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Which organic foods should you choose?
When deciding which organic foods to eat, there are some important things to know. Organic produce is grown without the use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and organic meat, eggs, and dairy products are from animals that haven’t been given hormones or antibiotics. Farms are inspected by the government to qualify for the USDA organic seal, but use of this seal is strictly voluntary. Don’t...
Healthy bones
May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention month. According to the National Institute on Aging, over ten million Americans (mostly women) have this disease, which results in thin, weak bones and can lead to fractures. Even more Americans (34 million) have low bone mass. Low bone mass is called osteopenia. Bone loss has begun, but it has not progressed to the dangerous levels of...
YH1010_Health411
A new study from the Mayo Clinic found that the prevalence of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) was 1.5 times higher in men than women. [caption id="attachment_14487" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the stage between normal forgetfulness and the development of dementia. (File photo)"] [/caption] MCI is the stage between normal...
health0910_DNA
Two identical twins remain healthy their whole lives and then, at age 75, one develops Alzheimer s disease. Genetics can t account for this the pair has the exact same DNA. Then what is the difference? Enter the epigenome, which sits atop DNA and can silence or activate a gene, directing it to behave a certain way. The missing link At the fore of researching this phenomenon...
YH0810_Health411Mind2
Scientists used to think that older adults brains were inflexible hence the adage, you can t teach an old dog new tricks. And it s true that your brain, like other organs in your body, undergoes wear and tear from years of use. But if your memory isn t as sharp as it once was, or if you want to preserve your brain s function as you age, try these brain-sharpening tips. [caption id="...
YH0610_Health411Water
If there were warnings on seasons, summer would say, DANGER: May get extremely hot! Average summer temperatures are always warm, but excessive heat can become dangerous. Protect yourself from the sun and the heat this summer. Be sun smart [caption id="attachment_12025" align="alignright" width="196" caption="Just a few precautions and you re on your way to enjoying fun in the sun. (...
YH0510_Health411Organic
If you want to go green, maybe you ve thought about eating organic food or using environmentally friendly cleaners. But what does green really mean? [caption id="attachment_11483" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Organic means no pesticides on crops or additives in livestock feed. (File photo)"]
YH0410_Health411
A simple and inexpensive eye test could help doctors diagnose major neurological conditions like Alzheimer s disease earlier than is currently possible. [caption id="attachment_8923" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Researchers are studying the link between music, Alzheimer s, and the brain. (File photo)"]
HLTH_0909_immunization
Each year in the U.S., approximately 50,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases or related complications. Although infectious diseases in general are no longer the most common causes of death, pneumonia and influenza remain among the top ten causes of death for older adults. Vaccinations are readily available for common adult illnesses such as influenza, pneumonia,...