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March 24 is World TB Day

World TB Day is held every year on March 24 because this was the date March 24, 1882, when Dr. Robert Koch announced that he had discovered the bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosis that causes TB.  World TB day is a time to raise awareness about the impact of TB all over the world, which is still…

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Estrogen and Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

There has been a lot of speculation as to why Alzheimer’s disease affects more women than men. In fact about two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s cases are women and it is the only neurological disease that affects more women than men. Some theorize that because women live longer than men they have a higher rate of…

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Hernias and Aging

A hernia is caused by a tear or some congenital weakness in a muscle most commonly in the abdominal wall. This tear then allows a part of the intestine to bulge out and this is usually most noticeable when standing. Most hernias will fall back into place when someone lies down. Hernias tend to get…

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Dry Eye Syndrome and Seniors

As we age so do our eyes. They only get to rest when we are sleeping. When we do not get a good night’s sleep our eyes do not feel good in the morning. One of the medical age-related conditions that affects seniors is dry eye syndrome. Basically, as we age our eyes dry up,…

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Air Pollution and Chronic Diseases

Outdoor and indoor air pollution has been linked to respiratory illnesses like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Indoor air pollution is especially to be found where people smoke in non-ventilated places and where people are exposed to toxic pollutants in the work place like asbestos. Fortunately, today smoking is prohibited in many public…

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Seniors and Malnutrition

When we hear the word malnutrition we tend to think of people starving in third world countries, but in truth malnutrition can exist among the elderly in the United States. Malnutrition is not starvation, but it means that even if someone is getting enough food, they may not be getting good quality food that contains…

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