Study examines if cleaner air helps COPD

By: Beacon

Johns Hopkins Medicine is currently conducting a study to investigate whether indoor air cleaners can improve air quality and the health of those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although the respiratory effects of outdoor air pollution are well-known, indoor environment is also of particular concern to researchers, as most people spend over 85 percent of their time... READ MORE

What foods do and don’t pose cancer risk

By: Karen Collins

About a third of America’s most common cancers can be prevented through healthy eating, regular physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.But the wide range of cancer myths can make it hard to figure out what those healthy eating choices involve. Here are some common questions and their answers.1. Does sugar... READ MORE

Well-being is more complex than we think

By: Lauran Neergaard

Your mother’s cholesterol is OK, but maybe your doctor should be asking about her social life, too.Think about health as you grow older, and a list of common ailments pops to mind. But that’s not the whole story. New research suggests factors such as loneliness and whether they’ve broken any bones since middle age also play a role in the well-being of older adults.In fact, ... READ MORE

Drug companies sway doctors with swag

By: Lindsey Tanner

As little as one free meal from a drug company can influence which medicines doctors prescribe for Medicare patients, according to a study using Medicare records and recently released data from the Affordable Care Act’s Open Payments program.The study highlights the subtle ways doctors may feel inclined to prescribe a drug after receiving just a small gift, even if the drug is more... READ MORE

Study aims to improve dementia diagnosis

By: Barbara Ruben

The earliest physiological indication of dementia is the clumping of amyloid protein fragments in the brain.Usually, the brain breaks down amyloid and it gets eliminated from the body. But when it remains in sticky plaques, it can lead to decreased cognition and memory — hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Other aging and brain disorders may also involve a buildup of such... READ MORE

It’s never too late to get healthy

By: Barbara Ruben

A few years ago, Gertie Elam lost her job as a federal contractor, and soon after that had surgery for colon cancer. “It was a very difficult time in my life. I was so stressed, not getting enough sleep, worrying about what would happen,” said Elam, who lives in Suitland, Md. A friend at church suggested Elam join a support group she co-facilitated called Prime Time Sister Circles ... READ MORE