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Seniors
Monday, June 19, 2017
Hospice is for the end of life. In fact, hospice requires that a patient be certified as being six months from death, and it requires stopping most curative treatments. Palliative medicine is a relatively new, fast-growing interdisciplinary specialty.
Seniors
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. All skin cancers can be cured if they are treated before they spread. The most common warning sign of skin cancer is a change on the skin, especially a new growth or a sore that doesn’t heal.
Seniors
Monday, June 5, 2017
Labyrinthitis is an ear disorder that involves swelling of the inner ear. If you get labyrinthitis, the parts of the inner ear become irritated and inflamed. This inflammation disrupts the transmission of sensory information from the ear to the brain. This disruption causes vertigo, dizziness and difficulties with balance, vision and hearing.
Seniors
Monday, May 22, 2017
• Bad breath. As we age, the tissues of the mouth produce less saliva, which is the best defense against bad breath. Older people don’t brush their teeth as well as they used to. And dentures retain odors if they aren’t replaced when they should be.
Seniors
Monday, May 8, 2017
The common causes of wrinkles include genetic infl uences, normal aging, sun exposure and smoking. People who smoke tend to have more wrinkles than nonsmokers of the same age, complexion and history of sun exposure. Cigarette smoking causes biochemical changes in our bodies that accelerate aging.
Seniors
Monday, May 8, 2017
Celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. Celiac disease often is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Seniors
Monday, April 24, 2017
My friend, Pete, has instituted a colonoscopy rule. He insists that, if a bunch of us geezers are talking about aches, maladies and visits to the doctors, everyone has to change the subject as soon as someone uses the word colonoscopy. Usually, we switch to grandchildren, which is a lot more fun.
Seniors
Monday, April 10, 2017
Here’s an example: Many years ago, I read a book, “The Inner Game of Golf” by W. Timothy Gallwey. The author employed Zen techniques to allow golfers to use their skills to hit the ball instead of thinking their way through shots. I tried his techniques and immediately improved my game.
Seniors
Monday, April 10, 2017
It should come as no surprise that the thyroid gland often peters out as we get older. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) test checks to see if your thyroid is producing the right amount of hormone for your system. If the gland is making too much hormone, you get hyperthyroidism; if it makes too little, you get hypothyroidism.
Seniors
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Speaking of birds ... psittacosis is a common bird disease known as “parrot fever.” It occurs frequently in birds such as parakeets and cockatiels. Bacteria in bird droppings and nasal discharges can be inhaled. Psittacosis can develop into pneumonia and other health problems.

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