My MedlinePlus Weekly Newsletter: Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease | Give Your Eye's a Break | Prescription Preparedness

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June 24, 2020

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Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Research shows that following four (or all five) of these healthy lifestyle behaviors may lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease:

  • be physically active
  • do not smoke
  • limit alcohol consumption
  • eat a high-quality diet
  • engage in social and productive activities you enjoy

Read more about the study and how you can incorporate these healthy behaviors into your life.

 

Give Your Eyes a Break

Do you stare at screens all day? Caring for your eyes is an important part of your health so give your eyes a break! Try the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, look away about 20 feet in front of you for 20 seconds. And if you're doing DIY projects at home, prevent eye injuries with safety glasses.

 

Prescription Preparedness

Natural disasters like hurricanes, tornadoes, or wildfires can occur suddenly and may require you to evacuate. Make a kit that you can take with you that includes the medications that you and your family need, including pets. Use this checklist to help you prepare.

 

Recognizing Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection you get from the bite of an infected tick. Early symptoms start between 3 to 30 days after an infected tick bites you and can include:

  • rash
  • fever
  • headache
  • fatigue
  • muscle and joint aches
  • swollen lymph nodes

Learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease.

 

Swollen Legs, Feet, and Ankles

Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. The effect of gravity makes the swelling most noticeable in the lower part of the body. There are many causes of swelling including age, medications, and certain medical conditions. Find information on the causes and treatments.

 

Indian Lentils and Pasta

Lentils are a great source of fiber and protein. This one pot Indian Lentils and Pasta recipe is an easy, hearty dinner. Add a salad or vegetables to complete your meal.