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YH0810_VitaminDSuperhero
Vitamin D saves lives, says Rasa Kazlauskaite, M.D., endocrinologist and director of the Rush University Prevention Center in Chicago. A large-scale study published in 2008 showed that people who took a placebo were more likely to die earlier than people who took vitamin D supplements.
YH0810_Sarcopenia
Sarcopenia, or wasting away of the muscles, has been considered a normal part of the aging process. But experts are finding that doesn t have to be the case. [caption id="attachment_13505" align="alignright" width="280" caption="Weight-bearing exercises, also known as resistance training, help preserve muscle mass. Start light and increase weight over time. (File photo)"]
Truth about Vitamin D
One of the most remarkable findings about vitamin D came about by accident at an unlikely place a maximum-security hospital for the criminally insane. In April of 2005, an influenza epidemic raged through the population at Atascadero State Hospital in Atascadero, California. But as it progressed, Dr. John Cannell noticed something unusual: No patients on his ward became ill even though they had...
YH0810_AskHealthExpertDrWelsh
Erickson health and wellness experts can be found at Erickson Living communities all over the U.S. This month our expert is Austin T. Welsh, Jr., M.D., medical director at Tallgrass Creek in ' Overland Park, Kansas. Dr. Welsh received his bachelor s degree from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and his medical degree from Wright State University School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. He...
YH0710_HealthExpertBloodKotwal
Erickson health and wellness experts can be found at Erickson Living communities all over the U.S. This month our expert is Shaveta Kotwal, M.D., medical director at ' Ashby Ponds in ' Ashburn, Virginia. Dr. Kotwal received her medical degree from Jammu Medical College in India. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Prince George s Hospital in Cheverly, Maryland. Board certified in...
YH0710_Caregiver2
The doctor said your loved one s memory problems are due to progressive dementia most likely Alzheimer s disease. Your role as a caregiver is about to become very important. Preparing for that role may seem daunting. [caption id="attachment_12770" align="alignright" width="280" caption="A support group, including your physician, can be a big help in dealing with stress related to caregiving. (...
YH0710_AirQuality
Inhale . . . exhale . . . inhale . . . exhale. Do you know what you re breathing? In 2006, ' almost a quarter ' of people age 65-plus lived in counties with unhealthy ozone levels, and 21% lived in counties where fine particle matter exceeded national standards.
Medicare enrollment form
Today, the government launched a website to explain what the Affordable Care Act means for specific groups including seniors. You can visit the section for older adults at http://www.healthcare.gov/foryou/seniors/index.html . The first item of business? In mid-June, Medicare sent the initial batch of its one-time, tax-free $250 rebate checks to people who fell into the Medicare Part D donut hole...
YH0610_Sodium
A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco, Stanford University Medical Center, and Columbia University Medical Center revealed that if everyone reduced their daily salt intake by half a teaspoon, there would be almost 100,000 heart attacks prevented and up to 92,000 fewer deaths each year. [caption id="attachment_12022" align="alignright" width="280"...