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New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

Several new studies and reports have been published recently documenting the high costs of obesity to America and Americans. According to these new research findings, obesity adds $190 Billion per year to health care costs, which is over 20% . . . → Read More: New Reports Document High Costs of Obesity in America

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HHS Announces 3 New Home & Community-Based Care Options under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday three new programs made possible under the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (the “Affordable Care Act,” which some call “Obamacare”) to help Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receive . . . → Read More: HHS Announces 3 New Home & Community-Based Care Options under Affordable Care Act

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Lifting Weights May Improve Seniors' Brain Function More than Walking Does, New Study Finds

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that among a group of senior women, aged 70-80, with mild cognitive impairment, those who engaged in 6 months of twice . . . → Read More: Lifting Weights May Improve Seniors’ Brain Function More than Walking Does, New Study Finds

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New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Consumer Reports jointly announced yesterday that they will work together to produce a new series of “High Value Care” guides to help patients understand what are appropriate treatments for common health problems. . . . → Read More: New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Holds Health Talk on Fibroids

The Cleveland Clinic Florida invites the public to attend a Health Talk on Fibroids, to be given by Viviane Connor, MD – Gynecologist, tonight, Monday, April 16, 2012, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m., at 525 Okeechobee Blvd. (CityPlace . . . → Read More: Cleveland Clinic Florida Holds Health Talk on Fibroids

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New Digestive Disorders White Paper Issued by Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins Medicine has issued a new research White Paper, The 2012 Johns Hopkins Digestive Disorders White Paper, written by H. Franklin Herlong, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Director, Clinical Hepatology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. . . . → Read More: New Digestive Disorders White Paper Issued by Johns Hopkins

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You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

Several new reports have indicated that, facing rising healthcare costs and high-deductible health insurance or no insurance, patients and consumers are increasingly negotiating lower medical bills directly with their doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. And, new resources . . . → Read More: You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

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New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

In Supreme Court arguments last week and in the press, the debate over the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), which some call “Obamacare,” has centered around legal arguments whether the individual insurance mandate in the . . . → Read More: New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

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World Health Day April 7 Focuses on Healthy Aging

April 7, 2012 is World Health Day, an annual event sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations. The theme of this year’s event is “Ageing and health: Good . . . → Read More: World Health Day April 7 Focuses on Healthy Aging

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National Public Health Week Being Observed April 2-8, 2012

April 2-8, 2012 has been declared National Public Health Week, an annual campaign sponsored for the past 16 years by the National Public Health Association, “aimed at educating the public, policy-makers and the public health community about critical public . . . → Read More: National Public Health Week Being Observed April 2-8, 2012

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Free Brain Health Fair April 21, 2012 - Hosted by American Academy of Neurology Foundation

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation has announced that it will host a Free Brain Health Fair on April 21, 2012 in New Orleans. The event, which is open to the public, “is a free, daylong family event . . . → Read More: Free Brain Health Fair April 21, 2012 – Hosted by American Academy of Neurology Foundation

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Red Meat Increases Risk of Death; Fish or Poultry Lowers Risk, New Study Finds

A new study by scientists at Harvard and the Cleveland Clinic has found that the more red meat one eats, the higher the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all causes, while substituting fish, poultry and other . . . → Read More: Red Meat Increases Risk of Death; Fish or Poultry Lowers Risk, New Study Finds

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Exercise Changes DNA for the Better, New Study Finds

A new study has found that even 20 minutes of exercise by sedentary adults actually changed the DNA in their muscle cells within minutes. The DNA was changed in a way that helps the muscles work better for further . . . → Read More: Exercise Changes DNA for the Better, New Study Finds

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For Women's History Month, Govt Focuses on Women's Health & Education

March is Women’s History Month, as declared by Congress since 1987 and by Presidential Proclamation since 1995. In honoring Women’s History Month, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, has issued a Statement focusing on promoting women’s health . . . → Read More: For Women’s History Month, Govt Focuses on Women’s Health & Education

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Sleep May Improve With Age, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, analyzing data from a survey of 155,877 participants, has found that contrary to popular belief, people in their 70s and 80s actually reported better sleep — less sleep disturbance . . . → Read More: Sleep May Improve With Age, New Study Finds

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Coordinated Care

The Care Connectivity Consortium believes finding a national solution to coordinated care is absolutely essential to health care in America. Watch Dr. Dawn Milliner, Chief Medical Information Officer, Mayo Clinic » . . . → Read More: Coordinated Care

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Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

In a new article entitled “What is it about coffee?” the editors of Harvard Health Publications, discuss some of the known benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee. The new article on coffee is found in Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

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Health IT, Electronic Health Records & Health IT Jobs Expanding, New Data Show

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and its Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced new data on Friday, February 17, showing that the use of electronic health records has more than doubled . . . → Read More: Health IT, Electronic Health Records & Health IT Jobs Expanding, New Data Show

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Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

Harvard Health Publications has issued a revised and updated version of its Special Health Report on “Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back,” written by experts at Harvard Medical School. According to Harvard Health Publications, “Back pain is one . . . → Read More: Harvard Issues Updated Report on Low Back Pain: Healing Your Aching Back

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Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

Cynthia Whisker, a social service coordinator who counsels families and seniors about how to handle the stress of caregiving for their loved ones, has herself become a caregiver for her husband. Her husband underwent both a liver transplant and . . . → Read More: Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

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86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

According to data in two new reports issued February 15 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), an estimated combined total of 86 million Americans have benefited in 2011 from the free preventive healthcare coverage provided . . . → Read More: 86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

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HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued the following press release: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Room 352-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Office of Media . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

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Some Vertigo Associated with Migranes

Some dizziness (vertigo) is associated with migrane headaches. If you are experiencing dizziness or headaches, you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and potential treatment. For an introduction, see this video on Migranes and Vertigo, from the Mayo . . . → Read More: Some Vertigo Associated with Migranes

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American Heart Association Publishes New Holiday Healthy Eating Guide

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published a new “Holiday Healthy Eating Guide,” with tips for consumers on how to navigate the Holidays – usually a heavy-eating season – in a way that is healthy for your heart, blood . . . → Read More: American Heart Association Publishes New Holiday Healthy Eating Guide

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual . . . → Read More: Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

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Live Web Chat at Cleveland Clinic on Holiday Weight Management - Dec 12

The Cleveland Clinic will host a live online web chat on Holiday Weight Management on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 12 Noon (Eastern Time). The web chat will be hosted and moderated by Lillian Craggs-Dino, RD, Nutritionist at Cleveland . . . → Read More: Live Web Chat at Cleveland Clinic on Holiday Weight Management – Dec 12

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BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

A new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has found that in subjects who ate canned soup for five days, levels of bisphenol A (BPA) found in the urine increased more than 1000%, compared . . . → Read More: BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

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Medicare's Free Annual Wellness Visits

Medicare recipients under the Affordable Care Act are entitled to an annual wellness visit with their physician at no cost to them. You can review medications with your doctor and talk about whether any changes are needed. You can . . . → Read More: Medicare’s Free Annual Wellness Visits

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Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

Assistance Dogs (sometimes called “Service Dogs”) provide remarkable help for those with limited mobility. In addition to the salutary love, bond, and companionship that the dogs provide, Assistance Dogs are trained to help with many tasks that make life . . . → Read More: Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

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New Study Fuels Controversy Over Benefits of Salt Reduction in Diet & in Processed Foods

A new research report by Danish researchers has claimed to find some adverse consequences of dietary salt reduction primarily in persons with normal blood pressure, fueling a continuing controversy over the benefits of requiring salt reduction in foods. This . . . → Read More: New Study Fuels Controversy Over Benefits of Salt Reduction in Diet & in Processed Foods

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Affordable Care Act to Fund Improvement of Care for Medicare Patients in 500 Community Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued the following press release on October 24, 2011: “Affordable Care Act to help improve care for Medicare beneficiaries 500 federally qualified health centers to receive funding, participate in a program . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act to Fund Improvement of Care for Medicare Patients in 500 Community Health Centers

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Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 . . . → Read More: Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

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New Studies Find Harm to Health from Vitamin Use

Two new studies published this week in journals of the American Medical Association have found evidence that taking extra doses of vitamin supplements may significantly increase risks to health and longevity. “There really is not any compelling evidence that . . . → Read More: New Studies Find Harm to Health from Vitamin Use

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The Healing Power of Music

Watch Cleveland Clinic’s involvement on how the arts can be used in the healing process . . . → Read More: The Healing Power of Music

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New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing a new series of Guides for Patients and Consumers. These new Guides for Patients and Consumers include Consumer . . . → Read More: New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

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FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “in 2010 there were a record number of shortages of prescription drugs, and … in 2011, FDA continues to see an increasing number of shortages, especially those involving older sterile . . . → Read More: FDA Offers Webinar on Prescription Drug Shortages

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Grants to States under Affordable Care Act Help Fight Health Insurance Premium Hikes

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on September 20, 2011 that under the Affordable Care Act, 28 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded grants totaling $109 million, to help fight unreasonable health insurance premium increases and protect . . . → Read More: Grants to States under Affordable Care Act Help Fight Health Insurance Premium Hikes

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New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

On Tuesday, September 20, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), along with the Ad Council, a non-profit organization, launched a new Questions are the Answer initiative . . . → Read More: New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

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Diabetes Doubles The Risk of Getting Dementia, Study Finds

A new study of over 1,000 adults age 60 and above, conducted by researchers in Japan found that those with diabetes had about twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia and 1.74 times the risk of developing dementia of . . . → Read More: Diabetes Doubles The Risk of Getting Dementia, Study Finds

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At National Health IT Week Summit HHS Proposes New Rules to Give Patients Direct Access to Their Lab Reports

On August 12, 2011, at an inaugural Summit for National Health IT Week, taking place August 11-16, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules that would allow patients for the first time . . . → Read More: At National Health IT Week Summit HHS Proposes New Rules to Give Patients Direct Access to Their Lab Reports

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Incrementally Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds

A new study has found that each of five healthy lifestyle factors incrementally lowered one’s risk of getting diabetes by an additional 31% to 39% in a large 11-year study of approximately 207,000 men and women aged 50 to . . . → Read More: 5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Incrementally Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds

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New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly

At a time of widely reported rising risks from widespread hospital errors and hospital-acquired infections, doctors in Italy have conducted a pilot study that showed that at least some hospital care (routine X-rays) can better be delivered to elderly . . . → Read More: New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly

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How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?

In this second in a two-part series, HelpingYouCare™ reports on two new scientific papers published in The Lancet medical journal, which focus on solving the global obesity epidemic. One of these new studies clarifies our understanding of how people . . . → Read More: How Do People Lose Weight & What Can Be Done About the Obesity Epidemic?

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Menopause Care for Caregivers - Female & Male

As a caregiver, are you feeling stressed, down, possibly depressed, experiencing head aches, feeling irritable, alternately hot and cold, or even having chest pains or back pains? Maybe you are experiencing common symptoms of Menopause, without taking time to . . . → Read More: Menopause Care for Caregivers – Female & Male

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Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and . . . → Read More: Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

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Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that patients’ medical history “emerged as the key element in formulating correct diagnosis” of medical conditions. This obviously has important implications . . . → Read More: Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

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Maximum Dose of Extra Strength Tylenol Lowered from 8 to 6 Pills Per 24 Hours

Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil Consumer Healthcare subsidiary, the maker of TYLENOL® and Extra Strength TYLENOL® (acetaminophen), announced on July 28, 2011, that it is lowering the maximum daily dose instructions for Extra Strength TYLENOL® from eight pills per 24 . . . → Read More: Maximum Dose of Extra Strength Tylenol Lowered from 8 to 6 Pills Per 24 Hours

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Health Information Website by NIH Provides Updated Consumer Health Information

The Health Information website of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides constantly updated consumer health information. It is located at: Seniors’ Health Men’s Health The MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing How to Evaluate Health Information on . . . → Read More: Health Information Website by NIH Provides Updated Consumer Health Information

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Follow-Up Programs Help Prevent Hospital Readmission, But Hospitals Have Financial Incentive Not to Implement Them

Two new studies published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine give hope that readmission to hospitals within 30 days after discharge can be reduced significantly by programs that include coaching of the patient at the time of discharge, . . . → Read More: Follow-Up Programs Help Prevent Hospital Readmission, But Hospitals Have Financial Incentive Not to Implement Them

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FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication today, notifying healthcare professionals and patients that the FDA is conducting “an ongoing review of data from published studies” to evaluate whether taking oral osteoporosis drugs (generically . . . → Read More: FDA Warns: Osteoporosis Drugs Under Review For Potential Increased Risk of Cancer of Esophagus

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Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

The U.S. Government’s official web portal, USA.gov, indicates that as of July 20, 2011, updated information has been added to several government websites providing information and resources on prescription medications, drug interactions, and coverage of prescription drug costs. Many . . . → Read More: Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

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Eat Less Salt & More Potassium to Live Longer, New Study Suggests

A new study conducted by researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University School of Public Health, and Harvard School of Public Health, has found that a diet high in salt and low in . . . → Read More: Eat Less Salt & More Potassium to Live Longer, New Study Suggests

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Overall Health May Predict Dementia Risk Better Than Previously Identified Risk Factors

A new study of data on 7,239 Canadian adults aged 65 and older has found that overall health, measured by a combination of health factors not traditionally associated with dementia, such as denture fit, vision, hearing, and 16 others, . . . → Read More: Overall Health May Predict Dementia Risk Better Than Previously Identified Risk Factors

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Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

Recently controversy has swirled around a website, QuantiaMD, which provides a physician-to-physician educational presentation entitled, “Managing the Difficult Patient.” This controversy has raised questions about how patients can make the most constructive and helpful use of the vast quantity . . . → Read More: Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

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9 Common-Sense Tips to Improve Your Memory from Johns Hopkins

In its July 4 issue, Johns Hopkins Health Alerts published a checklist of 9 common-sense tips to help overcome minor memory lapses that come with aging. Johns Hopkins cautions that “age-associated memory impairment can’t be eliminated completely,” but, they . . . → Read More: 9 Common-Sense Tips to Improve Your Memory from Johns Hopkins

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Motivational Talk Therapy After Stoke May Increase Chances of Survival & Reduce Depression

A new study has found that stroke patients who, in addition to receiving standard stroke care, met with therapists to discuss recovery, life expectations, and potential obstacles, within one month after stroke experienced a 50% lower death rate, and . . . → Read More: Motivational Talk Therapy After Stoke May Increase Chances of Survival & Reduce Depression

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Telemedicine Allows Parkinson's Patients to Visit Their Doctors by Video Conference

A new telemedicine program at the University of Rochester Movement Disorders Clinic in Rochester, New York, supported in part by funding from the National Parkinson Foundation, is allowing patients with Parkinson’s Disease to see their doctors remotely via video-conference. . . . → Read More: Telemedicine Allows Parkinson’s Patients to Visit Their Doctors by Video Conference

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TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

A new study has found a correlation between every two additional hours of television viewing per day and an increase in risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death. The study, by researchers from Harvard School of Public . . . → Read More: TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

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Top 5 Recommendations for Improving Primary Care Issued Today by National Physicians Alliance

The National Physicians Alliance (NPA), an organization of 22,000 physicians in the U.S., has developed and issued today, three lists of “Top 5″ recommended changes in common clinical practices in primary medicine. They say, based on scientific literature and . . . → Read More: Top 5 Recommendations for Improving Primary Care Issued Today by National Physicians Alliance

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New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has released a new tool to help consumers reduce medication errors — a revised booklet, with detachable wallet-sized card, entitled: “Your Medicines: Be . . . → Read More: New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

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More Emergency Rooms Adopt Online Reservations Systems: You Can Book An Appointment & Wait at Home

Ten hospitals in South Florida have recently joined a growing national trend by adopting online reservations systems for their Emergency Rooms. These systems allow patients with non-life-threatening conditions to go online, enter their symptoms, and, for a fee, book . . . → Read More: More Emergency Rooms Adopt Online Reservations Systems: You Can Book An Appointment & Wait at Home

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Low Health Literacy Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Heart Patients

A new study conducted by a team of researchers from the Denver Health Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research, the University of Colorado Denver, and other institutions, has found that low health literacy among patients with . . . → Read More: Low Health Literacy Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Heart Patients

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New FDA Advisory: Beware Fraudulent Weight-Loss 'Dietary Supplements' -- They Can Kill You!

The FDA has recently posted a new consumer advisory, warning that federal regulators have found dozens of products being touted as dietary supplements that actually contain hidden prescription drugs or compounds which have not been adequately studied in humans . . . → Read More: New FDA Advisory: Beware Fraudulent Weight-Loss ‘Dietary Supplements’ — They Can Kill You!

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Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

If you have a family history of diabetes, are obese, are over age 45 and get little or no exercise, or belong to certain racial or ethnic groups you may be at risk. Take a simple quiz provided by . . . → Read More: Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

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Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer's Disease - A Number Rapidly Growing

Nearly 15 million Americans are now caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, an increase of 37 percent over the number at this time last year, according to a significant new report released . . . → Read More: Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease – A Number Rapidly Growing

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Check Out Your Estimated 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack - New Quiz/ Assessment Tool Posted by NIH

Take this Quiz — a new assessment tool to estimate your 10-year risk of having a heart attack, posted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on its Health Information website.  Called the ” Risk Assessment Tool for Estimating . . . → Read More: Check Out Your Estimated 10-year Risk of Having a Heart Attack – New Quiz/ Assessment Tool Posted by NIH

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New Study: Eating Fish & Omega-3 May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

A new study conducted by scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Divisions of Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, found that regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish is associated . . . → Read More: New Study: Eating Fish & Omega-3 May Reduce Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Women

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Swedish Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Associated with Lower Stroke Risk

A new study analyzing data collected from 34,670 Swedish women, aged 49 to 83, found that those who reported drinking from 1 to 5 cups of coffee daily had a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke than . . . → Read More: Swedish Study Suggests Drinking Coffee Associated with Lower Stroke Risk

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New Study Finds Heavy Smoking in Midlife Increases Risks of Alzheimer's Disease and Vascular Dementia Later in Life by More than 100 Percent

A new study published in the February 28, 2011 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that heavy smoking in midlife may increase the risks of  getting Alzheimer Disease or Vascular Dementia later in life by more . . . → Read More: New Study Finds Heavy Smoking in Midlife Increases Risks of Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia Later in Life by More than 100 Percent

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Cleveland Clinic – A-Z Guide to Consumer Health Information

Cleveland Clinic’s website features an A to Z guide to consumer health information.  This is a very good place to start to obtain basic information about any of a great number of diseases or conditions that may affect your . . . → Read More: Cleveland Clinic – A-Z Guide to Consumer Health Information

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Diseases and Conditions – MayoClinic.com

Link to Mayo Clinic’s Information on Medical Conditions and Diseases -  A to Z. This is a good place to start in your research of the various medical conditions with which your senior loved one may be challenged. Get . . . → Read More: Diseases and Conditions – MayoClinic.com

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How to Give Continuous Chest Compression CPR

A Mayo Clinic presentation of how to give CPR to to those who have suffered a heart attack. This is a new method of CPR called Continuous Chest Compression CPR, which does not involve breathing into the mouth of . . . → Read More: How to Give Continuous Chest Compression CPR

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Errors in Medical Research – Which “Findings” Should You Trust?

Does garlic lower bad cholestrol? Does hormone replacement reduce the risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women? Does eating a big breakfast cut your total daily calories? Do statins help people with no history of heart disease? Is it . . . → Read More: Errors in Medical Research – Which “Findings” Should You Trust?

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Worst Ever Prescription Drug Shortages Alarming Hospitals & Medical Professionals - Why is This Happening?

Several reports have recently highlighted the fact that hospitals throughout the U.S. are running out of key drugs, including anesthetics needed in surgeries, chemotherapy drugs needed to treat cancer, and common antibiotics required to treat a multitude of diseases. . . . → Read More: Worst Ever Prescription Drug Shortages Alarming Hospitals & Medical Professionals – Why is This Happening?

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ABC News Learning Centers on 1,000 Common Diseases & Conditions

ABC News’ Learning Centers provide comprehensive information on more than 1,000 common diseases and conditions. View an Index of Learning Centers » Directory of Learning Centers – ABC News.

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Preventing millions of cancers with simple life changes

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) estimates that about a third of all common cancers in the United States, China and Britain could be prevented each year if people ate healthier . . . → Read More: Preventing millions of cancers with simple life changes

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CDC Reports Number of Americans with Diabetes Or Prediabetes Has Risen Dramatically; Losing Weight & Exercise Can Prevent or Delay the Disease

According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet for 2011 newly released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 26 million Americans (8.3% of all Americans or 11.3% of adults age 20 and older) now have . . . → Read More: CDC Reports Number of Americans with Diabetes Or Prediabetes Has Risen Dramatically; Losing Weight & Exercise Can Prevent or Delay the Disease

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NIHSeniorHealth: Videos on Senior Health, Medical and Wellness Topics

A collection of multiple videos on over 36 different medical conditions and related topics, presented by the National Institutes of Health, SeniorHealth Website. This is an excellent resource for basic information on most common medical conditions faced by seniors, . . . → Read More: NIHSeniorHealth: Videos on Senior Health, Medical and Wellness Topics

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Toll-Free Telephone Information Lines

From Area Agency on Aging, helpful Toll-Free information lines from A-Z. Aging, Allergy, Alternative Medicine, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, etc. »Toll-Free Information Lines.

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A Helpful Guide Book to Home Caregiving by the American Medical Association

The American Medical Association Guide to Home Caregiving provides information on how to: Arrange a room to adapt to a loved one’s needs Give medications, monitor symptoms, deal with incontinence, provide emotional support, and relieve boredom Choose a home . . . → Read More: A Helpful Guide Book to Home Caregiving by the American Medical Association

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Private Hospital ICU Rooms Found to Reduce Infection Rate Significantly

Patients in Hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU) often acquire infections, imposing a heavy human and financial burden. A new study published January 10, 2011 in the Archives of Internal Medicine found and documented that private rooms in hospital intensive . . . → Read More: Private Hospital ICU Rooms Found to Reduce Infection Rate Significantly

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Tooth Loss May Lead to Memory Loss

According to a new study published in Behavioral and Brain Functions, seniors who lose their teeth may be at increased risk for dementia/ Alzheimer’s. The study, conducted in Japan, included more than 4,000 participants who were 65 and older.  . . . → Read More: Tooth Loss May Lead to Memory Loss

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Radiation Risks from CT Scans

Enlightening Video: Radiation exposure from CT Scans can vary up to six fold between different CT Scan providers. Up to now CT Scan radiation has not been regulated. Watch video . . . → Read More: Radiation Risks from CT Scans

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Study Finds Protein Marker in Blood of Alzheimer’s Patients; May Lead to Future Ability to Diagnose Alzheimer’s by a Blood Test

A study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and published in the Jan. 7 issue of Cell, found the presence of a protein antibody in the blood of Alzheimer’s patients that was not present to the same . . . → Read More: Study Finds Protein Marker in Blood of Alzheimer’s Patients; May Lead to Future Ability to Diagnose Alzheimer’s by a Blood Test

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Study Finds Walking Speed Predicts Longevity in Seniors

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association JAMA has found that walking speed in people 65 and older correlates with expected longevity. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, was based on combined . . . → Read More: Study Finds Walking Speed Predicts Longevity in Seniors

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FDA Statements Indicate More Scrutiny & Recalls of Dietary Supplements - Some Have Ingredients with Potentially Lethal Risks

The FDA this year has issued several statements and recalls regarding dietary supplements discovered to contain undeclared drug ingredients.  Studies have shown that some supplements may increase potentially lethal risks to patients and contain varying amounts of active compounds . . . → Read More: FDA Statements Indicate More Scrutiny & Recalls of Dietary Supplements – Some Have Ingredients with Potentially Lethal Risks

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HealthFinder.gov

HealthFinder.gov, a website operated by the National Health Information Center of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides links to a wealth of consumer health, wellness, and medical information. Visit

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MedlinePlus

MedinePlus, a website maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, provides comprehensive consumer health information on a variety of health topics. Videos and links to . . . → Read More: MedlinePlus

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WebMD is One of the Well Known Commercial Providers of Health Information

WebMD.com provides a comprehensive resource of consumer health information, including news and information on a variety of health conditions, as well as information on wellness and healthy living. Visit Harvard Health (which includes medical information from Harvard Medical School, . . . → Read More: WebMD & Other Commercial Providers of Health Information

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THE MERCK MANUAL MEDICAL LIBRARY: The Merck Manual of Medical Information–Home Edition

The Merck Manual of Online Health Information is a recognized comprehensive resource of health and medical information for consumers.  The Editorial Board of the Online Version consists of  15 Medical Doctors (MD’s),  and each of the Editor-In-Chief, Senior Assistant . . . → Read More: THE MERCK MANUAL MEDICAL LIBRARY: The Merck Manual of Medical Information–Home Edition

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NOAH – New York Online Access to Health

UPDATE – MAY 22, 2013: HelpingYouCare® has received notice today that NOAH closed in January, 2013, and their website referenced below is no longer available. This website of NOAH provides excellent links to a wealth of good online information . . . → Read More: NOAH – New York Online Access to Health

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CAPHIS | Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust

Links provided by the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association, to what they deem the “Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust.” This is an excellent resource to search for quality medical information. . . . → Read More: CAPHIS | Top 100 Health Websites You Can Trust

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FamilyDoctor.org – American Academy of Family Physicians

Good source of “Health information for the whole family” provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Includes health information on conditions – A to Z – plus links to Health Tools, inlcuding, *  Dictionary *  Calculator *  Trackers . . . → Read More: FamilyDoctor.org – American Academy of Family Physicians

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Go Ask Alice!: Online Health Q&A Service by Columbia University Health Services

Online Question & Answer service provided by Columbia University’s Health Services.  Includes online Q&A concerning General Health topics, Emotional Health topics, Fitness & Nutrition, and others. Includes searchable archives of questions and . . . → Read More: Go Ask Alice!: Online Health Q&A Service by Columbia University Health Services

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Consumer Health and Patient Information Resources from Johns Hopkins University, Welch Medical Library

Johns Hopkins University, Welch Medical Library, provides an excellent page of links to trusted academic, non-profit, and government sources of Consumer Health and Patient Information and Resources. This is a good source for links to serious information from trusted . . . → Read More: Consumer Health and Patient Information Resources from Johns Hopkins University, Welch Medical Library

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Study: Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people a year

One of the most important things you can do to prevent disease and preserve your own health and that of your senior loved one, is to avoid smoking AND avoid second-hand smoke. According to an article in NY Daily . . . → Read More: Study: Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 people a year

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Medicare Patients Often Harmed in Hospitals, Study Says

Mistakes Chronicled on Medicare Patients By DUFF WILSON Published: November 15, 2010 According to a new study from the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Health and Human Services, one of every seven Medicare beneficiaries who is . . . → Read More: Medicare Patients Often Harmed in Hospitals, Study Says

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