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Simple strategies to help fend off disease and illness and promote an active, independent lifestyle.

What You Should Know About Cataracts

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How do you know if you have cataracts? These symptoms should be a big clue. And then learn what to do next.

How do you know if you have cataracts? These symptoms should be a big clue. And then learn what to do next.

A cataract is a clouding of the eye lens, which makes it hard to see. It’s associated with aging, but younger people can get it too. Half of all Americans develop cataracts by the time they are 80 years old. A cataract can occur in either or both eyes. It cannot spread from one eye to the other.

What are some symptoms of a cataract?

  • Blurry, cloudy, or dim vision — a little like looking through a dirty windshield
  • Double visionwith one eye
  • Trouble seeing at night or in dim light
  • Halosaround lights
  • Sensitivity to light and glare
  • Faded or yellow colors, or trouble telling the difference between blues and greens
  • Trouble seeing an object against a background of the same color

 

What are risk factors for developing a cataract?

 

What eye problems might make you consider surgery?

  • Dim, blurred, yellow or double vision
  • Poor night vision
  • Failure to pass the vision part of a driver’s license test
  • Increased sensitivity to glare from the sun

 

If a cataract begins to interfere with your day-to-day life, an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery can remove the cloudy lens and replace it with a clear lens implant.

Sources: WebMD; National Eye Institute

Read about cataract surgery.

View cataract surgery video.

 


Long-Term Aspirin Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Dying From Cancer, Study Shows

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Evidence suggests that aspirin not only reduces the risk of developing cancer, but may also play a strong role in reducing death from cancer, according to lead author of study.

Evidence suggests that aspirin not only reduces the risk of developing cancer, but may also play a strong role in reducing death from cancer, according to lead author of study.

The Washington Post: Long-Term Aspirin Use Associated With Reduced Risk Of Dying From Cancer, Study Shows
Long-term use of aspirin is associated with lower risk of dying from various types of cancers, including colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting on Monday. The longitudinal study analyzed the association of aspirin, with varied doses and duration of use, on overall mortality risks and mortality risks from cancer over a nearly 32-year period. (Naqvi, 4/5)

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6 Signs That It May Be Time To Have A Joint Replaced

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 If you have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting a joint replaced.

If you have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally, you may want to talk to your doctor about getting a joint replaced.

The most important factor in choosing to have a knee or hip replaced is how much it hurts and how much it is affecting your life. Here are six signals that it’s time to have a knee or hip replaced, according to Harvard Medical School HEALTHbeat

  • You can no longer complete routine daily tasks without help.
  • You have significant pain, like pain that keeps you awake at night despite the use of medications, pain that keeps you from being able to walk or bend over, pain that isn’t relieved by rest, or pain that isn’t helped by non-surgical approaches.
  • Your doctor says that less-complicated surgical procedures are unlikely to help.
  • You have osteoarthritis and feel the disease is wearing you down physically, emotionally, and mentally.
  • You are suffering severe side effects from the medications for your painful knee or hip.
  • Tests show advanced arthritis or significant joint damage.

Finding the right surgeon and hospital can make a big difference to the success of your operation. In general, you’re likely to have a better result and fewer complications if your surgeon performs the operation at least 100 times a year and operates in a hospital where replacements are routinely done.

If it’s clear that joint replacement is a good choice, the questions below can help you decide whether a particular surgeon is right for you:

  • Are you board-certified in orthopedic surgery?
  • Are you fellowship trained?
  • How often do you perform this surgery?
  • What kind of results would you expect for someone in my condition?
  • May I speak with any of your patients who have had this surgery?
  • What complications occur most frequently, and how do you deal with them?
  • Do you usually work with a particular physical therapist or rehabilitation center?

 

Courtesy Harvard Medical School HEALTHbeat