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When Alzheimer’s Disease Strikes in Middle-Age

Mar 15, 2017 — Two years ago, actress Julianne Moore received the Best Actress Oscar at the Academy Awards for her portrayal of a Columbia University professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the movie Still Alice. The poignant film brought some much-needed publicity to the fact that younger people can develop Alzheimer’s, which is usually assumed to... Read More

March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Mar 1, 2017 — The American Institute for Cancer Research shares six steps to prevent half of all colorectal cancers. Colorectal cancer includes cancers that begin in the colon and the rectum. The National Cancer Institutes (www.cancer.gov) says there were 134,490 cases of colorectal cancer in 2016, and almost 50,000 deaths due to the disease. It’s important to be... Read More

The “Snake Oil Salesman” Is Alive and Well

Feb 15, 2017 — You’re probably familiar with the old “snake oil salesmen”—charlatans who traveled from town to town, peddling fancy bottles of “miracle potions” guaranteed to cure a wide variety of ailments. We now know that most of those “secret formulas” were no more than colored water mixed with other useless—or even dangerous—ingredients. Or perhaps the bottle was... Read More

Give Your New Year’s Resolutions a Jump Start

Feb 1, 2017 — So here we are, a month into 2017. Did you make a list of healthy New Year’s resolutions? Are you still feeling enthusiastic about your goals of exercising more, eating right, quitting smoking, lowering your stress level – whatever good intentions made it onto your list? To make it more likely that you’ll stick to... Read More

Understanding the Changes of Alzheimer’s Disease

Jan 15, 2017 — While many people think of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia as primarily affecting person’s memory and thinking, family who are providing care for these loved ones quickly realize that one of the greatest challenges is the behavior changes that can occur as the disease progresses. It’s difficult, for instance, to not take a... Read More

Q: Can I Burn Off Those Extra Holiday Calories With Exercise?

Dec 15, 2016 — Karen Collins, MS, RDN, CDN, FAND of the American Institute for Cancer Research answers this common question. A: It depends on the treats you choose and how fast you walk. Holiday cookies often have 60 to 140 calories each, and sweet desserts may contain from 200 to 600 calories or more per serving. If you... Read More

December 5–9, 2016 Is Older Driver Safety Awareness Week

Dec 1, 2016 — The holidays are a time when many families visit elderly parents, grandparents and other loved ones. That’s why December is the month when families are most likely to realize that Mom and Dad might not be safe behind the wheel. There might be some new dents on the car or the garage door. Maybe when... Read More

Holiday Tips for People With Diabetes

Nov 15, 2016 — November is National Diabetes Month. Is it ironic or intentional that this recognition should fall at the beginning of the holiday season, when temptations abound, and travel disrupts our care routine? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning... Read More

Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Brain

Nov 1, 2016 — As we grow older, we tend to worry about our memory and thinking. We hear so much about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia, and chances are we have friends and loved ones who have been touched by one of these conditions. Some people even believe that memory loss is inevitable—that they will surely become “senile”... Read More