Winchester Star: Health

  • What are early signs of Alzheimer's disease?
    Friday - 01/20/2017 - 12:04 PM

    You're deep in a conversation with a friend and suddenly you can't remember an acquaintance's name.You can see her face. That name is almost, almost there. But not quite.Blushing, you laugh, call it "a senior moment" and move on.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Outpatient surgery options expanding under new regs
    Thursday - 01/19/2017 - 06:47 PM

    More patients in Massachusetts could soon have surgery outside of traditional hospitals.

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  • SPINE & SPORTS: Hit the gym!
    Tuesday - 01/17/2017 - 02:38 PM

    Our technological world demands more sitting, but our bodies were not designed to be sitting all day. Inactivity is bad for the body and mind, and the effect of exercise on our total physiology is altogether good.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • I'd never heard of this condition until the terrible joint pain set in
    Monday - 01/16/2017 - 11:42 AM

    The first hint of trouble came just a week after I had knee replacement surgery. I was rearranging the bedclothes over my new knee when I realized the down comforter felt like lead, and lifting it felt like doing a bench press.That seemed curious, but I was so bent on getting the new knee to work properly that I ignored my sore arms as well as a stubborn stiffness in my neck and hips.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • CVS generic competitor to EpiPen, sold at a 6th the price
    Thursday - 01/12/2017 - 10:39 AM

    CVS is now selling a rival, generic version of Mylan's EpiPen at about a sixth of its price, just months after the maker of the life-saving allergy treatment was eviscerated before Congress because of its soaring cost to consumers.The drugstore chain says it will charge $109.99 for a two-pack of the authorized generic version of Adrenaclick, a lesser-known treatment compared to EpiPen, which can cost more than $600.CVS Health Corp., the nation's second-largest drugstore [...]

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  • Fitness apps to get you moving
    Wednesday - 01/11/2017 - 10:42 AM

    Have a New Year's resolution to get in shape but abhor the gym? Fitness apps may be the solution.Technology has advanced greatly, and current fitness apps provide people with much better access to information, said Jeana Anderson Cohen, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor who founded and operates the fitness website www.asweatlife.com."These apps and programs, videos and tools allow them to be efficient with their time and their bodies," she said.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • The Science Zone: Hope for MS
    Monday - 01/09/2017 - 11:37 AM

    Multiple sclerosis has left thousands of people with debilitating symptoms, including paralysis. The disease and its causes have mystified doctors for decades. Currently, more than 250,000 Americans and 2.3 million people worldwide have MS.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Miracle fruit comes to the rescue; thousands of cancer patients taste food again
    Thursday - 01/05/2017 - 03:18 PM

    Her water tasted like rusty pennies; the pepperoni pizza like metallic cardboard.The more chemotherapy sessions Monica Faison-Finch got, the faster her taste buds gave out. Over time she became thinner and thinner as her appetite diminished.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Weight loss 2017
    Tuesday - 01/03/2017 - 12:17 PM

    Q: My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. Any advice?A: There are many ways to “define” being overweight or obese:The body mass index (BMI) is calculated from someone’s height and weight (see nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm for a BMI calculator).More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Hearing loss and how hearing aids may help
    Wednesday - 12/28/2016 - 05:22 PM

    Dear Mayo Clinic: Why do hearing aids work for some people but not others?A: The type of hearing loss you have and how severe it is can impact how well a hearing aid works for you.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • What are early signs of Alzheimer's disease?
    Friday - 01/20/2017 - 12:47 PM

    You're deep in a conversation with a friend and suddenly you can't remember an acquaintance's name.You can see her face. That name is almost, almost there. But not quite.Blushing, you laugh, call it "a senior moment" and move on.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • FLEXIBLE FITNESS: Aphasia after stroke
    Tuesday - 01/17/2017 - 02:32 PM

    You probably know someone who has suffered a stroke. According to the CDC, each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke in the U.S. and it is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • How menopause affects athletic women
    Tuesday - 01/17/2017 - 04:25 PM

    Hey, active women of a certain age: The good news is that you are probably going to weather menopause better than your sofa-bound sisters. The bad news is that "the change of life" doesn't just affect your mood and your lady parts - it also drags down your race times.Menopause is when the monthly waves of estrogen and other hormones that women have been surfing since puberty finally ebb for good.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Rural Americans are more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death
    Thursday - 01/12/2017 - 02:00 PM

    Rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer and the three other leading causes of death than their urban counterparts, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Those five top causes of death - heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke - accounted for 62 percent of the total 1.6 million deaths in the United [...]

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  • Rural Americans are more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death
    Thursday - 01/12/2017 - 04:47 PM

    Rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer and the three other leading causes of death than their urban counterparts, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Those five top causes of death - heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke - accounted for 62 percent of the total 1.6 million deaths in the United [...]

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  • It's all good: Any exercise cuts risk of death, study finds
    Monday - 01/09/2017 - 04:44 PM

    Weekend warriors, take a victory lap. People who pack their workouts into one or two sessions a week lower their risk of dying over roughly the next decade nearly as much as people who exercise more often, new research suggests.Even people who get less exercise than recommended have less risk than folks who don't break a sweat at all."If someone is completely inactive, the best thing they can do is even getting out and taking a walk," said Hannah Arem, a health [...]

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  • Health officials continue warnings about Zika
    Saturday - 01/07/2017 - 07:00 AM

    Going on a tropical getaway this winter? As vacationers prepare to flock to Caribbean beaches to escape the Massachusetts winter, state health officials are reminding them to be vigilant of the Zika virus.

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  • SENIOR Q&A:Special needs pooled trust, new nursing home regulations
    Tuesday - 01/03/2017 - 11:53 AM

    Q: My brother met with an Elder Law Attorney who is preparing documents and helping with estate planning. My brother has special needs and is disabled. The Elder law Attorney stated that the special needs pooled trust may be eliminated and discussed other options, but not clear on what the future holds.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • Home remedies: dealing with dry skin
    Tuesday - 01/03/2017 - 10:36 AM

    Dry skin is often a temporary or seasonal problem _ one that you experience only in winter or summer, for example _ but the problem may remain a lifelong concern.More | Talk | Read It Later | Share

  • WHAT'S UP DOC? Giving back
    Tuesday - 12/27/2016 - 05:33 PM

    We have all just been through a fairly divisive election, and now the holidays are upon us.  What better way to celebrate the holidays than by giving and sharing with someone else?  So here is a challenge for everyone; find at least one way you can positively affect the life of another person, then act on it.There are so many ways this can be done.  So, let’s look at possible New Year’s resolutions we can all consider.Volunteer; and do so in a way [...]

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