To avoid winter falls, consider these tips

By: Dr. Levan Atanelov, M.D
Posted on: January 22, 2020

Winter season can be a time of increased danger for everyone, but especially older adults. Fall-related deaths among people aged 75 and older have almost tripled since 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Here are some suggestions for staying safely on your feet this winter: —If you use a cane, get an ice gripper cane tip. These metal-spike attachments cost less than... READ MORE

Not all oxygen tanks work for everyone

By: Margaret Foster
Posted on: January 20, 2020

Here is a cautionary tale: A Maryland woman bought a portable oxygen concentrator for her mother, who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Somehow, though, the device didn’t seem to be helping. After several months, her mother became confused and lethargic. The family rushed her to an emergency room, where doctors successfully treated her for respiratory... READ MORE

Drug shown to curb dementia’s delusions

By: Marilynn Marchione
Posted on: January 17, 2020

A drug that curbs delusions in Parkinson’s patients did the same for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia in a study that was stopped early because the benefit seemed clear. If regulators agree, the drug could become the first treatment specifically for dementia-related psychosis and the first new medicine for Alzheimer’s in nearly two decades. It targets... READ MORE

Does weather really affect arthritis pain?

By: Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Posted on: January 16, 2020

Medical myths die hard. Maybe that’s because there’s no agreement on whether a common belief is indeed a myth. For example, there’s the longstanding belief that weather affects arthritis pain. Many of my patients notice a clear connection; some are so convinced of the link that they believe they can predict the weather better than the TV meteorologists. And maybe that’s... READ MORE

Rustic bean soup brings back memories

By: Wolfgang Puck
Posted on: January 15, 2020

I first learned to cook in a kitchen ruled by two strong, loving women: my mother and grandmother. They were both amazing cooks, and all these years later my mouth still waters when I think about the food they prepared. They weren’t fancy about our daily food. Though they both knew how to prepare the finest traditional Austrian dishes, they ran our home smartly and frugally. They... READ MORE

Four ways to improve your cholesterol

By: Hallie Levine,
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Every cell in your body contains cholesterol — it’s an important building block for tissues that make up your organs — but if your levels are out of whack, it can spell all kinds of health trouble. Too much LDL cholesterol gloms up the walls of your blood vessels and can lead to heart disease. HDL, on the other hand, is considered the “good” cholesterol because it transports... READ MORE