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Posts By: Lisa Pattanayak, M.D.

As we get older, it’s common to experience some minor memory loss. You’re watching Jeopardy! and the answer is right on the tip of your tongue, but you can’t think of it. Or you remember having your wallet or keys in your hand a few minutes ago, but now you can’t find them. Most seniors…


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Categories:  General Health

No matter your age, nothing is more frustrating – and at times, more frightening – than having trouble breathing. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than two million people in the U.S. age 65 and older battle with asthma. Asthma is a disease that is characterized by obstructions of the…


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Categories:  General Health

Every year, February is American Heart Month, a time when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promote an initiative to raise awareness about heart health. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death among both women and men in the U.S., accounting for more than 600,000 deaths annually. About…


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Categories:  General Health

Coping with the Pain of Shingles

Ask anyone who has developed shingles and they’ll tell you that it’s one of the most painful health issues you can experience. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. For most people, chickenpox is a common childhood disease that causes severe itching and discomfort as it runs its…


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Aging is a natural part of life that starts the day we’re born and lasts throughout your life. The only reason people don’t think about it until they hit middle age is because that’s when you start to feel it. However, aging doesn’t have to be a painful, unpleasant experience. In fact, there are many…


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Categories:  Living Younger

For people who have suffered a stroke, life can be a daily struggle due to a wide range of symptoms, including the inability to communicate effectively, a disorder known as “aphasia.” Aphasia is an acquired disorder in which the regions of the brain that process language are damaged, impairing the patient’s ability to speak, understand…


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Categories:  General Health

One 74-year-old grandmother is still so mentally sharp that she recently learned how to play chess, piano and pool. One 83-year-old retired doctor still edits books and runs several medical websites. An 89-year-old man is so up to date on pop culture that he can have a detailed discussion about Grammy-winning musician Chance the Rapper or…


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Categories:  MetroHealth News

It’s still cold and flu season, which means that you likely have a higher risk of getting sick if you and those around you don’t practice proper hygiene. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to lower your risk of spreading or coming into contact with germs that can make you sick, but…


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Categories:  Living Younger

A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine indicates that rates of dementia have dropped in people over age 65. The study involved more than 21,000 people across the country, with an average age of 75. Researchers began the study in 1992 and focused on people over 50, collecting data and conducting interviews with participants…


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Categories:  MetroHealth News

According to new reports, America has another drug problem that often goes undiscussed: overprescribed seniors. A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted the problem and the importance of coordinated care. The story focused on the inpatient geriatric unit at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif. The unit works to ensure that elderly patients…


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