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Blood Clots: Know the Risks and Symptoms

Blood Clots: Know the Risks and Symptoms

Pulmonary embolisms (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), caused by blood clots forming in veins, are responsible for up to 100,000 American deaths each year. Do you know who’s at risk and how to recognize the signs of a blood clot?   Risk Factors:   * Limited mobility because of a medical problem, surgery, or
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Just a Pinch of Salt

Just a Pinch of Salt

In a recent study in the journal Hypertension, the research team estimates that a reduction in sodium intake throughout the United States could lengthen a quarter to half a million lives.   Three different modeling approaches were used to evaluate the effects of the salt reduction over a 10-year period. The first scenario used a
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Chill Out – Keeping Safe During Summer’s Hottest Months

Chill Out – Keeping Safe During Summer’s Hottest Months

Summer’s here and the heat is on.  While the warmth can feel welcome after a long cold winter, hot weather is dangerous for those over 65, very young children, and those with chronic illnesses. Extreme heat causes more deaths in the US than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and lightning combined, and 40% of heat-related fatalities are
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Study Finds Dementia Rates Steadily Falling

Study Finds Dementia Rates Steadily Falling

Good news from the Framingham Heart Study showing that dementia rates fell steadily over the past few decades. The long-running study reports that dementia rates have fallen by 44% in the past 40 years. The study included 5205 participants age 60 and up and shows a decrease in dementia from 3.6 per 100 persons in
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Can an Eye Scan Detect Alzheimer’s Disease?

Can an Eye Scan Detect Alzheimer’s Disease?

It appears that eyes are not only the windows to the soul but also to the brain. Scientists have developed an eye scan technique that may detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, before major symptoms start. Therapies are most effective at slowing the progression of the disease when detected early on.   63 participants were
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