Tapping into a need during memory loss

By Connie George
Posted on November 12, 2012

With 66 years of professional dance experience, Mary Turner-Archer knows a lot about how to entertain a crowd.But last year the dynamic, energetic 74-year-old found a new calling as a dance and rhythm teacher at assisted living facilities where residents with significant memory loss are responding to her classes. With a combination of entertainment, education and inspiration, she is helping ... READ MORE

FDA warns of risks of online pharmacies

By Linda A. Johnson
Posted on November 01, 2012

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
Posted on October 22, 2012

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
Posted on October 15, 2012

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
Posted on October 08, 2012

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
Posted on October 01, 2012

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
Posted on July 01, 2012

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

Blood test may help predict heart attacks

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on May 01, 2012

Too often, people pass a cardiac checkup only to collapse with a heart attack days later. Now scientists have found a clue that one day may help doctors determine if a heart attack is imminent, in hopes of preventing it.Most heart attacks happen when fatty deposits in an artery burst open, and a blood clot then forms to seal the break. If the clot is too big, it blocks off blood flow.The... READ MORE

Universal, lifetime flu vaccine on the way

By Jason Koebler
Posted on April 23, 2012

Annual flu shots might soon become a thing of the past — and threats such as avian and swine flu might disappear with them — as a vaccine touted as the “holy grail” of flu treatment could be ready for human trials next year.That’s earlier than the National Institutes of Health estimated in 2010, when they said a universal vaccine could be five years off.By... READ MORE

Five foods that may help you sleep better

By Brierley Wright
Posted on April 16, 2012

Some people have trouble falling asleep. Others can’t stay asleep. And then there are the people who have trouble turning life “off” and tucking into bed at a reasonable hour.Whatever the reason, more than 50 million Americans don’t get enough shut-eye. Yet the health benefits of a good night’s rest are legion.Sleep helps keep you happy, your brain sharp, your... READ MORE