People often say how they are shrinking and becoming shorter with age, and we often see the elderly in a stooped posture. What has only become known relatively recently is that the compression of the spine, due to weakened bones that make up the vertebrae, is what causes this posture and reduced height. It’s not to be taken lightly.
Parkinson’s disease was first recognized in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson in England, however the symptoms of the condition were written about as early as 175 AD. Previously referred to as the shaking palsy It was often simply assumed that a shaking voice or hand was part of aging. Dr. Parkinson saw similar characteristics in patients with tremor and specific decline in motor skills. Today, as celebrities Michael J. Fox, Alan Alda, and the late Robin Williams and Muhammad Ali, acknowledge having Parkinson’s, it is now a familiar medical condition with one in 300 individuals diagnosed.
Sleep is a basic human need, like food, water and oxygen. We cannot decide to do without sleep any more than we can to choose to not eat, hydrate, or breathe. We spend one-third of our lives asleep; for the average adult that’s 26 years.
Medical language is almost a separate form of English. In a world of growing technology and informational systems, an entire conversation can occur that is loaded with acronyms and terms which are totally confusing.
Even though cooler weather is here, the activity of ticks and the possibility of Lyme Disease remains. Raking leaves and fall yard clean ups present opportunities for you to come in contact with ticks.
As much as everyone loves the sunshine and long summer days at the beach, the sun is not always our friend. Combined with familial tendencies for skin cell mutations, the risks of skin cancer increase with sun exposure.