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HIV / AIDS Is a Manageable Disease

by Margot F. December 22nd, 2017 | Health Observance, Women's Health
There is no cure for HIV so if possible, take steps to reduce your risk of getting the disease. Practicing “safer needle use” and “safer sex” are recommended.

The term “safer sex” refers to using a latex or polyurethane condom or female condom correctly each time you engage in vaginal or anal intercourse, especially if you have multiple partners or are unsure of your partner’s HIV status. It is important to use a condom or dental dam (piece of latex used to cover the vagina or anus) when engaging in oral sex. Water based lubricants are recommended because oil-based ones
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Living with HIV and AIDS

by Joe Lawrence December 15th, 2017 | Aging Well, Health Observance
In the United States, there are roughly 1.1 million people living with AIDS. Awareness is at an all time high and there are many advances in research and treatment. These advances in medicines, treatment, and living with the disease have created a welcome side effect: an aging AIDS population. However, with this comes a few more issues.

It is estimated that by the year 2020 more than half of those infected with the virus will be over the age of 50 (current numbers are roughly one third). This is great news on the surface because people are now surviving for
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Alzheimer’s and Men’s Health

by Lori Sciame November 10th, 2017 | Health Observance, Men's Health
Alzheimer's is a disease that causes the brain to shrink.  In essence, the disease robs one of his ability to think clearly.  An article in HealthDay Reporter by Denise Mann suggests that although Alzheimer's affects both men and women, the disease progresses differently in each sex. She states, "men seemed to have more problems with their thinking ability when diagnosed with Alzheimer's than their female counterparts did. What's more, men and women lost gray matter in different areas of their brain."  While it's too early to tell why there is a difference between the sexes, one thing remains clear:
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Can Life Return to Normal After Cancer?

by Joe Lawrence October 27th, 2017 | Aging Well, Health Observance
Many people ponder this question at some point. The answer usually evolves into, "Why would I want to return to that 'normal'?"

Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen states it well as, "Cancer can shuffle our values like a deck of cards...the bottom of our deck turns out to be the top card." Most breast cancer patients (and other forms) are knocked so far out of the daily grind they had fallen into prior to cancer, they have no choice but to reflect on life. When faced with possibility of dying, people receive many revelations about how they have lived.

Priorities of getting
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Immune System Importance During Cancer Treatment

by Joe Lawrence October 20th, 2017 | Health Observance, Vitamins
Our bodies have an amazing immune system...most of the time. It is designed to thwart off bacteria before it enters our body and then attack what makes it past the outer defenses. However, when undergoing cancer treatment the integrity of this system is severely compromised, but there are some things we can do to help though.

***Disclaimer - consult your doctor before making any changes in diet**

Our body's first line of defense is our skin as it keeps bacteria from entering the body. When we get an IV drip or a wound from surgery or anything else, a pathway is
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your healthcare professional.