Short- vs. long-term care
You've wanted to reside in your home for as long as possible. But as your dexterity has gotten more limited, perhaps it's time to look into other options. It's estimated that two-thirds of adults turning 65 today will need some type of long-term care services in their remaining... Read More
The rate of colorectal cancer survival five years after initial diagnosis has been on the rise. But with survival comes a new risk — that of colorectal cancer recurrence. Colorectal cancer recurrence within five years after treatment ends is in the range of 7 to 42 percent depending... Read More
Selling the family home and downsizing has brought about considerable stress in recent months. And that stress brought about a side effect you weren't expecting — a few cold sore flare-ups. After years with no problems, these lingering sores are frustrating. Is there anything you can do? Trigger alert... Read More
Keeping fingers and toes warm
Winter's chill can be especially hard on the fingers and toes if you have arthritis or a condition such as Raynaud's disease that affects blood circulation. To maintain warmth and comfort: Encourage circulation — Wiggle or massage your fingers and toes. Move your arms in a windmill...Read More
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Silver diamine fluoride: Stopping cavities without fillings
When your dentist says you have an area of tooth decay, it often means there's a filling in your future. But for some older adults, a product called silver diamine fluoride may be an alternative to fillings. Silver diamine fluoride has been used in other countries for years, and...Read More
Do I have to drink a large amount of laxative solution before a colonoscopy?
A: Colonoscopy can be a lifesaving screening test for colon cancer. However, one often uncomfortable aspect is that the large intestine needs to be empty and clean in order for the procedure to be most effective. There's no way to avoid some type of bowel cleansing product to make... Read More
Why does my granddaughter sneeze when she steps into the sun?
A: This phenomenon, commonly called a sun sneeze, is technically known as either photic sneeze reflex or an autosomal dominant compelling helio-ophthalmic outburst (ACHOO) syndrome. It's not linked to allergies, although there is some common ground in how the sneezes may occur. Typically, a sneeze occurs because of... Read More