October – November 2019

Memory Loss

The prospect of memory loss is one of the major concerns of people who are getting older. The "good news" is that while the total number of people with dementia is increasing, the percentage of the population with dementia is declining.

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Vaccination In Children

Over the course of the 20th Century there was a steep decline in deaths from infectious disease. One of the main reasons for this has been the advent of vaccinations. In simplest terms, this involves exposing an individual to a protein (or other recognizable part) of a bacteria or virus and "tricking" the body into mounting an immune response. We know that once antibodies are produced on one exposure that we become immune to the particular bug. Thus, a vaccine allows us to develop immunity without actually contracting the illness.

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Benign muscle growths which form in the wall of the uterus are called fibroids or myomas. It is estimated that up to 80% of women over the age of 50 will have them but most will not have any symptoms or need treatment.

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Prostate Enlargement

The prostate glad sits beneath a man's bladder and produces semen fluid. It gets larger as men get older and some can experience side effects. benign, (non-cancerous) enlargement or hypertrophy of the prostate (BPH) is far more common than prostate cancer and, to some degree, affects all men as they age.

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Alcohol amd Drug Abuse

Alcohol is a major factor in many diseases, violence and family disruption. Illicit drugs also cause major problems but, despite headlines, on a smaller scale. Prescription drugs lead to more deaths each year than illicit drugs.

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