When Lillian Ferraro was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, her loving family of three children and five grandchildren sprung into action to get her the best medical treatment possible. Besides the surgery and continual therapies over nine years, Mamma Ferraro had therapy of another kind: Nourishing and tasteful meals, specially created for her by her chef son, Michael, that “spoke to” the many horrible symptoms of her disease, including fat intolerance, indigestion, nausea and vomiting, severe gas and bloating, and periodic diarrhea. Happily, this allowed her to continue to enjoy meals with her wonderful family. “We wanted to serve food we would all love to eat so my mother didn’t feel left out,” Michael said.
URGE (noun): A strong desire or impulse; need; wish
Life would be pretty boring if we didn’t have urges. We’d no longer dash to the supermarket, right before it closes, for a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream, or book a trip to Paris on the spur of the moment. And sex wouldn’t be much fun, would it?
We sure can live without certain urges, however, such as the sudden urge to pee, especially if we’re having a hard time “holding it in.” Instead of motivating us, urinary urges can literally stop us in our tracks. If you have them, like I do, you’re far from alone: Half of all women in the U.S. will experience some type of bladder dysfunction in their lifetimes, according to the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality Review.
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Up to 30% of the 7.5 million Americans living with psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis.1,2 This chronic condition is characterized by pain, stiffness, and swelling and tenderness of the joints, but it can also cause tenderness, pain, and swelling of tendons.3 While the exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is unclear, many people with the condition have a family history; physical trauma or infection may trigger it, as well.4
When she was 50 years old, Rosie O’Donnell left a medical appointment with her wife, who was undergoing treatment for cancer. As they left the hospital, the two of them helped lift a morbidly obese woman who’d become stuck in her car. Upon returning home with her wife, Rosie felt “as though a bear had grabbed both of my arms and ripped out the muscle.”
They hurt, but the pain wasn’t radiating into her chest,
neck, or jaw.
Rosie actually visited her therapist at first, thinking she was having a physical reaction to the emotional distress of helping the overweight woman. She’d identified with the woman because, as she says in “A Heartfelt Stand Up,” which aired on HBO in February, “I understand the shame of being overweight in America.” Rosie is not alone, since obesity is one of the top issues facing America. Her therapist sent her home, thinking that Rosie was having a panic attack. Instead, she was having a heart attack, and it almost killed her.
40% of those over 40 feel uncomfortable driving at night. Are you one of them?
Driving at night, especially when it’s raining, can be particularly hazardous for drivers over 40 with vision problems. Changes to our eyes occur gradually, over many years, and we may not even notice them until the cumulative effect kicks in and our vision isn’t what it used to be.
As we age, our pupils shrink and don’t dilate as much in the dark, which reduces the amount of light entering our eyes. This can even make it seem as if we’re wearing dark sunglasses at night.
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I noticed, a couple of years ago, that I couldn’t understand some of the words people said to me on the phone, when I’d be interviewing them for an article, or on a sales call.
The volume of their voices was perfectly fine. and I’d got the gist of the conversations, but often a number of key words sounded jumbled. I’d brush it off, attributing it to the cell phone connection or the fact that they were talking too fast or mumbling. But even when I played the tape back, I couldn’t make out the same words, no matter how many times I replayed the sentence.
A Short, But Crucial,
Lesson In Hearing
While you’re probably determined to keep everything from your bones to your heart healthy…
…chances are you’re not doing enough to ensure that your eyes stay strong. Since they’re pretty valuable assets, it pays to follow these seven valuable tips and keep your sight sharp.
1. Watch what you’re eating
The saying “you are what you eat” applies to your eyes, too! Nutrients including vitamins A, C & E, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, and zeaxanthin can help support overall eye health and reduce your risk for being inflicted with eye-related diseases, such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Make sure your diet is rich in: