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  • Spotting Melanoma

    If overlooked, this lethal skin cancer has deadly consequences. Here’s how you can protect yourself. By Julianne Hale WHAT IS MELANOMA, EXACTLY? Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. It begins when something goes awry in the body’s pigment cells – called melanocytes – and they multiply rapidly, forming malignant tumors. Most melanomas form on the skin in a mole or a dark spot resembling a mole. But they can actually appear anywhere on the body where there is pigment – even the eyes....

  • Just Forgetful, or is it Dementia?

    So you’re getting older and you’ve lost your keys again. Could you be losing your memory? Here’s how to know when you have cause for concern.    BY MALLORIE ANN INGRAM Have you ever bumped into an old friend whose name escaped your mind? What about forgetting how to accomplish a task you’ve done for ages? The former could be a mere sign of aging. But if the latter example describes your day-to-day routine, it’s possible you may be suffering from dementia.  The Alzheimer’s Association defines dem...

  • Oh, My Aching Back!

    Unfortunately, wisdom is not the only thing that comes with age. Growing older is a major risk factor for back pain, which is the second most common reason people visit their family doctors, according to the Cleveland Clinic. By Angela Whitaker If you’ve suffered from back pain after moving heavy furniture or working in your garden, you might be tempted to blame it on doing too much. But you should know that age-related degenerative changes can occur in the spine as early as your 30s, making you...

  • Preventing Osteoporosis

    Discover what you can do now to strengthen your bones for the long run. By Katherine Ladny Mitchell   What Is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a dangerous bone-weakening condition that affects 54 million Americans. It makes bones – often in the wrists, hips, or backbone – frail and more susceptible to fractures by increasing the number and size of holes in their spongy, inner core. Your body constantly breaks down bone to retrieve calcium and rebuilds it afterward in a cycle called “bone remod...

  • Getting Help for Depression

    In the 18th century, poet St. John of the Cross coined the phrase “dark night of the soul” to describe a 45-year spiritual crisis. Mental health professionals have since adopted it to describe clinical depression, a mood disorder severe enough to require clinical intervention.  By Rashad Gober Losing a loved one, relationship problems, money worries, or losing your job can be intensely painful. It’s normal for these situations and others like them to leave us feeling sad and discouraged. But wha...