Supplement with Vitamin D, not calcium

By: Kristen Rapoza
Posted on: November 10, 2015

Like many women, you may have memorized the minimum daily calcium requirement — 1,000 milligrams a day for women ages 50 and younger and 1,200 mg. for women over 50 — and followed it faithfully in an effort to preserve your bones.You’ll probably be surprised to learn that many health authorities don’t agree with that recommendation. Dr. Walter Willett, chair of the... READ MORE

Type 2 diabetes pill significantly cuts risks

By: Linda A. Johnson
Posted on: November 04, 2015

The Type 2 diabetes pill Jardiance, launched last August, sharply reduces chances of dying in diabetic patients at high risk of heart complications, a study shows, making the medication the first shown to lengthen diabetics’ lives.The study found Jardiance reduced deaths from heart complications by 38 percent, deaths from any cause by 32 percent, and hospitalizations due to chronic... READ MORE

Changes in Medicare drug, health plans

By: Bill Salganik
Posted on: October 28, 2015

If you’re not paying attention, your Medicare prescription premium could increase by more than $50 a month in 2016. Each year, insurance companies can — and do — change their premiums, copays, deductibles and lists of covered drugs.It’s always a good idea to re-shop for your Medicare prescription drug and/or health plans (such as HMOs) during open enrollment, which... READ MORE

New cancers form in 1 of 5 cancer patients

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: October 21, 2015

  Second cancers are on the rise. Nearly 20 percent of new cases in the U.S. now involve someone who has had the disease before.When doctors talk about second cancers, they mean a different tissue type or a different site — not a recurrence or spread of the original tumor.Judith Bernstein of suburban Philadelphia is an extreme example. She has had eight types of cancer over... READ MORE

Lots of options for flu vaccines this year

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: October 13, 2015

Give flu vaccine another chance: This year’s version got a recipe change that should make it more effective after last winter’s misery from a nasty surprise strain of virus.“It doesn’t matter which flu vaccine you get. Just get one,’’ Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said before rolling up his own sleeve for a... READ MORE

Genetic predisposition to obesity found

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: October 07, 2015

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat — a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem, beyond diet and exercise. The research was led by scientists at MIT and Harvard University and published in the New England Journal of Medicine.The work solves a big mystery: Since 2007, researchers have known... READ MORE