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Why Am I Still Sneezing?

Why Am I Still Sneezing?

Although it is September, there are still lots of allergens floating around that can trigger the sneezing, tearing up, coughing, etc. that you thought you outlasted from the spring. Most notable, ragweed is still a factor.  This yellow flowered weed starts releasing pollen in August and the season can last through September and into October. 

Red, Red Wine: A Balance Enhancer?

Red, Red Wine: A Balance Enhancer?

Although it may sound counter-intuitive, a substance found in red wine could help prevent mobility issues and reduce the risk of life-threatening falls amongst senior citizens, researchers announced during a meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) that took place in August of 2012. Lead researcher Dr. Jane E. Cavanaugh of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh,

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,

Rent an E-Z Pass on Vacation?

Rent an E-Z Pass on Vacation?

Springtime is a peak vacation time.  You may be traveling yourself or hosting out of town family and might have occasion to use rental cars. Some rental car companies are offering those electronic bridge/toll passes (E-Z Pass) as part of their services.  Having an E-Z Pass is a big time saver if you anticipate being

Should You Go On College Visits?

Should You Go On College Visits?

With both mothers and fathers working these days, you may be asked (or perhaps you should offer) to take your grandchildren to visit prospective colleges. We think this is a wonderful idea and something that you should definitely consider doing . . . with some provisos. First of all, be sure you are physically up

Add a Little Spice to Your Recipes

Add a Little Spice to Your Recipes

  Eating a healthy, well balanced diet is essential but even the best of us can get a bit bored with our salads and home-cooked concoctions after a while. Well, Linda Gassenheimer who writes the column,  “Dinner in Minutes” (DinnerInMinutes.com) suggests that we can pep-up tired meals by making our very own flavored vinegars and

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

They Ain’t Heavy, They’re My Grandkids

They Ain’t Heavy, They’re My Grandkids

According to the CDC, more than 1/3 (35.7%) of all Americans are obese and the rate of childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past thirty years.  Making things worse, a recent study has shown that half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are,

The Return of the Handkerchief

The Return of the Handkerchief

Although most of us only remember our father or grandfather carrying a plain white handkerchief, they are actually a very practical and dare we say, suave accessory to have.  We believe they are ready to make a big comeback and with good reason. Plain white cotton handkerchiefs (not to be confused with the decorative pocket

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

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