Basic Exercise Guide for Older Seniors and the Infirm

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Falls are the most common cause of hip fractures and traumatic brain injuries among seniors, and injuries like these may spell the end of independent living Continue reading

Certain Heartburn Drugs May Increase Your Risk of Heart Attack

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Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are severely overprescribed and misused for heartburn—a condition for which they were not designed Continue reading

Protein and Strength Training—Two Important Components for Healthy Aging

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 According to recent research, current dietary guidelines on protein intake may be too low for health, particularly if you’re over 50 Continue reading

Green Tea and Tai Chai Team Up to Protect Bones

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Green tea is one of the latest superfoods making its way into bottled waters and energy drinks.  You’ll even find it in energy bars, mints, chewing gum and ice cream. It has many claimed health benefits.  Texas researchers add to the list with evidence that green tea aids in the prevention of osteoporosisContinue reading

How Blood Pressure Drugs Are Causing Hip Fractures

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If you’re taking blood pressure medication, I need to tell you something very important. In fact, it might be life-saving.

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My mother-in-law likes to joke that she’s bionic because she has an artificial hip; but the reason she has one isn’t funny at all. Continue reading

Fixing Vision Could Prevent Hip Fractures

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It goes without saying that strong vision would help prevent falls that lead to broken bones when you are older. Well, a new study confirmed that notion in a health breakthrough chronicled in the “Journal of the American Medical Association.” It seems that surgery to fix cataracts helps prevent hip fractures.

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How to Protect Yourself from Hip Fractures

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In a single year, as many as 350,000 Americans may find themselves suffering from a broken hip. It is estimated that, 90% of the time, these fractures are due to a fall. Residents in nursing homes seem particularly vulnerable. Up to 50% of residents fall each year(!).

In the past decade, companies have developed pads that can be worn on the hip. It was thought that these pads would offer enough cushioning to the hip to prevent a fracture. But, according to a new study performed at the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, the latest health news is that hip protectors don’t necessarily work.

The research team conducted a randomized, controlled trial with 234 participants.  Continue reading