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Milky Way near Butterfield Pass in the BLM-managed Sonoran Desert National Monument.  This area is probably only 30-40 air miles from Phoenix, and the glow from the city is visible to the north.  However, the overhead stars and southern horizon are dark enough to clearly see the Milky Way, which makes a great backdrop to the charismatic saguaros.

Depression can take away your enthusiasm for the things and people you care about. It can creep in if you live with constant physical pain, are grieving a loved one or are facing the loss of your independence. And it can be conquered. Learn how getting evaluated and treated by your doctor can help you get back to feeling like yourself again.

Get a group of friends together, and the subject eventually turns to health, from managing medications to getting more physically active. Use the go4life website from the National Institute on Aging for helpful tips, encouraging success stories and modern, realistic fitness plans to build your strength, flexibility and endurance. And visit’s Healthy Aging section for suggestions on handling age-related health challenges, from treating osteoporosis and caring for aging skin to preventing falls and understanding drug labels.

If ovarian cancer is found early, it can be treated more effectively. Learn to recognize the symptoms.

* Vaginal bleeding or discharge from your vagina that is not normal for you.

*  Pain in the pelvic or abdominal area (the area below your stomach and between your hip bones).

* Back pain.

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Four new pre-clinical drug development projects at the National Institutes of Health will target a form of blindness and diseases characterized by cardiac problems. The projects were selected for their potential to treat specific rare diseases and to help scientists uncover new information that can be shared with other researchers.

In late July, the FBI conducted Operation Cross Country VII, a nationwide action that addressed commercial child sex trafficking throughout the United States. The operation included 76 cities across the country, and 47 FBI divisions. Federal, state and local agencies all participated. Through the operation, they were able to recover 105 children victims of prostitution, and 152 pimps were arrested.

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Most people are responsible, law-abiding drivers that follow the rules of the road. But sometimes, even the best drivers can make a mistake that could get them pulled over.

Because people aren’t sure what to do if they get stopped by an officer, it could make them nervous and confused if it does happen. The following recommendations should help drivers react properly if they get pulled over:

1. Pull the car to a safe place. As soon as you hear sirens or see patrol lights flashing, carefully pull your car over to the right side of the road. Stop when you find a spot that’s safe for you and other drivers. If you get stopped at night, put on your hazard lights.

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The structure of the brain may predict whether a person will suffer chronic low back pain, according to researchers who used brain scans. The results, published in the journal Pain, support the growing idea that the brain plays a critical role in chronic pain, a concept that may lead to changes in the way doctors treat patients. The research was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), part of the National Institutes of Health.

When you move, be sure to change your address with the Post Office, IRS, and other government agencies, so that you’ll continue to receive mail and any government benefits at your new location.

One way to treat and or prevent high cholesterol is by making a therapeutic lifestyle changes.

* Have a healthy diet:   Avoid saturated fats and trans fats, which tend to raise cholesterol levels. Other types of fats, such as polyunsaturated fats, can actually lower blood cholesterol levels. Eating fiber also can help lower cholesterol.

* Make sure to exercising regularly:  Physical activity can help lower cholesterol. The Surgeon General recommends that adults engage in moderate-intensity exercise for two hours and thirty minutes every week.

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A class of proteins that controls visual system development in the young brain also appears to affect vulnerability to Alzheimer’s disease in the aging brain. The proteins, which are found in humans and mice, join a limited roster of molecules that scientists are studying in hopes of finding an effective drug to slow the disease process.

Cholesterol screening is the key to detecting high cholesterol. It import to do have screening because cholesterol does not have symptoms, therefore many people do not know that their cholesterol is too high. Your doctor can do a simple blood test to check your cholesterol level.

The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that adults aged 20 years or older have their cholesterol checked every five years. However, you may need to have your cholesterol checked more often if any of the following statements applies to you:

Your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL or higher.
You are a man older than age 45 or a woman older than age 50.
Your HDL cholesterol is lower than 40 mg/dL.
You have other risk factors for heart disease and stroke.3

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Osteoporosis is characterized by reduced bone mass and bone strength leading to an increased risk of fractures. Although health care professionals have long known that low bone mineral density (BMD) is an important risk factor for bone fractures, questions have remained about how often BMD should be measured.

Scientists at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston sought to determine whether changes in BMD over a four-year period (from baseline) provided useful information regarding fracture risk. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, was supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), all part of the NIH.

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that your body needs. However, when you have too much cholesterol in your blood, it can build up on the walls of your arteries and form blockages. This can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL is also called “good” cholesterol. LDL is called “bad” cholesterol. When we talk about high cholesterol, we are talking about “bad” LDL cholesterol.

Seventy-one million American adults have high cholesterol, but only one-third of them have the condition under control.

Another good tip is to make sure you keep accurate records of all your medicines you take including any vitamins.  Make a list and keep it with you.  Write down things such as the medicines name, how much you take and how long you need to take if for.

Make sure to talk to your doctor regularly Talk to your doctor about your medicines. Some good questions to ask would be:  Do you need to take the medicine or medicines with food or on a empty stomach?  What should you do if you forget to take your medicine? And are there any side effects you should look out for?

Know all you can about your medicines and make sure you are taking them correctly. Also if you have more then one medicine make sure to ask your doctor or pharmaist that there is no problems with taking them together.

Make sure to read the label on all medicine you may take.  The label should show the list of ingredients. If you know you are allergic to anything in the medicine, do not use it.  Ask for a different medicine.  Read the warnings on the label carefully, and take note.   Do not use a medicine after the date on the bottle. It may not work as well.

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