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Exercise is like everything else in life

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A recent study among several thousand Australian women concluded that regular exercise during midlife led to a lower incidence of joint complaints later in life. In this study, the exercise did not have to be vigorous for its benefits to accrue: even light exercise done regularly in the middle years led to healthier joints later […]

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Watch Out: Acne may be more than a cosmetic problem

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For all those who believe that acne is merely a cosmetic problem in adolescents, one that most kids should be able to handle with some over-the-counter meds, or, if necessary, one of the many prescription meds that can help control acne flare-ups, a recent fascinating prospective study published online in the International Journal of Cancer […]

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Easy way to remember all you read here

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This is likely no surprise to anyone who like me does some public speaking: if you really want to remember the key things you are going to tell your rapt (or even less-than-rapt) audience, then say that stuff aloud to yourself beforehand. Every public speaker has undoubtedly discovered – and if you haven’t, then you […]

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Canadian Deprescribing Network

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A very large proportion (probably most) of the emails I get concern a medications (or several medications) that the emailer is not sure they should be taking, and from the (limited) information the emailer usually can provide, it invariably seems to me that the writer is right to question the continuing use of that medication. […]

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Watch Out: Your rug (and your bed) can maim you

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Common sense would tell you that most hip fractures in seniors occur in the winter when people with less mobility and resilience are more likely to fall on slippery – wet or icy – surfaces. But if your common sense tells you that, turns out that your common sense may be wrong, at least according […]

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Watch Out: Cook your meat well

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We lose muscle power as we age – the term for that is sarcopenia – and the common claim is that this occurs at roughly 8-10 % per decade (higher, of course, in those who do less exercise), and that it accelerates after the age of 70. No one really knows why this happens of […]

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Wasting eye drops

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I recently had a cataract operations that was accompanied by a several-week regimen of taking eye drops several times every day, and although I focussed hard on doing the job right, I spilled more eye drops onto my cheeks than I managed to get into my eyes. Yes, I am a klutz but that had […]

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Dance, dance, dance

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This not news: falling is a huge huge health risk as we age. It starts kicking up in our forties and it gets progressively worse as we get older especially as we pass into our late 70s and 80s. Why? Because of all the complications that can ensure from a fall starting with the scariest, […]

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Greenery is good for ya

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I’ve written this before but it always bears repeating: One of the best things you can do for yourself is to expose yourself to greenery. As much and as often as you can because there is clearly something very helpful to your well-being about being in nature as much as possible although as ever, we […]