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Big spike recorded in older drug, alcohol addicts

They go around this room at the Hanley Center telling of their struggles with alcohol and drugs. They tell of low points and lapses, brushes with death and pain caused to families. And silently, through the simple fact that each is in their 60s or beyond, they share one more secret: Addiction knows no age.

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Health-oriented smartphone apps draw caution

More and more these days, the same smartphone technology that allows tourists to find the best latte nearby and bystanders to become instant video journalists at a natural disaster is making its way into medicine and health.

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Listening to ourselves speak

By Dr. Robert Mario Like the mute button on the TV remote control, our brains filter out unwanted noise so we can focus on what we’re listening to. But when it comes to our own speech, a new brain study from the University of California, Berkeley shows that instead of one mute button, we have […]

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Mother was right: wash your hands before dinner

By Angela Rocheleau No matter how old you are some things never change. When mom said, “You go wash your hands or NO dinner,” she was correct. However, a lot has changed over our lifetime — including the way food is prepared, produced and distributed. It used to be that food was produced close to […]

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Pessimism can block therapy

You’ve heard of the placebo effect, the healing power of positive belief. This is the “nocebo” effect, the flip side, almost its evil twin. And while the self-fulfilling prophecy of negative thinking isn’t nearly as well studied, some scientists say it’s time for doctors to start paying a lot more attention to their patients’ outlook.

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Blepharitis is the common cause of red, irritated eyelids

By Dr. Jean E. Keamy One of the most common complaints is red, irritated eyelids. Often the lids are itchy, red, scaly and sore. In addition, the eyes can become red, heavy and teary. Most often the cause of these symptoms is blepharitis. Blepharitis is not an infection. It should not be confused with conjunctivitis. […]

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