National Blood Donor Month

About 36,000 units of red blood cells and 7,000 units of platelets are needed every single day in the U.S. Blood donations typically drop off during and immediately after the winter holidays, which makes National Blood Donor Month in January a critical time. Donating blood saves many lives and improves health for many people. According…

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Shingles Vaccine Can Prevent Stroke In Senior Citizens

Shingles vaccine can prevent strokes in senior citizens, according to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). The vaccine is most effective in seniors aged 66 to 79.   Therefore, the CDC is recommending that seniors get vaccinated. Doing so, provides a double benefit. You are reducing the risk of shingles, and at the same time…

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Trump Administration Expands Coronavirus Travel From Overseas

The Trump administration has announced it will expand its existing ban on travel from Iran in response to the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in that country. The ban prevents any foreigner who has visited Iran within the last 14 days from entering the United States.   In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)…

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Stomach Warning Signs Seniors Should Not Ignore

Stomach warning signs should not be ignored, especially if you are a senior citizen, according to doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. Seniors are more susceptible to digestive discomfort and gastrointestinal issues, due to weaker immune systems and to side effects of the many medications they take. For the most part, they’re not serious, but nevertheless…

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Prescription Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite HHS Efforts

Prescription drug prices keep going higher despite the best efforts of Health and Human Services (HHS) efforts and the pressure from President Trump.   Prescription Drug: What Do Prices Hikes Look Like? The news is not encouraging. Retail prices for 460 prescription drugs are increasing by an average of 5.2 percent for this year —…

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Playing Video Games Keeps Seniors Mentally Sharp And Connected

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Playing video games can keep senior citizens mentally sharp and socially connected, reports a recent study from AARP.   Growing older doesn’t have to mean a decline in mental health. Indeed, just the opposite outcome is attainable. The survey from AARP shows that playing video games among seniors is booming. For example, in the last…

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Alzheimer’s Researchers Working Diligently To Find A Cure

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Alzheimer’s researchers are working hard to find a cure for this disease. They are  exploring a number of new approaches and testing a variety of treatments. Right now, almost 6 million Americans are living with this dementia-causing disease. At the recent 12th annual Clinical Trials on Alzheimer’s Disease (CTAD) — experts shared some just completed…

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Cognitive Impairment Linked To Weak Hand Grip In Seniors

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.Cognitive impairment has been linked to weak hand grip in senior citizens, a recent study reports.   Older adults with a weaker handgrip were more likely to be cognitively impaired than those with a stronger grip, according to this National Institute of Aging (NIA) funded study.   The findings suggest that handgrip strength may be…

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Drugs As Effective as Stents, Surgery For Patients With Heart Disease


Drugs are just as effective as stents or surgery in patients suffering from stable heart disease, a recent study reports. Adding drugs as a treatment option will provide more options for patients with cardiovascular disease.       Drugs: Study Results The study was presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Heart…

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Flu Shots, Do You Know How They’re Manufactured?

Flu shots are recommended to us every Fall as a way to protect us against the flu during the winter months. Medical experts such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health, (NIH) mount pervasive PR campaigns urging all Americans to get vaccinated.  Indeed, there is considerable evidence to show…

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