Healthy to the Bone

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Q: Do men get osteoporosis? A: Yes, men do get osteoporosis, but women are at greater risk. Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This condition creates an increased risk of fractures
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Our Leading Cancer Killer

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Q: Is cigarette smoke the only cause of lung cancer? A: Radon and asbestos are causes, too. Radon is an invisible, odorless and radioactive gas that occurs naturally in soil and rocks. Asbestos has been used for fireproofing, electrical insulation, building materials, brake linings and chemical filters. But cigarette smoking is the number one cause [&hellip
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Blurry Vision? See Your Doc

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Q. I’m 70 and I’m starting to see a blurred area in the middle of my vision. Any ideas? A: Have this checked immediately by an eye care practitioner. What you describe is a symptom of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older. The [&hellip
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The Flu and You

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Flu season in the northern hemisphere can range from as early as November to as late as May. The peak month usually is February. However, this coming season is expected to be unpredictable because of the emergence of the H1N1 influenza virus, or swine flu. H1N1 has caused the first global outbreak—pandemic—of influenza in more [&hellip
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Easing in to a New Home

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One of the hardest changes to deal with emotionally and financially as a senior citizen is a move from one living arrangement to another. Whether needing to de-clutter and downsize, moving to more appropriate housing—such as assisted living or a nursing home, to accommodate disabilities—or conducting an estate sale or tag sale to raise funds, [&hellip
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Understanding Chest Pain

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Q: My understanding is that angina is not as serious as heart disease. Is this true? A: Angina pectoris—or simply angina—is the medical term for chest pain or discomfort usually caused by coronary artery disease. Angina is a sign that someone is at increased risk of heart attack, cardiac arrest and sudden cardiac death. If [&hellip
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