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6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

American doctors have been noticing an increase in osteoarthritis of the knee. They have suspected two driving forces: more old people and more people who are overweight.<p>A study published in this week's <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> argues that's far from the whole story. Even …

Pain

The 10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yeah you heard this lots of times, right! Although it may be true for many people, others actually …

Nutrition

The Health Transformation Alliance: Can Employers Help Solve the Problem?

Employer-sponsored health care covers around 60% of the U.S. population. Regardless of what happens at the federal level with regards to the Affordable Care Act, most surveys indicate that employees value the health-care benefits they are able to access via their employers, and most employers see …

Health Care

On Health Care, Who Needs Congress?

Regardless of whether Congress enacts health care reform, the private sector isn’t waiting. Health care for our employees is too expensive, and the employer-based system must be reformed.<p>More Americans — 146 million people, or 57 percent of the country — get health insurance through their employers …

Health Care

Your All-Day Guide to Better Sleep

When people say they want to get healthier, they often focus on just two things: eating better and exercising more. But sleeping well is also a vital …

Sleep

These 9 lifestyle changes could stop one-third of all dementia cases

Robin Bowman<p>One in three cases of dementia worldwide could be prevented by acting on nine risk factors throughout life, according to research.<p>The …

Dementia

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Who is the happiest man in the world?<p>If you Google it, the name "Matthieu Ricard" pops up.<p>Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally …

Happiness

Here's What Wealthy Retirees Fear the Most -- The Motley Fool

Hint: It's not taxes.<p>Though some Americans enter retirement woefully unprepared, many folks <i>do</i> manage to save a decent chunk of cash during their …

Retirement

Wellness Program Incentive Ideas from Best Corporate Wellness Programs

Wellness Incentive Ideas<p>Unless motivated, most employees will have a hard time beginning and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Behavior change is one …

Health Care

8 unexpected ways to decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s

As we age, our brains can begin to get less sharp, making it harder to learn new things or remember key events.<p>For some people, that cognitive decline could be significant — in some rarer cases leading to Alzheimer's disease.<p>When it comes to Alzheimer's, there are more drug failures than successes. …

Dementia

Can Insurance Companies Incentivize Their Customers to Be Healthier?

Behavioral economists know well the power of instant gratification and overoptimism that too often lead to poor decisions — like reaching for an extra slice of cake or putting off the dreaded morning run. The behavioral biases play out in a simple paradox: People overconsume health care but …

Harvard Business Review

A Bipartisan Plan For Modest, But Important, Long-Term Care Financing Reform

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington (DC) based group that develops consensus policy solutions, has proposed a series of reforms aimed at helping families finance long-term care for themselves and their loved ones. The proposal aims to encourage more people to buy private long-term care …

An Ancient Cure for Alzheimer’s?

In 2011, Ben Trumble emerged from the Bolivian jungle with a backpack containing hundreds of vials of saliva. He had spent six weeks following indigenous men as they tramped through the wilderness, shooting arrows at wild pigs. The men belonged to the Tsimane people, who live as our ancestors did …

Dementia

Aiming to Do Good, Not Just Well

If you want to invest in companies that are not just making a profit but are also doing good in the world (or, at least, doing no harm), you may find yourself overwhelmed by confusing choices.<p>It’s like searching for new headphones or a restaurant in a strange city — too many options, too much …

Investing

You Don’t Have to be College-Bound to Take a Gap Year

Dr. Dennis Sinar remembers when it dawned on him: He was ready for a break from work.<p>A gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., Dr. Sinar was working on a research paper in the university library when it happened. “I just said to myself, ‘I’m …

Kennedy School of Government

How the Medicaid Debate Affects Long-Term Care Insurance Decisions

The latest version of the Senate’s health insurance bill appeared on Thursday, and it didn’t do much to change the drastic reductions in Medicaid spending that were in the original legislation.<p>Here’s why that’s important to nearly everyone, even people who are reasonably affluent for now: As I’ve …

Retirement

9 Chia Seeds Benefits, Chia Side Effects + Chia Seeds Recipes - Dr. Axe

Chia seeds (<i>salvia hispanica</i>) have become one of the most popular <b>superfoods</b> in the health community. They’re easy to digest when prepared properly …

Healthy Eating

Providers prep for doubling senior population in coming years

America’s senior population is projected to double over the next 30 years, reports the U.S. Census Bureau, ballooning from 48 million to 88 million …

Financing longevity

Special report<p>The new old: Your money and your lifeFinancing longevity<p>IN 1965 ANDRÉ-FRANÇOIS RAFFRAY, a 47-year-old lawyer in southern France, made …

Economics

Woman says great aunt sent three hours away from her hometown for long-term care bed

Ruby Legge, a senior from Twillingate, is pictured here. Legge is upset she was transferred to a long-term care facility in Buchans, three hours away …

New TechForLTC.org Web Site Offers Comprehensive Information on Technologies for Health Professionals in Long-Term Care Settings

PDF Version: http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2004/techPR.pdf (3 PDF pages)<p>HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced the launch of a …

The simple lifestyle secrets of “Blue Zones” superagers

Official Post from Dick Samson & friends: Click above to check out the original story (The Live-Longer Lifestyle Plan That Really Works) by Kristina …

Simple Living

One Woman’s Slide From the Upper Middle Class to Medicaid

DEDHAM, Mass. — A dozen or so years into retirement, Rita Sherman had plenty going for her financially.<p>Recently widowed, she had a net worth of roughly $600,000 as of 1998. Her health was excellent, and she dutifully purchased a long-term care insurance policy that would cover three years of …

Long-Term Care

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

Yes, the placebo effect is all in your mind. And it’s real.<p>Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness.<p>In these trials, neither doctors …

Pain

Why Weight Training Is Ridiculously Good For You

For many, weight training calls to mind bodybuilders pumping iron in pursuit of beefy biceps and bulging pecs. But experts say it’s well past time to …

Exercise

How Strength Training Changes Your Body For Good

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Exercise<i>, which is</i> <i>available at Amazon.</i><p>Dr. Dena Oaklander, a psychiatry …

Exercise

The 10 most contaminated foods in your fridge you need to trash right now — and healthier alternatives

Reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals by replacing some of the toxic foods lurking in your fridge<p>As ubiquitous as chemical contamination is in our environment, we often don’t think about our food supply as carrying a high chemical load. But it can—and does. Much of this is added through …

Nutrition

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain–And Why You Should Have One Today

Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Ready, set . . . snooze.<p>I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.<p>In fact, I was super excited when I joined Buffer to hear that the team is pro-napping. It’s not every day you come across a company …

Sleep

Want To Stop Your Brain From Getting Old? Live In A Walkable Neighborhood

Put down the brain training computer game and try walking someplace interesting.<p>Brain training companies say that carefully designed computer games can make a brain work better, but neuroscientists and Alzheimer’s researchers have warned the public that such conclusions can be misleading. Now, some …

The Brain