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Want to Live Longer? Be Positive!

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When it comes to longevity, genetics, diet and exercise are the factors we usually think of. But according to a recent study by Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, our attitude about all of that—and life in general—can have an even greater impact. Researchers found that the most optimistic participants, who were tracked for up to 30 years...

When It Comes to Your Teeth, Looks Aren’t Everything

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After seeing endless toothpaste ads and dentistry office posters of patients flashing their pearly whites, we tend to associate great-looking teeth with a healthy mouth. However, according to Ben Aktins of the Oral Health Foundation, straight, white teeth aren’t necessarily healthy. “The natural color of teeth is actually more of a cream color, due to the dentine beneath the enamel,” he...

Need A Really Good Reason to Exercise? How About Cancer Prevention?

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If this doesn’t get you off the couch, we don’t know what will. According to a 2018 report by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund, positive lifestyle changes such as exercising could cut cancer diagnoses in half. A joint study by The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society showed that exercise can reduce the risk of...

Vision Health Tip: Watch What You Eat!

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According to a recent report, a 14-year-old boy in the U.K. has suffered vision loss after years of a diet consisting mainly of potato chips, French fries, white bread and processed pork snacks. “This case highlights the impact of diet on visual health,” says Dr. Denize Atan, a lecturer in Ophthalmology at Bristol Medical School. Allen Taylor, director of the Nutrition and...

When It Comes to Medicare, Ignorance is Definitely Not Bliss.

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In a recent poll by Eligibility.com, about half of the respondents believed that Medicare is free when they turn 65. Not even close. Premiums, deductibles, and copays—with no out-of-pocket maximum—could put a big dent in your retirement savings. “I’d say a full third of people we talk to, who are just starting to do their research, are surprised—even flabbergasted—that they have to pay anything...

Thinking About Trying Yoga? Be Careful!

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According to a recent study by the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, yoga injuries are on the rise, especially among older adults. Over the past 13 years or so, the rate of yoga injuries among adults 65+ has increased more than eightfold. But isn’t yoga supposed to be good for you? Yes. But you have to be informed. Thousands of yoga teachers are being certified each year, and...

What You Eat (And Don’t Eat) Could Help Prevent Cancer

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When it comes to cancer prevention, the saying “You are what you eat” may apply. We might also add: “You aren’t what you DON’T eat.” According to the World Cancer Research Fund, about 20% of all cancers diagnosed in the US are linked to excess body fat, physical inactivity, too much alcohol, and last but not least, poor nutrition. Processed foods are the main...

Dental Care Transforms Substance Abusers: The Proof Is in The Smile

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What’s it like to go from living on the streets looking for your next fix to working the front desk at the Mayor’s Office? Ask Destiny Garcia, one of several recovery patients to benefit from dental treatment in a recent three-year study at the University of Utah School of Dentistry. Researchers found that those receiving dental care stayed in treatment about twice as long as those who...

‘Vision Van’ Drives Home the Importance of Eye Exams

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Everyone has a vision. For Dr. Rohit Varma, it’s a world where preventable blindness is a thing of the past. The world-renowned eye care specialist oversees the CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s Southern California Eyecare and Vision Research Institute, which brings eye care to underdiagnosed and undertreated individuals with visual impairment throughout Los Angeles County and...

Medicare Without A Parachute: Worth the Risk?

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In July of 2016, Luke Aikins became the first skydiver to jump from a plane without a parachute and live to tell the tale. Sound crazy? Enrolling in Medicare with no supplemental insurance could be even riskier, at least financially. In addition to deductibles, copays, coinsurance, there’s no out-of-pocket maximum. Which means your retirement savings could plummet. “All it takes is one big...

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