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Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Short-Term Memory Loss: Part of Aging?

Do you feel as if you’ve been experiencing more short-term memory loss lately? Interestingly, what many of us think of as short-term memory—for example, recalling in the afternoon what we had for breakfast that morning—is actually defined by scientists as long-term memory.

Short-term memory is technically limited to information learned and

Signs of Dementia: How to Identify Them—and What You Can Do

Signs of Dementia: How to Identify Them—and What You Can Do

As you get older, it’s natural to be concerned about the possibility that you or a loved one will begin showing signs of dementia. In fact, among adults who are age 65 or older, one in nine will develop Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according to the Alzheimer’s Association. How can you

What Causes Diarrhea?

What Causes Diarrhea?

Diarrhea is a digestive disorder that happens to just about everyone at some time. Loose, watery stools, cramps, bloating, and frequent bathroom trips are all common symptoms.

So what causes diarrhea? There are all kinds of potential triggers; these are among the most common:

Food intolerances. Lactose intolerance and other conditions that

Are Eye Infections Clouding Your Vision?

Are Eye Infections Clouding Your Vision?

Eye infections occur in different parts of the eye and can affect one eye or both. Bacteria, fungi, or viruses are the most common sources. They can originate from exposure to chemical, fumes, or smoke. Allergies also can cause infection as can an injury that may have caused the eye

What Is Insomnia? Symptoms, Treatment, and Sleep-Saving Tips

What Is Insomnia? Symptoms, Treatment, and Sleep-Saving Tips

What does insomnia mean? You might picture someone tossing and turning in bed, trying to get comfortable and relaxed enough to fall asleep. Or maybe you see a vision of yourself just lying awake in bed, feeling tired, but not enough to drift off to sleep. But what is insomnia

What Is Ulcerative Colitis? And What Is Crohn’s Disease?

What Is Ulcerative Colitis? And What Is Crohn’s Disease?

What is ulcerative colitis? Simply put, it’s a condition that causes inflammation and ulcers in the inside lining of the large intestine (rectum and colon). It affects just the top layer of the intestinal lining (called the mucosa).
Crohn’s disease also causes inflammation, usually in the small intestine, but it can

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