• By Laurel J. Kelly

Consumer Health: Alzheimer’s disease and health care

January 12, 2018

a portrait of two women, one elderly, the other middle age, perhaps a mother and daughterAlzheimer's disease: 7 tips for medical visits 
People who have dementia due to Alzheimer's disease need regular medical care to address a range of health and behavioral issues. Caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease means frequent visits with their health care providers. Here are seven tips to make the most of those appointments.

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What causes plugged ears? What is the remedy?
With plugged ears, the eustachian tubes that run between your middle ear and the back of your nose become obstructed. You may experience a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ears. You also may have ear pain, dizziness and muffled hearing. Learn more from Dr. Laura Orvidas, a Mayo Clinic otolaryngologist, about simple treatments you can try to ease these symptoms and when you need to seek medical care.

Ulcerative colitis
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Calcium supplements and thyroid hormone replacement therapy 
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Candida cleanse diet: Does it work?
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