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How long does a joint replacement last?

Posted on May 9, 2019 - Joint replacement surgery represents one of the biggest and most life-changing advances in modern medicine. It has meant the difference between disability from crippling arthritis and nearly normal mobility for millions of people in recent decades. The hip and knee are, by far, the most commonly replaced joints, and they have the most reliable results. In the US each year, more than 300,000 hips and 700,000 knees are replaced, and the results are generally good. But every time a joint is replaced, an important question looms: how long will it last?

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Eight Myths and Facts About Strokes

Posted on May 7, 2019 - May is National Stroke Awareness Month. When it comes to stroke, what you don’t know can hurt you! Learn more about some commonly held myths about stroke:

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Surprising Things That Can Damage Our Hearing

Posted on May 2, 2019 - May is Better Speech and Hearing Month—a great time to raise awareness of the importance of protecting our ears. Recent studies confirm that hearing loss can lead to: Social isolation Depression Falls and other injuries Increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease Economic instability

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Costly Confusion: Medicare’s Wellness Visit Isn’t The Same As An Annual Physical

Posted on April 30, 2019 - When Beverly Dunn called her new primary care doctor’s office last November to schedule an annual checkup, she assumed her Medicare coverage would pick up most of the tab. The appointment seemed like a routine physical, and she was pleased that the doctor spent a lot of time with her. Until she got the bill: $400.

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When a Loved One With Dementia Is Hospitalized

Posted on April 25, 2019 - Today, almost six million people in the U.S. are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition. Many also have other health conditions which, like Alzheimer’s, become more common as we grow older, such as heart, lung or kidney disease. These seniors are likely to go to the emergency room or spend the night in a hospital for treatment of an illness or injury—but, say experts, hospitals aren’t a great environment for older adults in general, much less those with dementia.

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