The Ears Have It

Many people think that having hearing loss is like listening to a radio set to a low volume. But there are in fact different types of hearing loss…

Adopting Healthier Habits

If healthy habits are not already established parts of your lifestyle, it may take more than knowledge and good intentions to adopt and maintain them…

What You Should Know About Celiac Disease

Celiac disease, sometimes called celiac sprue or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is a hereditary, autoimmune disease in which the body launches an immune reaction when a person consumes gluten, a type of protein found in wheat, rye, and barley…

Avoiding Medical Identity Theft

Your phone rings, and the caller says that you can get all sorts of free diabetes supplies or a diabetes-friendly cookbook; all you have to do is tell the person your Medicare number. Should you do it?

Preventing Falls

Sadly, my friend’s mother died recently of a fall that could have been prevented. One cause of this accident was stubbornness, which remains a difficult condition to treat. But fortunately, for many other causes of falling, there are preventive steps that can be taken by older adults who are willing to make the effort…

Information and Support for Caregivers

According to the National Family Caregivers Association, there are more than 50 million family caregivers in the United States right now. Caregivers now have many possible sources of instruction and aid – including emotional support, often through connections with other caregivers. The following resources offer a variety of tools to address caregiving needs…

Exploring Your Family History

As author Carol Daus says in her book Past Imperfect, “Tracing your family medical history can save your life.” Learn how to start your search from nurse David Spero…

Disaster Preparedness

When the subject of emergency preparedness comes up in our home state of California, the focus is almost always on earthquakes and, more recently, wildfires. The discussion is not about if one will happen, but when…