FDA warns of risks of online pharmacies

By: Linda A. Johnson

The Food and Drug Administration is warning U.S. consumers that the vast majority of Internet pharmacies are fraudulent and likely are selling counterfeit drugs that could harm them.The agency has launched a national campaign, called BeSafeRx, to alert the public to the danger, amid evidence that more people are shopping for their medicine online, looking for savings and... READ MORE

Websites link caregivers to info, services

By: Lauran Neergaard

A woman grips her car's steering wheel and silently lets out a scream as her frail father, on oxygen, coughs beside her and her kids play around in the back seat.The frustration portrayed in an arresting new public service announcement is recognizable to millions of Americans who struggle to care for aging loved ones while holding down jobs, raising children and taking care of their own ... READ MORE

New vaccine options for this flu season

By: Jim Miller

Several different types of flu shots are available to older adults this year, along with a new FDA-approved shot for pneumonia. Here are your options:Flu shotsJust as they do every year, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) strongly recommends a seasonal flu shot to almost everyone, but it’s especially important for older adults, who are more vulnerable. The flu puts more than... READ MORE

Take two chocolates and call me in the a.m.

By: Joyce Hendley

Chocolate to cure a broken heart is a popular prescription, but it turns out chocolate's heart-mending reputation might just be deserved.A few months ago, Harvard researchers reported that in a study of over 31,000 middle-aged and elderly Swedish women, those who consumed one or two ounces of chocolate a week had a 32 percent lower risk of heart failure than women who ate no... READ MORE

Family history of heart disease raises risk

By: Marilynn Marchione

Paul Ryan works out and watches his diet, but a new study shows that clean living can only go so far to help people like the vice presidential candidate overcome a strong family history of heart disease.The study of 4 million people — the largest ever on heart risks that run in families — found that having a close relative die young of cardiovascular disease doubles a... READ MORE

Will we one day ‘print’ drugs at home?

By: Katherine Sanderson

Technology is being developed that could one day allow anyone with a 3D printer and an Internet connection to set up a home-based pharmacy. (A 3D printer builds solid objects by depositing repeated layers of a substance in much the same way an ink-jet printer deposits ink on a page. A digital file instructs the printer exactly what to do.)A team of researchers led by chemist Lee Cronin at... READ MORE