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Kathleen Doheny

New advancements in Stroke Prevention

Can there be good news about stroke?   Stroke—an interruption of the blood flow in the brain—has dropped from the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. to the fifth. It’s still a serious and frequent emergency—one occurs in the U.S. every 40 seconds – but medical advances mean that more and more people are…

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Should you be using marijuana?

As a child of the 60’s or 70’s, you may have spent your then-misguided youth kicking back with a bit of weed, pot, MJ, or whatever it was called in your ‘hood. Then you graduated, got married, started raising kids and put it all aside. Until the arthritis in your knee, or anxiety over college…

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Senior Sex and Dating

Good news about dryness

Women of a certain age can feel dry as the desert “down there.” About half of women past menopause report bothersome vaginal symptoms such as extreme dryness, researchers find. Remedies abound—drugstore shelves are full of ”vaginal moisturizers,” and your doctor can prescribe low-dose estrogen creams and tablets, a pricier (and in some cases messier) remedy.…

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More positivity, less dementia?

Thinking positive has long been linked with making us healthier, less stressed and better company. Now, a Yale study has gone a step further, finding good news for those 60 plus who have positive beliefs about aging. They are less likely to develop dementia, says Becca Levy, PhD, professor of epidemiology and psychology at the…

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Good news about bad pain

If your back, knees or neck persistently act up, you may be one of the 100 million people in the U.S. affected by chronic pain. It’s defined as pain that persists longer than 12 weeks…and you may be way too familiar with how your doctor greets you when figuring out what to do about it—asking you,…

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Flu 2018: Myths and Facts for Older Adults

You know the flu season is bad when you can’t find anyone to join you at happy hour, dinner, or the movies. They’re all begging off because they have the flu, or don’t want to catch it. All those ”maybe next week” responses underscore how bad the 2017-2018 flu season is shaping up. Public health…

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…and the good news is…

Before you close the books on 2017 as mainly a year of political drama, drowning in tweets and the  downfall of numerous inappropriate men, hold on. When the focus turns to health—and especially health topics of interest to older adults—there’s some brighter news that will make this new year dramatic in a good way! Senior…

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