The facts about genetically modified food

By Dr. Michael Mahr
Posted on July 31, 2014

Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most people in the United States have no idea if they are eating them.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said such foods don’t need to be labeled, so some states are moving forward on their own.Vermont recently became the first state to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Bills and ballot... READ MORE

Too many caregivers try to go it alone

By Heidi Godman
Posted on July 17, 2014

History is repeating itself in my family. My mother has Parkinson’s disease, and my father is her caregiver. Forty years ago, my mom was the caregiver for her own mother, who had advanced Parkinson’s disease and dementia.I didn’t know my grandmother before she became frail and sick, but I knew that her children adored her. They couldn’t bear to place her in a nursing ... READ MORE

Do you have a food allergy or intolerance?

By Beacon
Posted on July 06, 2014

Walk down the aisles of your local supermarket, and you’ll see something you likely wouldn’t have encountered a decade ago — shelves devoted entirely to gluten-free cereals, breads, muffins and other foods. Restaurants have also jumped on the bandwagon, revising their menus to include dishes without gluten, a protein found in wheat.The gluten-free diet was designed for... READ MORE

Some ‘unhealthy’ foods are good for you

By Beacon
Posted on July 04, 2014

When you envision foods that wreck your diet or sabotage your health, what pops into your mind?There’s a good chance the list of foods you imagine includes options that could actually help you reduce stress, prevent heart disease, and ward off certain cancers.Unfortunately, once a food gets labeled “bad for your health,” it never seems to lose that description — even ... READ MORE

Aquatic exercise is safe, gentle, effective

By Beacon
Posted on June 17, 2014

When you’re struggling with joint pain, gravity can make exercise an unpleasant experience. But exercising in water, also known as aquatic therapy, can change all that.“It enables you to do many of the same exercises you’d do on land without applying the same force on your joints,” said Gayle Olson, a certified athletic trainer at the Sports Performance Center at... READ MORE

New model aims for old-fashioned care

By Christopher J. Gearon
Posted on June 13, 2014

Joe McDonald, 70, of Fairfax, Va., really likes his primary-care doctor. And it’s no wonder.The retired finance manager can get same-day appointments at the Fairfax Family Practice, e-mail his physician or drop by the practice’s walk-in clinic, even on weekends. On a secure website, McDonald renews prescriptions and reviews test results. Everything is “right at my... READ MORE

How to keep your pets safe this summer

By Jorie Parr
Posted on June 12, 2014

No more sleeping in. Summertime means that Joseph Scott of Palm Springs and his mastiff, Dillon, 10, hit the pavement at 5:30 every morning. Then, except for short excursions, they don’t go walking again until about 9 to 9:30 p.m.The pair has been inseparable since Scott found a small puppy left in deplorable condition under a bush on Dillon Road near Desert Hot Springs. Instantly,... READ MORE

What’s all the fuss over dark chocolate?

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on June 11, 2014

In addition to its great taste and enduring popularity, dark chocolate may help you fend off heart disease, diabetes, dementia and stroke.Chocolate has a variety of health-protective qualities thanks to its antioxidant flavonoids. The darker the chocolate, the higher level of flavonols (the main antioxidant found in cocoa and chocolate) it contains.Dark chocolate has a protective effect... READ MORE

Half of US adults 40 to 75 eligible for statins

By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on June 05, 2014

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75, and nearly all men over 60, qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease prevention guidelines, an analysis concludes. It’s the first independent look at the impact of the guidelines issued in November, and shows how dramatically they shift more people toward treatment. Supporters say the guidelines reveal the... READ MORE

Medical test surprises: Too much info?

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on March 11, 2014

It’s a growing side effect of modern medicine: A test for one condition turns up something completely unrelated. It might be a real danger, or an anxiety-provoking false alarm.Doctors dub this the dreaded “incidentaloma” — so-called incidental findings that tell people more than they bargained for, things they might not need, or want, to know.A U.S. presidential... READ MORE