Aging

Christiane, a mother from New Jersey, had endured years of conflict with her husband when the couple met Portland psychologist John Stewart.

The Kansas City Health Department on Tuesday reported the first suspected area heat death of the year.

The Jackson County medical examiner’s office notified the Health Department about three weeks ago that it was investigating the death of a woman born in 1947 as possibly heat related.

 

Dermatologists make no bones about the fact that there’s no safe way to get a tan through ultraviolet light.

“Any exposure to ultraviolet light is too much exposure to ultraviolet light,” said Dr. Christopher Obeime, a dermatologist at St. Vincent Health. “Ultraviolet light is not a good thing.”

When Caitlin Ryan was a teenager in the 1960s, "lesbian" and "bisexual" weren't in the mainstream lexicon. The library was virtually the only place someone could go for accurate information about homosexuality. And when she came out to her own parents, they had no idea how to react.

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The placenta usually isn’t given much thought after the birth happens. It’s just thrown away.

But researchers are taking a new interest in it. A growing number of studies suggest that this organ, which feeds nutrients to the fetus and removes waste from its blood, may reveal a lot about the baby’s possible health complications.

Older residents in the Omaha area now can plug into a program new to Nebraska that provides the medical help they need to stay in their own homes rather than live in a nursing home.

Immanuel Pathways is opening the state's first PACE center Wednesday in a former grocery store space at 5755 Sorensen Parkway in north-central Omaha.

Now, those of you who know me know, when it comes to research I will seek out information far and wide to come to some relative conclusion about anything anti-aging. I have become over the past 20 years somewhat obsessed with the prospects of living a long, youthful, healthy, pain-free life.

Last week we looked at a recent JAMA article that showed an unnecessary, costlier, and riskier trend in spine surgery; namely a steep rise in the use of complex fusion surgeries for spinal stenosis. I brought up the point that nobody in our health care system really has the role of regulating this trend. It is really up to doctors and insurers to look at this type of information and choose to ignore it or incorporate it into what they do.

The anti-aging industry is a large and growing segment of our economy. But the majority of the treatments offered, from skin creams to plastic surgery, are designed simply to make you look younger. Although some anti-aging treatments also stress the importance of what goes into the body, the promised results—characterized by words like rejuvenate, lift, and revitalize—are mostly cosmetic.

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