Review Medicare options before Dec. 7

By: Kimberly Lankford
Posted on: November 12, 2014

Falling leaves and pumpkins are signs of autumn — along with Medicare’s open enrollment season, when those with the health program can switch plans.As your list of seasonal chores grows, you may be tempted to stick with your current Medicare Advantage or Part D prescription-drug plan. But that plan may no longer be your best option.Insurers are boosting premiums and other... READ MORE

A tick bite can cause allergy to red meat

By: By Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: November 03, 2014

A bug can turn you into a vegetarian, or at least make you swear off red meat. Doctors across the U.S. are seeing a surge of sudden meat allergies in people bitten by a certain kind of tick.This bizarre problem was discovered only a few years ago, but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak... READ MORE

SilverSneakers takes sting out of exercise

By: Jamie Lee Pricer
Posted on: October 19, 2014

“It gets me up and going in the morning, it’s like going to school,” says Bob Brelsford, who describes his age as somewhere on the upside of 65.The Palm Springs resident settles in an armless chair in the midst of a dozen more senior-age exercisers who carry on a stream of chatter as they choose gear for the hour — hand weights separated by color from a pile on the... READ MORE

We need to eat more protein as we age

By: Densie Webb, Ph.D., R.D.
Posted on: October 14, 2014

Say the word “protein,” and it conjures up everything from Paleo and Atkins diets for weight loss, to soy protein for heart health, and whey protein for muscle building.At the other end of the protein spectrum are claims that too much can harm your kidneys, or that the key to good health is to avoid animal protein and focus on eating only plant protein.The science behind how... READ MORE

Study explores Parkinson’s genetic roots

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: October 07, 2014

One million people in the United States (five million worldwide) suffer from Parkinson’s disease (PD), a neurodegenerative disease second only to Alzheimer’s in numbers of people affected.Motor symptoms of PD include tremor, stiffness and/or slowing of movement, and walking problems. Parkinson’s can also affect neurological and mental health. While they vary from person to ... READ MORE

New daily tablets may replace allergy shots

By: Linda A. Johnson
Posted on: October 04, 2014

For decades, seasonal allergy sufferers had two therapy options to ease the misery of hay fever. They could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or they could get allergy shots for years to gradually reduce their immune system’s over-reaction.Now, patients can try another type of therapy to train their immune system... READ MORE