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“I Quit Smoking … But Now I’m Gaining Weight!”

— One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to quit smoking. A month into 2019, a certain percentage of smokers who resolved to become former smokers are still sticking with it. But some report that during January, they seem to have gained a few pounds. This is a common but frustrating turn of events... Read More

Avoiding Glaucoma, the “Sneak Thief of Sight”

— January Is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, and if you’re a little behind in creating your New Year’s resolutions, getting an eye exam is a good one to add! According to the Glaucoma Research Foundation (GRF), sponsor of this national event, more than 3 million people in America are living with some form of this disease,... Read More

Ten Bone and Joint Health Resolutions for 2019

— Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Many of us pledge to take steps to improve our health. This year might be a great one to focus on bone and joint health problems, which are among the most prevalent and debilitating health challenges Americans face. To get you started, check out these ten great... Read More

Five Reasons to Fight Ageism in 2019

— Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? Maybe you’ve vowed to lose weight, save money, read more books or clean the garage? We’d like to suggest another worthy resolution that could benefit you, your older loved ones, and even the young folks in the family: fighting ageism. Today, there is an increased emphasis on... Read More

Helping Senior Loved Ones Feel Connected During the Holidays

— Recent studies confirm that loneliness is a serious issue for older adults today. The health impact of social isolation rivals obesity and even smoking. Loneliness raises the risk of heart disease, depression, sleep problems, stroke, hypertension and dementia, and can shorten life. The holidays are considered a time of comfort and joy, when families get... Read More

More Seniors Are Living With HIV/AIDS

— December 1 is World AIDS Day, when health agencies worldwide call attention to the fight against HIV infection, and the need to support people who are living with the HIV virus. HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If not treated, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. There is at present no cure for HIV,... Read More

Diabetes Is a Family Matter

— November is the month when families traditionally get together for Thanksgiving visits — and it’s also National Family Caregiver Month. Sponsored by the American Diabetes Association, November also is American Diabetes Month. So that makes this month a great time to discuss your family’s risk of diabetes. On the global level, the International Diabetes Foundation... Read More

Opioids Aren’t the Only Dangerous Pain Medications

— With so much coverage of today’s opioid epidemic, there is new emphasis on alternative pain treatment. For many people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal pain, this includes the use of medications called non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs). This class of drugs includes aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve) and Celebrex. But while NSAIDs are overall safer than... Read More

Goodbye Sandals, Hello Bunion Pain

— Podiatrists report that autumn brings an increase in patients coming in with foot pain—specifically, the pain caused by bunions. Why? According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS), it’s because people, especially women, often wear sandals and other lighter shoes all summer. When the temperature drops, out come the enclosed-toe shoes—and bunion... Read More

October 15 Is Global Handwashing Day

— Did you get your flu shot yet? Last year’s severe flu season provided a big reminder of how dangerous seasonal influenza can be! Flu season 2017 – 2018 took the lives of 80,000 people, and caused 900,000 people to be hospitalized. Experts say it was the most deadly since the infamous Spanish flu epidemic of... Read More