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Physical Therapy vs. Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Physical Therapy vs. Surgery for Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis (LSS) is a medical condition in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and nerves. This is usually due to the common occurrence of spinal degeneration that occurs with aging. It is a common cause of lower back pain, numbness or localized weakness in aging adults. In some cases,

Get Off Your ___! It’s Colorectal Month!

Get Off Your ___!  It’s Colorectal Month!

  We admit that it’s hard to write an article about this important issue without slipping into a sophomoric detour.  But colon cancer is no laughing matter and if just one of our Suddenly Solo readers is motivated to get a screening, we will consider our efforts at exercising literary restraint well-rewarded. Just a few

Brain Age – Are We Really Losing It?

Brain Age – Are We Really Losing It?

The accepted model of aging is that we lose mental acuity with the steady passing of time. But new research is emerging that challenges both the testing methodology that leads to that conclusion as well actual brain performance data. Insofar as the testing, scientists note that exams like the well-known word pairing memorization test (when

Is It Time To Put Away Your Snow Skis?

Is It Time To Put Away Your Snow Skis?

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that around 600,000 people nationally are injured each year while skiing and snowboarding. However, the majority of these injuries happen to younger, more aggressive participants who often “push the envelope” when it comes to risk-taking. So it is fair to say that there is really no hard and fast

ADHD And Walking Tall

ADHD And Walking Tall

In a small study that was published in the Journals of Gerentology, researchers in Israel gave a 10mg dose of the drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) to fifteen healthy adults, 70 and older who could walk without assistance. They compared this group to 15 others given a placebo. The dosed group showed improved gait and function while

“Turning Point” In Brain Disease Treatment

“Turning Point” In Brain Disease Treatment

A new discovery in the treatment of degenerative nerve cell disease has been characterized as a “turning point” in the fight against diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s. In tests on laboratory mice, deaths from what is known as prion disease was completely prevented leading Professor Robert Morris from King’s College, London to say that

Whopping Cough? Is That Still Around?

Whopping Cough? Is That Still Around?

The answer unfortunately is yes. In 2010, 10 infants in California (who were too young to be vaccinated) died of the disease. Over 9,000 people came down with Whopping cough at that time, the most in one year since 1947. Whopping cough (Pertussis) is characterized by coughing spells that can come so closely together that

Should You Whiten Your Teeth?

Should You Whiten Your Teeth?

We at Suddenly Solo say YES. Research shows that a man’s smile is the first thing most women notice when meeting for the first time so literally putting your money where your mouth is will be worth it. Over the years, aging itself will darken your teeth . . . to say nothing about coffee,

Did You Get Your Flu Shot Yet?

Did You Get Your Flu Shot Yet?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu vaccination prevented over 13 million cases of the flu in the U.S. from 2005 to 2011. If you have ever had a bout of influenza, you know that it can really knock you out. And this becomes especially hazardous as we age. During a

Out Of The Gutter – Bowling As Exercise?

Out Of The Gutter – Bowling As Exercise?

Growing up, the old gag was that bowling was the only sport where you can sit, drink, and smoke as part of the experience. Things have changed markedly (bowling pun in there, BTW).  Bowling alleys have gone upscale and smoking regulations have cleared the air within its climate-controlled and well-lit confines.  And bowling is actually

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