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CDC warns tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease are on the rise

WASHINGTON/SPRINGFIELD (Illinois News Network) — As warm weather returns to Illinois, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding people about the risk for tick-borne illnesses. Nationwide, the number of tick-borne disease cases doubled between 2004 and 2016, according to a new CDC report. Illinois doesn’t see as many tick-borne More...

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By Fred Cicetti On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

The Healthy Geezer: Aches, pains and the colon

When seniors gather, it doesn’t seem to take long before we get to our aches and pains. You must get more than your share of that. My friend, Pete, has instituted a colonoscopy rule. He insists that, if a More...

By Danielle L. On Friday, May 18th, 2018

3 Thoughtful Tips For Choosing the Right Assisted Living Community

Almost 70% of Americans turning 65 will need long-term care at some point. But the fact is, no two assisted living facilities are exactly the same in terms of treatment quality, cost, and more. Fortunately, there More...

By Danielle L. On Monday, May 7th, 2018

In Light Of Opioid Epidemic, VA Reduces Opioids Prescriptions For Chronic Pain

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is turning to alternative treatments for pain relief in light of the opioid crisis. According to the Boston Globe, the White River Junction VA Medical Center has cup 42% More...

By Fred Cicetti On Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

The Healthy Geezer double feature: hearing and bladder problems

Editor’s Note: We normally publish this column on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, but we’ve dealt with some scheduling conflicts due to news assignments which overlapped which resulted More...

By Danielle L. On Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Bad Sleep Habits May Begin By Age 8, Study Finds

Bad sleep habits in children may begin earlier in life than sleep experts thought. According to a McGill University study, sleep problems may develop by age eight. Researchers studied the sleep patterns of 144 More...

By Danielle L. On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Two Minute Parents’ Guide To Infant and Toddler Dental Care

Dental care is an essential component of overall health regardless of age, but many parents seem to underestimate the benefits of developing positive dental habits in their children from a young age. There’s More...

By Fred Cicetti On Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The Healthy Geezer: Can grapefruit juice be toxic?

My daughter heard that grapefruit juice can be toxic for some people. Is that true? The juice, itself, is not toxic, but you should be careful taking medicine with any grapefruit. Grapefruit juice can raise the More...

By Fred Cicetti On Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

The Healthy Geezer: Solutions for seniors with low vision

What kind of glasses should you get for low vision? Low vision is a significant reduction in visual function that can’t be corrected by regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine or surgery. Low vision can range More...

By United Press International On Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Brain imaging shows memory loss differs by age

IRVINE, Calif. (UPI) — High-resolution brain imaging can be used to show memory proficiency between older and younger adults, according to University of California researchers. High-resolution brain imaging More...