Living Close to Greenery May Lower Risks for Heart Disease and Strokes

A new study carried out by researchers from the University of Louisville that was published December 5, 2018 in JAHA the journal of the American Heart Association suggests that living in areas with lots of greenery from plants and trees may offer protection against cardiovascular disease (CVD) like heart attacks and strokes. Previous studies have…

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National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) December 2-8, 2018

The National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) to raise nationwide awareness of the importance of getting a flu shot begins December 2 and will last until December 8, 2018. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set up the NIVW to stress the importance of continuing vaccinations for flu throughout the holiday season and afterwards.…

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Obesity Poses Risks for Seniors

The World Health Organization (WHO) considers obesity to be a worldwide epidemic and obesity is at an all-time high rate in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. In 2015-16, 39.8% of all Americans were…

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The Sitting Lifestyle and Health

Sedentary Lifestyle Increases Risk for Chronic Diseases and Death According to a study published November 20, 2018, in the JAMA Journal of the American Medical Association, a sedentary lifestyle and a lack of physical exercise can increase the risk for developing chronic diseases like high blood pressure and heart disease and can lead to early…

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Vitamin B12 Can Help to Prevent Permanent Diabetic Nerve Damage

November 2018 is National Diabetes Month November is National Diabetes Month and results of a British study suggest that good levels of Vitamin B12 can help to prevent permanent nerve damage called diabetic peripheral neuropathy in type 2 diabetics, especially if they are taking Metformin. Type 2 Diabetes can Cause Permanent Nerve Damage One of…

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Higher Vitamin D Levels can Improve the Ability to Exercise

  A study October 30, 2018 published in the EAPC European Journal of Preventive Cardiology shows that higher levels of Vitamin D are associated with better exercise capacity (cardiorespiratory fitness). Until now it was known that Vitamin D has positive effects on the heart and bones, but there were conflicting results for how Vitamin D…

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Gastrostomy Care

A gastrostomy, commonly known as a feeding tube, is a procedure called for when a person has swallowing or chewing or other feeding problems and cannot eat food normally through the mouth. This is very common in people who have had a stroke and until they can learn to eat again independently they may need…

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Group Singing Improves Motor Function and Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease

  Therapeutic group singing was shown to improve mood and motor symptoms in people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) according to a report in Science Daily. Results of this research were presented by Elizabeth Stegemöller, an assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University at the conference of the Society for Neuroscience 2018. Stegemöller leads a…

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November is National Diabetes Month and Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month

Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month The National Eye Institute (NEI) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are supporting Diabetic Eye Disease Awareness Month. Diabetic eye disease is an umbrella term for several eye diseases that can be found in all types of diabetics (type 1, type 2, gestational) and all of these…

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