Osteoporosis: Recognize this often silent bone loss condition

People often say how they are shrinking and becoming shorter with age, and we often see the elderly in a stooped posture. What has only become known relatively recently is that the compression of the spine, due to weakened bones that make up the vertebrae, is what causes this posture and reduced height.  It’s not to be taken lightly.

Laughter is the best medicine

Everyone loves a good laugh. A comedy. Cute antics of pets. A funny joke. When we laugh, we relax. We often share the moment with a friend or loved one. We feel good.

Pain Management

There are many experiences that cause apprehension and fear. Pain is at the top of the list of things that we fear, wish to avoid, minimize and resolve quickly.

Parkinson’s disease: An overview

Parkinson’s disease was first recognized in 1817 by Dr. James Parkinson in England, however the symptoms of the condition were written about as early as 175 AD.  Previously referred to as the shaking palsy It was often simply assumed that a shaking voice or hand was part of aging. Dr. Parkinson saw similar characteristics in patients with tremor and specific decline in motor skills.  Today, as celebrities Michael J. Fox, Alan Alda, and the late Robin Williams and Muhammad Ali, acknowledge having Parkinson’s, it is now a familiar medical condition with one in 300 individuals diagnosed.

A Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is a basic human need, like food, water and oxygen. We cannot decide to do without sleep any more than we can to choose to not eat, hydrate, or breathe. We spend one-third of our lives asleep; for the average adult that’s 26 years.

Palliative Care and Hospice What is the difference?

Medical language is almost a separate form of English. In a world of growing technology and informational systems, an entire conversation can occur that is loaded with acronyms and terms which are totally confusing.

Lyme Disease: ticks active in the fall

Even though cooler weather is here, the activity of ticks and the possibility of Lyme Disease remains. Raking leaves and fall yard clean ups present opportunities for you to come in contact with ticks.

Vaccines for Adults

It’s the time of year to get a flu shot to prevent us from getting sick this winter. This is true but there are several other vaccines that adults should get as well.

Skin cancer identification, treatment, prevention

As much as everyone loves the sunshine and long summer days at the beach, the sun is not always our friend. Combined with familial tendencies for skin cell mutations, the risks of skin cancer increase with sun exposure.