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Top Five Myths About Salt

Apr 15, 2017 — It’s important to know the facts about salt, the most frequently used seasoning in American diets. Sodium chloride, the chemical term for salt, is an important substance that our bodies need. But too much salt can put our health at risk. “Salt-savvy” consumers should be aware of some common beliefs about sodium that can stand... Read More

Am I Too Old to Be an Organ Donor?

Apr 1, 2017 — Ted went to renew his driver’s license. At 70, he had to renew in person and take an eye test. As he was completing his paperwork, the clerk said, “Would you like to be an organ donor?” Ted laughed. “My organs are too old for that!” Was he right? April is National Donate Life Month.... Read More

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