Oak Forest Horizon

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Is High Blood Pressure Inevitable as We Age?

May 17, 2019 is World Hypertension Day. This global, annual event is held to increase awareness of high blood pressure, which raises our risk of heart disease, kidney problems, stroke, vision loss and even Alzheimer’s disease. Many Americans believe that hypertension is just a part of growing older, and assume that our blood pressure inevitably […]
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Exercise for Bone Health

Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can rob us of our independence as we grow older. This condition affects millions of seniors. It weakens the bones and is a major cause of back pain, spinal problems and broken bones—including serious hip fractures. To an extent, our risk of developing osteoporosis is genetic, but […]
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Distracted Driving Is a Growing Safety Hazard

We see them all the time. Those folks on the expressway, doing everything you can imagine while driving … what are they thinking? “I’m so late and the traffic is so bad. I’d better send a quick text to my boss.”  “Oh look, what a cool sunset … I’ll take a picture!”  “No time for […]
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Unpacking the Mysteries of Laughter

Most of us do like a good laugh. By now, you’ve probably read that laughter is good for our health—but why? How does that work? Modern brain imaging offers insights and shows that “laughter is the best medicine” isn’t just a cliché. Humor protects our brains. Researchers are using brain imaging to actually watch the […]
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