Experimental Therapy Helping Leukemia Remission

According to a recent study, a large percentage of people who are suffering from leukemia and are close to death are responding to an experimental therapy.  The new therapy trains T-cells to kill radical blood cells, helping to diminish the cancer. Dr. Stephan Grupp, from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia said, “we’re astonished how well it turned out. It’s equally impressive in both the adult and pediatric population.” While not without serious risk, the new treatment offers hope in situations that were considered beyond help in the past. More here

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Nearing Retirement? Watch The Housing Market

If you are nearing retirement and plan to sell your home, buy a new home, or downsize, it’s a smart idea to pay attention to the housing market and educate yourself in order to make the best financial decisions. Paying attention to pending home sales, building permits, new home sales, existing homes sales, home price indexes, and housing starts may help you understand when the best times to buy and sell are. Right now the housing market is making a comeback from the recession and current long-term trends are positive, job growth has increased, there are fewer distressed sales, and homebuilder confidence is up, making it a good time for retirees or soon-to-be retirees to sell and buy. More here

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Link Found Between Sleep, Osteoarthritis, And Future Disability

According to a recent study, sleep problems caused by osteoarthritis may increase the risk of disability in the future. During the study, experts found that many who suffer from osteoarthritis also suffer from varied sleep problems. Lack of sleep contributes to depression and functional disabilities. Patricia A. Parmelee with the Center for Mental Health and Aging at The University of Alabama said, “if your pain is keeping you awake today, you’re at risk of functional decline in the future.” Experts warn that if you are experiencing sleep problems you must seek help to help avoid future problems. More here

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Life Expectancy Increasing

According to a recent government poll, Americans are now living longer than they ever have in the past. Life expectancy has increased, and death rates have fallen. Although life expectancy is on the rise, the ten leading causes of death remain the same, with cancer and heart disease topping the charts. This new data suggests that our medical care is improving, and conditions like heart disease and diabetes are better treated. More here

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Prolonged Stress May Increase Dementia Risk

A new study suggests that women who become easily distressed may be at a higher risk of developing dementia in the future. The study, published in the journal Neurology, states that women who are in their 40s that have neuroticism, a stress trait causing them to be easily stressed out for long periods of time, are twice as likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s when compared to women with low to normal levels of stress. Experts say that cognitive psychotherapy, or lifestyle modifications may  help reduce symptoms of neuroticism. More here

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Migraines With Aura May Be Linked To Parkinson’s

A new study published in the journal Neurology states that middle-aged people who suffer from migraines with aura may be at higher risk of developing movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. The 25-year long study consisted of approximately 5,000 middle-aged people, and found that those who suffered from migraines with aura were two times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. Experts say the link is not yet strong enough to be factual, and more information needs to be gathered. More here

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Reverse Mortgages Gaining Positive Attention

Reverse mortgages have begun to gain more positive attention as new laws make the option more attractive to both borrowers and loan officers. In the past, there were some concerns, but now that new laws protect the borrower, the option has become safer, and ultimately, more appealing. Reverse mortgages have ensured that many older Americans can stay in their homes by tapping into their home equity, and it’s overall popularity is rising. Many experts are now promoting reverse mortgages to older individuals as a way to escape financial hardship. Morehere

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Promising But Costly Cancer Drugs Introduced

New drugs have been introduced that may reduce the amount and severity of cancer treatment side effects. The news is welcome to many suffering from cancer treatment’s adverse effect, though the price of these newly introduced drugs may cause concern. The new and improved cancer treatment options may cost patients well over $100,000 a year.  Additionally, many oncology experts around the world continue fighting to lower cancer treatment costs. More here

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Future Dementia Risk Can Be Lowered

The World Alzheimer Report for 2014 states that with the control of certain health problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, the risk for dementia can be reduced. The study also found that people with better educational opportunities may have a lower risk of developing dementia in the future. The report urges people to make changes as soon as possible to decrease dementia risk, and experts believe that the future of dementia rates will depend on the population’s overall health. The Global Director of Dementia Care, Professor Graham Stokes said, “while age and genetics are part of the disease’s risk factors, not smoking, eating more healthily, getting some exercise, and having a good education, coupled with challenging your brain to ensure it is kept active, can all play a part in minimizing your chances of developing dementia.” More here

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Migraine Prevention Tips

Migraines can be a painful and uncomfortable health problem. Migraine symptoms can vary from person to person and can include vision problems, sensitivity to light and noise, vomiting and nausea. A few things you can do to help prevent an oncoming migraine are: Keep a diary, describe what you are doing and how you feel before the headaches occur; This may help you identify triggers. Eat a healthy daily diet with foods rich in magnesium, which can help prevent migraines. Get regular exercise. Manage your stress in a healthy manner. Try to reduce tension in your shoulders and neck by participating in yoga or meditation exercises. You can also help prevent migraines by observing a consistent eating and sleeping cycle. More here

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