Aging

Osteoarthritis, sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, is a common degenerative condition. Doctors can treat osteoarthritis with medication and surgery. People can also manage their symptoms with different exercises and stretches. Osteoarthritis is the most widespread form of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation estimate that in excess of 30 million people in the United States have
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Sleeping problems can affect both mental and physical health. Now, a large-scale analysis in China highlights how insomnia might lead to potentially life threatening cardiovascular diseases. Share on PinterestNew research points to concerning links between insomnia and cardiovascular problems. Insomnia is a relatively widespread problem. When a person has insomnia, they often struggle to fall
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New research suggests that not being able to read or write can raise the chances of developing dementia by two or three times. Share on PinterestNot being able to read or write may dramatically increase the risk of dementia, according to a new study. According to the United States Department of Education, 1 in 5
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There are 26 bones in the human foot, and 14 of these are in the toes. Toes play a critical role in balance and movement. Having a swollen toe can affect a person’s ability to balance and walk. Health professionals have identified several causes of swollen toes. Examples include injuries, infections, and various forms of
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GDF11, a growth differentiation factor, has been found to be increased in calorie-restricted diets in mice. Calorie restriction and intermittent fasting are dietary interventions that are efficient in delaying aging and increasing lifespan. Intermittent fasting promotes tissue regeneration, enhances cognitive performance, and aids those who are at risk for metabolic diseases. Additionally, it is found
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In 2017, the American Heart Association (AHA) lowered the threshold for what constitutes hypertension. However, what is the impact of this, and is implementing these new guidelines cost effective? Two new studies set out to investigate. Share on PinterestNew research examines the effects of lowering hypertension thresholds. According to the AHA, around 103 million adults
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The temporal bone consists of a pair of bones that help make up the skull. Many cranial nerves and blood vessels pass through the temporal bone. Injuries to this bone can cause a loss of function in the facial muscles, as well as hearing loss and heavy bleeding. Keep reading to learn more about the
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Doctors consider a variety of factors to determine a person’s risk of experiencing cardiovascular events, including age, smoking history, and blood pressure. But changes to the blood vessels in the back of the eye may make for a more accurate prediction. They say that the eyes are the window to the soul. But, according to
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Hinge joints are a type of joint that functions much like the hinge on a door, allowing bones to move in one direction back and forth with limited motion along other planes. The fingers, toes, elbows, knees, and ankles contain hinge joints. Hinge joints are complex and contain many muscles and tissues. Osteoarthritis and trauma
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The distal interphalangeal joint connects the bones at the tips of the fingers. Many people with arthritis experience pain at this location. People who experience distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint pain may also experience other symptoms, depending on which type of arthritis they have. Getting a diagnosis for arthritis as early as possible is vital, as
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Home health care after heart failure found to be associated with lower risk of mortality and readmission to hospital. Heart failure occurs when the heart has trouble pumping blood efficiently to support other organs in the body.  According to the heart and stroke foundation, 600,000 Canadians are living with heart failure.  The main cause of
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Ophthalmology is the study of medical conditions relating to the eye. Ophthalmologists are doctors who specialize in the medical and surgical treatment of this organ. A general practice doctor may refer someone to an ophthalmologist if they show symptoms of cataracts, eye infections, optic nerve problems, or other eye conditions. In this article, we look
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Having stiff fingers can be troubling, as can any loss of mobility. While arthritis is a key cause of finger stiffness, there are others, and a doctor will want to explore the issue thoroughly before recommending treatment. In this article, we look at various causes of stiff fingers and their accompanying symptoms, as well as
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Arthritis refers to inflammation in one or more of the joints in the body. Different types of arthritis may affect the body symmetrically or asymmetrically. Symmetric arthritis affects the same joints on both sides of the body, such as knees or wrists. Asymmetric arthritis affects the joints on just one side of the body. There
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Calcium channel blockers are a type of medication that people take to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart. Doctors may prescribe a calcium channel blocker to treat high blood pressure or a variety of heart conditions. Calcium channel blockers are common medications that have a low risk of complications. In this
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Certain vitamins are essential for maintaining good eye health. Many are powerful antioxidants that protect the eyes and other parts of the body from oxidative damage and inflammation. Deficiencies in particular vitamins can increase the risk of some eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Research suggests that some vitamin and
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