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How to Pick Good Sunglasses

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Shelley Levitt, Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Sunglasses can give you instant James Dean cool, Audrey Hepburn glamour, or the rock star hipness of Bono. But they are much more than a fashion accessory.

Sunglasses are an essential tool in safeguarding the health of your eyes and the surrounding tissue.

The Un-Comfort Zone with Robert Wilson: Change Please

Posted by Kerrie Denner

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

These are the words of the woman who became the poster child for overcoming adversity. A woman who was isolated into the two dimensional world of touch and smell at the age of 19 months. Yet, she went on to inspire millions around the world. Sightless and deaf, Helen Keller resolved to make something of her life. She lived with a keen understanding that change is inevitable, but growth is intentional. Unwilling to give in to her blindness, she chose to strive for a normal life.

Fear of Falling

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Harley A. Rotbart, MD

My 84-year-old father-in-law is a “flogger.” That’s the moniker his son gave him because Dad keeps a written record of every fall my 83-year-old mother-in-law takes. She has Parkinson’s disease, and the “flog” (fall log) of her spills has helped her doctors monitor her disease progression and adjust her therapy. 

Feds’ ‘E-Health’ initiative reaches out to patients

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By JOANNE KENEN

Want to email your doctor? Download your brain scan? Make sure that your online health records are up to date? Good luck.

In an age of the Web, Wi-Fi and ever-present social media, so-called e-health lags far behind. But federal officials leading the multibillion effort to get doctors and hospitals to use health information technology are now reaching out to patients and families to help them become e-patients.

New Tools Help Health Providers Reduce Patients' Risk of Falls

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.

For older adults, falls are serious, whether they take place in the home or in a health care setting.

More than one-third of adults over age 65 fall each year. Falls can cause bone fractures, disability, and even death. Among people 75 and older, falls are far more likely to cause admissions into a long-term care facility than for adults 10 years younger, Federal data show.

Nearby lightning may be linked to migraines

Posted by Kerrie Denner

By Andrew M. Seaman

Weather has long been considered one of many potential migraine triggers, but a new study links lightning, specifically, to the onset of the severe headaches that plague more than 28 million Americans.

Based on headache logs and weather data for Ohio and Missouri, researchers found that people were 28 percent more likely to experience a migraine on days when lightning struck within 25 miles of their home.

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