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 the last ... 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

Counseling for weight-loss surgery can help

By Karen Grothe
Posted on September 22, 2015

Dear Mayo Clinic: I decided to have bariatric surgery, but was told that I first need to go through counseling. What will those sessions involve, and would counseling really improve my chances of the surgery being successful?Answer: Before you have weight-loss surgery, it’s important to understand what to expect and to prepare yourself, physically and mentally, for what’s ahead. ... READ MORE

Chronic fatigue isn’t only in your head

By Beacon
Posted on September 15, 2015

Researchers at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health have identified distinct immune changes in patients diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome — known medically as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) or systemic exertion intolerance disease.The findings could help improve diagnosis and identify treatment options for the... READ MORE

Specialists offer tailored cardiac care

By Beacon
Posted on September 08, 2015

When you or a loved one is in need of heart care, the prospect may feel overwhelming. You know you need to see a heart specialist, but which one?Having heart disease can lead you in a number of directions. Many people go to a cardiologist because they want a specialist, but even in the world of cardiology there are “super-specialists” — doctors highly specialized in a... READ MORE

Better sleep may lower Alzheimer’s risk

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on September 04, 2015

To sleep, perchance to ... ward off Alzheimer’s? New research suggests poor sleep may increase people’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that, in turn, further interrupts shut-eye. Disrupted sleep may be one of the missing pieces in explaining how a hallmark of Alzheimer’s — a sticky protein called beta-amyloid — starts its damage long before... READ MORE