Seeking “to be visible” More Americans 65 and Older are Getting Plastic Surgery

    Jean Stark, 83, left, a retiree in Lakewood, CO, with her surgeon Dr. Zamora, had work done on her eyelids a decade ago and is planning further procedures, including to her neck and jaw.   Maria Vargas was fed up with looking like an old woman. That was how the 68-year-old felt when she walked down the street. “I’d lost the looks of men,” said Vargas, who is divorced. “I’d walk by men and men would probably go, “Yeah, there’s a cute grandma.’” So in February, after months of wrestling with the decision, she got a neck lift.  “I got so excited about the difference that it made that I was like, ‘Oh my god, I want more,” said Vargas, a Sacramento, CA resident who had never had elective plastic surgery before. Now,...

Anti-inflammatory drug cuts heart attack risk

  Anti-inflammatory drugs could cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes, a study of 10,000 patients suggests. A trial of the drug canakinumab could represent the biggest breakthrough in treatment since the advent of statins to lower cholesterol, its authors say. The study reported a 15% reduction in the risk of a repeat heart attack among patients – but others questioned the drug’s efficacy, side-effects and cost. Recipients of the drug had an increased risk of potentially fatal infections. However, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) said the “exciting and long-awaited trial” could still help save lives.  Arthritis drug Heart attack patients are routinely given cholesterol-lowering statins and blood-thinning drugs to help...

An Old Lady’s Poem

When an old lady died in the geriatric ward of a small hospital near Dundee, Scotland, it was felt that she had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through her meager possessions, it’s quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital. One nurse took her copy to Ireland. The old lady’s sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas edition of the News Magazine of the North A slide presentation has also been…And this little old Scottish lady, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the authoress “” Goes to show that we””….. AN OLD LADY’S POEM What do you see, nurses, what do you see? What are you thinking...

First Cancer “Living Drug” Gets Go -Ahead

  The US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer.  The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”. The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) for the “living drug” therapy, which leaves 83% of people free of a type of blood cancer.  Doctors in the UK said the announcement was an exciting step forward. The living drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or chemotherapy. It is called CAR-T and is made by extracting white blood cells from the patient’s blood.  The cells are then...

6 Benefits of Getting Older You Probably Never Expected

  As the world continues to feed off of youth while tossing away the elderly, fear of age spares no one. There are various answers to the question, “What is your biggest fear of growing older?” And the most common answers to this include: taking seriously ill, loneliness once our significant other has passed, taking care of elderly relatives, a sense of declining attractiveness, lack of retirement finances, and fears around menopausal changes for women and loss of virility in men. While all of these are very valid reasons, there are also many advantages to growing older. Below I will share six of them. 1. We Have Much Clearer Priorities As we age and experience new things, we come to a realization of what matters — and what doesn’t. Throughout our...