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Your Vision and Your Hips: There’s a Connection!

Your Vision and Your Hips: There’s a Connection!

As we age, our visual acuity begins to decay.  It’s just a fact of life.  But ignoring it or procrastinating your response can have consequences that are worse than dealing with the problem in a timely manner. It has been known for some time that bone fracture risk is linked to poor eyesight. A new

No-Cost/High-Return Holiday Hints!

No-Cost/High-Return Holiday Hints!

No matter how you are spending the holidays, let us offer you some easy-to-follow suggestions on how to maximize the season and stay healthy to boot! “Achoo” Awareness!  If you are using your own holiday decorations that you put away last year, remember that they are now probably dusty and dirty. It doesn’t take much

Must You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test? Maybe Not.

Must You Fast Before a Cholesterol Test?  Maybe Not.

In a just published study, some of the more significant numbers done as part of a routine cholesterol test were not significantly different between patients who ate before the exam and those that did not. Overall, the mean cholesterol subclass levels varied by less than 2% for total cholesterol and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, by

Need a Jolt of Self-Motivation? Gargle With Sugar Water!

Need a Jolt of Self-Motivation?  Gargle With Sugar Water!

In an admittedly small study, a group of students was asked to perform highly repetitive tasks (crossing out the letter “e” in a statistics book, correctly noting the color of a word spelled in another color, etc.).  Some of the students rinsed their mouths with sugar-sweetened lemonade during the tests while others rinsed their mouths

Ear Lobe Creases? Look Out!

Ear Lobe Creases?   Look Out!

A study of 11,000 Danish subjects revealed that those who looked old (i.e., those with receding hairlines, bald heads, creases near their ear lobes or bumpy deposits on their eyelids) had a greater chance of developing heart disease than younger looking people who are the same age. A small consolation: wrinkles elsewhere on the face

Time & Tide: Your Water Works

Time & Tide: Your Water Works

One of the most easily overlooked causes for that general feeling of malaise at our age is dehydration. Water makes up over one-half of our body weight and its importance in maintaining the delicate chemical balances that enable us to function should not be underestimated. The consequences of even mild dehydration include altered mood, impaired

No Flu For You!

No Flu For You!

It’s that time of the year again: time to get your flu shot. There are plenty of flu shots available this year, and health officials urged Americans to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated — if not for their own sakes, then for the health of their communities. About 85 million doses of flu

Medical Procedures: Less is More

Medical Procedures: Less is More

As we get more “mature,” we tend to worry more about our health.   But don’t overdo it when it comes to screening tests and medical procedures, according to recent studies conducted by American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Physicians Alliance and Consumer Reports. Here are some routine, annual healthcare procedures that may be unnecessary:

Good Bones

Good Bones

If you watch television, you might think that women are the only ones who suffer from bone disease (osteoporosis).  But while it is indeed more common for them to suffer from diminished bone density, it affects us guys as well. In fact, 20% of all osteoporosis patients are men.  And men are two to three

Look The Part!

Look The Part!

We get a lot of questions here about style and what to wear. We are certainly not in a position to dispense “gospel” when it comes to clothing, but we have spoken with many women who have told us what they look for in a guy… and how he should dress. In this piece, let’s

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