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  1. Are You Chained to Your Pillbox?

    As she neared 40, Rachel Silber Korn knew that her health was out of control. The mother of two, doula, and childbirth educator from Potomac, Md., weighed 285 pounds, rarely exercised, binged on ice cream -- even though she had been diagnosed with type II diabetes -- and had to take medication to co

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  2. Is This Normal Aging or Not?

    Those first strands of gray hair are a sign of the inevitable. We’re getting older and our bodies are changing. We may grow a little rounder around the waistline, or wake in the night, or feel a little stiffer in the morning. Yet while we adapt to new realities, we shouldn’t discount every symptom a

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  3. How Your Nutritional Needs Change as You Age

    Do you need to change what and how you eat in your 50s, 60s, and beyond? Yes, though maybe not in ways you might think. Fallacies about nutritional needs later in life abound, and it's not always easy to separate myth from fact, especially because a lot of information is aimed at younger adults. You

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  4. Your Elderly Parents: Should They Still Be Driving?

    When Nancy Levitt's mother was first diagnosed with dementia 14 years ago at age 78, the doctor told her she could safely drive to familiar places. But Levitt, 61, who volunteers at UCLA's Center on Aging in Los Angeles, was still nervous. Unexplained nicks and dents started appearing on her mother'

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  5. 8 Common Surgery Complications

    Nobody looks forward to surgery. Who, after all, wants to go under the knife? But there is more to be concerned about than being cut open. All surgical procedures come with a risk of complications. They range from energy-sapping fatigue to potentially fatal blood clots. Here are eight of the most co

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  6. Healthy Living Is the Real Fountain of Youth

      You won't find a miracle age eraser in a bottle or magic pill. There's only one secret to looking and feeling younger, and that's better living. These seven simple steps from WebMD's top women's health experts will reinvigorate every part of your body, helping you feel stronger, more energized, an

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  7. Keeping Seniors Safe in Their Own Homes

    Does your home seem less accommodating than it used to? Join the club. That tends to happen as we age. Toilets are suddenly too low, cabinets too high, and steps and loose rugs make getting around perilous, especially if you have stiff, arthritic joints. Karen Kassik discovered this in 2002, when sh

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  8. Living With Severe Hearing Loss

    Samuel R. Atcherson, PhD, was a toddler when his babysitter noticed he didn't respond to sound the way other kids do. He was diagnosed with mild hearing loss that progressed to severe hearing loss by the time he was in college. "Growing up, I rarely used the phone, because I could not understand," A

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  9. 6 Things Your Doctor May Have Trouble Telling You

    Patients often have trouble talking to their doctors. It can be hard to get the words out when the topic is emotionally charged or one you’d never bring up in polite conversation. And for various reasons, sometimes including their own embarrassment, doctors may find it hard to bring up certain topic

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  10. Breaking Up With Your Doctor

    Brenda Della Casa had been seeing her primary care physician for two years and had brushed off her concerns about getting rushed care - until she had a health scare she couldn’t ignore. She told her doctor she was experiencing terrible back pain and stomachaches. Her doctor checked her, said she was

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