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Staying Healthy as You Age

As you get older, staying on top of your health becomes essential. While eating right, getting enough exercise, and getting plenty of rest are the cornerstones of staying healthy, there are also certain medical exams that you should be sure to get as you age. From making sure your blood pressure is in a healthy range to keeping close watch on your hearing, medical screenings can help you live a longer and more healthy life. Find out what tests you may be missing today! Blood Pressure High blood pressure can lead to a myriad of health conditions, and is increasingly prevalent in our society. The incidence of high blood pressure in adults 60 years or older are as high as...

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What you need to know about Ear Examinations

An ear examination is a thorough evaluation of the ears that is done to screen for ear problems, such as hearing loss, ear pain, discharge, lumps, or objects in the ear. An ear examination can detect problems in the ear canal, eardrum, and the middle ear, such as infection, excessive earwax, or an object like a bean or a bead. During an ear examination, an instrument called an otoscope is used to look at the outer ear canal and eardrum. An otoscope is a handheld instrument with a light, a magnifying lens, and a funnel-shaped viewing piece with a narrow, pointed end called a speculum. A pneumatic otoscope has a rubber bulb that your doctor can squeeze to give a puff...

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