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A holistic approach to staying active

By Dr. Kent Bakaev Regardless of age, some level of physical activity is beneficial for most everyone. As we age, however, our physical, and other abilities, evolve. As a result, the type and mix of activities – physical, but also cognitive and social activities – also need to evolve. Regular physical and cognitive activities can […]

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Fit in her 50s, former smoker now ‘addicted’ to adventure races, ultra-marathons

Leominster – When Kris Gleason was in high school, she was sedentary and never did sports. She smoked and considered herself “extremely overweight.”

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Screening tests you’ve been avoiding…and why you shouldn’t

By Dr. David Rideout, M.D. As we get older, it is important to have health screening tests to diagnose and treat possible life-threatening conditions. Here are a few of the most important procedures that should not be avoided. Colorectal cancer screening – The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be 133,000 new cases of colorectal […]

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An apple a day may not keep the doctor away

Apple eaters had more education and were less likely to smoke than apple shunners. Apple eaters were slightly less likely to use prescription drugs, but the study lacks information on use of over-the-counter medication and alternative medicine.

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Elder health Q&A: Urinary tract infections

By Christine Redding Q: What is a urinary tract infection? A: A urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI, is a bacterial infection that travels up through your urethra and into your bladder. UTIs are common among elders, especially incontinent woman. Q: What are some UTI symptoms? A: It important to note that UTI […]

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Medications can affect elderly in different ways

By Dr. David Rideout Living an active and healthy life is a goal for all of us. Part of the arsenal of tools to stay well is the use of medications and supplements to treat health conditions, ward off new illnesses and keep the immune systems strong. As we age, we are more likely to […]

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