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Muscular Dystrophy: What Causes This Disabling Condition?

Muscular Dystrophy: What Causes This Disabling Condition?

We typically think of muscular dystrophy as a singular disease. But, per the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, it’s more complex than that: “The muscular dystrophies (MD) are a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive weakness and degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control

Are You a Safe Driver?

Driving represents independence and freedom. It’s also a privilege and a responsibility that most people want to maintain for as long as possible. Age-related changes, however, affect your ability to drive safely. That doesn’t necessarily mean a leap to the extreme—giving up the car keys—but you’ll need to make some

Exercise Helps Keep Your Heart Healthy

It’s no secret that getting regular exercise is good for your health, but what’s the best type of exercise for your heart?

“Aerobic exercise is the most beneficial for the cardiovascular system and will result in a stronger, healthier heart. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate

Preventing Bedsores: 8 Strategies to Help

Preventing Bedsores: 8 Strategies to Help

Bedsores—also known as pressure sores or pressure ulcers—are a big risk for people who spend an extended time either prone or in a wheelchair due to illness, frailty, injury, surgery, or disability.

Lying or sitting in in one position places pressure on certain areas of the body. This pressure reduces

Bladder Control Begins with Behavior Modification

Bladder Control Begins with Behavior Modification

If you’ve experienced urinary incontinence, you know all about bladder control—or a lack thereof. It’s when you leak urine involuntarily while coughing or sneezing and/or you are unable to get to the bathroom before urine is released.

A study published in Reviews in Urology stated that incontinence can become a problem

ALS: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

ALS: What Is Lou Gehrig’s Disease?

ALS—the abbreviation for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis—is a rare neurological disorder that’s eventually fatal. It was July 4, 1939, when Lou Gehrig made his famous “luckiest man alive” speech at Yankee Stadium, an event that helped give widespread attention to ALS. Gehrig, when he was diagnosed, was only 36 years old

What Is Multiple Scleroisis?

What Is Multiple Scleroisis?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) disrupts communication between the brain, nerves, muscles and other parts of the body. It is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the myelin sheath—the protective covering around some nerve cells which speeds transmission of nerve signals. This results in slowing of nerve impulses and

Recover After Stroke

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year, and it is the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. This is because stroke doesn’t just affect your brain—it also can affect your body. Depending on which area of the brain is damaged by a stroke and how severe

4 Benefits of a Healthy Relationship

When Valentine’s Day arrives on Feb. 14, it’s the romantic side of a loving relationship that gets all the attention. And for good reason. Intimacy, companionship, and sharing good times with someone you love are some of life’s great joys.

But there are some deeper mental, emotional, and physical health benefits

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