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

Nursing Home Know-How

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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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Diabetes and Your Diet

Diabetes is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer, according to findings published in PLOS ONE, Jan. 25. But while the condition can wreak havoc if it goes untreated, it is manageable if blood sugar is adequately controlled. “Medications can help with this,” says

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Heart Failure: Your Treatment Options

A new report from the American Heart Association (AHA) suggests that U.S. heart failure rates are rising. The number of Americans who have the condition increased from about 5.7 million between 2009 and 2012 to about 6.5 million between 2011 and 2014, according to the AHA’s Heart Disease and Stroke

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Newsbriefs: Shingles; Aquatic Resistance Training

Vaccine Protects Against Shingles Complications
The shingles vaccine offers significant protection against serious complications from this painful skin condition, suggest findings from a study published in the March 15 issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The study drew on 2007-2014 data from about two million Medicare beneficiaries. When it came to  preventing

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Newsbriefs: Abnormal Stool Test; Exercise for Aging Brain

Don’t Ignore an Abnormal Stool Test
Colonoscopy isn’t the only screening test for colorectal cancer—the fecal immunochemical test (FIT) also screens for the disease by detecting small amounts of blood in the stool. Unlike colonoscopy, FIT doesn’t require any fasting or “bowel prep,” and it can be completed entirely by mail.

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Avoid Complications After Joint Replacement

Joint replacement surgery is fairly straightforward, but it is not without risk. Possible complications include blood clots, infections at the incision site, and loosening of the implant over time. But Darwin Chen, MD, assistant professor of orthopaedics at Mount Sinai, emphasizes that your doctor will take steps to prevent problems

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“Silent” Eye Diseases Can Steal Your Sight

A 2016 study (JAMA Ophthalmology, July) suggests that visual impairment and blindness in the U.S. will double over the next 35 years, as eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and diabetic retinopathy take their toll. Other 2016 research (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, May) found that

Dementia Causes: Can Depression Play a Role?

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Dementia Causes: Can Depression Play a Role?

Dementia causes can be a mystery, but there’s no doubt the condition is too prevalent. About 5.4 million Americans are thought to have some degree of dementia, and its destructive effects on our cognitive abilities come at huge cost to our overall wellbeing—and that of our loved ones.

“The decline