Do you remember doing calisthenics in your gym class? You might recall the part where you had to try to touch your toes by bending over from a standing position or while sitting on the floor with your legs extended.
Recently, I found myself humming David Bowie’s 1983 hit “Let’s Dance.” This anthem from my school days – and possibly yours as well – ends with the exhortation “Let’s dance, let’s dance, let’s dance, dance, dance.”
Today marks the 25th anniversary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Ruth shows no signs of slowing down. RBG is a ruthless advocate for regular exercise and healthy eating, keeping her strong and focused.
Recently, I was listening to the radio in the car, and one of my favorite songs from my college days, Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” was playing.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, who was a trailblazer as the first female chair of the House Rules Committee, died today. She died just one week after falling in her D.C. home.
It was shocking and sad to hear that Malcolm Young, co-founder and guitarist of legendary rock band AC/DC, recently died from dementia at just 64-years-old. He was a husband, father and grandfather.
I can still remember how excited I was when I got my driving license. In addition to giving me an enormous sense of pride and independence, it also was tangible proof that I was now really a “grown up” with all the rights and privileges that came with it.
Accidents happen. Young or old, we sometimes slip and take a tumble. However, for the elderly a fall can result in much more than a few bruises or embarrassment. A fall may result in death for someone older!
Delirium, a sudden onset of confusion, affects around 7 million hospitalized patients in the U.S. each year, the American Delirium Society reports. These patients have longer hospital stays, higher mortality rates, and higher risks for developing dementia. Their condition may go unrecognized and undiagnosed during their hospital stay, and their symptoms -- such as hallucinations, delusions and inability to focus -- can persist for months.
Working in the health care industry, I would be the first to admit our nation’s biggest health danger is the public’s lack of health education. You see, until seven weeks ago, I had never heard of sepsis. Sadly, neither had my mother Rosemary, a vivacious, go-go lady who had just celebrated turning 74 years old by leasing a brand-new car.
Sepsis is a very serious medical condition. What happens is this: Your immune system releases chemicals into the bloodstream to fight an infection, which causes widespread inflammation, leading to blood clots and leaky blood vessels. You end up with impaired blood flow, which damages the body’s organs by depriving them of nutrients and oxygen.
So, your doctor ordered an MRI scan. You may be wondering, how do MRI scans work? Is an MRI machine safe? An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures in your body. It is a painless process in which you lie on a table that then slides into a tunnel-like machine.
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