Ten tips that can help fight osteoporosis

By: Carrie Dennett, R.D.N.

Because 70 percent of our bone destiny is due to heredity, you’re at greater risk for osteoporosis if you have a family history of the disease. But that doesn’t mean you can’t help shape the health of your bones.We actively build bone until our mid-20s, then we start to slowly lose bone mass. After the age of 50, one in two women, and one in four men, will break a bone due ... READ MORE

His job is preventing dementia

By: Robert Friedman

 “We have to start in our 40s, at least, if we want to have any hope of lowering the overall personal risk for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.”That is the advice of Dr. William Mansbach, a geriatric neuropsychologist who lives and works in Columbia. Mansbach has a national reputation in the fight against the disease, and is a member of the Governor’s... READ MORE

People 75+ sought for flu vaccine study

By: Carol Sorgen

Seasonal influenza (flu) is the fourth-leading cause of death for older Americans. That’s why it’s highly recommended that all adults 50 years of age or older receive an annual flu vaccine immunization. However, despite the fact that more older adults are receiving the vaccination, mortality has actually increased. Researchers theorize that may be due to the fact that the... READ MORE

Combine good foods to get more benefit

By: Matthew Kady, R.D.

Some foods play really well together. Food synergy occurs when components of different foods work together to maximize benefits. Think of it as 1 plus 1 equals 4 instead of 2; the total result is greater than the sum of the individual parts.Try these good-chemistry eats to watch your health grow exponentially.Garlic and lemonPerhaps Italians were onto something by frequently pairing these... READ MORE

A call a day may keep the doctor away

By: Talia Denicoff

A new program provides older Fairfax County residents with daily phone calls from volunteers to address their social and emotional needs, provide medication reminders, help prevent neglect, and provide a connection with others.The program, called CareRing 2.0, is provided by volunteers through the nonprofit Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS).PRS Program Director Laura Mayer said that ... READ MORE

Studying drugs for persistent depression

By: Barbara Ruben

While many people find the fog of depression lifts after taking anti-depressant medications and/or talking with a therapist, some are unable to find relief, even after trying several different drugs. This is called treatment-resistant depression.Now, researchers at CBH Health in Rockville, Md., are studying two drugs that might work quickly to ease depression.One drug, called esketamine, is ... READ MORE