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What enjoyable activities do you plan when you visit another country? Maybe seeing interesting sights, learning about local customs, and eating exotic foods top your list. But each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the top of 750,000 people’s lists is a visit to the local hospital for medical treatment—a practice known as medical tourism. Americans seek...
Deer tick warning in the woods.
In the early 1970s, several children living in and around Lyme, Conn., began showing signs of a mysterious health problem with symptoms similar to juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Scientists noticed that these cases occurred during the summertime, and that most children reported having a rash at or near the area where a tick had bitten them before developing arthritis. The constellation of symptoms...
Washing cherry tomatoes in the kitchen sink
The USDA has developed four easy steps to take to lower your risk of foodborne illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that about one in six Americans—48 million people—become sick from foodborne illness (food poisoning) every year. About 128,000 of these people are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. Following are three common misconceptions about foodborne illness and...
Couple learning about long-term care insurance.
Losing your independence is frightening, but your chances of becoming unable to care for yourself are high. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), almost 70% of people over age 65 will experience at least temporary functional disability at some point. For many people, unless they have family who can care for them, going into a nursing home is their only option, and...
Urgent care logo on building
According to Consumer Reports On Health , surveys show that on nights, weekends, and holidays, about 73% of Americans cannot access medical care promptly. America’s health care system abhors a vacuum, so quick and convenient care options have sprung up everywhere. Urgent care centers (UCCs) began operating in the early 1980s and experienced rapid growth in the mid-1990s. Today, there are over 7,...
sunscreen products
Although a little color might make you appear robust, there is really no such thing as a “healthy” suntan. Rather, a lifetime of sun exposure can result in skin cancer, the most common type of cancer in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health. Types of ultraviolet radiation The three types of ultraviolet (UV) radiation coming from the sun are UVA, UVB, and...
salmon fights inflammation
Inflammation, in its adaptive form, is the body’s response to infections and injury. In a nutshell, swelling occurs because fluid leaks out of blood vessels. This fluid carries cells and chemical mediators that can heal. But ongoing inflammation eventually becomes harmful. According to experts from Harvard University, low-level inflammation is associated with atherosclerosis, strokes,...
senior man
Everyone feels different about aging, but now research shows that if you have a negative outlook, it can affect your sensory and cognitive functions. Researchers at the University of Toronto gave standard hearing tests to 301 adults between the ages of 56 and 96. Then, participants were asked to complete a set of recall tasks in order to test their memory. They also answered questions related to...
Intergenerational volunteering
You probably had quite an active social life when you were younger. But over the years, socializing may have taken a back seat to other priorities such as caring for your or your spouse’s health. Or your close friends may have moved to a new area. But although it may not seem like a prime concern, you need to keep socializing. “Being actively engaged with other people actually...