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Lifestyle Factors and Breast Cancer

The American Cancer Society reports that in the U.S., a woman has a one-in-eight chance of developing breast cancer on average.  A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed more than 100 studies that looked at the relationsh
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Fighting Superbugs

The medical community has been concerned for some time with the health threat posed by “superbug” bacteria which can mutate to resist antibiotics.  Both researchers and the pharmaceutical industry have been trying to stay ahead by developing new agents and modifying existing ones.  No
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Managing Multiple Medications

Millions of Americans take daily medication.  In the 65+ category, 90 percent do, and almost half of these take five or more drugs.  Especially for this age group, dealing with multiple medications every day can be challenging and result in complications.  Older adults experience the
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Alzheimer’s Deaths on the Increase

U.S. health officials report that as baby boomers are aging, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease have increased 55% over the period 1999 to 2015.  In addition to the aging population, the increase can be attributed to better diagnosis and the fact that the disease itself, rather than prox
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How to Lose Weight

Many of us carry a little extra weight, and that weight puts a strain on our hearts and affects our overall health. Losing weight can be challenging and requires changing ingrained habits and making healthy choices without feeling deprived. Eating mindfully, and not on the run, is hel
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Is It Just Fatigue?

Everyone has their days when they feel tired and weary, but if fatigue plagues you frequently, it might be an indication of something more significant that could be affecting your overall health.  Here are signs that you should take fatigue seriously: you’re unable to do the activitie
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Sharing Time, Talent + Friendly Visits

Meet RVNA Volunteer, Vicki Mueller Vicki Mueller joined RVNA in 2005 as a committee member and director on the board and has been highly engaged ever since. “Once involved, I was hooked!” she says. A Ridgefield resident since 1999, Mueller lives with her husband, Robert, and works as
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Rehabilitative Therapies

This column has recently talked about high blood pressure and stroke, and the physical impairments that can result.  Some of these include paralysis, balance and mobility issues, difficulty with speech and swallowing and challenges with feeding, bathing and dressing.  Depending on the
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Stroke and High Blood Pressure

Strokes are a leading cause of death and severe long term disability, and many people who suffer a stroke also have high blood pressure, known as hypertension.  High blood pressure damages arteries and creates conditions where they can burst or clog more easily.  Weakened arteries in
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It’s Tick Season Again

With the advent of warm weather, tick season is upon us again.  In our area, tick bites can cause Lyme disease, anaplasmosis and babesiosis.  If you find an engorged blacklegged (deer) tick on yourself or a family member, you can bring it to the Ridgefield Health Department at 66 Pros
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