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Protecting Our Brains During the Pandemic

Posted on April 8, 2021 - While most people think of COVID-19 as primarily affecting the lungs, the data on millions of patients shows it can damage other body systems, including the brain. Some patients have experienced serious brain inflammation, delirium, hallucinations, psychotic symptoms, and strokes. Others report a milder, but still troubling, set of symptoms that some experts are referring to as “brain fog” or “COVID brain,” characterized by headache, confusion, and memory problems. In some patients, these effects cleared up quickly, but in others—the so-called “long-haulers”—memory and thinking problems persist.

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How oral health may affect your heart, brain and risk of death

Posted on April 6, 2021 - The American Heart Association shares information about the relationship between the bacteria that cause dental cavities and the risk of stroke.

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April Fool’s Day Is No Joke

Posted on April 1, 2021 - Doctors from the University of Cambridge in the UK have been studying ways that older adults can cope with the stresses the pandemic has brought us for over a year, including concern about COVID-19 and loneliness resulting from social distancing. The research team suggested a number of resources, including online socialization, gardening and meditation—and laughter. We could all use a laugh these days, couldn’t we? We sure could, and science backs up how good that could be for our all-around well-being.

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94% of older adults prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling

Posted on March 30, 2021 - A recent study from University of Buffalo showed that the vast majority of older adults are taking medications that raise their risk of falling!

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Calming us down or revving us up, music can be good for the heart

Posted on March 25, 2021 - Here’s another reason to create your own playlist! The American Heart Association takes a look at the many ways music benefits health.

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