People over 65 should get another Covid shot

By The Associated Press
Posted on April 05, 2024

Older U.S. adults should roll up their sleeves for another COVID-19 shot, even if they got a booster in the fall, U.S. health officials said in February. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Americans 65 and older should get another dose of the updated vaccine that became available in September — if at least four months has passed since their last shot. In making the... READ MORE

Healthy and affordable lunch foods to try

By Sarah Anzlovar
Posted on March 29, 2024

While lunch is often an afterthought when it comes to meal planning, what you eat midday can make a big difference in how you feel all afternoon. Trade up your deli sandwich with a bag of chips for some of these foods to get more from your lunch without spending too much time in the kitchen. Canned tuna: “Seafood is packed with protein, helping you feel full and satisfied. It’s ... READ MORE

Treatments for a persistent stuffed nose

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on March 27, 2024

Q: My nose constantly feels congested, especially on the right side. I don’t have any other symptoms. What might be causing it? A: The nasal block you feel is likely due to a chronic condition or obstruction that is reducing the amount of air passing through your nose. Allergies or a chronic sinus problem might be the cause. The insides of your nose and sinuses are lined with a... READ MORE

Understanding and reducing stroke risks

By Family Features
Posted on March 25, 2024

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. It will affect 1 in 4 adults over the age of 25 globally. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is disrupted, and it can result in oxygen starvation, brain damage and loss of function. There are two main types of strokes. Ischemic strokes occur when a blood vessel carrying... READ MORE

Easy-to-use toothbrushes and flossers

By Jim Miller
Posted on March 20, 2024

Dear Savvy Senior, I have arthritis and hand tremors that affect my grip strength and make brushing my teeth difficult. I’ve read that electric toothbrushes can help make the job easier. Can you make any recommendations? —Arthritic Alice Dear Alice, For those who suffer from arthritis or have other hand weaknesses or tremors, an electric toothbrush is an often turned to solution ... READ MORE

Organs and glands we can live without

By Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on March 19, 2024

There was a time when pediatricians routinely recommended tonsil removal, even for healthy children — including me. As far as I can tell, I suffered no ill effects — plus, I got extra ice cream! That practice is no longer routine. But it does raise an interesting question: Why do we have body parts that can be safely removed? If they’re not needed, why do humans have them in the... READ MORE

VA studies ways to help veterans avoid falls

By Margaret Foster
Posted on March 18, 2024

Baltimore retiree and 30-year U.S. Army veteran David Webber has had so many falls, he said, “I stopped keeping track.” He’s fallen down stairs, while vacuuming, on a ladder and off a deck. One day he received a letter from Veterans Affairs asking for volunteers in a fall-prevention study. “I answered right away,” he said. After 12 weeks of exercise classes at the VA in Loch ... READ MORE

How do natural and added sugars differ?

By Howard LeWine, M.D.
Posted on March 15, 2024

Q: I’m trying to cut back on my sugar intake, but so many natural foods have sugar. What’s a good way to approach this? A: A healthy way to think about sugar is to consider its source. Natural sugars are found in whole fruits, vegetables, milk products and grains. Fruit and some vegetables contain forms of sugar called fructose, glucose and sucrose, while milk contains lactose,... READ MORE

Why autoimmune diseases strike women

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on March 13, 2024

Women are far more likely than men to get autoimmune diseases, when an out-of-whack immune system attacks their own bodies — and new research may finally explain why. It’s all about how the body handles females’ extra X chromosome, Stanford University researchers reported last month. This finding could lead to better ways to detect a long list of diseases that are hard to diagnose... READ MORE

Try growing healthy microgreens indoors

By Jessica Damiano
Posted on March 11, 2024

Microgreens have been popping up as garnishes at high-end restaurants, but they’re more than just a gourmet trick of the trade. The 2-to-3-inch seedlings of edible plants, which add a burst of color and flavor to food, are packed with nutrients and can make for a fun indoor gardening project. At an average retail price of about $30 per tray, the little nutritional powerhouses can... READ MORE