: September 8, 2014, 1:37 pm

ADHD is often treated with stimulants, which some researchers and parents are concerned could limit children's growth. But new research may relieve those concerns.

Posted: September 5, 2014, 7:41 pm

As electronic cigarettes become more popular, the medical community is working to understand their health effects.

Posted: September 4, 2014, 3:02 pm

After surgery, cancer patients are prone to complications like infections, which can be deadly. New research suggests quality of life may play a part in the risk of complications after cancer surgery.

Posted: September 3, 2014, 8:54 pm

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Healthy Living

Working very long work hours can cause family problems and dissatisfaction with your job, but new research suggests it may also hurt your heart.

Posted: September 18, 2014, 7:21 pm

Cutting back on the sweets may be a concern for those trying to slim down, but it should also be a concern for those who want to protect their teeth, say the authors of a new study.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 3:11 pm

Many medications reduce blood pressure, but new research suggests protein may also keep it in check.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 12:34 pm

Pants may be growing tighter than ever before. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers tracked US waist sizes from 1999 to 2012 and found widespread increases.

Posted: September 16, 2014, 8:05 pm

Doctors often use medicines and behavioral therapy to counteract risks associated with high blood pressure. But new research suggests the key to delaying high blood pressure may be exercise.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 7:35 pm

Young boys who bike or walk to school or play sports benefit in many ways. Not only are they more fit, but they may even do better in school, new research suggests.

Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:00 pm

On Sept. 10, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new weight-loss medicine called Contrave. Today, an FDA panel voted to approve another weight-loss medicine.

Posted: September 12, 2014, 5:35 pm

Diabetes is a disease closely tied to weight, but are patients getting enough exercise to slim down? Maybe not, suggests a new study.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 7:33 pm

Exercise improves health in many ways. And a new study suggests it may help children who have problems focusing at school.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 4:17 pm

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new weight-loss pill Sept. 10 for use in obese and overweight adults.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 3:07 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

Childhood cancer continues to be a leading cause of death among children and teens in the US every year. But rates of two cancers in particular — renal and thyroid — may be rising more than others.

Posted: September 20, 2014, 3:00 pm

Mammograms can be a lifesaving tool, but older women undergoing this breast cancer screening may be at a higher risk for misdiagnosis.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 4:50 pm

Balding and prostate cancer are two different but common concerns for many men. Now, new research suggests the two may be connected.

Posted: September 17, 2014, 3:20 pm

Thyroid cancer rates are increasing in the US. But one state may be contributing to the rising rate more than the others.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 3:59 pm

Efforts to fight cancer include both treatment and prevention. And researchers recently tested a vaccine to prevent breast cancer recurrence.

Posted: September 15, 2014, 2:03 am

Looking for a less extreme alternative to surgical removal of the organ, a new study assessed the effectiveness of two alternative treatments for kidney cancer patients.

Posted: September 11, 2014, 9:06 pm

Gene mutations associated with higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer may pose a serious risk to Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) women, even those without a family history of cancer. This prompted a call for more genetic cancer screening.

Posted: September 9, 2014, 2:54 pm

Having too much sugar in your blood, even if you are not diabetic, is considered unhealthy. And there may be an association between having high blood sugar levels and developing a serious health condition.

Posted: September 8, 2014, 10:05 pm

Some believe breast cancer is more common in developed countries because more women wear bras. But new research may debunk that idea.

Posted: September 5, 2014, 4:20 pm

Some advanced melanoma patients don't respond to available medicines and cannot have surgery. Today, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medicine that could help those patients.

Posted: September 4, 2014, 8:32 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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