You can save a life performing simple CPR

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: August 06, 2015

Would you know what to do if you see someone collapse, not breathing — a loved one at home, a co-worker at the office, a stranger on the street? Far too many Americans die of cardiac arrest, and now a major new report urges a national campaign to improve survival, in part by making sure more bystanders know how to help.Every year, about 395,000 people suffer cardiac arrest in their... READ MORE

Join a landmark Alzheimer’s prevention study

By: Lauran Neergaard
Posted on: July 31, 2015

Sticky plaque gets the most attention, but now healthy seniors at risk of Alzheimer’s are letting scientists peek into their brains to see if another culprit is lurking.No one knows what actually causes Alzheimer’s, but the suspects are its two hallmarks — the gunky amyloid in those brain plaques, or tangles of a protein named tau that clog dying brain cells. New imaging... READ MORE

Alternative funds seek lower-risk returns

By: Stan Choe
Posted on: July 30, 2015

For most of us, investments fall into two simple categories: stocks or bonds.Some investors are adding an “other” category in their search for possibly safer or better returns. They’re pouring into what the industry calls alternative funds, which are generally bringing hedge-fund-like strategies to the masses. It’s still a niche corner of the market, but nearly $13... READ MORE

Timing of vitamins, minerals can be critical

By: Suzy Cohen
Posted on: July 22, 2015

We are better off getting our nutrients from healthy foods and beverages. But dietary supplements can fill a nutritional gap.It’s confusing to know when you should take certain nutrients, especially the minerals which can bind or “chelate” with a lot of different medications. It’s also difficult to time your supplements around meals and medications.Over the years,... READ MORE

A review of useful freebies for retirees

By: Cameron Huddleston
Posted on: July 16, 2015

Senior discounts abound, making life in retirement a little more affordable. In some cases, though, older adults can get more than just a lower price; some goods and services that appeal to retirees come free of charge.Here are eight great freebies many retirees can enjoy. Some are available only for those who’ve reached a certain age. Others are accessible to people of all ages, but... READ MORE

Cocoa improves thinking skills, memory

By: Beacon
Posted on: July 15, 2015

Chocolate is more than just a tempting treat. Certain compounds in chocolate, called cocoa flavanols, have been shown to boost health. But that doesn’t mean you should start loading up on the sweets.“Consuming cocoa flavanols in chocolate is tricky. You need to understand the risks and benefits first,” said Dr. Miguel Alonso-Alonso, a neuroscientist at Harvard-affiliated... READ MORE