Health

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 […]

Safe & Healthy in the summer sun!

 By Nutrition Services staff, Volunteers of America ~ After being stuck indoors enduring frigid winter weather, it’s summer! Time to get outdoors and enjoy the activities you love. But just like anything, we can get too much of a good thing, like too much sun. As we get older our skin becomes more delicate and susceptible […]

Tips to Help Prevent and Treat Hearing Loss During May’s Better Hearing & Speech Month

By David Severance, M.D. chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare of Colorado and Wyoming ~ Hearing loss is a significant health issue in Colorado and across the country, affecting more than 48 million people nationwide. It could become even more widespread in the coming years: more than 1.1 billion young adults worldwide at risk of developing hearing […]

Mental Health Partners To Host Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy Workshop

Workshop is 2nd in 4-part series led by respected psychologist specializing in spirituality ~ Mental Health Partners (MHP) will host the 2nd in a 4-part workshop series focusing on spiritually integrated psychotherapy. The series: Sacred Matters: Integrating Spirituality into Mental Health Care and Mental Health Care into Faith Communities, will be led by Dr. Ken Pargament, […]

Creative Eldering: Energy and Food

By Susan L. Levy, D. C. ~ The age-old adage from Hippocrates, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” provides simple sage advice. The importance of food, not only on a physiological level, but on a psychological, emotional and spiritual level has been addressed in every culture throughout the entire history of humanity. […]

4 Chinese Herbs for Healthy Aging

By Norah Charles, MSOM, L.Ac. ~ Herbal medicine has been widely practiced in China for over two millennia. Many Chinese herbs we use today were first recorded as medicines in the ancient Chinese text The Divine Farmer’s Materia Medica compiled around 200 BC. This book details specific uses for nearly 400 herbs, including a number […]