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Posts By: Lisa Pattanayak, M.D.

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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According to recent research, seniors may not take their medication when they should. The likelihood of this happening also increases with age. The health consequences of not taking prescribed medication at all or not taking the recommended dosage can be severe. Doing so can cause health conditions to get worse and side effects can occur…


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According to the Census Bureau, Americans now visit the doctor less frequently — from nearly five times a year in 2001 to the current rate of four times a year. An annual doctor’s visit is an important part of staying healthy, especially as you age. A physician can provide preventative services to help avoid minor problems…


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Exercise is an important part of staying healthy, especially when you get older. Physical activity can boost your mood, help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your risk for chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Exercise is essential for seniors, but older adults also have lower bone density, muscle mass and…


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