Expanded treatment options for migraine

By Amaal Starling, M.D.
Posted on October 18, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: I’ve had migraines since I was a teenager. My pediatrician said it was likely hormonal since they often occurred during my menstrual cycle. Over the years, I have tried various prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat migraines, as well as preventive therapies, but I continue to struggle. I feel as if my headache days are increasing. I often miss work... READ MORE

Ideas for building a satisfying breakfast

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on October 13, 2023

Breakfast may be the least popular meal of the day. Hunger, time, motivation — whatever it is, plenty of research suggests that breaking the nightly fast is healthier than skipping it altogether. Still, it can be a challenge. And, let’s face it, American breakfast foods are generally not ideal. We favor foods like processed meats (bacon, sausage), pastries, and high-sugar cereals.... READ MORE

Fruits that indulge your sugar cravings

By Jenny McCoy
Posted on October 12, 2023

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying something sweet, if you have a hard-to-satisfy sweet tooth, looking for alternatives that will help scratch the itch — sans added sugar — is a great way to support your health in the long run. Enter fruit. Here is a roundup of six especially sweet fruits, all recommended by food experts, that can serve as great substitutes when... READ MORE

Know the hidden secrets of paper towels

By Suzy Cohen
Posted on October 11, 2023

Paper towels are a household staple. You wipe your counters with them, dry your hands, and maybe even pat your freshly washed lettuce like I do. But have you ever paused and pondered over what’s lurking within those white sheets? The answers might surprise you. First, let’s talk about how they feel. Ever notice the luxurious softness of VIVA compared to the rugged strength of... READ MORE

Using mindfulness with Type 2 diabetes

By Matthew Solan
Posted on October 09, 2023

Lifestyle changes like regular exercise, a healthy diet and sufficient sleep are cornerstones of self-care for people with Type 2 diabetes. But what about mind-body practices? Can they also help people manage or even treat Type 2 diabetes? An analysis of multiple studies published in the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine suggests they might. Researchers analyzed 28... READ MORE

Three vaccines recommended for this fall  

By Jim Miller
Posted on October 04, 2023

Dear Savvy Senior, Which vaccines are recommended for those on Medicare this flu season? —Just Turned 65                                                                                 Dear Just Turned, There are actually three different types of vaccines older adults should consider getting this... READ MORE

50+Expos return to Virginia, Maryland

By Beacon Staff
Posted on October 03, 2023

The Beacon newspaper’s annual in-person 50+Expos return this month. Thousands of older adults and their families are expected to attend the free events, featuring a range of valuable resources, informative speakers, health screenings, volunteer opportunities and entertaining activities tailored to their interests and needs. This year’s 50+Expos will be held at two... READ MORE

Some surprising facts about pistachios

By Lori Zanteson
Posted on September 29, 2023

There’s no denying the irresistible pistachio. Its smooth beige shell reveals a peek of the green goodness within. Native to the Middle East, including what is now Turkey, Iran and Syria, pistachios were considered royalty and an aphrodisiac. Chinese legend says they bring good luck to those who hear the shells pop open while sitting under a pistachio tree. Plump with powerful plant ... READ MORE

Causes and treatments for peptic ulcers

By Amy Oxentenko, M.D.
Posted on September 27, 2023

Dear Mayo Clinic: Last year, I was diagnosed with heartburn due to a peptic ulcer. My doctor suggested that I see a specialist. Who should I see, and what type of treatment is available? A: Many people will note that they have “heartburn,” and it is important to know that such a symptom could be related to one of several issues in the digestive tract, including peptic ulcer... READ MORE

Does Medicare cover second opinions? 

By Jim Miller
Posted on September 25, 2023

Dear Savvy Senior, The doctor I currently see thinks I need a knee replacement, but I would like to get some other treatment options before I proceed. Does Medicare cover second medical opinions? —Limping Larry Dear Larry, Getting a second medical opinion from another doctor is a smart idea that may offer you a fresh perspective and additional options for treating your knee so you ... READ MORE