What are Biomarkers?

Have you ever heard the term “biomarkers”? It is actually short for “biological markers”, which are substances found in the blood, fluids and tissues. They can take different forms as genes, cells, proteins, antibodies, hormones, enzymes and other compounds. What are they used for? Routinely, biomarkers are used to detect, diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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Reading with Vision Impairment

Vision impairment is a term used to describe any kind of vision loss. As we age and vision gets worse, it may be more difficult to do certain activities, like reading. Here are some tips that can help you read with vision impairment: Magnify Magnifier sheets or apps can help increasing the size of the

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Prediabetes: Lowering Your Risk

According to the CDC, more than 1 out of3 adults in the US has prediabetes, that’s a whopping 86 million people.  Even more alarming, is that 90% of them do not even know that they have prediabetes. Although there is a ‘pre’ in the name, prediabetes is a big deal. It puts people at an

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Common Cardiovascular Conditions

February is American Heart Month! Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women? Coronary disease is the most common, but here are some more examples of cardiovascular conditions: Rheumatic heart disease Rheumatic heart disease is caused by one or more attacks of rheumatic fever, which does

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Do You Know What’s In Your Medicine?

Medications are made up of active and inactive ingredients. Inactive ingredients are usually binding agents, dyes, preservatives and coloring, and do not increase the effect of the actual drug.  The active ingredient identifies the chemical in the medicine that makes it work. Here are some common active ingredients: Antihistamines This group of ingredients works to

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