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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Healthy Geezer: How to be happy

Friday, March 3, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are women happier than men?

There was a study of men and women in the United States that showed women are happier than men in their youth, and are unhappier when they are old.

The research was done by two economists, Anke Plagnol of the University of Cambridge and Richard Easterlin of the University of Southern California.

“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.”

- Bernard Meltzer

Healthy Geezer: Traumatic Brain Injury

Friday, February 24, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What is the leading cause of brain injuries?

About 1.4 million people suffer a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) each year in the United States. Half of all TBIs are caused by accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. These accidents are the major cause of TBI in people under age 75.

Falls cause the majority of TBIs in people 75 and older. This group has the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death.

Healthy Geezer: Tattoos and MRIs

Friday, February 17, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m having an MRI and I heard that tattoos can present problems for this test. True?

True. Tattoos can create a misdiagnosis with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) because there is metal in many tattoo pigments.

Magnets attract metals. Tattoo pigments may interfere with the quality of the image from an MRI. In some rare cases, there can be swelling or burning in a tattoo after an MRI.

If you have a tattoo, you should talk with your doctor before undergoing an MRI.

Healthy Geezer: Nosebleeds

Saturday, February 11, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What’s the best way to treat epistaxis?

Well, that one made me go to the dictionary. Turns out that epistaxis is the fancy word for nosebleed.

The best way to treat a nosebleed is to resist every instinct in your body to tilt your head back or to lie down. You have to keep your head higher than your heart to cut down on bleeding. And, if you lean back, you can swallow blood, which can produce vomiting and diarrhea.

Healthy Geezer: Bipolar disorder

Friday, January 13, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is it possible for bipolar disorder to first appear when you’re older?

Bipolar disorder can strike anyone at any age, but it isn’t likely to start when you are old. However, it is possible that a person could suffer from bipolar disorder for many years and not be diagnosed until late in life.

It’s not known what causes bipolar disorder, but a variety of biochemical, genetic and environmental factors seem to be involved in causing and triggering bipolar episodes.

Healthy Geezer: arthritis

Friday, December 23, 2016 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. My doctor said I need to reduce my reliance on pain relievers to manage my osteoarthritis pain because of the risk of side effects. Is there another option?

As we age, many of us develop chronic health ailments, such as osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis. In fact, 27 million Americans suffer every day from the discomfort and stiffness caused by OA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Healthy Geezer: Doctor terms

Friday, December 16, 2016 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. In my HMO’s provider directory, some of the doctors have a “DO” after their names instead of an “MD.” What exactly is the difference between the two designations?

DO stands for Doctor of Osteopathic medicine.

MD is the abbreviation for Doctor of Medicine. MDs are also called doctors of allopathic medicine.

Here are dictionary definitions:

os·te·op·a·thy n. A system of medicine based on the theory that disturbances in the musculoskeletal system affect other bodily parts, causing many disorders.