Volunteering’s Selfish Benefit

We all know volunteering is good for your soul, but it may also be good for your brain! Volunteering protects your brain from cognitive decline and dementia, according to a recent study. Researchers at the University of California Davis Health found that volunteering later in life is linked to improved cognitive functions, more specifically, executive…

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Hearing Aids Help the Brain

We’ve known that hearing loss is strongly linked to neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. What has been unclear is whether it is a symptom, cause, or just common comorbidity. A new study out of John Hopkins University has determined that wearing a hearing aid can reduce mental decline by almost half in people at risk…

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Got (enought) Testosterone?

Millions of US men suffer from low amounts of the sex hormone testosterone. In fact, you likely know someone who may struggle with low testosterone levels. Low levels can make it difficult to maintain muscle mass and cause low libido, but that’s not all. But experts have dubbed low testosterone “male menopause” and are now…

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A Daily Essential: Multivitamins

We know that multivitamins have many benefits, but for a long time, they’ve been considered controversial and received mixed reviews from the medical and scientific community. While many studies have shown improvements in blood-markers and benefits in lowering the risk of cancer and other diseases, some research seemed to suggest they did almost nothing.  But…

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Stop Hot Flashes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given final approved to a new nonhormonal medicine, Fezolinetant, for hot flashes.  For decades, women who can’t or choose not to take hormones to alleviate hot flashes, a common symptom in menopause, have always had no effective treatment options. But now there’s a new alternative. Developed by…

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Keeping a Young Brain

Like the rest of our bodies, the brain goes through extensive changes as we age. A new systematic review of 144 studies dealing with the brain and its functioning as we age has helped us to get a clearer picture on what is happening and what we can do about it! While very young, the…

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Bono’s Glasses

Have you ever wondered why Bono, the frontman for U2, wears his trademark sunglasses inside, year-round? It’s because he has glaucoma.  Mayo Clinic defines glaucoma as “a group of eye conditions that damage the optic nerve, the health of which is vital for good vision.” This damage is often caused by an abnormally high pressure…

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Too Good?

According to a new study published Sunday in the New England Journal of Medicine Evidence, a blood test to screen for prostate cancer may be better than experts initially thought, particularly among Black men. As reported by the CDC, there’s no standard test for prostate cancer. Two of the more commonly used tests are a…

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Record Breaker

What do you imagine you’ll be doing the day after turning 100 years old? Last month, WWII veteran Lester Wright celebrated in style, setting a new world record in the 100 meter dash, in front of thousands of track fans. He crossed the line to a standing ovation, finishing seventh out of nine runners, beating…

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Seeing The Signs

Researchers say a new, first-of-its-kind study shows the retina may also be able to provide scientists with an easy, non-invasive way to determine our body’s true biological age. And as it turns out, dry eyes can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Also, high cholesterol levels can cause a white, gray, or blue ring to…

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