Health Headliners of the Week

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  • As we do every week, we've culled the most important articles we brought you based on breaking stories from around the world that can help you and your family stay well. Whether you missed these items the first time they appeared or you caught them and could use a refresher, our goal is to help you stay up-to-date on medical research that can impact your life.

    We hope you'll like what you find and come back every Friday for a new installment!

  • Create A Health History Online You can create an updatable family health history online with "My Family Health Portrait," a tool created by none other than the Surgeon General. When you're ready to go for a doctor's visit or a hospital stay, you can print out your history as a handy reference. Here are some of the reasons this is important: Your family health history can: Help your health care team figure out whether you are at higher risk for some diseases. Guide your practitioners in recommending strategies for reducing your risk of disease. Alert you to early warning signs of disease. The information you enter is private and is not kept on the website. The tool does not keep a government record of the information you fill in nor make your health information available to anyone else but you. It only provides the software for organizing your information. After you fill in your information, it is available only to you for downloading.

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  • Watch: The Dirty Secrets About Your Contact Lens Care Welcome to the first video in our new ThirdAge Health Video Collection! You'll learn all about correct contact lens care to protect your eye health.

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  • How to Have Healthy Summer Skin

    By Lois Joy Johnson

    The sun is a frenemy, not your friend. Yes, it's sneaking in a little vitamin D for your bones and a hint of "color," but those UVA/ UVB rays are really out to sabotage you. The combo of age plus years of sun exposure have already weakened the underlying collagen and elastin support system of your skin. Thanks to decades of summer sun your face and body probably have sag, dryness, brown spots and wrinkles to show for it. Maybe-like me-you've even had a few close calls with skin cancer. This is the season to take charge, protect your skin head to toe and get serious about managing your complexion issues. If you spend more time outdoors-walking, gardening, driving a convertible and playing golf or tennis you're an A-list target for extra sun damage. See your dermatologist ASAP about suspicious spots or lesions, and meanwhile, select products with proven ingredients that make a difference and follow these five new rules.

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  • 6 Ways to Prevent Caregiving from Destroying Your Mental Health

    By Diana B. Denholm, PhD

    I have spoken to many wives who are caregivers for seriously ill husbands, and they often express a kind of shock and disbelief at the person they have become. "Who is this angry, mean, guilt-ridden person who lives in my body?" Caring for a seriously ill husband can bring up many unexpected emotions, and it's no wonder. You feel angry because others offer to help him, but your husband turns them down. You wait on him hand and foot, then have to bear the brunt of his frustration and bad temper. He expects you to be his servant AND the sole provider for the family, and he complains when you come up short in either role. To make matters worse, while you're off working long, hard hours, he manages to rally the energy to get out of the house and go to the baseball field with his buddies. No matter what you do, he doesn't seem to appreciate you. For the caregiving wife, stress and anger can spill over into everything she does, causing problems at work and affecting her ability to be compassionate. But there is hope and help for wives who find themselves in this situation. When difficult emotions threaten your mental well-being, here are some strategies.

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  • Nora Ephron's Illness Writer and director Nora Ephron, who died Wednesday at age 71, suffered from myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone-marrow disorder for which there is no cure. There were conflicting reports that said Ephron died of an aggressive form of leukemia. It’s not uncommon for myelodysplastic syndrome to progress to acute myelogenous leukemia . That change usually occurs within a few months to a few years of the original diagnosis of myelogysplastic syndrome. Other reports said the writer died because of pneumonia caused by her illness.

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  • Sunglasses: Protect Yourself from Eye Ailments

    By Lois Joy Johnson

    Who doesn't know "sunnies" are a key line of face defense? Don't think wearing eye makeup protects you or that by selecting big oversized shades you're covered. Our eyes and the delicate thin dry skin surrounding them are very vulnerable to UVA/ UVB rays all year round. Extended exposure to the sun has been linked not only to visible signs of age like crow's feet, loose crepey lids and growths on the lids themselves but also to cataracts and macular degeneration. The right lenses are everything. Sunglass shapes need updates, too. The wrong ones (like those you've been hoarding) can add ten years to your looks, while a fresh pair can de-age your face in seconds. It's time to spring for a new pair. Be sure you're getting adequate protection and a shot of chic. Nine tips and sunglasses to keep in mind:

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  • Family Members Can Sabotage Diabetic Care Relatives of diabetics often engage in non-supportive behaviors that can worsen the patient’s condition, a new study says. Diabetics surveyed by researchers at Vanderbilt University said that family members who are knowledgeable about their condition are better able to support them in their efforts to manage the illness. But if family members were seen as non-supportive, the patients were less likely to be consistent in healthy practices.

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  • Get the Most from Health News Ever feel like the next news story is going to warn you that reading health news can make you dizzy?

    One day you should drink 8 glasses of water a day. Then, a study says you should just drink when you're thirsty.

    A story says you should get more exercise, but too much could hurt you.

    Being overweight can be bad for you, but diets can be dangerous.

    What to believe? It's sometimes tough to know.

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  • Overactive Bladder? Let’s Talk About It

    By Judy Kirkwood

    If you experience the urge to urinate day and night, even though you just went to the bathroom, you may have Overactive Bladder (OAB). A collection of urinary symptoms, the most prominent being an uncontrollable urge to urinate even though the bladder isn’t full, OAB affects millions of Americans. Although up to 40 percent of American women and 30 percent of men have been identified with OAB, there may well be more people who suffer from it because people don’t like to discuss this kind of problem.

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  • Elizabeth Chabner Thompson knows all about breast cancer – not only from her professional experience as a radiation oncologist, but also through her family history. It was that history that led Dr. Thompson to take what some women might consider an extreme step. In 2006, Thompson, then 38, had a preventive double mastectomy to reducer her possibility of breast cancer. Prophylactic mastectomies, as they’re also known, are an accepted part of risk-reduction strategies for breast cancer. Still, some may consider that too extreme a step and, as Thompson says, patients can be worried about their “dignity and femininity.”

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