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Prevent a Heart Attack — 3 Practical Pointers

Did you know that drinking water and taking aspirin at the right time of day can actually save you from a heart attack?

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The Best Ways to Break-Proof Your Bones

The thought of a broken bone — the cast, long recovery, missed activities, limited mobility, extra cost, rehabilitation — is especially frightening to older people. It takes longer for older bones to heal. And, many seniors — especially older women — are at a heightened risk for broken bones because of osteoporosis. But, good news: there are ways you can protect your bones. In this post, you’ll learn what yogurt, coffee, and clutter have to do with healthy bones.1. Make up for age-related bone l...

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What Your Fingernails Reveal About Your Health

Take a close look at your fingernails. Notice anything unusual? Most people don’t realize that changes in their nails can often indicate a more serious medical condition. So it’s important to know how to “read your nails.”According to a recent article by Dr. Eleanor Roberts in Everyday Health, if your nails are healthy, they should be semi-transparent, light pink, and intact, possibly with a white lunula (“little moon”) just above the cuticle. Sometimes, individual nails may get small white line...

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How Going Nuts Could Save Your Life

It’s not a joke. A recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that people who eat a handful of nuts per day are 20 percent less likely to die early than those who skip the snacks. In addition to lower early death rates, the researchers, whose work was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that people who consumed seven or more handful-sized servings per week saw a 25 percent reduction in death from cardiovascular disease, and an 11 percent reduction in death fr...

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The Healthiest Foods in the World

Back in the 1940s, a man named J.I. Rodale created what would become a famous list of health foods. The foods on the list are not only organic, they’re high in disease-fighting antioxidants, packed with essential fatty acids, and loaded with other vital nutrients. In this post, we’ll feature four favorite foods from Rodale’s list — foods that the organic pioneer said are not only ecologically-friendly, but “give disease a small punch in the solar plexus”.Coconut. There’s a reason why American he...

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Why an Eye Exam Could Save More than Your Vision

If your vision is getting blurry, it usually means you need a new set of glasses. But, in other cases, blurry vision is an important warning sign of a more serious medical problem. Doctors recommend a comprehensive eye exam every year because eye exams are about a lot more than eyesight.Eye exams often also reveal the early signs of more serious health problems, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Certain eye problems could also hint at other less common, yet serious, con...

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The Ancient Cure for Your Arthritis Pain

A 5,000-year-old practice may be just the cure for your arthritis pain. A growing number of seniors are finding that some simple, gentle, senior-friendly yoga exercises can greatly reduce the pain and discomfort from osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis. Dating back to 3,000 B.C., yoga — which literally means to unite, combines movement and breathing and often includes meditation. Experts at the Arthritis Foundation and Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center are increasingly recommending yoga as part of a th...

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Could New Contacts Make Glasses Obsolete?

Most senior citizens have something in common: vision problems. According to the American Foundation for the Blind, 6.5 million Americans over age 65 have a severe visual impairment. But there’s a revolution underway — a whole new generation of comfortable contact lenses that enable seniors to sharpen their vision and say goodbye to their glasses.Contact lenses have improved tremendously in recent years. New materials have become available that are more compatible with common eye problems suffer...

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Can Better Hearing Protect You from a Bone Fracture?

In 2012, Johns Hopkins researchers found that people with impaired hearing had up to a three-fold higher risk of falling.There are two studies being done trying to solve the problem by improving the hearing of study participants. The idea is based on our knowledge that hearing loss and falls may be connected because the ears play a central role in balance. People’s sense of balance depends specifically on the vestibular system in the inner ear.Previous research on falls has generally focused on ...

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True “Happy Meals” — 3 Feel-Good Foods

Eating right doesn’t just make you healthier. It can also make you happier. Scientists are discovering more and more ways diet impacts mood. Some great ways to help curb crankiness can be found right in your grocery store. In this post, we’re spotlighting three “feel-good” foods. What you eat can help elevate your mood in two essential ways. First, certain foods deliver several key nutrients that help your brain chemistry combat depression and improve the quality of sleep. Second, they help buil...

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Ways to Stop Your Heart from Aging

Have you ever marveled at seniors who can run marathons and thought, “they’re young at heart.” Well, it’s not just because these marathon runners have a youthful spirit, it’s because they actually have young hearts.Our hearts age differently and it’s, in large part, because of how we treat them. In this post, we’ll highlight four secrets that active seniors use to stay “young at heart.”1. Eat Less. Research has found that people who eat lower-calorie diets have healthier hearts. A study publishe...

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5 Dangerous Drug Mistakes

Mixing prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs incorrectly is dangerous— especially for seniors. A University of Chicago study found that at least one in 25 older American takes prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in combinations that trigger serious medical problems. Natural, and herbal remedies, can also interact dangerously with prescription medications. Even combining non-prescription medications can cause serious side effects.According to WebMD, patients should be especiall...

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