Health

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Can dementia be prevented?

Are you afraid of getting dementia?  Someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds. The U.S. National Institute on Aging estimates people over the age of 65 will make up 16% of the world’s population by 2050. This is up from 8% in 2010. Recent polls suggest that dementia has become the most feared health condition among people over the age of 50. It’s even more than they fear heart disease, cancer and stroke. The implication of what you read and hear is often that dementia just happens to some unfortunate people. This is true, but the vast majority of people can take positive action to reduce their chances of suffering from dementia. Dementia is not an inevitable result of old age.  In fact researchers from the University of Southern California have concluded that managing lifestyle factors such as hearing loss, smoking, hypertension and depression could prevent one-third of the world’s dementia cases. By increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, hypertension and obesity in midlife, the incidence of dementia …

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How to avoid medical errors

Medical errors are a serious public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States and other countries. Here are simple tips that you can apply to keep you and your family as safe and well as possible.

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Is the floor a foreign country?

When you’re a child, you belong on the floor! As you get into your twenties, the floor is where you are sometimes – no big deal. As you get older, the floor becomes a foreign place that you never visit. It’s just too complicated to get to it, too difficult to work out how to get down there. It doesn’t matter, because life is interesting up here in a comfy chair, watching television. You may think that doesn’t matter. You don’t need to sit on the floor. Chairs and sofas are the place to be. You can stretch out and read a book, flick through your phone or watch a movie, hold a conversation, eat a meal – all while sitting in a comfortable chair. You don’t need to sit on the floor. But if you can, it indicates that you have good control of your physical body, that you can easily shift your weight without falling and that you can co-ordinate the different parts of your body. Sitting on the floor or standing up …

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6 effective ways to support and strengthen your immune system

Right now our immune systems seem to be under threat, as never before. One thing is clear that we need a strong immune system to deal with the pandemic. You will find lots of suggestions on the web about how to do this, but here are six that are based on solid scientific evidence. Some of them may need to be adapted at this time to take into account the movement restrictions.

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What are the side effects of antibiotics?

What would now be considered a minor problem was life-threatening in earlier times without antibiotics. Yet there are things you need to know when you are considering taking antibiotics. Learn about the short-term and long-term side effects of antibiotic use.

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Is dairy actually bad for you?

Do we need to drink cow’s milk to be healthy? Are there downsides to drinking lots of milk? If you don’t drink milk, do you need a calcium supplement. There are scientists and doctors who think cow’s milk is close to a perfect food for us humans. There are others who believe it can lead to eczema, acne and cancer.

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