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In our busy world we often hear our clients tell us that they are “too busy” for planning, organizing, taking care of themselves, and more.

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This time of year includes more weeknights and weekends filled with get-togethers of family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances and other assemblages of people you may not see all the time. Throw in all the additional cooking, baking, shopping, spending, eating, drinking and general merrimen…

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Picture if you will, the classic cliché of a visit to the psychiatrist: an elderly man looking like Sigmund Freud sits with a notebook in back of a patient stretched out on a couch in a studiously appointed office. The patient talks, the doctor makes notes and may or may not issue a prescrip…

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Heart failure is an unfortunate reality for many Americans. More than 5 million residents suffer from the chronic condition, brought on from years of wear and tear on the heart from a variety of reasons.

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What does Chinese medicine have to say about the common cold?

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Sometimes it starts with “just feeling crummy”; other times it’s that faintly metallic taste in the back of your throat.

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Question: I recently spent $4.50 for a 1.75-ounce tub of Vicks VapoRub (brand name). When I read the ingredients, I noticed that after “camphor” it says “(synthetic).” I wrote to the company, and the response was, “We have used synthetic camphor since 2004/2005.”

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Dr. David Curry is a “minimally invasive image-guided proceduralist,” also known as a physician who practices interventional radiology.

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“It’s the closest thing to a miracle they let us do in a hospital.”

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Three weeks ago today, Bob Nelson was in the hospital in excruciating pain from a compression fracture of a vertebra in his spine.

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Question: I have had pain in many parts of my body for years. Like the proverbial frog in boiling water, as my pain increased, I just dealt with it because I seem to have so many side effects from medications.

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Sally Hayward is intimately familiar with the problems that can arise from becoming cut off from the outside world.

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To make your later years “golden years,” it is best not to be all alone.

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Stop the bleeding first.

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If you come across an accident scene, there are certain things you can do to assist victims and other things that may be counterproductive, say experts.

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Retired Salem resident Cheryl Argiewicz, 73, has health issues that make it hard to get out of the house to grocery shop, and she is not able to cook much more than a pork chop on her own.

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Question: There was an article in my newspaper about some new research on older people in good health showing that taking low dosages of aspirin does not lower their risk of cardiovascular disease, dementia or disability. The aspirin increased the risk of significant bleeding in the digestiv…

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In December 2015 Eva Hawkins found a lump in her left breast during a routine self-exam. Struck with fear, she said she waited for six weeks, “pretending it would go away.”

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, also known as NBCAM. This month has been so designated since 1984.

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Question: Drugs for erectile dysfunction are all extremely expensive. Are their prices being fixed, as I suspect? The price has steadily increased to about $60 a pill. And the prices are virtually the same for each brand-name drug. This has been the case since three ED drugs became available…

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Advances in cancer research in the past 10 to 15 years are making it increasing possible to tailor treatment to an individual’s specific type of cancer.

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Question: I recently read that diclofenac can cause atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes. I assume that this is from oral diclofenac.

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Question: Without a doctor’s instruction and unbeknownst to his family, my father was popping one regular-strength aspirin a day for years. When he was rushed to the hospital, they found a heart valve leaking, and they implied the aspirin my father admitted to taking was probably the cause.

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If you’ve ever had the flu, you know how sick and miserable it can make you feel. With flu season approaching, it’s a good time to answer the questions people often ask about the flu and flu vaccine. Arming yourself with facts about the flu (and getting a flu shot) can help you and those aro…

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Question: I received a call from my pharmacy that my blood pressure medicine, valsartan, was being recalled. They replaced it with a safer alternative. When I picked it up, I specifically asked the pharmacist if the valsartan was made by a U.S. company and if it had been manufactured in the USA.

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Question: I have read on your website that herpes infections have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease. If there is a connection, would taking an antiviral medicine (one that combats both cold sores and genital herpes) be helpful?

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Question: I was prescribed statins approximately 30 years ago to lower my cholesterol. l had to change statins numerous times over the years because of itching, forgetfulness or other side effects. Approximately 10 years ago, I noticed symptoms of muscle weakness, although previously I was v…

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Roughly 54 million people have doctor-diagnosed arthritis. When arthritis is diagnosed, various learning strategies help to reduce its impact and can make living with the condition more manageable.

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Question: What can you tell me about the valsartan recall? I have been taking the Solco product for some time. When I spoke with the pharmacist yesterday I was brushed off as if there was no problem. He acted as if the recall wasn’t a big deal and that they were doing nothing about it.