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Is It Safe to Exercise With Arthritis?

— May is Arthritis Awareness Month. Over 54 million people in the U.S. are living with arthritis, and with the aging of our population, that number will grow. Arthritis is the general term for a group of more than 100 conditions that affect the joints or the tissues around the joint. Osteoarthritis is the most common... Read More

Avoiding “Zoom Fatigue”

— Videoconferencing has helped us stay connected during these days when it’s not safe to be together. It’s not a brand new technology, but the rapid adoption across wide swaths of the population has given researchers a lot of new experimental data to work with. And they’ve learned about pitfalls most users probably find familiar by... Read More

Your Spring Diet 2021: More Challenging, But More Important, Than Ever

— A year into the pandemic, are you struggling with the notorious “quarantine 15”? A lot of older adults report that they are carrying around some extra pounds these days. It’s not surprising, as many of us are stuck at home, unable to access many of our usual exercise activities, and perhaps turning to food for... Read More

Protecting Our Brains During the Pandemic

— While most people think of COVID-19 as primarily affecting the lungs, the data on millions of patients shows it can damage other body systems, including the brain. Some patients have experienced serious brain inflammation, delirium, hallucinations, psychotic symptoms, and strokes. Others report a milder, but still troubling, set of symptoms that some experts are referring... Read More

April Fool’s Day Is No Joke

— Doctors from the University of Cambridge in the UK have been studying ways that older adults can cope with the stresses the pandemic has brought us for over a year, including concern about COVID-19 and loneliness resulting from social distancing. The research team suggested a number of resources, including online socialization, gardening and meditation—and laughter.... Read More

Could the Moon Affect Our Sleep?

— During National Sleep Month in March, sleep experts have been offering tips and advice for better slumber. Scientists know more these days about sleep and its role in health. When we sleep, our bodies might be resting, but our brains certainly aren’t! Sleep is the time when the brain consolidates and stores memories, as well... Read More

Kidney Stones Q & A: National Kidney Month

— March is National Kidney Month. Kidney stones aren’t by any means the most serious kidney ailment we can deal with, but they are certainly painful and can affect quality of life! Here are questions often asked about this condition: Q: What are kidney stones? Kidney stones are hard, pebble-like deposits that form in the kidney,... Read More

Avoiding Eye Injuries at Home

— These days a lot of us are spending more time at home. We might be working remotely, cooking more rather than eating out, and having our recreation at home. Home improvement centers report that many people are taking advantage of today’s enforced confinement to quarters by doing more gardening, and tackling household repairs and remodeling—often... Read More

Four Indulgent Treats That Are Good for the Heart

— We’ve been celebrating American Heart Month during February, and many of us are thinking about ways to take good care of our hearts. Maybe we vow to get more exercise, lower our stress and control our blood pressure. Most likely, we are examining our eating habits and looking at ways we can switch to a... Read More

Loss of Smell Often Overlooked in Older Adults

— In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors noted that a loss of smell was a noticeable symptom. Dr. Carl Philpott of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK has studied this effect for months and learned that while the loss of smell during a cold or allergies is caused by congestion,... Read More
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