A prom that has two generations dancing

By: Alexis Bentz
Posted on: June 07, 2016

When you hear the term “senior prom” you probably think of high school seniors dancing the night away in their school gymnasium. However, in this column, I’m going to talk about a different type of senior prom — one that brought together older adults and teens.The Jewish Council for the Aging (JCA)’s Interages program recently hosted a senior prom that could... READ MORE

New treatments for leukemia are studied

By: Carol Sorgen
Posted on: June 01, 2016

Nearly 19,000 new cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) will be reported this year in the U.S., according to American Cancer Society statistics.CLL affects mainly older adults, and the average age at the time of diagnosis is 71. It is rarely seen in people under 40, and is extremely rare in children. Yet CLL accounts for one quarter of all diagnosed cases of leukemia.Chronic... READ MORE

You can fight back when drugs are denied

By: Eleanor Laise
Posted on: May 26, 2016

You make a routine trip to the pharmacy to fill a prescription. But the pharmacist tells you your Medicare drug plan won’t cover the drug. You walk away with no medication — and no clear explanation about why you were denied coverage.More and more seniors are finding themselves in this confusing and potentially dangerous situation, patient advocates say.Questions about... READ MORE

Drug distribution can block competition

By: Matthew Perrone
Posted on: May 18, 2016

The same strategy that Martin Shkreli used to get away with a 5,000-percent price increase on an old drug is used by many other drugmakers to maintain sky-high prices on billions of dollars’ worth of medications.Before the price hike that made him infamous, the former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals had to ensure that no competitor would be able to launch a cheaper version of Daraprim,... READ MORE

Surprising benefits of worrying (for some)

By: Srini Pillay
Posted on: May 12, 2016

Everyone worries, but some people worry more than others. When worry is excessive, people may develop generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). In fact, close to a quarter of people who go to their primary care physicians with anxiety suffer from the condition.In general, stressful events in childhood and adulthood, having strained economic resources, being divorced, and being female all put you... READ MORE

Nasal rinses for chronic sinus problems

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: May 11, 2016

As spring rolls around, allergies and hay fever cause problems, and so do lingering strains of colds and flu. Maybe you are one of the 40 million people in America who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms from chronic sinusitis? It translates to a lot of Kleenex, Flonase and Sudafed! Are you experiencing some of these... READ MORE