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Polycystic Kidney Disease

Polycystic kidney disease occurs when clusters of cysts – benign round lesions varying in size that contain a watery fluid – develop and grow within the kidneys. Complications include high blood pressure, chronic kidney failure, and the development of Read more

Smart Use of Painkillers

Many Americans are taking excessive amounts of painkillers and say they do not worry about side effects, according to a recent survey. Researchers from the National Consumers League asked 4,200 U.S. adults about their medication habits and found that Read more

Facts About Fatigue

Many Americans complain about constantly feeling tired. Fatigue can develop from the simple problem of not getting enough nightly sleep to medical conditions like depression, anemia, or a sinus infection. If constant fatigue is wearing you down, consider some Read more


Shingles occurs in some people years after they have had chicken pox. The varicella-zoster virus, which causes chicken pox, lies dormant in the body and somehow reactivates. Symptoms include tingling, pain, and itching in a localized area followed by Read more


Aphasia occurs when a person loses the ability to produce or understand spoken or written language. Many possible causes exist for the disorder. These include stroke, tumors, brain injury, certain surgeries, bacterial or viral infections, and some neurological conditions. Read more

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Staying active is the best thing you can do for your brain. In the United States much of our active life is tied to our work environment and when we retire we tend to slow down our activities. Not having to be on a rigid work schedule we are no longer required to rise and shine to start that grueling daily routine. We can now bask in the glow of all we have accomplished from having a successful career and feel that we owe it to ourselves to take it easy.

However, not only did work provide us with the opportunity to utilize our sharpened mental skills but also provided us with was an opportunity for daily social interaction. Once we leave the work environment we need to be sure that we replace that stimulation to keep our mental skills honed and in peak working condition. Just like having a health plan or financial plan, we need to also have a mental plan. Some activities that we can engage in to build our cognitive reserve is joining a social group that meets on a regular basis, or catch up on all that reading we put aside because we were either too busy or too tired to read at the end of the work day. Why not take a class at a college, learn a new language, volunteer as a tour guide at the art museum or history museum or learn a new hobby? Any of these activities can ensure a happy, healthy mind and body. For more advice on maintaining good brain health contact the professionals at WNY Medical, PC located at 4979 Harlem Rd., Amherst by calling 923-4380.

Written by Diane Woolverton