Does Your Flu Shot Last Through To Next Year Or Not?

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Friends, it’s flu shot season again — time to roll up your sleeves and get that winter protection against this miserable virus. Even though most of us are troopers, and we get this vaccine every year, many of us still hesitate.   Why is that? I guess it’s because many of us still get the…

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Honoring Veteran’s Day

On this Veteran’s Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have scarified so much that we can live free.

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Colorectal Screenings Urged For Seniors, For Early Detection

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Colorectal screenings done for senior citizens are being urged by the American College of Physicians (ACP), in their latest report. They urge that early detection is very important.   They stress the need for millions of aged Americans to get tested, even if they have no symptoms or family history of the disease.   In…

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory,…

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November Is National Family Caregivers Month, Say Thank You

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November is designated as National Family Caregivers Month. It is a time to recognize and salute family caregivers across the country — for their dedication, hard work and self-sacrifice. This year’s theme is “Caregiving Around the Clock.”   President Clinton signed the first National Family Caregivers Month Presidential Proclamation in 1997. Since then, every President…

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Elderly Prescription Drug Costs Are Double The Inflation Rate

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Elderly prescription drug costs were at double the inflation rate as of the latest 2017 released statistics.   The average annual cost for widely used prescription drugs used to treat chronic conditions was nearly $20,000 in 2017. These statistics are based on an analysis of retail prices of 754 brand-name, generic, and specialty medicines.  …

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Medicare Enrollees Hospital Re-Admissions For Same Infection Soar

Medicare enrollees hospital re-admissions for the same infection they were originally hospitalized for — is soaring, a new study shows.   Researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated 320,000 hospital discharge records for Medicare patients, aged  65 and older and found that 2.5 percent returned to the hospital within a month. The reason for the quick…

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House Bill Vote To Lower Prescription Drug Prices Up For Vote

Finally, after much talk-talk and delays, a bill that lowers prescription drug prices for Medicare Part D enrollees was sent to the full House of Representatives for a vote. The bill requires the program to negotiate prices and cap out-of-pocket costs.   The Ways and Means Committee approved HR 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now…

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Hypertension Increases Your Risk For Dementia And Memory Loss

It is well known and accepted that hypertension increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. But, did you know that it also can increase your risk for Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? You’re surprised, right? That’s because few long-term studies have examined the effect of high blood pressure with memory loss and cognitive decline.  …

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Hot Flashes Linked To Heart Disease In Senior Women

Hot flashes are an annoying and often painful symptom of menopause. But, now comes news that these hot flashes may be more serious than previously known. The intense heat, pain and flushed cheeks is a warning sign of health problems down the road, according to new research.   The study was released at the North…

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