About the Author

Kate Brophy

Kate Brophy

Kate Brophy is Executive Editor of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai's Focus on Healthy Aging newsletter. She has been a regular contributor to Weill Cornell Medical College's Women's Nutrition Connection and Women's Health Advisor, Duke Medicine's Health News, UCLA's Healthy Years, and the Cleveland Clinic's Heart Advisor, and has edited health Special Reports for the Cleveland Clinic, the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Duke Medicine's Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Before specializing in health, Kate was editor of one of the UK's market-leading parenting magazines, and she has also contributed to Parents, Parenting, Scholastic Parent and Child, DailyParent.com, and Gurgle.com, as well as being launch editor for Supernanny.com.

Articles by Kate Brophy

What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

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What’s Causing Your Middle Back Pain?

Like the upper back, the mid-back region is very stable, and this stability gives it some protection from injury. But the same underlying conditions and circumstances that can result in upper back pain also can result in middle back pain. These include:

Poor posture: This is a major risk factor

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Nursing Home Know-How

The 85-and-older age group constitutes the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many of them will remain healthy enough to continue living independently in their own homes, some may not be able to continue managing basic activities

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Hiatal Hernia: How It Happens, How It’s Treated

Aging puts you at risk for more health issues, particularly if you are overweight or obese. One such issue that has become more common as the U.S. obesity rate increases is hiatal hernia—estimates suggest that up to half of adults age 60 and older have this type of hernia.
How a

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Music and Meditation Help the Brain

A simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with subjective cognitive impairment (SCI), according to a recent study (Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 3). “Worsening subjective memory is marked by situations such as recognizing that you can’t remember the name of a person or

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Newsbriefs: Breast Cancer; Fruits and Vegetables

Exercise Extends Breast Cancer Survival
A recent review suggests that women with breast cancer who meet current physical activity recommendations as an adjunct to standard treatment may have a reduced risk for death from their disease. The review (Canadian Medical Association Journal, Feb. 21) analyzed 67 studies, and found that 150

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From the Editor: Know Your Numbers…

One of our cover stories this month emphasizes how important it is to get evaluated and treated as soon as possible if you think you may be suffering a heart attack or stroke. It’s equally important to address the risk factors that make you vulnerable to these potentially fatal events.

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Newsbriefs: Herbal Supplements; Medication Reviews

Herbals and Heart Patients
Herbal supplements are popular among heart disease patients, despite questions over their safety and efficacy. A review published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology looked at 42 herbal medications that have a possible indication for treating one or more cardiovascular conditions,

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Don’t Rush to Surgery for Prostate Cancer

After skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS)—and six cases in 10 occur in men age 65 and older.
For some men, prostate cancer can be an aggressive disease, but for most, the disease is slow growing—in fact, men with

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Get Help Fast for Heart Attack and Stroke

Many people having a stroke or heart attack don’t know it. Lack of knowledge about the warning signs means they may dismiss a stroke as a bout of dizziness, while a heart attack might be chalked up to heartburn or a pulled muscle. However, if you ignore the symptoms that