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Is there a way to prevent Alzheimer's disease with the foods you eat?


Researchers behind a study published in the journal Neurology found that antioxidants have been shown to reduce inflammation that may contribute to Alzheimer's. In the study, participants who at the highest amount of flavonols, a type of antioxidant, were 48% less ...Read more

Intramuscular injection usually easy and safe

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I give my wife an octreotide intramuscular injection monthly into the gluteal muscle. I was taught to pull back on the needle to be sure you aren't in a blood vessel. Sometimes, I am unable to inject the medication (just can't plunge the syringe) despite being sure the needle was working before injecting. If I try again in a ...Read more

One more way sodas and sugary drinks KO your health

Did you know that every day, at least 50% of the U.S. population -- that would be 165 million people -- have a sugary drink such as a soda, energy/sports drink, sugar-added juice or flavored coffee or tea. It's 65% for boys ages 2-19!

Chances are, you have heard over and over that these sugar bombs increase your risk of metabolic disturbances (...Read more

Why barefoot running may help prevent common injuries

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If you've been opting for walks and runs lately instead of hitting the gym, here's something you may want to consider: barefoot running.

Some experts say it may prevent injuries.

Peter Francis, an exercise science expert, wrote in a CNN Health article that "a growing body of evidence shows running shoes might actually be doing us more harm ...Read more

On a day in May, surgeons saved John Cleary's life — twice

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PITTSBURGH -- John Cleary has suffered two extraordinarily traumatic events in his 69 years on earth, yet the Pine, Pa., man calls himself lucky.

The retired architect unwittingly became part of American history as one of nine Kent State University students critically wounded on campus by Ohio National Guardsmen on May 4, 1970, during an anti-...Read more

Confronted by COVID and civil unrest, these home health workers still show up for a risky job

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PHILADELPHIA -- It isn't unusual for Shalonda Ellis to wash her hands 20 times during a six-hour shift.

Seven or eight people a day come and go from the Northeast Philadelphia home of the woman Ellis cares for, and a few aren't particularly concerned about spreading the coronavirus. But Ellis knows enough to be terrified of bringing the virus ...Read more

What experts say about visiting the doctor, dentist amid coronavirus

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As dentists and doctors offices begin to open for routine, preventative care appointments, some may be concerned about how safe it is for a visit.

If you're one of those people in need of a physical or teeth cleaning, experts have shared some advice on what to do with NPR.

Aimee Palumbo, an epidemiologist at Temple University, says people ...Read more

Study looks into why some older adults have better memories than others

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Newly published research shows why some older adults remember better than others. The answer has to do with how much hippocampal activity is occurring.

The findings were conducted by Alexandra Trelle, a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University, and her colleges. The team built on studies that have focused on young populations and ...Read more

How vitamin D helps D-feat COVID-19

When Cab Calloway sings the refrain "hi-dee hi-dee hi-dee hi" in the classic jazz song "Minnie the Moocher" he's not advocating that you take high doses of vitamin D supplements. But it turns out, that would be good advice -- especially these days. A new study published in the journal Aging Clinical and Experimental Research found a correlation ...Read more

Chest port cleaning on hold due to coronavirus

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: I've enjoyed reading your column for years and hope you can provide an answer or guidance. My 83-year-old mom had a port installed in her chest over five years ago for chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. After beating the lymphoma, she battled Mycobacterium avium complex for a year and a half, and now has COPD and ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Minute: Symptoms of colorectal cancer

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Colorectal cancer refers to a cancer that begins to form in the colon or the rectum. It's the second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S., behind lung cancer.

The good news is colorectal cancer is treatable, especially if diagnosed early.

The symptoms of colorectal cancer can be very vague or nonspecific says Mayo Clinic ...Read more

How to travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Are you considering rescheduling travel that you put off because of coronavirus disease? Maybe you have work or family obligations that require you to travel. Yet worries about safe travel and lodging are holding you back.

Get the facts about your travel options and learn how to protect yourself if you must travel.

Stay safe when you travel

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Open (your wallet) wide: Dentists charge extra for infection control

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After nearly two months at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Erica Schoenradt was making plans in May to see her dentist for a checkup.

Then she received a notice from Swish Dental that the cost of her next visit would include a new $20 "infection control fee" that would likely not be covered by her insurer.

"I was surprised and then annoyed,...Read more

Changing E-Cig Tastes

Health Advice / Scott LaFee /

In November 2018, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, e-cigarette maker Juul announced it was pulling its fruit flavors and some of its sweet flavors (think cotton candy) from the market -- an effort to reduce the attraction to younger consumers.

Tobacco, mint and menthol flavors remained for sale.

It appears consumers have...Read more

A word about wine

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If you enjoy a glass of merlot, pinot noir or shiraz, you may be pleased to hear that red wine contains compounds that may also be beneficial to your health.

While red wine has been considered a celebratory and wholesome part of traditional diets in much of Europe for thousands of years, it wasn’t until research identifying the “French ...Read more

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Skin condition melasma can be challenging to get rid of completely

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Years ago, I had some patches of melasma on my face removed with IPL treatment. When I went to make an appointment with my dermatologist recently for the same condition, I was told IPL should not be used for melasma. Why is this? What treatment should be used?

ANSWER: The skin condition melasma can be challenging to get rid of...Read more

Mid-year changes to your health plan, FSA or HSA

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You probably never heard of COVID-19 when you picked this year’s health insurance policy at work. You couldn’t have planned for the coronavirus pandemic when you signed up for a 2020 flexible spending arrangement (FSA), either. But you might not be stuck with the choices you made in 2019 with respect to employer-provided health insurance and...Read more

Green tea for weight loss

Jennifer Aniston, 51, is known for her disciplined exercise regimen and a diet filled with nutrient-dense foods. She has often touted green tea as one of her go-to favorites that helps maintain her seemingly boundless energy and slim, strong physique.

She's not the only one. A metastudy that looked at 26 randomized, controlled trials, involving...Read more

Are all puzzles created equally?

Health Advice / Keith Roach /

DEAR DR. ROACH: Are all puzzles created equal in terms of their value in keeping the mind sharp? I enjoy Sudoku and word-finding puzzles, with an occasional crossword puzzle thrown in. I also play games requiring puzzle solving on my computer or handheld device. My partner primarily enjoys crossword puzzles. This has been something I've wondered...Read more

A guide to making sense of coronavirus studies

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Here at The Inquirer's Health & Science desk, we often are asked how we decide what to write about. My answer always includes this statement:

A huge part of the job is deciding what not to write about.

That is true even for the coronavirus, a topic for which people seem to have an insatiable appetite, no matter how small the development. We ...Read more