‘Tis the season for get-togethers, gift exchanges and goodwill.
But it’s also the season for colds and flus.
The best defense is offense. Wash your hands for 20 seconds when touching or near contagious people or shared items. Use the hand wipes provided in grocery stores to wipe the handles of shopping carts.
In the U.S., prescription drug prices continue their meteoric rise. The truly outrageous increases hit the national news outlets and some result in congressional hearings.
For example, Mylan, the maker of the life-saving EpiPen allergy-reaction injector, increased the price of its two-pack from $100 in 2009 to $608 in 2016.
Most people pursuing a healthy lifestyle will choose organic produce whenever possible to avoid pesticides, shown by U.S. and international agencies to be associated with brain and nervous system toxicity, hormone disruption and cancer, as well as skin, eye and lung irritation.
Women in their 60s often say they feel invisible. In their 70s, they say they’re ghosts. In their 80s, they say they’re shadows of ghosts.
There’s no stopping the march of time or the limited visibility women experience in their later decades. But there’s no reason to reinforce that societal disservice by hiding.
That’s why I threw myself an astounding 70th birthday party. Here’s what I learned from turning 70.
If you are on Original Medicare, it pays only 80% of covered services. A Medicare Supplement Policy, Medigap, helps pay some of the costs Original Medicare doesn’t cover, such as deductibles, copayments and coinsurance.
Most Medicare Advantage Plans include prescription drug coverage. With Original Medicare, you need to enroll in a Part D plan to obtain drug coverage.
It’s that time again for Medicare recipients who want to make changes in your Medicare health and drug plans for 2017. You can make changes only between October 15 and December 7.
With menopause, women’s bones lose the protection of estrogen. The decrease in bone mineral density (BMD) that occurs with aging is called osteopenia when it is mild and osteoporosis when it is more severe.
A couple of weeks ago, I traveled from my home in Santa Monica to my favorite desert spa in record 121° heat. At 10 pm, it was still 106°. During my three days there, I drank liquid continuously. I estimate 16-20, 8-ounce cups daily. During such severe heat, people become very sensitive to dehydration.
Finally, the FDA is catching up with reality. By mid-2018, all packaged foods will be required to contain the updated nutrition facts labels.