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The Death Dilemma: Are Hospitals Overtreating Patients Nearing the End?

THE WALRUS (CANADA) – I CAN’T RECALL a time as a paramedic when I pronounced someone dead without complete confidence. Back then, it was a relatively easy decision to make. The Ministry of Health in Ontario, where I served on ambulances and helicopters for a decade, had a list of things that qualified someone as being “obviously dead.” It’s the type of list paramedic trainees have to recite for exams, and I knew it colloquially as...

If You Can’t Do This Balance Exercise, You’re Likelier to Suffer Falls in Old Age

A study found that those who couldn’t pass this balance test were twice as likely to die in the next 10 years.

Nightmares in middle age could be a warning of future dementia: study

Middle-aged people between 35 and 64 who had bad dreams on a weekly basis were four times more likely to experience a decline in cognitive function over the following decade, a precursor to dementia.

COVID-19 could more than double chance of Alzheimer’s disease in seniors, study says

Based on the research by Case Western University’s Reserve School of Medicine, risk of Alzheimer’s disease in seniors doubled over a one-year period following a COVID-19 infection.

Here’s Why You Should Be Doing Kegels After Menopause

EVERYDAY HEALTH – Menopause can introduce lots of changes to your body, but one of the most challenging  is the weakening of your pelvic floor: the muscles, ligaments, and connective tissues that support the organs in your pelvis. When the pelvic floor weakens, it can cause symptoms ranging from incontinence or prolapse to intimacy problems and more. To combat these changes, you may want to start doing Kegel exercises, which act as a workout to strengthen...

18 Secrets for a Longer Life: WebMD

Dr. Ratini is a member of the WebMD medical review team and is responsible for ensuring the medical accuracy of WebMD’s news and feature stories. As a family practitioner, Ratini has been seeing patients since 1986. Protect Your DNA As you age, the ends of your chromosomes become shorter. This makes you more likely to get sick. But lifestyle changes can boost an enzyme that makes them longer. Plus, studies show diet and exercise can help...

Dementia-stricken woman dies after senior home serves her dishwashing liquid

A dementia-stricken woman died after the California senior citizens home she lived in errantly served her dishwashing liquid instead of juice.

5 Surprising Causes of Memory Loss

If you have difficulty remembering things, your mind may make the leap to Alzheimer’s disease — but that’s not the only cause of memory loss.

Why is The Villages known as ‘the STD capital of America?’

TAMPA BAY TIMES – Friends up north and across Tampa Bay snickered when Brian Lafferty revealed where he’d bought a new home. His 30-year-old daughter in Boston called to express concern. Even his ex-wife asked him about it. “Without exception, every person I’ve told I bought a house in The Villages has asked the same thing,” Lafferty said. “‘Isn’t that the STD capital of the United States?’” The Villages, a mammoth retirement community that was the fastest-growing metropolitan...

Dim light can disrupt sleep, raising health risks for seniors

(CNN) Even dim light can disrupt sleep, raising the risk of serious health issues in older adults, a new study found. "Exposure to any amount of light during the sleep period was correlated with the higher prevalence of diabetes, obesity and hypertension in both older men and women," senior author Phyllis Zee, chief of sleep medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, told CNN. "People should do their best to avoid or minimize...

Single Brain Scan Can Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Quickly; 98% Accurate

IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON – A new machine learning algorithm can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease from a single MRI brain scan, using a standard MRI machine available in most hospitals. New research breakthrough uses machine learning technology to look at structural features within the brain, including in regions not previously associated with Alzheimer’s. The advantage of the technique is its simplicity and the fact that it can identify the disease at an early stage when it can be...

Carjacked Granny Says Perp’s Death Was An Act Of Heavenly Mercy

Shirlene Hernandez, 72, was attacked as she stopped to grab a drink at a Shell station and was repeatedly punched in the face as the suspect grabbed her keys and escaped with her car. Investigators say that the car was then involved in a fatal accident on the nearby interstate, killing the suspect. Ms Hernandez told WCAX3 ... “There’s a lot of people who would say what goes around comes around, karma. I did not think that;...

How to prevent injuries when playing pickleball

Mayo Clinic Minute MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – The game of pickleball is surging in popularity across the country. It can be played at any age and skill level. While many might assume that pickleball is a slower, lower-impact sport, experts at Mayo Clinic say it's important to remember that injuries from playing pickleball can and do happen. Watch: The Mayo Clinic Minute "P" is for pickleball. And Mayo Clinic hand and wrist surgeon Dr. Sanj Kakar says...

What’s Next For Seniors Who Survived Covid

KAISER HEALTH NEWS – Older adults who have survived covid-19 are more likely than younger patients to have persistent symptoms such as fatigue, breathlessness, muscle aches, heart palpitations, headaches, joint pain, and difficulty with memory and concentration — problems linked to long covid. But it can be hard to distinguish lingering aftereffects of covid from conditions common in older adults such as lung disease, heart disease, and mild cognitive impairment. There are no diagnostic tests or...
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