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Something That Could Raise Your Blood Pressure More Than A Political Argument with Your Meathead Son-In-Law

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“Let me ask you, Mr. Bunker. Are you the excitable type?” This question, asked by Archie’s doctor in a scene from the popular 1970s sitcom, All in the Family, has no doubt crossed the minds of countless physicians with patients at risk for high blood pressure. Yes, excitability can certainly be a contributor, but research is revealing other possibilities, starting in the mouth...

Retiring with Purpose: Discovering Your Inner Border Collie

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While they make great pets, Border Collies are, first and foremost, workers. They’ll look for jobs to do around the house. Bred to herd sheep, they’ll herd children and other pets. They love solving problems. In other words, they’re happiest when they have a purpose. Sound like someone you know? According to psychiatrist Viktor Frankl, purpose is essential for all of us. During...

Call 911, Not Uber: A Lesson in Medical Emergency Transport

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Recently in Boston, an Uber passenger who appeared a bit drowsy asked the driver if the nearest emergency room was at Mass General Hospital. The man said he’d been passing out over the past few days. “I was a little nervous,” the driver recalls. “I didn’t know what was going to happen.” Thanks in part to the high cost of ground and air ambulance service, this scenario has become...

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...

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