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ALTHOUGH aging is inevitable, how you age can be influenced by how you live...choosing to live a mostly sedentary life carries big risks in terms of your heart and blood vessels,

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FINALLY, after more than 60 years during which warfarin (Coumadin) has been the mainstay “blood thinner” used by millions of individuals with atrial fibrillation to lessen the chances of developing a harmful, or possibly fatal, blood clot, a newly approved alternative to warfarin, a drug called dabigatran (sold under the brand name Pradaxa), fights stroke better than warfarin, with less bleeding into the brain, says the February 2011 issue of the Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Heart Letter.

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AFTER a month of unceasing severe winter snowstorms, mercilessly crippling our area every few days and dumping mountains of snow and ice on sidewalks and driveways, forcing many to stay indoors, it’s crucial for older adults to exercise extra caution during the winter months to protect themselves from adverse weather conditions, says the February 2011 issue of the UCLA Division of Geriatrics’ Healthy / Years.

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ALTHOUGH availability is still limited, an alternative type of dialysis...home hemodialysis...offers those who can do it, the flexibility to perform dialysis in their own home and, at times, suited to their lifestyle, says the January 2011 issue of the Mayo Clinic’s Health Letter.

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DRY indoor air is one of the less enthralling aspects of cold weather and many people combat winter dryness with a humidifier, says the January 2011 issue of the University of California, Berkeley’s Wellness Letter.

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