Falls take a rising toll on older brains

By: Mike Stobbe

Older adults are suffering concussions and other brain injuries from falls at what appear to be unprecedented rates, according to a new report from U.S. government researchers.The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of older people are living at home and taking repeated tumbles, said one... READ MORE

Living drugs: new frontier in cancer care

By: Lauran Neergaard

Ken Shefveland’s body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They removed some of his immune cells, engineered them into cancer assassins and unleashed them into his bloodstream.Immune therapy is the hottest trend in cancer care and this is its next frontier — creating “living drugs” that grow inside... READ MORE

Can cocoa flavanols prevent disease?

By: Rebekah Alcalde

Chocolate lovers may be on to something. A new long-term study is trying to find out if taking daily, dietary supplements of cocoa extract containing cocoa flavanols and theobromine from the cocoa bean, and/or a standard multivitamin reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and cancer.The study is being conducted in a partnership by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the... READ MORE

Beware of the sun if you take these drugs

By: Suzy Cohen

Did you know that your medication can damage skin? Most of you don’t even think about that as a side effect.Photosensitivity is a fairly common skin reaction that is sparked by taking medicines that interact with ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or from tanning beds.It happened to me once, and luckily the red burning rash and tingling affected only my hands. It took only two... READ MORE

Women face as many heart risks as men do

By: Densie Webb, R.D.

In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease — almost half a million deaths each year. Yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists.An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading killer. The reality is quite different — coronary heart... READ MORE

Coping with increasing food intolerance

By: Matthew Solan

Who hasn’t eaten something that did not agree with them? But when your stomach issues become more frequent and severe, you might have a bigger digestion problem called food intolerance.Food intolerances occur more often as you age, since your digestion naturally becomes slower and your body produces fewer enzymes needed to break down food.“This allows more time for bacteria to... READ MORE