It is a cold or the flu and why it matters

A cold My husband has had a cold for the past 10 days. It started with a runny nose and a little congestion and then he got a lumpy feeling in his throat. For several days he sneezed and sneezed and coughed and coughed.
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Yes, older adults can get mono, too

Not too long ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with mononucleosis (mono). When I hear that someone has mono, I think teenager. My friend may be so in spirit, but in reality, she is a grandmother.
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Understanding aortic stenosis and new treatment options

My mother, who had just turned 90, passed away recently of a condition called aortic stenosis. During a routine checkup about 10 years ago, her doctor picked up a heart murmur. After a series of tests, including an ultrasound, a heart specialist made the diagnosis. I’d never heard of aortic stenosis before, but learned that it’s yet another thing we can develop with age. It happens in about three percent of people over 75. Anatomy of the heart To help explain what it is, I’ll begin with a brief anatomy lesson. There are four valves in the heart — aortic, tricuspid, pulmonary and mitral. Their job is to see that blood flows into your heart from your lungs and then flows out of your heart to the rest of the body. It’s important that it moves in only one direction. The aortic valve allows the blood to flow out of the
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Some important information about thyroid cancer

Thyroid trouble? As we age, the risk of our thyroid not working properly increases. I know, yet another thing. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ in the neck, just above your collar bone and below your voice box. If you’re a man, it’s not your Adam’s apple, it’s just below it. The thyroid’s job is to produce hormones that regulate how the body uses and stores energy. It can be under- or overactive. It can develop lumps or nodules. Or it could become cancerous.
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