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Treating Gum Disease may Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

A clean mouth and gums may prevent Alzheimer’s disease according to a study published January 23, 2019 in Science Advances. Researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway have discovered that gum disease (gingivitis) is strongly associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The researchers found DNA-based proof that gum disease may determine whether…

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Seniors also Need Vaccines

Seniors also need vaccines. Not all vaccines are just for children. In fact, there are some vaccines that are very important for seniors to take like the tetanus diphtheria (TD) vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine, the shingles vaccine, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and annual flu shots. Tetanus Diphtheria (TD) Vaccine In fact, the…

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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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US Antibiotic Awareness Week is November 12-18, 2018

The US Antibiotic Awareness Week (formerly “Get Smart about Antibiotics Week”) is a one-week observance every year to raise awareness of the danger of antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is when an antibiotic that used to work against a certain kind of bacteria is no longer able to fight that particular bacteria because the bacteria develops…

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Flu Vaccines Need to be Improved for Seniors

The new flu season has begun, but according to a report from an AARP Bulletin that analyzed data from the government, deaths from flu in seniors over age 65 have risen in the last few years. More than 12,000 seniors died from flu and flu complications during last year’s flu season that began October 1,…

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