The facts about genetically modified food

By: Dr. Michael Mahr

Genetically modified foods have been around for years, but most people in the United States have no idea if they are eating them.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said such foods don’t need to be labeled, so some states are moving forward on their own.Vermont recently became the first state to require labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Bills and ballot... READ MORE

Too many caregivers try to go it alone

By: Heidi Godman

History is repeating itself in my family. My mother has Parkinson’s disease, and my father is her caregiver. Forty years ago, my mom was the caregiver for her own mother, who had advanced Parkinson’s disease and dementia.I didn’t know my grandmother before she became frail and sick, but I knew that her children adored her. They couldn’t bear to place her in a nursing ... READ MORE

Do you have a food allergy or intolerance?

By: Beacon

Walk down the aisles of your local supermarket, and you’ll see something you likely wouldn’t have encountered a decade ago — shelves devoted entirely to gluten-free cereals, breads, muffins and other foods. Restaurants have also jumped on the bandwagon, revising their menus to include dishes without gluten, a protein found in wheat.The gluten-free diet was designed for... READ MORE

Some ‘unhealthy’ foods are good for you

By: Beacon

When you envision foods that wreck your diet or sabotage your health, what pops into your mind?There’s a good chance the list of foods you imagine includes options that could actually help you reduce stress, prevent heart disease, and ward off certain cancers.Unfortunately, once a food gets labeled “bad for your health,” it never seems to lose that description — even ... READ MORE

Aquatic exercise is safe, gentle, effective

By: Beacon

When you’re struggling with joint pain, gravity can make exercise an unpleasant experience. But exercising in water, also known as aquatic therapy, can change all that.“It enables you to do many of the same exercises you’d do on land without applying the same force on your joints,” said Gayle Olson, a certified athletic trainer at the Sports Performance Center at... READ MORE

New model aims for old-fashioned care

By: Christopher J. Gearon

Joe McDonald, 70, of Fairfax, Va., really likes his primary-care doctor. And it’s no wonder.The retired finance manager can get same-day appointments at the Fairfax Family Practice, e-mail his physician or drop by the practice’s walk-in clinic, even on weekends. On a secure website, McDonald renews prescriptions and reviews test results. Everything is “right at my... READ MORE