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Rights of Passage: Integrating Palliative Care

It’s always a thrill for writers to see their work in final published form, but I’m especially pleased that my story, ‘Rights of Passage: A New Approach to Palliative Care’ is the cover feature for the November 2013 issue of Canadian Nurse. The story is about a new approach to hospice palliative care that could […]

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Technology Innovations for Independent Aging

Meeting Baby Boomers’ expectations for long-term independent aging.  There are 77 million American Baby Boomers and they are turning 63 at a rate of nearly one every seven seconds. Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D., and Director of AgeLab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), refers to Baby Boomers as “generation expectation” because they expect to live […]

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Is Cocoa the Brain Drug of the Future?: Scientific American

Could cocoa really be the brain drug of the future by improving cognitive function in the elderly? Hope springs eternal for studies trying to find that chocolate is good for you! Researchers at the University of L’Aquila in Italy with scientists from Mars Inc. (that’s right, the candy company) conducted a study among elderly people […]

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Social Media Can Help Reduce Caregiver Stress

Perhaps you or someone you know is a caregiver, as there are more than 34 million Americans who are providing care for older, chronically ill or disabled family members at home. Caregiving can be deeply rewarding yet highly stressful, as caregivers face many day-to-day challenges that can lead to exhaustion, feelings of helplessness, unspoken heartache […]

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New Insights Into What’s Driving the Autism Epidemic

A flurry of new research offers some intriguing clues into the mystery of what causes autism, which in the past, has been blamed on everything from childhood vaccines to poor parenting. Recently, the CDC reported that 1 in 88 eight-year-old children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an alarming 78 percent increase from 2002 when the […]

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Addressing Men’s Hidden Health Concerns

A large majority of men’s hidden health concerns are not being addressed, according to a new Canadian survey. Their top five health concerns were: mobility impairment; memory loss; medication side effects; vision loss; and hearing loss. With the exception of medication side effects, only 9-40% of the men reported that these top issues had been […]

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Task Force Recommends Against HRT for Postmenopausal Women

Considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to prevent chronic medical conditions? News flash! HRT is no longer recommended for post-menopausal women, because the health risks outweigh the benefits. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has just issued an updated statement, which you can review here. The recommendation is based on research published since 2005 and it […]

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Advances in Knee Replacement Surgery for Active Boomers

Meeting the demand with 30-year knee implants and new surgical techniques “The majority of people coming into my office for knee replacement surgery are in their 50s,” says Steven Haas MD, Chief of Knee Surgery and Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. This is a big shift in […]

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The guts to go grey

I remember exactly where I was when I found the first one. I was the ripe old age of 19, taking a break from studying for exams in first-year university. I looked in the mirror and reeled in horror. There was a completely white bolt of lightning sticking out against the night sky of my […]

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Pardon Me? How Spin Class led to Tinnitus

I love the pumping beat of rock music in my spin cycle class. It keeps me on pace, ensuring a good cardio burn. The instructor cranks up the stereo in the small room that holds 15 bikes, donning her microphone so the class can hear her instructions over the music. It’s a blast, literally. I’m […]

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