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The upside of staying active

We’ve all heard that exercise is good for you. Did you know that it’s as true for older people as it is for any age group? You’re never too old to get moving, get stronger and improve your health. Fitting...

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WHEN DO YOU YOU NEED AN ANTIBIOTIC FOR A SINUS INFECTION?

ANSWER: NOT VERY OFTEN The CDC has published guidelines as to when antibiotics are needed for a sinus infection (sinusitis). Here are the bullet points: Most episodes of sinusitis are due to viral infections.  Symptoms may include nasal congestion, discolored...

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Should you take a statin?

Doctors are now using a new approach to treat cholesterol with statins. This approach relies less on cholesterol numbers (specifically the LDL), and more on cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, diabetes, age, high blood pressure). To determine if a patient needs a statin,...

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New Mammogram Guidelines

The American Cancer Society has issued new recommendations for screening mammograms. These apply only to women who are not high risk (those without history of breast cancer, without genetic mutations associated with breast cancer, and without history of radiation to the chest): Ages...

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HOW LOW SHOULD YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE BE?

In the news, there has been talk of new blood pressure targets. This stems from a large NIH- sponsored study called the SPRINT study, which found that by lowering systolic blood pressure by medication to less than 120 (compared to 140) the...

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