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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.

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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. 

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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

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.  

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Everyone feels different about aging, but now research shows that if you have a negative outlook, it can affect your sensory and cognitive functions.

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.

In the history of medicine, heart surgery is a very young specialty, having begun about 120 years ago. Prior to that, the heart was considered too delicate to even consider operating on. 

Surgery on a ‘closed’ heart

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The 2010 Affordable Care Act made the majority of preventive health services offered by Medicare available at little to no cost. Utilization of these services has since gone up, with up to 85% of beneficiaries taking advantage of at least one of them. 

Today, many primary care offices are busy places. Waiting rooms tend to be crowded, and you might wait 30 minutes or more to see your doctor who may then spend only 10 minutes with you in the exam room.