Snacks can be fine, if you snack smarter

By: Beacon
Posted on: November 03, 2016

Eating a snack or two between meals can curb hunger so that you don’t inhale everything on the dining room table when you finally sit down to supper. Snacking can also help you get in all the nutrients you need.On the flip side, grazing all day — particularly on foods of little nutritional value — may result in eating too much and packing on extra pounds. The key is taking ... READ MORE

Medicare open enrollment thru Dec. 7

By: Beacon
Posted on: October 27, 2016

It’s time for your annual checkup — of your Medicare plan.  Medicare’s annual open enrollment period started Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. This is the time of year you can make changes to your plans.Review your current Medicare Part D Prescription Drug and, if you have it, your Medicare Part C Advantage Plan coverage to see if you can lower your costs or find a... READ MORE

Avoiding delirium during a hospital stay

By: Beverly Merz
Posted on: October 25, 2016

My mother was lucid and alert when she was hospitalized for pneumonia. But by the middle of the first night, she was wondering how she had ended up at a “hotel” that allowed strangers to enter her room at all hours. The second night, she wandered into the corridor, slipped and fractured a hip. She didn’t leave the hospital alive.Her story, though extreme, is sadly typical. ... READ MORE

Reaping benefits from simple meditation

By: Dr. Howard LeWine
Posted on: October 07, 2016

Q: I have been hearing a lot more about mindfulness recently. Given my hectic life, it sounds like I might benefit. But I am not sure how to start. Any suggestions?A: Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment — and accepting it without judgment.Mindfulness meditation is an excellent way to get started. In mindfulness meditation, you learn... READ MORE

The truth about tequila and bone health

By: Dr. Robert H. Shmerling,
Posted on: October 06, 2016

“Tequila could reverse osteoporosis!” “Drinking tequila is good for your bones!” “Have a third margarita — because tequila’s great for your bones!”Talk about misleading headlines! These are prime examples.It’s true that a newly published study found that a substance in tequila  — called agave tequilana, or tequila agave... READ MORE

New technique depicts brain synapses

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: October 03, 2016

The brain’s nerve cells communicate by firing messages to each other through junctions called synapses. Problems with those connections are linked to disorders like Alzheimer’s and epilepsy.Now Yale University researchers have developed a way to picture synapses in living brains. The technique, using PET scans, is highly experimental, but it raises the possibility of one day... READ MORE