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Thursday, December 13, 2018

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.

Don’t ‘fall’ for misconceptions on falls and aging

By Dr. David Rideout, M.D. Falling is one of the major factors that impedes the independence of seniors as we age. Complications from falls are...

Elder health Q&A: Blood Pressure

James McAllister, RN Photo/submitted By James McAllister, RN How many Americans have high blood pressure? It is reported that about one in every three American adults has high...

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.

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...

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."

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.

Environment’s role in shaping immune system

How a person’s immune system does its job seems to depend more on environment and the germs he or she encounters than on genes.

Five bad strategies to avoid when dieting

I’ll have to dramatically change my diet. A radical change is not necessary. A more effective strategy is to simply cut back a few hundred calories a day.

3-D printing creates custom knee replacements

For some patients who have had knee replacement surgery and undergone the subsequent physical therapy, getting the second knee replaced is not an idea they relish.
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