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I subscribed to a new newsletter, Mind, Mood & Memory published by Massachusetts General Hospital. I was excited to find that the lead article this month was on memory problems caused by health issues. I never realized there were general health problems that caused cognitive symptoms . For example, a problem called insulin resistance, which often precedes the development of

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 Obesity is the disease of the decade. It affects every age group. It impairs our health which means how we feel, our blood pressure levels, and how our body works. Our bodies are designed to work effectively and efficiently, and that process is interrupted if you are grossly overweight. Now there is one more body issue that seems to deteriorate

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We all accept the fact (although we don’t believe it as we age) that as we get older we are going to lose our hearin g.  And in spite of this knowledge, when someone tells us that they think we are having a problem, we become defensive and insistent that there is nothing wrong with our hearing.  That’s because the

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Well, the verdict is in. We are really going to the apess. Chimps and bonobos, that is. According to the latest study by psychologists from the University of California, it seems these two monkeys display similar gestures when trying to communicate as does a human baby. Looking at facial expressions and gestures, the researchers found that all three similarly pointed

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I’m back to full strength now and have a lot of interesting information for you. First, and I think most important, is to warn you about a toy called Dan-Dee Chicken Dance. It is really cute. It has been sold at Fred Meyer stores in several states and was a very popular item at Easter. The nine-inch tall plush dancing

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I was looking for an interesting article to pass on and found in my new issue of Mind, Mood and Memory published iby Massachusetss General Hospital this article. A study using 200 older adults and a group of younger adults with an average age of 20 were tested on their ability to recall words in various environments. The results indicated

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So I woke up this morning scratching a bump which I realize is probably a flea bite. Guess the Frontline isn't as good as it advertizes. I have several options. 1) Tell my 116 lbs American Lab that he is no longer allowed to get into bed to snuggle once my husband vacates his side 2) Wash my 116 lb

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I just read a fascinating article by Jack Katz, Ph.D. (one of my mentors) about anxiety in noisy environments. Your limbic system which controls anxiety and stress can be controlled when you know the facts. He tells a story about going to  Canada to give a talk and there was horrible music/noise being piped into the entire hotel. He heard

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I don't normally discuss hearing aids on this site, but there is a bill in Congress that I want to bring to your attention which allows you to use hearing aid purchases as a medical deduction. Yesterday, Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) and Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1317, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act, along with 7 original

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