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Summer Hazard: Lyme Disease

Ah, summer. Prime time for outdoor barbecues, golf games, hiking, walking through the woods…and—uh, oh–ticks that can spread Lyme Disease. Sorry for the potential monkey wrench in the dreamy summer scenario, but forewarned is forearmed. Lyme Disease affects about 300,000 Americans annually, the CDC estimates. Most will recover. The usual treatment is a course of…

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Coffee, Cake…and end of life issues

We give little thought to death and dying when we’re young. Then as we grow older, sooner or later we’re confronted with the deaths of people we love – family and friends. So how do we come to terms with the stigma and fears surrounding death and difficult end-of-life decisions? Thanks to the growing popularity…

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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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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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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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