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Incontinence in Women

A surprisingly common problem Incontinence– the loss of bladder control – affects about 25 million Americans, but you don’t hear much about it. While 55% of women in their 80s have the problem, nearly 30% of women in their 30s experience some loss of bladder control at least once a month. Believe it or not, […]

Not all Fish are Created Equal – And Then There’s Tilapia

Fastest growing seafood choice has doubtful benefits Eat fish, it’s brain food…Don’t it fish, it might have mercury and PCBs…Do eat fish, it’s high in protein and low in saturated fat…Don’t eat fish, it may be imported from China, laden with parasites and pesticides.  The news on fish is as confusing as any public health message […]

Call a Hotline

It’s an overlooked mental health option Today about one in four American adults are living with a diagnosable mental disorder. However, the average American’s understanding of mental illness is minimal at best and often the stigma surrounding individuals with mental illness is almost as harmful to them as their actual disease. To further complicate matters […]

Ozone and the Outdoors

Air quality concerns continue to rise Here’s an interesting news item (within the quotation marks) that was recently brought to my attention: "WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Even breathing in a little ozone at levels found in many areas is likely to kill some people prematurely, the National Research Council reported. The report recommends that the U.S. […]

Long Term Care Insurance

Is it a good idea? With Baby Boomers aging and all Americans living longer lives, the question of long-term care is on a lot of people’s minds. You may be surprised to know that the average cost of one year in a nursing home now exceeds $70,000. Even more daunting, though, is the fact that […]

Is America’s Health Care System Failing?

If so, why? The U.S. continues to have the highest cost per capita – twice what other major industrialized countries spend – for health care, and has dropped to last among 19 countries on a measure of mortality amenable to medical care. So reports the Commonwealth Fund Commission on a High Performance Health System in […]

Smoke-Free

On July 1, Iowa went smoke-free — no more smoking in public Just this month, on July 1st, Iowa went "smoke-free." That means no smoking in many public places, including restaurants, bars and even in one’s own car in the parking lot of a school, as the Des Moines Register put it. In some Iowa […]

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