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...

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...

The 15 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

Getting older can bring senior health challenges. By being aware of these common chronic conditions, you can take steps to stave off disease as you age.   Key Takeaways Exercising and eating a healthful diet will help you age disease free. Having a body mass index is less than 25 will lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. People in America today can expect to live longer than ever before. Once you make it to 65, the data suggest that you can live another 19.3 years, on average, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).For many, then, senior living includes carefully managing chronic conditions in order to stay healthy. Making healthy lifestyle choices, like quitting...

Should You Finish a Course of Antibiotics?

  It is time to reconsider the widespread advice that people should always complete an entire course of antibiotics, experts in the BMJ say. They argue there is not enough evidence to back the idea that stopping pills early encourages antibiotic resistance.  Instead, they suggest, more studies need to be done to see if stopping once feeling better can help cut antibiotic use. But GPs urge people not to change their behaviour in the face of one study.  Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, leader of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said an improvement in symptoms did not necessarily mean the infection had been completely eradicated. “It’s important that patients have clear messages, and the mantra to always take the full course of...