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ALTHOUGH statistics about dementia can be alarming, it is reassuring to know that the majority of older adults do not have dementia and may be worrying unnecessarily about natural changes in their memory that are common with aging, but individuals should know when to seek help for cognitive problems that affect their lifestyle and loved ones, says the May 2011 issue of the Cleveland Clinic Men’s Health Advisor.

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IF someone experiences gripping chest pain similar to angina, but specialized X-ray imaging (coronary angiogram) failed to demonstrate narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries that supply one’s heart with blood, one possible cause is coronary artery spasm, says the April 2011 issue of the Mayo Clinic’s Health Letter.

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LAST week, we covered the basics of blood pressure awareness and control and the factors that raise the risk of developing hypertension, as well as its complications.

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ALTHOUGH recent studies have shown that more individuals with hypertension are aware that they have a problem and are taking medications to control it, this clinical condition remains prevalent and is still a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, chronic kidney disease and other life-threatening complications, says the March 2011 issue of the Mayo Clinic Women’s Healthsource.

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WHILE being a vegetarian...whether you shun meat for animal welfare or religious reasons...has both health and environmental advantages, you need not be 100 percent vegetarian because eating a few meatless meals a week or just reducing the amount of meat on your plate is enough to reap some benefits, says the March issue of the University of California’s Berkeley Wellness Letter.

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