10 Health Tips for Women Age 65 and Older

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This video provides 10 health tips for women age 65 and older. These recommendations are based on expert clinical opinion presented in UpToDate online version 18.3. This video was produced by Dr. Nicholas Cohen, MD. The content of this video is not intended nor recommended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your own physician or other qualified health care professional regarding any medical questions or conditions.

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Happiest Woman in America – Health Tips [11-02-2011]

November 12, 2011 by  
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A woman (/ˈwʊmən/), pl: women (/ˈwɪmɨn/) is a female human. The term woman is usually reserved for an adult, with the term girl being the usual term for a female child or adolescent. However, the term woman is also sometimes used to identify a female human, regardless of age, as in phrases such as ‘Women’s rights’. The Old English wifman meant ‘female human’ (werman meant ‘male human’. Man or mann had a gender neutral meaning of ‘human’, corresponding to Modern English ‘one’ or ‘someone’. However in around 1000AD ‘man’ started to be used more to refer to ‘male human’, and in the late 1200s began to inevitably displace and eradicate the original word ‘werman’). The medial labial consonants coalesced to create the modern form ‘woman’; the initial element, which meant ‘female,’ underwent semantic narrowing to the sense of a married woman (‘wife’). Visit MeTee.com The place for publishing and printing t-shirts & always free shipping. Become a channel sponsor for 30 days for /day meseed.com Have any ad you want play in each video (any one video can go viral with tens-of-thousands of hits) Or donate to keep this channel going: meseed.com Thank you for your generosity – Subscribe for Breaking News. Like/Dislike, Comment, Favorite and share on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ to get the word out on this video. Put this video on your channel with a more interesting title (never know if this channel will get taken down): www.keepvid.com Archive video with keepvid. Signup for

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Factoring In Gender: Women’s Health Research at Yale

October 19, 2011 by  
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Scientists and community members speak about a variety of topics including: 1) the dramatic need for scientific information on women’s health and on gender-specific factors determining health and disease; 2) the scientific tradition of excluding women as participants in many clinical trials, and the continuing practice of “pooling” subject data rather than analyzing health outcomes by gender that have each contributed to this “knowledge gap,”; 3) the progress being made in reversing these historical trends, and; 4) new scientific information being uncovered in women’s health and gender-specific medicine.

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Sally Field and Kathy Kaehler: Tips for Fighting Osteoporosis on SIRIUS XM Doctor Radio

October 14, 2011 by  
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Doctor Radio host Dr. Jonathan Whiteson interviews Oscar winner Sally Field and fitness expert Kathy Kaehler on SiriusXM. Sally Field was diagnosed with osteoporosis — a disease in which bones become brittle and more likely to break — shortly before her 60th birthday. She teamed with Kathy Kaehler to introduce The Bone Healthy Workout to help women with osteoporosis estimated 8 million in the US or bone loss build and maintain strong bones. For more info on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM 81, and a free trial go to www.siriusxm.com

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Fitness Tips – Help prevent Osteoporosis

July 12, 2011 by  
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Russ Melgar, fitness instructor, demonstrates some exercises that may help reduce the risk of Osteoporosis

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The Alternative – Mens Health

June 7, 2011 by  
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Introduction – Vox-pops from the case studies. Dr. Ian Banks, Men’s Health Forum, introduces the programme by exploding the myth that men don’t care about their health and instead points to the way society does not expect men to discuss their health. Throughout the programme he introduces the different issues: stress, prostate health, exercise and maintaining your identity as you get older. Case Study 1 – Graham was dragged off to yoga by his girlfriend. Case Study 2 – Randy, our second case study. Case Study 3 – Using clear, concise language, together with pictures, the therapist Max Tomlinson is able to describe the prostate gland. Case Study 4 – The final item in the programme shows how complementary medicine can help those men who are going through some kind of change or stressful time in their life.

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The Alternative – Women’s health

May 4, 2011 by  
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Introduction – Vox-pops from the case studies. Nick Avery, a GP and Homeopath, has taken an interest in the relationship between hormones and women’s health problems. He describes how difficult it is to treat hormone problems because even if you have a blood test progesterone and oestrogen vary widely within the normal range. Case Study 1 – We hear from Anne, who had been treated extensively with hormones by her doctor to try and combat painful and almost continuous periods. Case Study 2 – Annette had been trying to have a baby for over a year before she was diagnosed as experiencing early menopause. Case Study 3 – Dr. Marilyn Glenville is a nutritionist who provides a natural alternative for people not wanting to go on HRT. Case Study 4 – Scilla, however, approached the menopause another way under the supervision of zero balancing therapist, John Hamwee.

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How to Improve Your Bone Health

April 9, 2011 by  
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Dr. Sherrill Sellman lists several tips of what we can do to improve women’s bone health at any age. For more information, visit www.ihealthtube.com

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Are your calcium supplements actually useless?

August 25, 2010 by  
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Many of us swallow vitamin supplement pills each day, including calcium for bone health. Clinical guidelines on osteoporosis recommend supplementation with calcium especially for those who are at high risk for bone loss and fractures.

But the truth is, the benefits of calcium supplements are rather unclear, not to mention contradictory. Previous studies have shown that:

  • Calcium can protect against vascular disease.
  • Calcium can cause vascular disease by hastening vascular calcification.

So what now?

A group of researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand conducted a systematic search of electronic databases and conducted a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials of calcium supplements compared to placebo. The results of the meta-analysis might have answered the calcium supplement question once and for all and can be summarized below:

  • Calcium supplements were associated with a significant increase (about 30%) in incidence of heart attacks.
  • Calcium supplements were also associated with trend of increased risk of stroke and mortality, although the increase is much smaller and not statistically significant.

These findings were consistent in all 5 trials included in the analysis and the increase of MI risk due to the supplements also increased with higher dietary calcium intake. Age, gender and type of supplement did not influence the results.

What is even more disappointing is the finding that calcium supplements have very little benefits when it comes to preventing fractures.

How reliable are the current results?

Some experts speculate that misdiagnosis of heart burns caused by the supplements as cardiac chest pains may have given erroneous results. This is based on the fact that many of the heart attack reported occurred within an average of 3.6 years after calcium supplementation was started. However, calcification of the blood vessels should take longer than that.

In addition, the studies analyzed were only those that did not include vitamin supplementation. It is common clinical practice, however, that calcium and vitamin D supplements are coadministered for osteoporosis. It is not clear whether vitamin D, which supposedly has cardiovascular protective properties, combined with calcium would give the same results.

However, the majority of experts agree is the fact that calcium supplements do not seem to prevent fracture indicates it is practically useless to take them even if the supplements as such are safe and do not cause heart problems.

According to senior author Dr Ian R Reid:

“Clinicians should tell their patients that, for most older people, the risks of calcium supplements outweigh the benefits. Changing to calcium-rich foods may be appropriate.”

According to independent expert Dr John Schindler (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania:

“I think the safest thing to tell your patients right now is if you can get your dietary calcium from good dietary sources, such as yogurt, sardines, and skim milk, that potentially might be all you need to ward off the risk of osteoporosis. Then we don’t have to deal with this increased cardiovascular risk.”

Hear Ye, Hear Ye…Women with Osteoarthritis: Osteoporosis Drug Calcitonin May Prevent Osteoarthritis

December 27, 2007 by  
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Indeed good news to women suffering from osteoarthritis.

Initial studies conducted in rats suggested that an existing drug – already known as calcitonin – can help older, post-menopausal women prevent osteoarthritis.

Currently, calcitonin is being used in the treatment of osteoporosis in women.

According to study co-author Morten A. Karsdal, head of pharmacology at Nordic Bioscience (a biotech company that is studying the drug’s prospects as an arthritis treatment):

”Patients “should be hopeful”. It is important to treat both loss of bone and loss of cartilage, the elastic tissue that helps bones tolerate moving against each other.

When bone turnover increases after menopause, due to lower estrogen production, a secondary effect is seen on cartilage, more cartilage is lost.

Ideally, all drugs that may be developed for osteoarthritis will be able to affect both bone and cartilage, as both are in disequilibrium in osteoarthritis.”

BUT we should remember that testing in humans won’t end for another three years — and there’s no guarantee that the drug will work as well in humans as in rats.

Said Dr. J.C. Gallagher, director of the Bone Metabolism Unit at Creighton University Medical School in Omaha, Nebraska:

Hips and knees can be especially susceptible. For many, pain on exercise is the major problem.

As a result, they stop exercising, and this leads to an increase in body weight which increases the ‘load’ on the joints and worsens the arthritis.

There are numerous treatments to relieve osteoarthritis pain but none to stop the wear and tear on the bone, joints and cartilage.

The form of calcitonin used in this study is the oral form which is off the market. Calcitonin is currently available as a nasal spray and an injection only – forms that haven’t been investigated as possible osteoarthritis treatments.

Suffice to say that the initial findings published in the August issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism still has a long way to go before it passes suitability for human testing.

But then, an estimated 10 percent of Americans, and 80 percent of those over 55 women that are especially vulnerable to osteoarthritis will be wanting to know how this particular line of research goes.

Find more details from CBC.Ca News.

Bone Strengtening Drugs Against Osteoarthritis

December 13, 2007 by  
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While findings are not yet enough to recommend bone strengthening drugs (such as risedronate) as possible cure for arthritis, John Hopkins rheumatologists revealed that such drugs may be helpful in providing simultaneous protection to elderly people’s joints.

According to Dr. Clifton Bingham, a Johns Hopkins rheumatologist:

“…he and his colleagues began to wonder if risedronate might be used to treat osteoarthritis after noticing that the drug, and other compounds in the same class of drugs, not only slowed joint damage in animals, but also reduced cartilage-irritating bone lesions in humans.

The blood tests revealed not only that risedronate stabilized bone loss, but also that it was most likely slowing the breakdown of cartilage, too.”

Risedronate (popular brand: Actonel®, produced and marketed by Procter & Gamble and Sanofi-aventis — is a bisphosphonate used to strengthen bone, treat or prevent osteoporosis, and treat Paget’s disease of the bone.

For two years, the researchers studied 2,483 arthritic men and women, from both the United States and Europe. All of them had a loss in the cartilage that cushions the knee joint, a hallmark symptom of osteoarthritis.

The participants were given either a placebo or risedronate at a range of doses, including the standard doses normally prescribed to treat bone loss.

The amount of cartilage detected in their knees was measured by X-ray analysis at the one and two-year marks. Blood tests were also used to check for a marker of cartilage breakdown known as CTX-II.

Although the researchers of the abovementioned study admitted that they are not recommending that everyone with arthritis run out and get a prescription of risedronate nor they are suggesting at this time that doctors use risedronate as an arthritis treatment, the potential of risedronate against osteoarthritis and joint health needs further investigation.

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Towards Development of New Arthritis Drugs

October 19, 2007 by  
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Modern Biosciences plc has signed an exclusive worldwide license agreement with the University of Aberdeen in order to further develop new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to put into trials the new RA drugs that Aberdeen has discovered but haven’t been tested yet.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating disease that causes inflammation of the joints which affects some 1% of the worldwide population (or approximately 165 million people.

The drugs – which were initially discovered and developed by scientists at the University of Aberdeen – have still to be tested on patients although clinical trials are now expected to start within two years.

The researchers who developed the drugs have found that they work in a novel way to suppress the inflammatory process that is responsible for the development of bone and joint damage in patients with arthritis.

The researchers believe that the new drugs could provide an important alternative to anti-TNF therapy which is the most effective treatment currently available for rheumatoid arthritis, but is expensive and not available to all.

Initial tests have shown that one advantage of the new drugs over existing anti-TNF therapy is that they can be taken in tablet form, rather than by injection.

Osteoporosis is a common complication of arthritis (osteoarthritis) and the researchers mentioned above were able to discovering drugs that not only can reduce joint inflammation and joint damage, but can also prevent osteoporosis.

According to Professor Stuart Ralston, Professor of Rheumatology at the University of Edinburgh:

“The identification of these compounds represents an exciting step forward in the fight against arthritis. Our research so far has shown that the drugs work in a unique way and appear to offer potential advantages over existing treatments.

We are delighted to be in partnership with Modern Biosciences to further develop this discovery and we very much hope that we will be in a position to start clinical trials with the new drugs in patients with arthritis over the next two years.”

In the said signed agreement, Modern Biosciences will fund and manage the development programme, while revenues generated through marketing/sales of any resulting products will be shared by the two parties.

Find more details from this agreement from the University of Aberdeen.

[In a separate post, I will enumerate and discuss the current arthritis treatments available.]

8 Ways To Prevent Osteoporosis And Heart Disease During Menopause

February 9, 2007 by  
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By Riana Lance

Osteoporosis causes bones to lose mass and density. As the bones become porous and brittle, the chance of fracture is greatly increased. Often there are no symptoms and a person only discovers that they have osteoporosis when they suffer a fracture.

Heart disease includes a number of conditions affecting the structures or function of the heart. They includes coronary artery disease (including heart attack), abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias, heart failure, heart valve disease, congenital heart disease, heart muscle disease (cardiomyopathy), pericardial disease, aorta disease and Marfan syndrome, vascular disease (blood vessel disease).

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. thus, it is essential to learn how prevent heart disease.

During menopause, many women are easily getting osteoporosis. Indeed, it would also be easy for them to get heart disease.

How is that?

Women, during menopause, might be lack of estrogen. This causes bones to lose calcium and become weaker, putting them at risk for severe bone loss or osteoporosis. A lack of estrogen also increases risk of heart disease.

However, there are steps you can do to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease, such as:

1. Get enough calcium to keep your bones strong. Before menopause, you need about 1,000 mg of calcium per day. After menopause, you need 1,500 mg per day. You also can talk with your physician about taking medicine to help preserve bone and slow down bone loss. Get at least 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week. Try weight-bearing exercises, like walking, running, or dancing.

2. Eat healthy by including plenty of whole grain products, vegetables, and fruits in your diet. Choose a diet low in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

3. Maintain a healthy weight. Ask your health care provider what a healthy weight is for you.

4. Control your blood pressure. Ask your health care provider what a healthy number is for you and how often you need it checked.

5. If you have diabetes, control and monitor your blood sugar levels.

6. Lower your cholesterol to the right level. Ask your health care provider what a healthy level is for you.

7. If you smoke, try to quit. Ask your health care provider for help or visit this special section of the NWHIC web site: www.4woman.gov/QuitSmoking

8. If you drink alcohol, limit it to no more than one drink per day.

So, if you think that your menopause has begun, it is important for you to pay attention to the eight essential ways to prevent osteoporosis and heart disease.

About the Author: Riana Lance has a deep concern on health. Get her inspirational guides on How to Cure Insomnia at healthifica.com/guides/menopause-stress/ Also, grasp her other motivational health tips at www.healthifica.com, a worth-to-visit daily updated blog.

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