Throw grandpa off the road?

December 18, 2007

The best argument I know for widely accessible, low cost mass transit is the danger of drivers as old as I want to be.

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December Pool Midtown Athletic Club, Bannockburn IL

December 6, 2007

Coarctation of the Aorta

November 26, 2007

Mayo Clinic – Portion Control Slideshow

November 20, 2007

Expanding portions
Are you eating a variety of healthy foods, exercising and still struggling with your weight? You may need to pay closer attention to portion control — managing the amount of food that you eat — as your total calorie intake determines your weight.More

Five Easy Ways to Go Organic

October 25, 2007

Five Easy Ways to Go Organic

Got organic milk? (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)

Switching to organic is tough for many families who don’t want to pay higher prices or give up their favorite foods. But by choosing organic versions of just a few foods that you eat often, you can increase the percentage of organic food in your diet without big changes to your shopping cart or your spending.

The key is to be strategic in your organic purchases. Opting for organic produce, for instance, doesn’t necessarily have a big impact, depending on what you eat. According to the Environmental Working Group, commercially-farmed fruits and vegetables vary in their levels of pesticide residue. Some vegetables, like broccoli, asparagus and onions, as well as foods with peels, such as avocados, bananas and oranges, have relatively low levels compared to other fruits and vegetables. more

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Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy?

September 19, 2007

Once upon a time, women took estrogen only to relieve the hot flashes, sweating, vaginal dryness and the other discomforting symptoms of menopause. In the late 1960s, thanks in part to the efforts of Robert Wilson, a Brooklyn gynecologist, and his 1966 best seller, “Feminine Forever,” this began to change, and estrogen therapy evolved into a long-term remedy for the chronic ills of aging. Menopause, Wilson argued, was not a natural age-related condition; it was an illness, akin to diabetes or kidney failure, and one that could be treated by taking estrogen to replace the hormones that a woman’s ovaries secreted in ever diminishing amounts. With this argument estrogen evolved into hormone-replacement therapy, or H.R.T., as it came to be called, and became one of the most popular prescription drug treatments in America. more

Oldest Person in history

September 18, 2007

Jeanne Louise Calment (February 21, 1875 – August 4, 1997) reached the longest confirmed lifespan in history at 122 years and 164 days. Thanks Dr. Brickey

Shigechiyo Izumi lived 120 years 237 days

The chances of becoming the oldest person in the
world, is pretty unlikely, but only one person in today’s 6.3 billion
people is. However, that would be based on the number of babies born in
a given year.

The U.S.’s 1990 centenarian census:
In 1990, the United States had classified 37,206 centenarians, with
30,947 aged 100 to 104, and 6,359 aged 105 and above. 29,405 of them
were women and 7,901 of them were men.

In October of 2001, the U.S. Census
Bureau reported 50,454 centenarians out of 281.4 million Americans
(.01792963…) From present data, the number of centenarians worldwide
is around 450,000. But, the population of centenarians is far greater
than the population of supercentenarians.

more supercentenarians!

For Couples, a Matter of Give and Take

August 16, 2007

ADAM FORD, mild-mannered and trim at 170 pounds, doesn’t feel oddhitting his petite wife. How else will she learn to instinctively duckor perfect her combinations? Still, three years ago, whenthe couple started sparring together under a trainer’s supervision,throwing any punches at each other didn’t come easy. He’s still extracautious. He sends pillow-fight-strength shots to her shoulders ratherthan use his full force during their weekly matchups at the PrintingHouse Fitness and Squash Club in Greenwich Village. more

Seniors head south to Mexican nursing homes

August 16, 2007

AJIJIC, Mexico — After Jean Douglas turned 70, she realized she couldn’t take care of herself anymore. Her knees were giving out, and winters in Bandon, Ore., were getting harder to bear alone.

Douglas was shocked by the high cost and impersonal care at assisted-living facilities near her home. After searching the Internet for other options, she joined a small but steadily growing number of Americans who are moving across the border to nursing homes in Mexico, where the sun is bright and the living is cheap.

For $1,300 a month — a quarter of what an average nursing home costs in Oregon — Douglas gets a studio apartment, three meals a day, laundry and cleaning service, and 24-hour care from an attentive staff, many of whom speak English. She wakes up every morning next to a glimmering mountain lake, and the average annual high temperature is a toasty 79 degrees. more

U.S. ranks just 42nd in life expectancy

August 12, 2007

WASHINGTON – Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries.

For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles.

Countries that surpass the U.S. include Japan and most of Europe, as well as Jordan, Guam and the Cayman Islands. more

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