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Much mystery still surrounds Alzheimer’s disease, even though the heart-breaking ailment has been in the news for decades. Thanks to the Alzheimer’s Association, we’re going to bust eight common myths about the disease. Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging Reality: As people age, it’s normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met. However, Alzheimer’s is more than occasional memory loss. It’s a disease that causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, an individual may forget the name of a longtime friend or what…

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Fall sports season is upon us. Rough-and-tumble contact sports like football, soccer and lacrosse include an unavoidable reality: collisions. Those collisions sometimes lead to broken bones. The key is making sure fractures are managed properly, which creates optimal healing and allows the athlete to return to the game. For example, finger fractures are common in many youth sports, yet too often coaches and parents minimize these injuries and fail to seek treatment for their young athletes. Sometimes, when a kid breaks a finger, people think: Well, the doctor isn’t going to do much for it anyway. They’ll probably just tape…

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How much do you know about prediabetes? Close to 80 million Americans have prediabetes – and more than 90% of those people have no idea they are suffering from it. The term “prediabtetes” means that a person’s blood sugar level is above normal but not so high that it is classified as Type 2 diabetes. No one yet knows the cause of prediabetes, however, researchers have discovered some genes that are related to insulin resistance. Being inactive and having excess fat ““ notably abdominal fat ““ appear to be important factors too. “This is one of the most frustrating things…

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Stroke is a deadly serious topic and one none of us can afford to ignore. It is an unquestionable medical emergency. A stroke ““ also known as a brain attack ““ takes place when blood to the brain is suddenly interrupted or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and blood is spilled into the areas surrounding brain cells. When brain cells are unable to receive oxygen and nutrients from the blood, they die. Many people may not realize that stroke ranks as the fourth leading killer in the United States, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders…

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For those concerned about their aging loved ones, the words “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease” can be difficult to hear. And when a parent, spouse, sibling or significant other is dealing with physical, behavioral and emotional changes, it’s easy for information to become confusing. Here are a few facts to help you help your loved one. First, dementia is not a disease. It is a term that describes a set of symptoms related to a decline in mental ability ““ troublesome enough to interfere with day-to-day living. Second, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not the same. Alzheimer’s is a form of…

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Do you agree with the saying “you are what you eat?” Does that mean if you eat something disgusting that you are disgusting? No. Often we judge ourselves negatively as a result of judging foods negatively. When we categorize foods as good (“broccoli”) or bad (“potato chips”), we are set up to view ourselves as good or bad when we eat certain foods. Consider another option. Think about food this way: High nutrition/high pleasure: This should describe most of the foods you choose. This provides a balanced lifestyle that is easiest to maintain because both health needs and food preferences…

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Do you start out each day committed to a certain good-for-you-plan, only to find by the end of the day, it’s just too hard to stick to it? Maybe you tell yourself, “If I just had more willpower I could stick to my diet/budget/or other long term goal? Here are five tips for strengthening your willpower so you can stay committed to your long-term personal or health goals: Get enough sleep. Less than eight hours of sleep each night leads us to feel hungry, irritable and less able to concentrate. This sets us up to give up on our goals…

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Ergonomics is a word we hear so often but may know little about. Ergonomics is the science concerned with how a job fits a person’s characteristics in a way that will enhance efficiency and well-being. Basically, it’s making sure your job site is set up to best suit you and prevent the possibility of injury. Computer workstations are a common cause of postural problems and muscular pain. Many computer workstations can be modified to improve the fit to the individual and reduce pain and discomfort. Computers and desks are not one-size-fits-all. If you find yourself working a job that requires…

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