Health

Creative Eldering: Menopause

Despite the bombardment of media and societal messages, menopause is a natural passage of life for women and not a guaranteed time of discomfort or dis-ease. While sometimes imbalances can occur before, during and after menopause, there are many natural modifications that can help make menopause a smooth transition.

Probiotics

Probiotics are micro-organisms that are considered “good” for you. Probiotics are usually available as foods or dietary supplements for digestive disorders and for a number of other diseases. To start with the basics, we carry bacteria within our digestive tract (or “gut”) as well as other openings of the body, including mouth, nose, ear, eye, […]

Creative Eldering: Unfriendly Energy: Electromagnetic Pollution

All around you are invisible electromagnetic frequencies (EMF’s). This errant energy stems from your televisions, computers, Wi-Fi routers, cable boxes, radios, microwave ovens, cell phones, and other common household items. Though the energy is invisible, it is not harmless, in fact, many studies show that this electromagnetic pollution may be carcinogenic.

Do you have low bone mass? Are you a woman interested in bone health?

New CU study focuses on understanding whether adding DHEA to exercise can improve bone density and muscle strength in older women with low bone density. University of Colorado College of Nursing Associate Professor, Catherine Jankowski, is leading the DAMES study, a five-year study that will look at how boosting naturally declining levels of the hormone […]

Flu: Past and future vaccinations

You may not be thinking about the flu, but pharmacists and other health care professionals have already begun planning for the upcoming flu season. The World Health Organization chose four influenza strains for this year’s vaccines: two strains from the more severe Influenza A virus, and two strains from the more common but less severe […]

Marijuana: to use or not to use?

By Danielle Fixen ~ In the United States, there are currently 30 states in addition to the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana. Of those 30 states, 9 have legalized recreational marijuana use; however, under federal law, marijuana remains illegal. It is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance, along with heroin and […]

How Seniors Can Beat the Heat: Tips for Staying Active and Safe as Temperatures Rise

By Efrem Castillo, M.D. ~ Today’s seniors are more active than ever before. Popular pastimes such as golf, bike riding and gardening provide daily opportunities to exercise and socialize, and there’s no better time to enjoy these outdoor pursuits than the summer months. However, as temperatures rise, so do the risks of heat stress. Extreme heat […]

Creative Eldering: Leaky Gut Syndrome

Have you been to the doctor to seek advice about a variety of symptoms? Do your symptoms appear to be unrelated? You may be suffering from leaky gut syndrome. “Leaky gut syndrome is neither a simple nor a consistently defined malady. It manifests with a jumbled variety of symptoms and conditions that vary greatly from […]

Creative Eldering: Candida: Causes and Treatment

Within your body, beyond your bones, muscles, and organs, among its trillions of cells are microorganisms and bacteria. When most people hear the word bacteria, they automatically think of them in a negative context, but within your body there are many different types of healthy bacteria. These healthy bacteria can be found on your skin, […]

Highest Premiums & Top Ratings For Medicare Plans Don’t Produce Broadest Coverage of Expensive Medications

Analysis Reveals Difficulties in Shopping for Extensive Specialty Drug Coverage Mountain View, CA— HealthPocket® released a study of 2018 Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage plans that revealed the difficulties facing Medicare beneficiaries when trying to find the most extensive specialty drug coverage. Specialty drugs can be very expensive, some costing thousands per month retail, and these drugs have […]

Hepatitis C: Should I be Tested?

By Jennifer Kiser, PharmD, Associate Professor CU Skaggs School of Pharmacy ~ One in 30 baby boomers is infected with the Hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is a virus that damages the liver. It is transmitted through contact with infected blood. There is no vaccine to prevent Hepatitis C virus. Most people (about half in […]

Hepatitis C Among Baby Boomers: How Local Health Departments are Working to Address this Quiet Epidemic

Washington, DC, June18, 2018 — Hepatitis C is a global public health issue affecting 71 million people around the world. In the United States, there are approximately 3.5 million people living with hepatitis C. It kills more Americans than all other infectious diseases combined, and baby boomers – people born from 1945-1965 – are five times […]

How Seniors Can Beat the Heat: Tips for Staying Active and Safe as Temperatures Rise

By Efrem Castillo, M.D.~ Today’s seniors are more active than ever before. Popular pastimes such as golf, bike riding and gardening provide daily opportunities to exercise and socialize, and there’s no better time to enjoy these outdoor pursuits than the summer months.

Creative Eldering: Energizing Your Immune System

Though most people are familiar with the basic concept of the immune system, its complexity remains a great mystery to most people, even some medical doctors. The human immune system includes a network of “fighter cells” and organs. T-cells (thymus cells) and B-cells (bone marrow or bursa cells) work to maintain a healthy immune system. […]

Shingrix® – The New and Improved Shingles Vaccine

By Emanuela Mooney, PharmD ~ Shingles or herpes zoster is a viral infection caused by the varicella zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 people in the United States will develop shingles. This infection causes a painful rash that usually appears around the torso but […]