Look Better Naked: Gardens calm the senses

There are an estimated 7.7 million new cases of dementia per year and almost half of the seniors living in residential care are affected.

Rebecca Whear and colleagues from the University of Exeter Medical School in the United Kingdom reviewed data from 17 published studies, finding that outdoor green spaces promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents’ agitation.

Wine, Women & Hormones workshop to discuss healthy aging

SAN DIEGO, California -- Women who are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms related to menopause don't have to suffer. Dr. Darren Farnesi, of Medical Age Management, and Chris Givant, R.Ph, will host a workshop to discuss healthy aging on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 6:30-8:30 pm.

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New York City reports 3 new cases of meningitis

NEW YORK CITY -- Three new cases of meningitis among gay and bisexual men have been confirmed in New York in the last two weeks, health officials said on Friday, in an apparent revival of an outbreak that killed seven men in the city from 2010 to 2013.

The new cases have occurred since Aug. 24 among H.I.V.-positive men in Brooklyn and in Queens, the city’s health department said. Two of the three were confirmed in the last three days. All three men were hospitalized and admitted to intensive care units. None have died.

The Center to offer workshops on health coverage through Covered California

SAN DIEGO, California -- Starting this afternoon, The San Diego LGBT Community Center will offer a series of workshops on obtaining affordable health coverage through Covered California.

With the next Open Enrollment cycle scheduled for Nov. 15, 2014-Feb. 15, 2015, The Center wants to ensure that all individuals have access to healthcare. Individuals who currently do not have health coverage or wish to change their plan are encouraged to consider their options through the Affordable Care Act by attending one of the workshops.

Learn the 10 secrets to health and wellness

SAN DIEGO, California -- Looking for tips to live a longer, healthier life? Join Medical Age Management for a special presentation, “ 10 Secrets to Health And Wellness,” on Thursday, Aug. 28 from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Medical Age Management's clinical nutritionist Lindsey Mueller and Dr. Darren Farnesi will be speaking on the topic of how to become a healthier you. Following the presentation, Dr. Farnesi will take questions about Hormone Replacement Therapy.

The free event is open to everyone and will take place at Medical Age Management’s office at 3911 Normal St. in Hillcrest.

Don't let a burn injury ruin your summer

Every summer, local hospital emergency rooms fill with people seeking treatment for summer burn injuries. The Burn Institute urges people to think about how to prevent fire and burn injuries this summer.

Ultraviolet rays

Always apply a sunscreen of 25 SPF or greater when going outdoors.

Serious sunburns can occur even when it is cloudy.

Wear dark sunglasses to protect your eyes, and wear a broad brimmed hat to protect your head and neck.


Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

Keep children and pets away from grills.

Look Better Naked: High brain-derived neurotrophic hormone lowers Alzheimer's risk

Science has indeed identified a protein that is a growth hormone for the brain called BDNF or brain-derived neurotropic hormone.

A new report links higher levels of BDNF to a remarkably reduced risk of onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Boston University measured and followed patients’ BDNF levels for ten years. They found that those with higher baseline BDNF levels are 50% less likely to develop dementia.

It's hot out! Tips for staying hydrated this summer

As warmer temperatures heat up the summer nationwide, being prepared for the season’s outdoor activities means more than sunscreen protection and appropriate dress. Health experts state that keeping yourself hydrated by drinking enough water and other beverages when temperatures rise is critical to safely enjoying the fun of the season.

Older LGBT patients have unique set of Medicare, Medi-Cal benefit issues

In a webinar covering the broken and pitted ground of same-sex benefits for seniors in Medicare and Medicaid, senior advocates said the legitimacy of a spouse can be an extremely important factor in eligibility cases.

Look Better Naked: Vitamin D an help reduce cognitive impairment

There are many risk factors for cognitive impairment such as old age, smoking, lack of exercise, diet high in animal fats, diet low in vegetables and fish or obesity. We know that unhealthy diets can also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes but these toxins can also generate free radicals in the brain destroying neurons and impair brain function. Lower vitamin D blood levels are linked to a higher risk of cognitive impairment.

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