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Lace Up Those Sneakers and Get Out Those Sweatbands: National Senior Health and Fitness Day is Coming!

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day is observed every year on the last Wednesday in May. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about the importance of remaining active as well as the activities that will benefit you most and that you will most enjoy. This year, May 26, you can participate in activities with others across the country for this national observance. The benefits from...

Get Protected from the Costs of Emergency Transport

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It might happen when you’re at home. It could happen when you’re driving in your neighborhood and another driver rear-ends your car. And it might be necessary when you’re traveling and a sudden, unexpected medical event happens. Whether it’s a fall, a car accident, or something like a heart attack, the chance that you might someday need emergency transportation to the hospital is very real. You...

Successful Retirement Starts with Working to Prevent Arthritis

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Debbie Smith looked forward to retirement. After years in the workforce and raising her children, she envisioned finally having the time to return to studying piano and maybe giving lessons on the side. But as her retirement approached, she began to feel pain in her hands. She frequently felt a stiffness in her fingers when she’d sit down to play. After a visit with her doctor, her concern was...

High Blood Pressure = Higher Risk of a Stroke

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May is both National Stroke Awareness Month and National High Blood Pressure Awareness Month. But that’s not the only link they share. High blood pressure damages arteries throughout the body, creating conditions where they can burst or clog more easily. Weakened arteries in the brain, resulting from high blood pressure, increase your higher risk of a stroke — which is why managing high...

Life Insurance is Not for You – It’s for Your Family

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Odds are at some point you’ve considered buying a life insurance policy. All too often, people figure they’ll get around to it later or assume they won’t be able to qualify due to pre-existing conditions or lifestyle issues. If you recognize phrases like “I don’t need it”, “it’s too expensive”, or “I’ve tired and I don’t qualify”, read on. You don’t purchase life insurance for yourself. You...

The Origins of the Eye Chart

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Here’s a great trivia question: Who is the individual responsible for the best-selling poster of all time? Edward Hopper for his “Nighthawks” diner scene? Farah Fawcett for her 12-million selling 1970’s swimsuit poster? Or even that painting of dogs playing poker by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge? These would all be good guesses. But the correct answer is Herman Snellen. Who??? You might be...

Retinal Implants Could Help the Blind See Again

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Being able to restore eyesight to someone whose vision has deteriorated to the point of blindness once sounded like the stuff of science fiction. But modern science and technological advancements are now on the brink of making what was once impossible a reality. Scientists have been developing a retinal implant that is designed to give blind people a form of artificial vision. The scientists...

The 5 Top Things That Put You at Risk for Oral Cancer

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More than 50,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue each year, with approximately 10,000 people unfortunately dying due to this illness. Oral cancer occurs when cells within the mouth develop mutations in their DNA. As the mutated cells accumulate, a tumor forms and can spread to other parts of the body. Though these mutations can...

A Gamechanger in the Fight Against Gum Disease Could Be on the Way

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Gum disease is one of the most widespread problems. Most adults suffer from gum disease at some point, with many experiencing the condition more than once. All gum disease is caused by plaque, a bacterial film that forms on the teeth. The first sign of gum disease is blood on your toothbrush or in your spit while cleaning your teeth. The gums may also bleed when you eat, which can cause bad...

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