alcohol consumption

Higher Alcohol Consumption Leads to Greater Loss of Muscle Tissue in Postmenopausal Women

CLEVELAND, Ohio (June 7, 2017)—If you feel as though you can’t do as much physically as you’ve gotten older, there may be a reason. Both aging and menopause are known to affect sarcopenia, which...
dementia

Dementia: Caring For A Loved One? Care For Yourself, Too

Michael Sloss’ mother was diagnosed with dementia about five years ago, and his father a year after that. Now Sloss and his brother care for both parents, ages 83 and 85, whose personalities have been...
fennel reduce postmenopause symptoms

Study Confirms Benefits of Fennel in Reducing Postmenopause Symptoms

CLEVELAND, Ohio (May 17, 2017)—Fennel, an anise-flavored herb used for cooking, has long been known for its health benefits for a variety of issues, including digestion and premenstrual symptoms. A new study confirms that...
soda tax

As California Weighs Soda Warning Labels, Soda Tax In Berkeley Shown To Dilute Sales

A new study of the soda tax in Berkeley, Calif., shows that residents are doing what public health experts had hoped — they’re ditching sugary drinks and opting for healthier beverages. The study, the largest to...
Thirdhand Smoke

Thirdhand Smoke: A New Worry For Smokers’ Families

Michael Miller, 44, does what most smokers do to protect his sons and daughter from the fumes of his Marlboro Ultra Lights. He takes it outside. After his 7 a.m. coffee, he walks out of...
Idaho

In Remote Idaho, A Tiny Facility Lights The Way For Stressed Rural Hospitals

ARCO, Idaho — Just before dusk on an evening in early March, Mimi Rosenkrance set to work on her spacious cattle ranch to vaccinate a calf. But the mother cow quickly decided that just...
Vaccine

In ‘Stealth Move,’ Michigan Refines Vaccine Waivers, Improves Rate Among Kids

Just three years ago, Michigan had the fourth-highest rate of unvaccinated kindergartners in the nation. But when a charter school in northwestern Traverse City reported nearly two dozen cases of whooping cough and several cases of...
rare diseases

Drugmakers Help Turn Patients With Rare Diseases Into D.C. Lobbyists

WASHINGTON — Wearing a blue T-shirt and worn jeans, Marc Yale stood near the welcome pole at the annual Rare Disease Legislative Advocates conference handing out money. Envelopes in his left hand held $750 checks...
End-of-life

End-of-life: Coming Full Circle, Doulas Cradle The Dying

As Ellen Gutenstein lay in her bed at home, dying from lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain, a heart-wrenching Mother’s Day card arrived from her granddaughter. Neither Ellen’s daughter — nor her...
opioids

Another Circle Of Hell: Surviving Opioids In The Fentanyl Era

There’s a clear culprit in the rising drug overdose death count in Massachusetts — the synthetic opioid fentanyl. More powerful and more deadly than heroin, fentanyl has sparked a new set of survival rules...