Aging Well
Memory Loss: Is It Normal Forgetfulness or Dementia?

Memory Loss: Is It Normal Forgetfulness or Dementia?

Memory loss due to aging is a concern for many of us. You may wonder what’s a “normal” amount of forgetfulness to experience on a day-to-day basis and what is a warning sign of something more serious, like the onset of dementia. “It is important to know that dementia, or …

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Understanding Your Heart
An image of a 3D printed heart, used in a structural heart disease procedure

What Is Structural Heart Disease?

The human heart is a marvel – a magnificent structure that functions to pump blood through our bodies, supplying oxygen and other nutrition to our tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other waste. Any time an abnormality or defect weakens the heart’s structure – its walls, valves and muscles – …

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Medication Safety

Empty That Medicine Cabinet: Safe Medication Storage Tips

Modern medications can remedy a range of ailments — from reducing the symptoms of the common cold to regulating blood pressure or making chronic pain manageable. Taken as directed or prescribed, they can help us enjoy better health and an improved quality of life. To ensure your medicines can work …

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Protecting Your Skin

How Much Sunscreen Is Enough?

The message finally seems to be spreading that overexposure to the sun is not good for our skin. Not only is it the leading cause of skin cancer, but it also causes premature skin aging, wrinkles, discoloration and roughened skin texture. So, most of us get that we need to …

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Taking Charge of Your Health
What's In Your Medical Record? Be Sure to Check

What’s In Your Online Medical Record?

Online patient portals give you access to your own health information and medical records, empowering you to take a more active role in your own health care. Many physician practices and health systems have begun offering portals such as MyChart, which makes it easy for patients to: Get test results …

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Planning Ahead
Advance Directives 101

Advance Directive 101: Your Common Q’s Answered

You’ve probably heard the term advance directive. You may even have one. If you do, you know the peace you experience after making those important decisions about your end-of-life care. If you’ve been putting off your advance directive, now is an excellent time to learn more and then take the …

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Getting Better Sleep
daylight saving time sleep advice

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Saving Time arrives this Sunday, March 10, and while setting your clocks ahead an hour is unavoidable, you can minimize the sleep disruptions and groggy days sometimes associated with it. These proactive tips may help: Make an effort to be well-rested going into the week of the time change. …

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Understanding Your Mental Health
Self-Care for the Winter Blues

Self-Care for the Winter Blues

During the colder days and shorter daylight hours of winter, it’s not unusual to experience symptoms of the “winter blues.” These can include a lack of energy or motivation, moodiness, cravings for comfort foods, a desire to sleep more and a temptation to hibernate at home. Although most of us …

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Addiction Help
Is Someone You Love Using Meth? How to Talk About It

Is Someone You Love Using Meth? How to Talk About It

Methamphetamine use has been eclipsed in the media by the ever-growing opioid epidemic, giving the false impression that meth use has declined. But the unfortunate reality is, meth use is still prevalent across the United States. Once used primarily by people in rural or lower income areas, meth is causing …

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Managing Joint Pain
winter joint pain

4 Ways to Reduce Winter Joint Pain

Winter’s frigid temps can do more than nip at your nose. For people living with joint pain, freezing temperatures, combined with low barometric pressure and precipitation, only increase the discomfort. There are ways to effectively curb the intensity of achy, stiff joints and help to make winter’s chill more bearable. …

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