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Vitamin D Levels Linked To Schizophrenia Diagnosis

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Vitamin D levels have been linked to a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia, a new study finds. Schizophrenia is one of the leading causes of disability worldwide, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Schizophrenia symptoms are hallucinations, delusions, and cognitive deficiencies. Currently, 2.5 million Americans have been diagnosed and are treated for this…

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Stroke Rehab, What It Is, How It Helps Patient Recovery

Stroke rehab beginning as soon as possible after a stroke is key to achieving a patient recovery, If possible, rehab should begin within 24-48 hours after the stroke. The first stage usually begins in the hospital but will then shift either to an acute care facility or to a skilled nursing home.      …

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Stroke Risk In Seniors Reduced By 50% With Light Exercise

Stroke risk in senior citizens can be reduced by up to 50% with light exercise, a recent study reports. Specifically, all it takes is any form of light exercise for 35 minutes each day. This is effective in reducing the risk for a moderate to severe stroke. Stroke: Scary Statistics According to the CDC (Centers…

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MRI Scans More Accurate Predictor For Alzheimer’s Disease Than Questionaires

MRI scans are a more accurate predictor for Alzheimer’s disease than the current clinical questionnaires, according to a new study. This research was recently done at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, irreversible brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills. The disease affects 5.5 million Americans,…

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Big Pharma Wants Rollback On Prescription Drug Discounts

Big Pharma now wants Congress to roll back a recent budget deal provision that cut back high prescription drug costs. The deal promised  modest financial relief to millions of Medicare beneficiaries, including seniors.. The deal lowered prescription drug costs for seniors with Part D Medicare. Medicare Part D enrollees have a $3,820 spending threshold. Once…

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Medicare Enrollment Period, Protect Yourself From Fraudsters

Medicare enrollment period every year is between October 15th and December 7th. During this time, beneficiaries can review the many choices offered for coverage. They run the gamut from medical services to prescription drugs. You can tailor your choices according to budget and need. At the same time, The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services…

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Schizophrenia Causes, Symptoms And Treatments

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that usually appears in late adolescence or early adulthood. It is characterized by delusions, hallucinations, and other cognitive difficulties. Currently, there is no permanent cure for this disease, and often is  a lifelong struggle.       Schizophrenia: Symptoms Schizophrenia most commonly strikes between the ages of 16 and 30,…

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Apples A Day Keeps The Aging Process Away, Try It

Apples a day keeps the teacher away is a grade school ditty our first grade class sang occasionally. And indeed, we sometimes brought in apples and placed it on teachers desk. Fast forward to today, we seniors still love apples, but some of us have trouble biting into them.   But, fellow seniors, do not…

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Stress Hormone Cortisol In Excess Impairs Memory In Adults

The stress hormone, cortisol, at higher than average levels, can impair memory in adults, a new study suggests. Researchers tested 2,000 adults who had high cortisol levels and found they performed poorly compared to the average cortisol level group. In addition, they also showed less tissue volume in certain areas of the brain.   Cortisol is known…

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Social Security Hit By New Scam, People Beware!

Social Security (SSA) announced this week that they have been hit by another scam. Crooks are imitating the agency’s phone number to convince people to answer their phone.   If you get a phone call with the number 800-772-1213 on your caller-ID screen, BEWARE! Although this is actually the SSA’s national customer service line, the…

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