Social Media and Mental Health

The amount of time people spend in front of their televisions, computers, iPhones, android phones, and other Internet-based platforms like Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, is growing at a rapid rate. Numerous studies have looked at the implications of these technologies on physical and mental health. Recently, a study published in the Journal of Social and [Read More]

8 Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

According to the National Institutes of Health, each year approximately 50,000 people in the United States receive a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Currently, there are approximately 500,000 people living with this progressive disease of the nervous system. Since the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease develop slowly, often starting with a simple tremor in one hand [Read More]

9 Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis

In the course of the last 50 years, osteoporosis has reached epidemic levels. Although the disease used to be relatively uncommon, currently one out of every two women will be diagnosed with osteoporosis by the age of 60. Additionally, one out of five of these women will have a hip fracture — and half of [Read More]

A 2016 study by the World Health Organization revealed that approximately one third of all adults are overweight. Globally, this means that approximately 2 billion people are overweight. The epidemic of weight gain is further highlighted by the fact that among overweight people, nearly one-third are technically defined as obese. That is more than 650 [Read More]

As we age, our medical conditions can rack up. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have two or more. Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare: 1. High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) Nearly 60% of seniors have [Read More]

Spring may be around the corner, but March is certainly coming in like a lion. And that means, among other things, trips to the emergency room. Each year in the United States more than 39 million people visit the emergency room due to injuries. These visits are especially common during the winter months and the [Read More]

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 25% of US seniors have diabetes, and a staggering 50% have prediabetes. In seniors, diabetes is associated with higher mortality rates, higher risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced function, and decreased ability to live independently. However, it is possible to be healthy despite diabetes. Here are 5 tips [Read More]

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Why Do We Catch Colds When It’s Cold?

Most people assume that there is a direct connection between cold weather and catching a cold. Why else would we use the term “catching a cold” if lower temperatures played no role in contracting this viral illness? The fact is, however, that cold weather is not directly responsible for causing colds. What is true is [Read More]

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