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. Read on for our to stories from December 28th to January 3rd 2013.

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

  • The Truth About Relaxation Techniques The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), advocates relaxing as an antidote to stress but offers some guidelines so you can avoid ineffective strategies:

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  • Early Signs of Parkinson's Disease

    By Robin Westen

    Around one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a serious condition in which your body stops making a brain chemical called dopamine. This is an important chemical because it helps your body move and also affects mood. (In fact, a recent study by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation showed that for people with the condition, depression can have s big an impact as loss of motor skills.) The following problems could be indications of Parkinson's disease:

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  • Five Ways to Cut Back on Salt Everyone needs salt – we just don’t need nearly as much of it as we consume. Salt (also known as sodium chloride) is essential for maintaining the balance of fluids in the body and for regulating the contraction of muscles.

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  • The Benefits of Qigong

    By Robin Westen

    Two years ago I started taking weekly qigong classes – and haven’t regretted it since. If you’re not familiar with the practice, qigong is an ancient Chinese system of exercise that involves a series of postures and exercises including slow, circular movements, regulated breathing, focused meditation, and self-massage. I’ve found that it helps me relax, feel at peace and stay flexible. But research shows it offers a lot more:

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  • Watch: How to Treat Frostbite Here's another addition to our ThirdAge Video Collection. Press play to start learning!

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  • Early Warning Sign for Glaucoma January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Just in time for that observance, scientists at the Centre for Vision Research of the University of Sydney showed that changes in blood vessels in the retina of your eye can be an early warning sign that you're at increased risk for this eye disease, which is age-related and limits peripheral vision. Because glaucoma does not have symptoms, it has been dubbed "the sneak thief of sight." Yet early detection can preserve vision.

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  • 6 Signs of Colon Cancer

    By Robin Westen

    Colorectal cancer, often referred to as colon cancer, is the third leading cancer killer among men and women in the U.S. Yet it’s largely preventable with regular screening, and is curable with early detection. It’s recommended that everyone over the age of fifty get screened for the disease, without exception. Here are possible signs of the illness:

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  • Sexual Health in the Bedroom

    By Eve Marx

    Ah, the marital bedroom, the iconic conjugal scene. The marital bedroom, or master bedroom in realtor parlance, is the room where, as a couple, you sleep, make love, plot your future, dream.

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  • Watch: Alzheimer's Caregiving Concerns Here's another addition to our ThirdAge Video Collection. Press play to start learning!

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  • Dealing With Winter Asthma

    By Robin Westen

    Approximately 25 million Americans suffer with asthma symptoms, and for many the cold dry air of winter and the likelihood of picking up a respiratory infection can make matters worse. These tips will help prevent winter asthma woes.

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