Study pays you for trying to quit smoking

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: September 12, 2019

How many clinical trials offer a free T-shirt emblazoned with an image of your brain? A new Johns Hopkins research study that promises the T-shirt will try to help smokers quit by using e-cigarettes. Perhaps more enticing, the one-year study offers up to $1,690 in compensation to make a total of 16 visits to the Bayview Center in East Baltimore. You may qualify if you are up to 60... READ MORE

How to find the right post-hospital care

By: Eleanor Laise
Posted on: September 11, 2019

For patients and their families, a hospital stay can be a confusing and stressful time. But for hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries who are very sick or have complex needs, the question of where to go after the hospital may be even more difficult. Patients who need continued care after a hospital stay are destined for “post-acute care” — skilled nursing or therapy services that may ... READ MORE

Beacon celebrates 20th year of 50+Expos

By: The Beacon
Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Beacon newspaper has been providing free community education events every fall for readers and their families. Known as the 50+Expos, they are held in both suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for the convenience of residents throughout the metro area. Between the two events, more than 100 informative exhibitors will provide giveaways and helpful... READ MORE

A guide to grains for eating healthily

By: Heidi McIndoo
Posted on: September 06, 2019

Grains can be confusing. We hear “eat more whole grains” and then “cut out grains.” What should we actually be doing? Grains are loaded with nutrients, including B vitamins and carbohydrates, your body’s main source of energy. In addition, whole grains such as oats and brown rice are good sources of fiber, protein and even more vitamins and minerals. It’s recommended that... READ MORE

Our quick guide to grains

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: September 06, 2019

Amaranth: Technically a seed, amaranth is high in protein and contains many vitamins and minerals. Barley: Try traditional pearl barley in soups or as a base for a stir-fry. Brown rice: Always a better choice over white rice due to its fiber content, brown rice also contains magnesium and selenium. Buckwheat: Despite its name, this seed is gluten-free. Try it in... READ MORE

When your sense of smell lets you down

By: Eric Holbrook, M.D.
Posted on: September 05, 2019

We spend our days interacting with the world around us through our senses of sight, sound and touch. But anyone who has developed complete nasal obstruction from an infection or severe allergies has experienced what it’s like to be without one of our most basic senses: our sense of smell. In other animals, the sense of smell is crucial for survival, reproduction and rearing of... READ MORE