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Have you ever been around someone who insists they smell an odor that you and others are unable to smell? There’s a scientific name to describe this phenomenon: phantom odor perception. A new study from the National Institutes of Health determined nearly 1 in 15 Americans have phantom odor perception. This conclusion was drawn after… Read More »
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the landmark Framingham Heart Study. It is named for the town of Framingham, MA from which the original cohort (there are now six groups of participants) of 5,209 men and women were recruited. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, and it… Read More »
According to a recent article in Harvard Health, people tend to lose bone mass at a rate of 1% per year after age 40. This can result in osteoporosis, with even simple activities such as bending over to tie a shoelace becoming a potential risk for a fracture. The 2008 Physical Health Guidelines for Americans… Read More »
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that impacts body movement. It impacts almost 2% of the population, most commonly occurring in those 60 years of age or older. According to MedlinePlus, Parkinson’s occurs when the brain doesn’t produce enough dopamine. Parkinson’s disease symptoms can vary by individual and oftentimes early signs are overlooked. Typically, symptoms… Read More »
Nearly 1,000 Americans are dying daily from hypertension. This is one of the reasons cited for the new guidelines released that recommend treating patients for hypertension earlier than previous guidelines directed. MedlinePlus defines blood pressure as “the force of your blood pushing against the walls of your arteries.” Hypertension, or high blood pressure, occurs when… Read More »