Learn FAST and Save a Life

I was sitting with my grandma at a family wedding, chatting about her newest great-grandchild. Suddenly, Grandma started slurring her words. At first I thought she had simply gotten distracted, but when she repeated herself it sounded like she was gargling water. I asked her if she was okay, and she nodded and tried speaking…

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Feeling the Burn: Heartburn Triggers, Symptoms and Relief

Heartburn actually has nothing to do with the heart. It’s so called because of the burning sensations felt in the chest, but it is not related to heart health at all. Heartburn is a digestion problem. What causes heartburn? The stomach has strong gastric acids that break down the food you eat. The stomach has…

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What’s On Your Bucket List?

Do you have a bucket list? It’s a list of experiences or achievements you want to have or accomplish in your lifetime. Some common bucket list items are skydiving, running a marathon, or visiting all 50 states. But they don’t have to be spectacular, showy feats. You might want to create a list that will…

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Telemedicine: Pros and Cons (But Mostly Pros)

Visiting the doctor has taken on a whole new meaning with the rise of telemedicine, or virtual health care. While telemedicine is still in its infancy, experts predict it will explode in the next five years.  But for those of us who have spent a lifetime visiting our doctors in their offices, virtual health care…

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When to Stop Driving

It’s a scary prospect for someone who has been driving for years. But at a certain point, it’s time to say goodbye to the car. Seventy is the new 50. Older drivers are keeping their licenses longer than they used to. They’re also involved in fewer fatal collisions than in the past. On the other…

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What is Autoimmune Disease?

Your immune system is a state of the art security network that monitors and protects your body from attack. The immune system detects infectious organisms and launches an attack called the immune response. The immune system does an excellent job keeping out harmful invaders. Sometimes, though, it gets confused and starts producing antibodies that attack…

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Beware this Medicare Fraud Scheme

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced last year that all Medicare ID numbers will transition from Social Security numbers to unique, randomly generated member IDs. This is a great idea that what will help prevent Medicare fraud and identity theft.  Your coverage will not change or have any interruptions, and the new…

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Aerobic Exercise can Delay or Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease

A study published last week in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society links aerobic exercise to improvements in Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. The study was a meta-analysis that reviewed 19 previous studies on the effect of exercise on Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers found that aerobic exercise, in particular, has a “moderate favorable effect on cognitive…

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