December 2014

Overcoming Falls with the Facts

Subscribers Only — Some of the changes your body experiences with age are inevitable. Graying hair, thinning skin, wrinkles and weakened muscles are seen as natural, yet, there is one common denominator that should not be accepted as normal: falling.   More...

Breaking Down Fracture Risk

Subscribers Only — The 206 bones in the human body have an important reputation to maintain. Together, they make up the solid frame that supports the rest of our soft, vulnerable form. But your bones are not passive, wooden beams. Your skeleton undergoes a process of constant change known as remodeling and has the ability to adapt to patterns of increasing stress or changing levels of calcium in your bloodstream.   More...

Is Low Carb the Answer for Weight Loss?

Subscribers Only — There are literally hundreds of thousands of diets, and now research has shown that one type is particularly effective for weight loss and reducing cardiovascular risk. Known as the low-carb diet, the approach avoids consuming too many carbohydrates—particularly the heavily refined starches found in bagels, white pasta and crackers—and focuses on eating foods with healthy fats.   More...

An Injection of Prevention

The flu is nothing to be trifled with. Each year, complications from influenza infection send more than 200,000 Americans to the hospital, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   More...

In The News: December 2014

“Fibro fog”—also known as fibromyalgia fog and brain fog—is a term commonly used for the cognitive difficulties that can occur with fibromyalgia. Now, a study from Sweden finds evidence that fibromyalgia is linked to abnormal activity in parts of the brain that process pain signals and link them to other regions. Published in the journal Brain Connectivity (October 2014), the research compared brain activity in 16 women with and 22 without fibromyalgia. After refraining from taking pain medication and sedatives 48 hours before the assessment of pain and 72 hours prior to a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), participants experienced different levels of pain by having pressure applied to the thumb. Functional magnetic resonance imaging is a procedure using MRI technology that measures brain activity by detecting associated changes in blood flow. When analyzing the brain scans, the team found differences in brain patterns between the healthy participants and those with fibromyalgia.   More...