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When is best time to get flu shot? Analysis compares scenarios

When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine analysis reveals in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. The protection offered by […]

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Best essential oils for relieving anxiety

In this article, we discuss some of the best essential oils to try for anxiety and the evidence supporting their use. We also cover how to use essential oils, oil blending, risk and considerations, and when to see a doctor for anxiety. Bergamot orange Bergamot orange essential oil comes from the Citrus bergamia tree. Producers […]

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Cemented metal-on-polyethylene implants best for seniors

(HealthDay)—For older patients, small-head cemented metal-on-polyethylene implants are the cost-effective choice for total hip replacements, according to a study recently published in Value in Health. Christopher G. Fawsitt, Ph.D., from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom, and colleagues developed a Markov model to compare the cost-effectiveness of implants for total hip replacement among […]

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The best probiotic foods for a healthful diet

Probiotics are microorganisms naturally present in the digestive tract that aid in digestion and reduce inflammation. While a person can take probiotic supplements, there are also many probiotic foods available. Learn more about probiotic foods in this article. Probiotic foods While there are several different classes and types of probiotics, some of the most common […]

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Tai chi: an ancient art may work best to prevent falls in old age

(HealthDay)—The ancient practice of tai chi may beat strength training and aerobics for preventing falls among seniors, a new trial shows. A modified senior-centered tai chi program reduced falls nearly a third better in a head-to-head comparison with an exercise regimen that combined aerobics, strength training and balance drills, the researchers reported. “This tai chi […]