Ginkgo Biloba May Help Memory, but May Have Serious Health Risks

Ginkgo biloba has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and today it is one of the most popular herbal supplements, widely advertised as a beneficial antioxidant that helps prevent memory loss and dementia. Like most herbal products, however, there have been few clinical studies to see if these claims are accurate. Though both possible risks and benefits have been found in research, whether or not ginkgo biloba is good or bad for you is not yet known, and should be discussed with your physician.

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Prevent Disability by Learning Stroke Symptoms

Strokes are the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and the #1 cause of long-term disability. Having one stroke increases the risk for having another stroke in the next year. Recognizing the early signs of stroke can save lives, prevent long-term disability, and improve quality of life.

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Age-Related Hearing Loss Can Harm Your Health

People often start losing some range of hearing in their fifties or by age sixty, which is the point at which data shows many Americans begin to suffer some hearing loss. Approximately forty-eight million Americans live with hearing loss. It’s critical to have your hearing checked regularly, as undetected hearing loss can lead or contribute to isolation, depression and other health woes.

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Namenda only Works for Severe Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

None of the current treatments for dementia will radically improve patients’ memory or thinking, nor will they stop the progression of the disease. However, Namenda may help moderate or severe dementia, while Aricept, Razadyne, or Exelon may help patients with dementia ranging from mild to severe.

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Palliative Care for Serious Diseases

Palliative care is often misunderstood as meaning a patient will not get “real treatment.” That is not accurate. In fact, patients who have palliative care often live longer as well as having a better quality of life.

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