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.

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Gallstones an Issue for Many Seniors

If you tend to suffer from sharp pain in your upper right abdomen after eating, and the pain radiates to your shoulder blade and back, you may have a gallbladder problem. Older adults are at particular risk, with gallbladder disease one of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Working to Solve the Mystery

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 5.1 million Americans, and there is currently no cure. However, neurologist Sam Gandy, MD, PhD, director of Mount Sinai’s Center for Cognitive health and NFL Cognitive Care says that there are some hopeful developments in AD research—along with potentially promising data you may have seen reported

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What About Surgery?

If you suffer from arthritis that has reached the stage where your sleep is disturbed by pain, and chronic stiffness and swelling in the affected joint (or joints) is impeding your mobility and/or ability to carry out activities of daily living, you may be a candidate for joint replacement.
The hip

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Newsbriefs: Hospital Falls; Cognition

In-Hospital Falls Due to Inappropriate Drugs and Dosages
Older adults who fall while in hospital have frequently been prescribed medications that are considered high risk for the elderly, according to a study co-authored by Focus on Healthy Aging Editor-in-Chief Rosanne Leipzig, MD, PhD. The study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society,

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Are You Dreaming of Restful Nights?

We need the same amount of sleep in older age as we did in our younger years, but we often don’t get it. Unfortunately, this can cause health problems—as noted in one of our cover stories this month, which looks at new research suggesting that poor sleep as we age

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Newsbriefs: In-Home OT; Flu Treatment

In-Home OT May Not Help Dementia Sufferers
In-home occupational therapy (OT) does not help Alzheimer’s disease (AD) sufferers maintain physical function, according to researchers writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine, Nov. 22, 2016. Previous studies had suggested that this type of intervention might slow the neurological and physical decline that

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“Sleep Hygiene” Can Help You Slumber Peacefully

Poor sleep predicts disability in older age, according to a recent study (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Sept. 14, 2016). Previous research has linked sleep problems to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, obesity, depression, and cognitive issues. Daytime tiredness due to poor

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Easing the Burden of Severe Joint Pain

If you suffer from severe joint pain, you’re not alone—in fact, about 14.6 million people have the problem, according to recent research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Oct. 7, 2016). The study analyzed 2002-2014 data collected by the U.S. National Health Interview

What Causes Leg Cramps?

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What Causes Leg Cramps?

Up to 60 percent of Americans suffer from leg cramps—with women and older adults particularly susceptible—and about 4 million people age 65 and older report the problem. What causes leg cramps? Dehydration is often cited as a major factor, but numerous other reasons may contribute to cramps:
Excess alcohol consumption
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Osteosarcoma Symptoms May Point to a Rare Type of Cancer

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Osteosarcoma Symptoms May Point to a Rare Type of Cancer

What is osteosarcoma? It’s a cancer of the bones—one of the few cancers, in fact, that actually starts in the bones, as opposed to spreading (metastasizing) to the bones from elsewhere in the body. Once osteosarcoma develops, it can spread to nearby muscles. Osteosarcoma, also known as bone sarcoma, can