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Bare trees in winter

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a condition characterized by symptoms of depression that occur only at certain times during the year. Although it can happen at any time of year, most people are affected in fall and winter.

Know when chest pain means 911

If you have chest pain, the first thought that comes into your head might be that you re having a heart attack. That s not necessarily the case. Chest pain can be related to any number of body organs and tissues, says Lora Cox-Vance, M.D., geriatric fellowship director at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center., St. Margaret Hospital.

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The Alzheimer’s Association reports that about one-third of today’s seniors die with a dementia-related illness such as Alzheimer’s disease. As of yet, researchers around the world have found no cure, but they have discovered some techniques that may help some people preserve their memories longer.

Examine your insurance options every year

If you’ve had Medicare as your primary insurance for a number of years, you may not examine it too closely. Every year, however, Medicare (and all insurances for that matter) modify coverage rules, take away some benefits, and add others.

Couple walking bikes

Several conditions fall under the umbrella term “arthritis:” rheumatoid arthritis, gout, juvenile arthritis, and the most common—osteoarthritis (OA). The word arthritis comes from Latin, meaning inflammation of a joint, and that’s essentially what happens with any type of this disease.

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A recent international survey in five countries showed that for most people, Alzheimer’s disease was the second most significant health concern after cancer. About 25 percent listed it as their number one fear.

Bowl of chicken soup

They’ve been handed down through generations—so-called “old wives’ tales” about health. Why have these pearls of wisdom persisted through the years despite the advances in modern medicine? Maybe because some have a little truth to them.

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“Inactivity sneaks up on you,” says Austin Welsh, M.D., medical director at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. “Some people think when they get older, it’s time to slow down, but they should do the opposite if they want to stay healthy.”

A row of glasses of water

Water is important to every part of your body. Among other functions it clears vital organs of toxins; provides moisture for your ears, nose, throat, and joints; maintains your temperature; and carries nutrients to every cell in your body.