Aging

Falls are the leading cause of injury in the elderly. In fact, one out of every four elderly adults falls each year, sustaining severe injuries. This is a significant concern to everyone in their life, especially their caregivers. Although you should try to minimize falls, the inevitable can happen at any time. Your response can
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A new study has found that people who reported higher amounts of stress, anxiety, and depression, were more likely to contract COVID-19.  Researchers set out to determine whether these factors were associated with the risk of COVID-19 infection. In addition, they also investigated whether these factors had any correlation with the severity of COVID-19 symptoms
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Neurodegenerative dementia is an umbrella term for neurodegenerative diseases that have the main clinical symptom of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease (AD), frontotemporal dementia (FTD), and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) are three such neurodegenerative dementia diseases. While people with Parkinson’s disease can develop dementia—it only happens when the protein aggregations spread into the cerebral cortex of
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A new study investigates the calorie content of food in chain restaurants following the implementation of calorie labels on menus.  In 2018, the United States government began enforcing a policy that requires larger chain restaurants to include calorie labels on their menus.  This includes any chain restaurant with more than 19 locations in the country, and
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The American Heart Association recently released their ‘2021 dietary guidance to improve cardiovascular health’.  Within the article, they covered ten features of a heart-healthy eating pattern, that emphasizes the importance of overall dietary pattern rather than individual foods or nutrients and underscores the critical role of nutrition in all stages of life. Instead of looking
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Study shows link between weight loss from bariatric surgery and COVID-19 severity. Entering 2022, worldwide COVID cases have topped the 290 million mark, with more than five million deaths (1). While new variants develop with lower mortality rates, the risk of severe COVID infection is still greater for some groups. Common risk factors include people
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An analysis of over 80 studies investigates the potential effectiveness of online therapy for depression in comparison to traditional, in-person sessions.  The current COVID-19 pandemic initiated changes to many industries, including the medical field.  When the pandemic first started, many private healthcare providers exchanged in-person office visits for remote appointments.  Given that COVID-19 is still a pressing
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For a child to grow up healthily and become a successful adult, they need to develop resilience, self-discipline, and tenacity. While 90% of who we are is dependent on our genetic make-up, the remaining 10% can be strongly influenced by our environment, driving the type of adult we will become, despite our nature. To continually
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A study of 1000 patients and health care workers was conducted to compare transparent masks to standard masks when it comes to communication. It is thought that a transparent mask could help reduce miscommunication.1 As a part of widespread public health efforts to curb the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, mask wearing has become a
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As the SARS-CoV2 virus continues to mutate, clinicians and scientists are able to collect real-time data on the effectiveness of the various vaccines against the different strains in relationship to death caused by the virus. One of the latest strains to be of concern is the delta strain (B.1.617.2) of the virus. Scientists conducted a
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The effects of having to undergo cancer treatment as a child can have a substantial impact on physical and mental health. However, the specific lifelong burden remains unknown.1 A recent population study showed how the effects of receiving cancer treatments affected childhood cancer survivors later in life. This is the first study to use a
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Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain. Alzheimer’s affects the brain’s synapses, which are where information flows from neuron to neuron (1). As it progresses, protein fragments, called beta amyloid, build up outside the neurons (1). Another protein, tau, builds up inside the neurons creating what is known as a tau tangle (1).
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A Western diet has been associated with a variety of negative health consequences, could chronic pain be the next?  Omega-6 fatty acids are typically high in Western high-fat diets, compared to omega-3 fatty acids. A diet high in omega-6 fatty acids has been linked with inflammation and disease.  A research group from The University of
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TENS is a method of therapy that is sometimes used for pain relief in a variety of conditions. This complementary treatment is most commonly used to treat muscle and joint pain, for example, low back pain. A recent study investigated the potential for TENS to be used to treat post-surgical pain following hysterectomy. Transcutaneous electrical nerve
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Adding spices and herbs not only adds flavour to your food but may also help improve 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure, according to a new study. Published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study shows that consuming a diet high in herbs and spices may benefit those with cardiometabolic diseases.1  Are herbs and spices healthy? 
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Blepharitis is a common eye inflammatory condition that affects nearly 25 million Americans in the United States. Demodex blepharitis is caused by the infestation of Demodex mites in either the hair follicles or sebaceous glands located at the base of the eyelid.1 These mites cause irritating eye symptoms that have the potential to cause eyelid
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The increasing volume of research on the harmful effects of e-cigarettes and vaping products, especially among youth and young adults, raises public health concerns. In 2016 the ban policy was adopted nationwide by the FDA, followed by 8 out of 10 Canadian provinces during 2015-2017, and nationwide since 2018. Online surveys revealed an increase in
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As the famous saying goes, “trust your gut”, holds true not just metaphorically but also works well for overall health. The digestive health or gut health is responsible for almost all functions of the body.  So taking care of it should be the first priority for any person if they want to live a healthy
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Now more than ever, households are reaching for natural remedies to common ailments, and one of the most recent choices has been essential oils. You can find a wide selection of essential oils in most pharmacies today. Each one of these oils is touted to target specific ailments or discomfort, but it’s easy to get
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To succeed and make the most of your life, you’re told to put your best foot forward each day. However, while this may only be an expression, when you really think about it, are the feet you’re putting forward really in their top shape? Are they healthy and well-cared-for? Or have your feet succumbed to
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If you are someone with asthma, you may have noticed that your breathing problems get worse during the night. After all, nearly 75% of people with asthma claim that they experience more harsh symptoms at night.1 This issue is something that researchers at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University have
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A new review evaluated the most recent research to determine whether the symptoms of COVID-19 affect children long-term.  The current COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the day-to-day life of people around the world, and more research is being done on the SARS-CoV-2 virus every day in order to decrease the incidence and prevalence of the
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