Heart Health February is recognized nationwide as Heart Health month. An important reminder to continue, refresh or start healthy habits for a life time, habits that will contribute to our wellbeing and healthy aging. Good heart health starts with eating less saturated fat, less processed foods and less salty snacks. February is a great month to replace
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Arthritis is not something only seniors deal with. Juvenile arthritis affects more than 300,000 children in the United States and can cause a series of discomforts affecting the eyes, skin, muscles, joints, the musculoskeletal system and even the gastrointestinal tract. Juvenile arthritis is known as a pediatric rheumatic disease that describes various types of autoimmune
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May is stroke awareness month. Every year around 800,000 people experience a stroke. This leads to someone dying every 4 minutes. “It is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.” [1] The sad thing about this statistic is that up to 80 percent of strokes can
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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia and “…accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases.” [1] Alzheimer’s is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills which often leads to the inability to carry out daily tasks. Alzheimer’s disease can range from mild to severe and generally tends
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Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder caused by low dopamine in the brain. This progressive disease destroys nerve cells that produce dopamine making it harder for the brain to send signals to muscles throughout the body. This often results in shaking, difficulty walking, swallowing and coordination. Although there is no known cure for Parkinson’s disease,
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The cause of this disabling neurological disease is still unknown, but many doctors believe people with this disease have a genetic predisposition. The majority of patients diagnosed with this disease are women and aged 20-50 years old. Common symptoms include fatigue, tingling and numbness, vertigo and dizziness, muscle weakness, and problems with balance. “More than
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Loss of side (peripheral) vision may be a sign of glaucoma, which occurs when the optic nerve is damaged and no longer transmits all visual images to the brain. To catch this condition early, it is important to have yearly eye exams that include a glaucoma test.  If straight lines appear distorted or wavy or
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It is important to be aware of symptoms of Heart Disease. Identifying these symptoms and treating them early can greatly decrease your risk of Heart Disease. If you are experiencing chest, neck, jaw or arm pain, frequent indigestion, or palpitations, you could have a heart condition. What are some ways to prevent this? Take a
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