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fish in dirty water

Bacteria and viruses are everywhere when you travel. Doubtless you’ve heard stories about people getting sick from the air inside of an airplane cabin, or that the remote control in a hotel room is the dirtiest surface imaginable.

Marijuana has been a hot topic of debate in recent years. To some, this herb is considered an illicit drug and intoxicant. Until fairly recently, it has been against the law to carry, possess, sell, or use marijuana. “The tide is turning,” says Michael C. Minardi, J.D., lawyer and partner at Kelley Kronenberg in West Palm Beach, Fla.

walking couple

Back pain, especially lower back pain, is a fact of life. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), up to 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetimes. For many people, this pain is short-lived (acute), but for seniors, this type of pain is typically ongoing, or chronic.

teeth graphic

Take a close look inside your mouth—there’s a very good chance you have some form of gum disease. 

podiatrist

If your car has been sitting in a garage all winter and you’ve hardly driven it, you are likely to inspect the tires before you head out. Similarly, if you’ve been mostly inactive during the cold months, you should have your feet tuned up before you start your springtime activities.

superbugs

Bacteria are everywhere. Fortunately, our bodies have adapted to most of them. Since the 1940s, antibiotics have reduced illness and death from harmful bacteria. But some of these organisms have sophisticated survival mechanisms and have thus learned to outsmart antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents (such as hand sanitizer). 

DNA strands

"Each year, about one million people are admitted to hospitals because of adverse drug events,” says Dietrich Stephan, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. “Roughly 100,000 people die because of these events. It’s a significant problem in the U.S.”

acupuncture

In recent years, more people have been trying complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 30% of older adults use some type of CAM. 

male and female medical figures

Women live longer than men, but for men and women, the gap in life expectancy is narrowing. Today on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women live 81.2 years and men live 76.4 years. This gap of 4.8 years is an improvement since 1979, when it was 5.2 years.