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For chronic hepatitis C patients and their doctors, treatment discussions shouldn’t wait

For the estimated 3.2 million Americans living with chronic hepatitis C, talking to a physician about treatment options for the disease now is an important first step. Untreated chronic hepatitis…

Why a normal Pap test may not mean you are cancer-free

Why a normal Pap test may not mean you are cancer-free

Many women know that getting a Pap test regularly from their health care provider is a good way to check for signs of cervical cancer, the second most common cancer…

Baby boomers and driving vision – maintaining safety and independence

Baby boomers and driving vision – maintaining safety and independence

Baby boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are aging differently than any generation in U.S. history. Today, older Americans remain more active later in life, working longer and engaging…

Iron matters for patients with chronic kidney disease

Iron matters for patients with chronic kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major health problem in the United States, impacting more than 25 million Americans, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Kidneys perform many important functions…

Nursing home admissions avoided with simplified prescription packaging

Nursing home admissions avoided with simplified prescription packaging

Numerous factors impact a senior’s ability to live independently, such as health and memory problems, mobility issues, and care coordination concerns. Often overlooked is the fact that one quarter of…

Knowing your health heritage: the familial link of diseases

Knowing your health heritage: the familial link of diseases

Family members can have many things in common, including physical characteristics and personality traits. While some traits are obvious, like having red hair or blue eyes, some shared traits are…

Laser spine surgery helps seniors find relief from lumbar spinal stenosis

Laser spine surgery helps seniors find relief from lumbar spinal stenosis

(BPT) – Two recent clinical studies bring good news to the aging population. If you have lower back pain, burning pain or numbness in your legs you are probably one…

Fall into a healthier you: tips for fighting unhealthy fat

Fall into a healthier you: tips for fighting unhealthy fat

(BPT) – As summer subsides, people may lose sight of their weight loss goals until the start of the New Year. And the temptation of unhealthy holiday treats right around…

Is your home making you sick?

Is your home making you sick?

(BPT) – Your home – it’s your castle, your sanctuary. But could the place you go to escape the rest of the world be bad for you? Formaldehyde, chloroform and…

Social Security recipients embrace electronic payments, give high marks to Treasury-recommended prepaid card

Social Security recipients embrace electronic payments, give high marks to Treasury-recommended prepaid card

If you receive one of the 6 million paper checks for your monthly Social Security or other federal benefit, the time has come to switch to the safety and convenience…