A late night kiwi may improve your sleep

By Christina Manian
Posted on July 19, 2024

One of the most beautiful and delicious fruits, kiwis are favorites of children and adults alike. However, these bright green fruits might be most adored by the wellness community, as they’re incredibly nutritious.   One potential health benefit of kiwi that’s been causing some buzz recently? Eating one before bed might help you sleep better.  Here’s all you need to know... READ MORE

Extreme heat affects older adults more

By Jim Miller
Posted on July 17, 2024

Dear Savvy Senior,  I work for a county health department, and every summer, we’re seeing more and more seniors get sick and even die from heat-related illness. Can you write an awareness piece on the affects extreme heat has on older adults, and what they can do to guard against this summertime risk?   —Health Advocate  Dear Advocate,  Happy to oblige! Most people... READ MORE

Some simple steps that can lower fall risk

By Devi Shastri
Posted on July 12, 2024

One in four U.S. adults 65 and older fall each year, putting them at risk of injury, broken bones and even death. But common as falls may be, they are not inevitable.  “The more work we do, the more we realize that healthy aging doesn’t have to include falling,” said Cara McDermott, who researches falls at Duke University School of Medicine.  Here are some ways to reduce your... READ MORE

Meds and supplements for Alzheimer’s

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on July 10, 2024

Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people worldwide, progressively impairing memory and cognitive function. To manage this challenging condition, a combination of pharmaceutical treatments and natural remedies can be highly effective.   Medications like donepezil (Aricept), memantine and rivastigmine play a crucial role in improving cognition and slowing the progression of... READ MORE

Ways to cope with ringing in your ears

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on June 27, 2024

Q: I have persistent ringing in my ears, mostly in my right ear. My hearing test showed mild hearing loss. What can I try before spending money on hearing aids? A: You are one of the estimated 15% of American adults who suffer from tinnitus. For many, it’s a high-pitched ringing, while for others, it sounds like whistling, whooshing, buzzing, chirping, hissing, humming, roaring or even... READ MORE

Some of the top health benefits of dates

By Megan Falk
Posted on June 25, 2024

When you hit the supermarket to restock your kitchen with nutrient-packed fruit, you probably unconsciously turn your cart into the produce section, where apples, oranges and grapes abound. But in doing so, you could be missing out on a fresh fruit hiding out next to the raisins and prunes in the bulk bin aisle: dates. That’s right: Though wrinkly, sticky and chewy like dried... READ MORE

Telling our stories can produce catharsis

By Alan D. Bergman
Posted on June 25, 2024

Recalling our past and telling or writing our stories can release a floodgate of emotions that have long been blocked within us. As a professional biographer and personal historian, I have witnessed how summoning the details of our lives from our memory banks — or even learning missing information about our own or our forefathers’ and foremothers’ life stories — can bring us joy, ... READ MORE

Study volunteers needed for daily walks

By Margaret Foster
Posted on June 19, 2024

We all know that exercise is good for us, but as we age, our joints might feel creaky or we may have more aches and pains. That may make exercise harder. Now a new study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health hopes to help people age 65 and older get moving again. “Sit less by moving more,” explained Amal Wanigatunga, Ph.D., the principal investigator of the... READ MORE

Are nitrates good or bad for your health?

By Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., RD
Posted on June 18, 2024

Nitrates in cured meats — such as bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts — have long had a reputation for being unhealthy. But more recently there’s been a lot of talk about the health benefits of nitrates in beets and other vegetables. Nitrates are compounds made up of nitrogen and oxygen. Most come from plants, such as leafy greens, beets and celery. But they are also added to... READ MORE

There’s a better way to clean these foods

By Lauren Salkeld
Posted on June 17, 2024

Prepping your ingredients is an essential part of the cooking process. Most of us probably don’t think too much about how we wash fruits, veggies and other foods, but as with most things, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Sometimes, incorrect cleaning means a little grit in your salad. But in other instances, it can be the difference between a memorable meal and a... READ MORE