AGING: LONGEVITY

Even though the average person in a developed country today lives to the age of 71, the life expectancy in 1900 was only 45. Many, of course, live longer than the average, and while at present the 85th year seems to be a sort of «barrier,» there is reason to hope that one day most […]

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KEEPING HIV AWAY

AIDS may not yet be completely manageable, but it’s completely preventable. And there’s still plenty of incentive to prevent it. For example, even while incidence in the United States is decreasing, worldwide rates of AIDS infection are soaring. While the rates for homosexual men are dropping, they’re still high. And while the rates for heterosexual […]

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VITAMIN D NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY

To make sure that our bones remain strong and are not too easily fractured in old age, it is essential that we get not only sufficient calcium (1.5-2 grams every day) but also enough vitamin D. Since vitamin D is responsible for efficient absorption of calcium from the diet and for calcium’ s retention by […]

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DEAFNESS AND EAR PROBLEMS: NOISE-INDUCED DEAFNESS

Hardness of hearing in older persons most often results from their having been repeatedly exposed, over a lifetime, to very loud noise. Inner ear damage produced by «acoustic trauma,» unfortunately, is permanent and cumulative, and the hearing loss it causes develops progressively over a period of decades. Although Americans are now protected by law from […]

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DEAFNESS AND EAR PROBLEMS: BETA-BLOCKER DEAFNESS

Beta-blockers, such as propranolol and metoprolol, are very popular medications for high blood pressure and a number of diseases of the heart. Their side effects, including weakness, slow pulse, an unpleasant sensation in the chest during exercise when the heart is not quite able to pump fast enough to meet the body’s increased demands, and […]

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DEPRESSION AND OTHER DISEASES

Depression is a physical disease that, among other things, causes the victim to be sad and withdrawn. Because it often not only affects the mind but also interferes with the function of other parts of the body as well, physicians refer to it as the «great imitator». Thus, many older people who are thought to […]

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EXERCISE TREATMENT FOR DEPRESSION

Exercising regularly and intensely enough to increase the pulse rate and make oneself short of breath, many physicians believe, will help a person overcome mental depression. Although there is no scientific proof for this, the Physician and Sportsmedicine (13#9:192) reports, many psychologists and psychiatrists are sufficiently convinced of a beneficial relationship between hard exercise and […]

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DIABETES

Diabetes and Sugar Until recently, much importance was attached to restricting the use of sugar in the treatment of diabetes. Today, therefore, it is surprising to hear certain experts say that sugars, like sucrose and fructose, can safely be added as sweeteners to the food of diabetics. This is still controversial. An article in British […]

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SEVERE DIARRHEA CAUSED BY SWEETENER

Because of the saccharin ban, food manufacturers are now using sorbitol as a low-calorie sugar substitute. Although chemically related to sugar, sorbitol is neither broken down nor absorbed by the human body. Furthermore, like saccharin, it does not promote tooth decay, and is therefore also used as a sweetener in chewing gum, breath mints, and […]

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DIZZINESS: CAUSES OF DIZZINESS

Apart from the unpleasantness and inconvenience, dizzy spells catch people off guard and can result in fractures. The causes of dizziness, according to Geriatrics (37#4:117), may involve almost any part of the body, including especially the ear, nerves, brain, heart, and circulatory system. Some are difficult to detect because they occur only during dizzy spells […]

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