News and Updates for the Patient and Family

What Should I Know About Medical Cannabis?

Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in cannabis, also known as marijuana. Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol. Cannabidiol causes far fewer psychoactive effects than THC.

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Understanding Health Literacy

Health Literacy Affects Everyone

Health literacy is important for everyone because, at some point in our lives, we all need to be able to find, understand, and use health information and services.

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Depression doesn't just affect your mind. It affects your heart, too

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How stress causes gray hair

Stress can have a variety of negative effects on the body. The idea that acute stress can cause hair to turn gray is a popular belief. But until now, that link wasn’t scientifically proven.

Hair color is determined by cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin. New melanocytes are made from melanocyte stem cells that live within the hair follicle at the base of the hair strand. As we age, these stem cells gradually disappear. The hair that regrows from hair follicles that have lost melanocyte stem cells has less pigment and appears gray.

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How to Keep Your Heart Healthy:
Diabetes and Heart Health

Heart disease is a serious and common condition. If you have diabetes, you’re twice as likely to have heart disease than someone who doesn’t have diabetes.

But there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk for heart problems. And those actions will make it easier to manage diabetes, too.

Being more physically active makes your heart stronger and can improve your blood sugar levels. It can promote weight loss as well, which lowers your heart disease risk. Eating healthy food that gives you the nutrition you need is also really important.

Find out more about how heart disease and diabetes are connected and what you can do (and not do) to keep your heart healthy.

Study Finds Strong Relationship Between Cognitive Decline and Chronic Conditions

A recent study found that adults with a history of stroke, heart disease, and COPD were more likely to report cognitive decline compared to adults without those conditions.

The study also found that a significant proportion of adults with cognitive decline also had chronic diseases. Cognitive decline may affect a person’s ability to manage their chronic conditions.

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A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR BETTER SLEEP: The Ultimate Sleeping Tips

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