The best kind of exercises for people with painful arthritis

Arthritis. The word means inflamed joints. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis. It’s usually caused by wear and tear on the cartilage‚ the part of the joint that provides a cushion between the ends of the bones. When you lose that cushion you’ve got bone rubbing against bone. If you’ve got arthritis, no wonder you feel stiff and your joints hurt and you can’t move like you used to.
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For people living with Parkinson’s, Rock Steady Boxing offers the chance to be active again

Laurie Hadlock was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009. She doesn’t have much of a tremor, which is one of the classic symptoms, but she does have lots of coordination problems. There are so many things Laurie loved doing that are nearly impossible now, like dancing and skiing. She also loves to exercise and recently discovered Rock Steady Boxing, a high-intensity exercise program based on training used by boxing pros and adapted for people with Parkinson’s.
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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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You don’t have to be a king to suffer from gout

The other day a friend asked me about gout. Someone she knew was recently diagnosed and she was curious about what caused it. “Isn’t that a disease of kings?” she asked me. Well, gout did plague at least one famous king — Henry VIII.
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Learning how to drive (safely) again after having a stroke

Scott Anderson was only 60 when he had a stroke in early 2013. “I was cutting a banana,” he told me when we spoke on the phone recently. “All of a sudden something happened. I tried to say to my wife, ‘I think something’s wrong,’ but I couldn’t say it right.” His wife called 911 and not long after, Scott was in the local emergency room. He spent a week in the Intensive Care Unit. “I couldn’t talk,” he says. “I couldn’t do anything. I was a mess. It took nine months of speech therapy before I could talk well.”
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