Archives: November 2013

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Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them.

Steve Jobs

Genetic Testing – Do You Want to Know?

As you sit around the Thanksgiving table, an interesting conversation you might entertain is whether you would like your genes analyzed for $99 to see if there is some hereditary disposition you might have for disease thanks to those relatives you’re sitting with around the table. Genetic testing costs are...

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Holiday Perfect Time to Have End of Life Conversation (Really!)

Ninety percent of Americans know they should have a conversation about what they want at the end of life yet only 30 percent have done so, according to a national survey by The Conversation Project that found that 9 in 10 Americans want to discuss their loved ones‰Ûª and their...

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Only Two Percent of Boomers Have Dental Insurance Benefits

There have increasingly been studies showing the relationship between dental health and overall health. For example, associations between periodontitis and diabetes have emerged in recent years, as well as oral conditions such as xerostomia associated with the use of prescription drugs. Oral Health America has issued a report entitled State...

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Holiday Visits to Elderly Relatives – Be on the Lookout

The following is reprinted with permission. I urge you to read it and pass it along. As you make your way home for the holidays here is what to look for during visits to elderly relatives. “Home for the Holidays” What to look for during your annual visit to elderly...

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Breast Cancer Radiation May Increase Risk of Heart Disease

(JAMA) Among patients with early stages of breast cancer, those whose hearts were more directly irradiated with radiation treatments on the left side in a facing-up position had higher risk of heart disease, according to research letter by David J. Brenner, Ph.D, D.Sc, of Columbia University Medical Center, New York,...

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BP Drugs May Cut Alzheimer’s Dementia by 50%

(From McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and Assisted Living) Seniors who take certain blood pressure medications might be at a dramatically reduced risk for developing dementia associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to findings published in the journal Neurology. A team led by a researcher from the Johns Hopkins University School of...

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Are You Getting a Good Night’s Sleep? Less Sleep, Poor Quality Sleep May Have Alzheimer’s Link

(From JAMA) Getting less sleep and poor sleep quality are associated with abnormal brain imaging findings suggesting Alzheimer disease (AD) in older adults, according to a report published by JAMA Neurology, a JAMA Network publication. Deposits of ë_-Amyloid (ëÔë_) plaques are one of the hallmarks of AD. Fluctuations in ëÔë_...

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