Posts by Temima Gass

IT’S NOT THE FLU, BUT IT’S A THREAT TOO

A virus called adinovirus mimics the flu, causing it to be misdiagnosed and under-reported. Experts warn it may be just as dangerous to older people as the flu. Adenoviruses are a group of viruses that cause symptoms similar to classic influenza. People who contract it can experience fever, headaches, body aches, and respiratory difficulty. Unlike…

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Drying Up: Elderly Chronic Dehydration

Dehydration means that the body is giving out more fluid than it is taking in. As we age, our thirst signals work slower, making it harder for seniors to realize they need to drink. Coupled with the fact that their kidneys have a harder time retaining fluid, seniors are more prone to chronic dehydration. Other…

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Health Benefits of Meditation

Meditation is a mental exercise that helps you reach a higher level of awareness. Forms of meditation include deep breathing, repeating a mantra, and mindfulness. While meditation is very common among Eastern religions, it isn’t inherently religious. It’s simply the act of quieting your mind to reach new levels of awareness. A growing body of…

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NEW VACCINE IS 90% EFFECTIVE AGAINST SHINGLES

The CDC recently endorsed the new shingles vaccine produced by GlaxoSmithKline. Approved by the FDA last October, the vaccine consists of two doses to be administered 2-6 months apart. The CDC recommends adults aged 50 years and older get the new vaccine. The vaccine’s brand name is Shingrix. It is marketed to replace the existing…

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