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Pinterest Pin ItIn the Mood Series: Appreciating Animals

In the Mood Series: Appreciating Animals

Posted on 12/21/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Sixty-five percent of U.S. households have at least one pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. That’s 79.7 million homes where at least one family member is of the non-human persuasion. Various studies have shown animal interactions can have a positive impact on human health and wellbeing, even from actions as minor as petting an animal (which can lower your blood pressure and reduce anxiety).


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Pinterest Pin ItOne Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

One Step Closer to a Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 11/17/2015  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.3 million Americans and is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that damages the brain, causes mental decline and Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The disease gets worse over time, and there are no treatments to prevent it or reverse it. But Sutter researchers may have discovered a way to slow down its onset through an innovative clinical trial using blood plasma infusions.

Sutter Institute of Medical Research conducted a study – in partnership with Sutter Neuroscience Institute and Sutter Neuroradiology – that investigated the effects of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions administered during the pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Pinterest Pin ItA Different Look at the Aging Brain

A Different Look at the Aging Brain

Posted on 03/03/2014  by  Healthy Living Blog 

String on finger to rememberIt’s a common understanding that as we age, our brains slow down. Aside from the very real tragedies of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, there is a general belief that seniors will lose their sharpness and forget more…and more.

A recent article in the Journal of Cognitive Sciences, however, takes another look at our assumptions about how the aging brain behaves – and why it might function the way it does. 


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Pinterest Pin ItPlanning Your End-of-Life Care

Planning Your End-of-Life Care

Posted on 07/19/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Nelson Mandela celebrated his 95th birthday recently. He did so while in a hospital bed, amid continuing uncertainty about his health and his future. His nation, and the world, both honored this iconic leader and continued their sadness over his current state of health.

Is Nelson Mandela near death? Is his health improving? There has been a public debate over whether his continued care is fruitful or whether it might be time to “exit gracefully.”

According to Ellen Goodman, journalist and Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, “The only voice we do not hear in this cacophony is Nelson Mandela’s. What did this man want as he approached his 95th birthday…? Can he say? How would he have scripted the end of his life, which has included four hospitalizations in six months for a recurring lung infection? “


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Pinterest Pin ItHepatitis C – Should All Boomers Be Tested?

Hepatitis C – Should All Boomers Be Tested?

Posted on 07/12/2013  by  Healthy Living Blog 

Hepatitis C is a blood-borne disease that, if left untreated, can cause serious damage to the liver.  Just recently, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a recommendation that a simple blood test for Hepatitis C be offered to all people born between 1945 and 1965. 

Davis family doctor Arfan Din, D.O.Perhaps like many of you, the new recommendation left many of us here with questions, so we turned to Davis family doctor Arfan Din, D.O., to get a bit of perspective:

What does this recommendation mean?

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force studies the overall impact of a preventive service, like a medical screening test, if it is offered to a large population of people. Their recommendations are intended to guide primary care physicians across the country. The group has advanced its recommendation for Hepatitis C (Hep C) testing to a Category B, which means there is evidence to show that testing the general public for Hep C provides a clinical benefit for some people – that the cost and inconvenience of screening is outweighed by the overall benefits to the population. This mirrors the recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control.


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