Your bones need more than just calcium

By: Kara Lydon, R.D
Posted on: February 27, 2015

When you think about bone nutrition, you probably think of calcium first. And rightly so: A solid body of research suggests that you should meet your daily calcium needs (1,000 - 1,200 milligrams) for optimal bone health.With 54 million Americans suffering from osteoporosis, it’s important to do all you can to feed your bones to prevent this debilitating condition.Get these nutrients, ... READ MORE

Physical fitness essential for healthy back

By: Harvard Men's Health Watch
Posted on: February 20, 2015

With changes in the spine that come with aging, occasional backaches may grow more frequent and blossom into a chronic and disabling pain condition.But this doesn’t have to happen to you. To maintain the best back health possible, you have to address both the body and the mind, said Dr. Zacharia Isaac, a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and... READ MORE

Medicare pays to coordinate chronic care

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: February 11, 2015

Adjusting medications before someone gets sick enough to visit the doctor. Updating outside specialists so one doctor’s prescription doesn’t interfere with another’s.Starting in January, Medicare pays primary care doctors a monthly fee to better coordinate care for the most vulnerable seniors  — those with multiple chronic illnesses  — even if they... READ MORE

Cancer patients try drugs out on mice first

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: February 05, 2015

Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same — with the hope of curing their own disease.They are paying a private lab to breed mice that carry bits of their own tumors so treatments can be tried first on the customized rodents. The idea is to see which drugs might work best on a particular person’s specific cancer.The mice may help patients... READ MORE

How to preserve the nutrients in produce

By: Clare Tone, R.D.
Posted on: February 01, 2015

Food preparation techniques such as peeling, chopping and cooking make an impact on the nutritional value of fruits and vegetables.Follow these tips to preserve more nutrients in your produce:1. Fresh is best, frozen is next.Fresh, ripe produce in-season — with virtually no cooking required — will usually be highest in nutrients. But what about produce in the middle of winter?... READ MORE

How to get indoor allergens under control

By: June Allan Corrigan
Posted on: January 22, 2015

Watery eyes, runny nose, congestion — allergy sufferers are all too familiar with the symptoms. Most know enough to stay inside when the outdoor air is full of pollen. But what if the great indoors is causing the problem? There’s nowhere to hide if that’s the case.Fortunately indoor allergens are a little easier to control. No one can very well strip the land of grass and... READ MORE