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Everyone who owns their own home, or who rents, needs sources of medical care and medicines.  Baby boomers generally need more medicines than younger Americans, and they may find Canadian prescription medicines to be an economical alternative to American Rx meds. If finances are really tight, many people utilize sources of free medicines like samples and donations by large pharmaceutical companies.

Several specific ailments strike mature and retired baby boomers more than others. One of them is cracked, split fingernails and toenails, which occurs mostly in dry winter weather among older adults. A related disease is called winter itch, an itching condition of the skin which is worst during the dry weather of winter days and nights.

Eventually, almost all baby boomer men (whether homeowners or renters) suffer from an enlarged prostate gland. If the gland is not cancerous this is called benign prostate hyperplasia, or BPH for short. The symptoms of BPH include slow urination and inability to completely empty the bladder. The standard surgical treatment for this condition is known as TURP (transurethral resection of the prostate), colloquially known as the roto-rooter procedure. An alternative enlarged prostate treatment for BPH is the GreenLight (PVP) laser procedure. In this procedure the light from a powerful laser is used to vaporize the excess prostate tissue. BPH is an example of a stricture, or the narrowing of a channel inside the body.

Sexually active persons may notice warts growing in the private areas of their bodies. These HPV warts are often caused by the human papilloma virus. Sometimes they are referred to as genitil warts because they occur on the genitalia, and they are not pleasant. A new vaccine for young people can prevent most cases of HPV warts.

A medical condition that affects all humans at one time or another is a pain inside the head, or headache. These can include sinus headaches, migraine headaches, headaches due to trauma, tension headaches and a lot of headaches with no known cause. Painkillers such as aspirin, naproxen sodium and acetaminophen can reduce the pain of most headaches; special medicines are used for migraines.

Often a woman learns that she is pregnant, but is not certain who the father of the child is. If several men could be responsible, the one positive method of determining the baby's daddy is a DNA paternity test. Such tests have only one chance in millions of being wrong, and they are accepted by judges and the courts for child support.

All medicines have side effects, mostly harmful. If these side effects are bad enough, or if the manufacturer conceals them, then there is room for class-action lawsuits with potential multi-million dollar awards to the plaintiffs. For example, the manufacturer of the sleeping drug Ambien faces a class-action lawsuit because of allegations that Ambien causes sleepdriving, sleepwalking and other dangerous behaviors. Two other medicines facing class action lawsuits are polyheme blood substitute and a lawsuit over deaths resulting from ketek antibiotic.

Everyone should have a regular program of exercise to stay healthy, both homeowners and renters alike. While it may seem best to begin a rigorous workout regimen, the experts agree that building muscle safely through exercise means that you should build slowly up to the level of strength that you want.

While no person can live forever in perfect health, sensible exercise and the moderate use of medicines under professional guidance can prolong our lives and keep us healthy as long as possible.

Note that nothing on this website should be construed as qualified medical advice. If you have a serious medical condition you should consult with a medical professional.