Author: Jane Farrell

Medical Care

A New Approach to Giving Penicillins

Posted by Jane Farrell

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) investigators have developed two approaches to increasing the use of penicillins and cephalosporins – highly effective antibiotics that are not … Read More→


How to Stay Cool in A Medical Crisis

Posted by Eliana Osborn

Imagine this: you arrive at the emergency room with your husband, who’s been vomiting blood. Two hours later, you are shown into a curtained area with a bed. After another … Read More→


What's Causing Your Itchy Eyes?

Posted by Jane Farrell

When most people talk about allergies, they’re referring to “allergic rhinitis” – the sneezing and runny nose that result from the inhalation of airborne allergens. But there are allergies of … Read More→


Caffeine and The Anti-Dementia Enzyme

Posted by Jane Farrell

Researchers have discovered that caffeine may have the potential to protect against dementia. The finding comes from Indiana University experts and was published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study … Read More→


Getting into Exercise Again

Posted by Jane Farrell

Flu? Out-of-town guests? The experts at Go4Life, a division of the National Institutes on Aging, know that while many things can interrupt your physical activity routine, you can start again … Read More→


The Juice That's A Brain Helper

Posted by Jane Farrell

Drinking concentrated blueberry juice improves brain function in older people, researchers have found. In the study, from the University of Exeter in the UK, healthy people aged 65-77 who drank … Read More→

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Don't Buy It Now!

Posted by Donna Ryan

I recently heard a commercial for a furniture store that said, “Buy now! No interest until 2025!” I had a vision of my parents sitting in their living room years […]

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A Good Sex Life Means a Good Work Life

Posted by Jane Farrell

Having a healthy sex life increases peoples’ job satisfaction and engagement at the office, researchers have found. A study of the work and sex habits of married employees found that … Read More→

Lewy Body Dementia Sign

The Dementia that Isn't Alzheimer's

Posted by Jane Farrell

Non-medical people sometimes use the term Alzheimer’s to describe different types of dementia, but that isn’t accurate. In an article from the Mayo News Network, Dr. Neill Graff-Radford, Neurology, Mayo … Read More→

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Spring Flooding Safety Tips

Posted by Jane Farrell

Here, from the emergency-management experts at, a national awareness campaign aimed at educating people about natural disasters, is what you should know about the seasonal hazard of flooding and … Read More→

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Fun with Ultrasound?

Posted by Darcy Thiel

You know my theory. Face the glass half-empty and then from that space, find the half-full. Caring for an aging parent can definitely be a taxing experience. But I have […]

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Healthy Eating for Families

Posted by Jane Farrell

March is National Nutrition Month–a time to shed some light on our food choices and how we can develop some sound eating and physical activity habits. Health professionals seem to … Read More→

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Staying Young in Spirit

Posted by Jane Farrell

Mohr Keet of South Africa bungee jumped when he was 96, landing himself in the Guinness Board of World Records. Yuichiro Miura of Japan climbed Mount Everest when he was … Read More→

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Diet & Nutrition

Best Heart-Healthy Food Choices

Posted by Jane Farrell

Experts affiliated with the nonprofit Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) have recommended whole food, plant-based eating patterns for optimal heart health. The recommendation, by PCRM president and founder Neal … Read More→