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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

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

Exercise is an important tool in fighting obesity in young people. But which type of exercise is the most effective?

Posted: September 22, 2014, 8:07 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

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

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Alzheimer’s

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

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

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Mental Health

The difficulties of chronic disease can affect many areas of life — perhaps even mental health, suggests a new study.

Posted: October 23, 2014, 10:31 pm

Past research has posed many theories about factors that could influence autism in children, and the authors of a new study may have found one more. Children born in areas of high pollution may be more likely to have the disorder, the new study suggests.

Posted: October 23, 2014, 9:47 pm

Dopamine receptor agonists are medicines used to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Patients who take them, however, may find themselves having trouble with impulse control.

Posted: October 21, 2014, 8:40 pm

Drinking too much alcohol is known to cause health problems like liver disease and high blood pressure in adults. But a new study found that the effect of drinking on high blood pressure in young people may depend on their gender.

Posted: October 21, 2014, 2:00 pm

A heart attack can be a stressful event, even to the point that it can affect mental health. This may be especially true for women, say the authors of a new study.

Posted: October 19, 2014, 6:35 am

People who exercise may have fewer symptoms of depression, new research suggests. But depressed patients may find it difficult to motivate themselves to work out.

Posted: October 15, 2014, 9:52 pm

Exercise has been shown to have a positive effect on symptoms of depression. But these mental health benefits may not be the same in young people as in others.

Posted: October 13, 2014, 8:05 pm

Many past studies have shown that smoking cigarettes is unhealthy and can cause illnesses like COPD and cancer. Now, a new study has highlighted the extent of these illnesses caused by tobacco.

Posted: October 13, 2014, 8:05 pm

Alcohol and prescription medications can both be safe in moderation or as prescribed by a doctor. But their abuse and misuse can be dangerous or even deadly, says a new study.

Posted: October 10, 2014, 6:52 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

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Healthy Living

In at least one area of the US, people have reduced their intake of dietary fats during the past three decades, a new study found. But some could still be eating the wrong types of fat.

Posted: October 22, 2014, 8:05 pm

Bariatric surgery to aid weight loss has become more and more common. But a new study suggests it could be tied to a surprising side effect — a condition that causes severe headaches.

Posted: October 22, 2014, 8:05 pm

In 2012, researchers published a study claiming that green coffee bean extract could help people lose weight quickly and easily. The product was featured on The Dr. Oz Show, and the popularity of green coffee soared. It turns out the findings of that study were extremely flawed.

Posted: October 22, 2014, 4:01 pm

Recalls are meant to ensure that every medication and supplement on store shelves is safe. But do those recalls work?

Posted: October 21, 2014, 8:13 pm

For obese patients, weight loss surgery can have many benefits. The procedure, however, may cause sagging skin. But plastic surgery may tighten up the skin and keep the weight off.

Posted: October 20, 2014, 3:58 pm

People with low bone density may want to raise a glass to a recent study on red wine's natural compounds.

Posted: October 18, 2014, 4:05 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

Parents often lay infants on the sofa to keep an eye on them while tending to other things. But new research suggests doing so could be dangerous to the baby.

Posted: October 16, 2014, 6:57 pm

Dieters often hear that rapid weight loss is harder to maintain than gradual weight loss. But new research suggests both methods may be effective.

Posted: October 15, 2014, 11:05 pm

Fats are a necessary part of the diet. But choosing the wrong type of fat may be the difference between a harmless snack and an unhealthy choice for the heart.

Posted: October 15, 2014, 8:05 pm

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Cancer and Healthcare

The porcelain skin and full-coverage dresses of the early 1900s have given way to the deep tans and bikinis popular today. Changing perceptions of beauty and fluxes in fashion trends may explain increases in cases of melanoma.

Posted: October 14, 2014, 7:09 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

Parents may pass on more than eye and hair color to their children. New research suggests children may be more likely to develop pancreatic cancer if a parent had it.

Posted: October 14, 2014, 2:30 pm

Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new oral medication to treat side effects of chemotherapy.

Posted: October 10, 2014, 5:54 pm

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men, and cholesterol may promote its growth. Even after prostate surgery, those with high blood fat levels may have a greater risk of the cancer returning, new research suggests.

Posted: October 10, 2014, 4:20 am

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

Smoking has been tied to health issues of all types. Now, smokers might have another reason to kick the habit — oral human papillomavirus (HPV).

Posted: October 7, 2014, 8:00 pm

Living with cancer can be more than a physical battle. For some patients, the disease can be a mental challenge as well. It seems some types of cancers may be tied to a heavier mental burden than others.

Posted: October 6, 2014, 8:00 pm

When a woman decides to get a cancerous breast removed, she may need to decide if the second, healthy breast should also be removed to reduce her risk of another cancer. In that moment, it can be hard for women to know if they made the right choice.

Posted: October 3, 2014, 9:35 pm

The United Kingdom recently saw a spike in women seeking genetic screening for breast cancer. Researchers think the increase may be tied to a high-profile celebrity endorsement.

Posted: September 24, 2014, 12:24 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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