Bicycling for the health of it

By: Robert Friedman
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Columbia resident David Zinner will be wearing his knee-length, red-white-and-blue socks on April 21 as he and a group of fellow bikers from Cycle2Health (C2H) pedal to several presidential primary voting sites. “We hope to look a little outrageous so that people will be reminded to get out and vote,” said Zinner, 69, a ride leader for C2H. While the official Howard County primary ... READ MORE

Is recurring stomach pain from an ulcer?

By: Robert Kraichely, M.D.
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Dear Mayo Clinic: I thought I had an ulcer, but my doctor ruled that out and wants to run tests. He said it could be functional dyspepsia. What causes this, and is it treatable? A: Functional dyspepsia (also called nonulcer dyspepsia) and peptic ulcers can feel much the same. But unlike a peptic ulcer, which involves open sores in the digestive tract, functional dyspepsia involves... READ MORE

Eat a rainbow of foods to stay healthy

By: Matthew Kadey
Posted on: March 17, 2020

Healthy eating advocates will say good nutrition is not a black-and-white issue. On the contrary, it’s in our best interest to fill our grocery carts with an assortment of colorful vegetables and fruits! Many of the pigments that give the dynamic shades to the stars of the produce aisle are considered powerful antioxidants, which offer health benefits to our bodies. What do... READ MORE

Coronavirus: What you need to know now

By: Kathleen Cameron
Posted on: March 17, 2020

The situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing rapidly, and the National Council on the Aging (NCOA) is taking proactive steps to share the best information we have to protect the public’s health, especially among older adults. Now is the time to stay informed and follow basic tips to protect yourself and those around you. Older adults at higher risk The CDC has... READ MORE

Superfoods that can help fight off colds

By: Amanda MacMillan
Posted on: March 16, 2020

They say you are what you eat. So, it makes sense that eating nutritious foods can help you maintain a healthy immune system. “Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants — these are what keep your body strong, and without them you’re not giving your body the edge it needs to ward off infection,” said registered dietitian Karen Ansel, a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and ... READ MORE

When/how to use opioids for acute pain

By: Scott Weiner, M.D.
Posted on: March 13, 2020

Two recent articles have again highlighted how often opioid pain relievers — medications like oxycodone and hydrocodone — are excessively prescribed in the U.S. for acute pain, sometimes for vulnerable populations, and sometimes for conditions for which they are probably not even indicated. The first paper, by authors at Boston Children’s Hospital, evaluated visits to the... READ MORE