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Fountain of Youth: Could a new pill prevent aging?

February 22, 2018

Anti-aging pills are not new in our lifetime. Most of them have been around even more than some of us have. Perhaps the one thing that keeps getting better is the hype and marketing around such pills. Increasingly, these pills promise youthfulness and other transformative anti-aging effects on the human body. It is a known fact that preventive health is good business and those who can find a magic pill first stand to make billions. The latest addition to the anti-aging race is Lenny Guarente, a prominent player in the gerontology field. Until recently, he was the head of MIT's Paul F. Glenn...Continue Reading

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Can a Patch Prevent Peanut Allergies?

January 16, 2018

For nearly 15 million Americans, sitting down to a meal or grabbing a snack comes with a whole host of considerations because of food allergies. An allergic reaction can range from mild symptoms to critical flare-ups that require emergency care. Of the eight major food allergens including milk, eggs, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish – peanut allergies affect over 3 million Americans. Food allergies are especially pesky since most people are allergic to more than one food. The prevalence of food allergies has prompted researchers to focus on new ways of treating the condition. A...Continue Reading

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New Culprit Found in the Hunt for Causes of Parkinson’s Disease

January 8, 2018

Researchers working to unearth the cause or causes for Parkinson's disease are following a line of evidence linked to farmers. It is known that farmers are more prone to getting Parkinson's disease. One of the reasons this may be the case is may be due to exposure to pesticides and other chemicals. One 2006 study that had followed patients for 9 years, showed that patients with regular exposure to pesticides had a 70% higher incidence of Parkinson's. But this study didn't look at specific types of pesticides. Now, more recent data shows that Paraquat and Rotenone, specifically, may cause more...Continue Reading

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Nearly 50% of Americans Have High Blood Pressure. Could You?

January 5, 2018

When you go to the doctor, more than likely your appointment starts with a check of your vital signs – temperature, pulse, respiration rate, and blood pressure. We're all striving to fall within the healthy range in these areas. However, a recent announcement by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology changes the range for what's considered healthy. This new guideline means that 46% of Americans, nearly half the population, is now diagnosed with high blood pressure. The New Normal Previous guidelines define high blood pressure as a systolic reading of 140 or more...Continue Reading

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Inflammation: Why It's a Red Flag for Your Health

December 12, 2017

Remember the last time you cut your finger or stubbed your toe? More than likely you noticed signs of inflammation as your body was healing. The redness, swelling, warmth, and stiffness you experience after an injury is your body's way of repairing the damage and warding off dangerous bacteria or viruses. Inflammation is a natural process that occurs when your white blood cells kick into high gear and produce substances to protect and heal the body. A Closer Look at Chronic Inflammation In some instances, the body can trigger inflammation incorrectly, resulting in damage to normal tissue...Continue Reading

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Yes or No? When Are Antibiotics the Right Answer?

December 7, 2017

Whether it's a persistent cough, a stuffy nose, or a fever – the expectation when seeing a doctor is that we'll be given medicine to make us feel better. While short-term relief is what we're after, could our reliance on antibiotics be harming us in the long run? It turns out that overusing or misusing antibiotics may result in antibiotic resistance – one of the world's most concerning public health problems according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). So, how do you know when to say yes and when to say no to antibiotics? Bacteria versus Viruses The culprits of what ail us come in two...Continue Reading

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What are Advance Directives and Why Are They Important?

November 29, 2017

By planning in advance, you can get the medical care you desire while relieving loved ones of making major medical decisions during moments of grief or crisis. Advance directives help reduce the confusion and disagreements about medical care. Many people think advance directives are only for the elderly. However, unexpected end-of-life situations can happen to anyone at any age. It’s important for everyone to prepare an advance directive.Continue Reading

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Beat the Flu with These 7 Immune Boosting Foods

September 14, 2017

Body aches, fever, congestion, and swollen lymph nodes – Ugh! You may be getting the flu. If your symptoms are bad enough, a visit to your doctor is certainly in order. However, a visit to your local grocery store can also help. Immune boosting foods may provide some relief and extra protection from the aches and pains of the flu. Using food in addition to medicine to treat what ails you isn't a new concept. In fact, an ancient Greek physician named Hippocrates is quoted as saying, "Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food." In other words, what you eat has a powerful impact on...Continue Reading

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Back to School Shots: The Little Ouch With Big Results

September 8, 2017

Beyond backpacks, notebooks, and pencils, vaccinations are a vital part of preparing your child for school and a healthy life. In fact, vaccinations are the most powerful tool we have to prevent death and injury from diseases worldwide. For a little ouch, you can give your kids big results in the fight against disease. What is a Vaccination? A vaccination refers to the shot that contains a vaccine. A vaccine is a substance that makes a person immune from certain diseases. You may also hear the term immunization in relation to vaccinations. An immunization is the process of becoming protected...Continue Reading

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Perfect Match: How to Choose the Right Primary Care Doctor

September 7, 2017

Your primary care doctor is someone that's going to be a trusted expert, confidant, and health advocate for you and your family. It's a unique relationship that can span a lifetime. Whether you're seeking a primary care doctor for the first time, have moved to a new area, or want to make a change, we can help you choose the right primary care doctor. Understanding Primary Care Primary care is the first point of medical care you'll receive for undiagnosed symptoms, disease prevention, continual care for acute or chronic illness, and overall health maintenance. Doctors that provide this type of...Continue Reading

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