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Thursday, December 13, 2018

How to keep your mind sharp

It’s as important to take care of your brain as well as your body. Here are 10 things that you can do to help keep your mind sharp as you age.

Alcohol consumption and the risk of developing dementia

Some of the detrimental effects of heavy alcohol use on brain function are similar to those observed with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although alcohol use may be a risk factor for AD, it is difficult to study this relationship because of similarities between alcoholic dementia and AD and because standard diagnostic criteria for alcoholic dementia have not yet been developed.

Restoring quality of life – The lifelong mission of Dr. Charles Birbara

There are very few Americans who have not been touched by arthritis in some way. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend or for the many who suffer themselves, the disease is all around us. Currently one out of five adults has been officially diagnosed as having some form of arthritis. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of adults who will have the disease is expected to top 67 million within the next 15 years.

Silent stroke leading to dementia

By Micha Shalev A stroke can be dramatic—and devastating. As part of the brain is starved of its blood supply, cells may die. If a...

New advances in oxygen therapy provide significant benefits for users

Today’s portable oxygen concentrators (POCs) offer a whole new level of flexibility and freedom that have never before been available to oxygen users. Instead...

Local foundation helps with testing and treatment of Lyme disease

Region - Lyme disease is one of the most misunderstood and controversial diseases across our country. Getting properly diagnosis and treatment options are extremely difficult. I quickly found this out after losing my Mom, Jeanne to complications from untreated late-stage Lyme disease. Mom was full of life until she developed a rash on her upper back while spending the winter in Florida in early 2011. The non-blistering rash was quickly diagnosed as shingles and she was prescribed a steroid. Her health would never be the same after that.

Health care and long term care: two different worlds

State policymakers are once again trying to change the health care system to save money, produce better health outcomes, and increase the consumers’ satisfaction with their care. If the subject of long-term services and supports (LTSS) ever comes up, it is usually in the context of the larger health care system.

What is Deep Vein Thrombosis and how can it be treated?

As we age, our circulation system can lose efficiency, causing a variety of problematic conditions. One such problem is that of undesired clots in the legs. Although clotting is an important safeguard from injury, an unexpected clot can cause pain and swelling and can often be the precursor to a more serious health condition.

Hockey players and cardiac arrest survivor advocate AEDs

Hudson resident Brian Martin, age 59, follows a regular exercise routine including cardio, weight lifting, and an hour playing pick-up hockey year-round Sunday mornings with longtime friends at Valley Sports Arena in Concord. There, he suffered sudden cardiac arrest the Sunday of last Thanksgiving weekend. He’s thankful that the facility is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED). His hockey buddies used the AED to save his life.

What are varicose veins and how can they be treated?

For much of our lives we go about our business relatively unconcerned with our circulatory systems. However, due to a variety of causes, varicose veins can crop up causing both cosmetic and functional problems. Once a patient notices these troublesome veins it is a wise idea to get a professional assessment. Many times patient’s primary care provider will refer them to a phlebologist specialist.
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