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Hearing is believing: Speech may be a clue to mental decline

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh ... developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to...

DATE: July 18, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Tumor gene testing urged to tell if drug targets your cancer

WASHINGTON – Colon cancer. Uterine cancer. Pancreatic cancer. Whatever the tumor, the more gene mutations lurking inside, the better chance your immune system has to fight back. That’s the premise...

DATE: July 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Novel leukemia treatment could be 1st U.S. gene therapy

A treatment for a common childhood blood cancer could become the first gene therapy available in the U.S. A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted 10-0 on Wednesday in favor of the...

DATE: July 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A quiet, unsmiling little girl with big brown eyes crawls inside a carpeted cubicle, hugs a stuffed teddy bear tight, and turns her head away from the noisy classroom. The safe...

DATE: July 13, 2017 | UPDATED: 6 days 11 hours ago | CATEGORY: Health

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Science Says: Not all cancers need treatment right away

The biopsy shows cancer, so you have to act fast, right? Not necessarily, if it’s a prostate tumor. Men increasingly have choices if their cancer is found at an early stage, as most cases in the...

DATE: July 12, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Opioid prescribing is falling in the U.S., but not everywhere

NEW YORK – Overall opioid prescription rates have been falling in recent years, but the powerful drugs have become more plentiful in more than than 1 in 5 U.S. counties, a report released Thursday...

DATE: July 11, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Not reaching your wellness goals? Take a look at your nighttime routine

We all think our day starts when we wake up. But what if the day really starts the evening before? Why does it matter? When you create an ideal nighttime routine, it is far more likely that your...

DATE: July 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Hints of some steps that may boost brain health in old age

WASHINGTON – Are you seeking steps to keep your brain healthy in old age? There are no proven ways to stave off mental decline or dementia, but a new report says there are hints that exercise,...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

WASHINGTON – An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults – and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw...

DATE: June 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Attorney to offer legal consultations for seniors

Area Agency on Aging attorney Anthony Edwards will offer free legal consultations to residents 60 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at Durango/La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main...

DATE: June 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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Osteoporosis prevention talk to be offered at fairgrounds

Dr. Dennis O’Brien will give a talked titled “Preventing Osteoporosis Without Drugs” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. The presentation is...

DATE: June 24, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health

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No longer the hot new thing? Teen vaping falls, study says

NEW YORK – Teen vaping, which has been skyrocketing, fell dramatically last year in the United States. A government survey released Thursday suggests the number of high school and middle school...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | CATEGORY: Health