About the Author

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic

JoAnn Milivojevic is the Executive Editor of UCLA Healthy Years. Her mission is to help people feel better in their bodies. She does that by writing about health and wellness and teaching Pilates and yoga. As a freelance writer, she has enjoyed a satisfying career writing about everything from Caribbean travel to new medical discoveries. Among her published books are the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Back Pain and The Essential Guide to Healthy and Healing Foods. Her articles have appeared nationwide in such publications as the Chicago Tribune, American Way, Pilates Style, Baylor Innovations, and Massage Therapy Journal. She has blogged for a variety of clients, including the Chronic Disease Fund, and maintains her own blog at JoAnnMilPilates.com. Milivojevic has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Indiana University and did graduate work in creative writing at Columbia College, Chicago. She began her career as a writer/producer for public radio and public television. In addition to loving her work as a health writer, she enjoys dancing the Argentine tango.

Articles by JoAnn Milivojevic

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2018 HY Index

Bones and Joints

Big Toe Pain/Gout (Feb., 4)
Ankle Sprains, Strains, and Fractures (Mar., 3)
Less Pain, Faster Recovery: Hip Replacement (Jun., 5)
Stem Cell Treatments for Bones and Joints (Nov., 1)

Cancer

New Biomarker for Prostate Cancer (Jan., 2)
Thyroid Cancer Rates on the Rise (Feb., 1)
Gut Bacteria’s Role in Cancer

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Overcome Holiday Stress With Self-Compassion

Holiday gatherings can be filled with love and laughter. They can also be like minefields. Stepping into a conversationally wrong space can blow up a picture-perfect gathering in mere seconds. Trying to control what others say and do isn’t usually helpful. Likewise, stewing in silence only serves to perpetuate your

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Yoga Is Ideal for Seniors

Yoga is a centuries-old mind and body practice that has many practical applications in today’s world. Flexibility, strength, body awareness, and a calmer mind are just a few of the many benefits. These benefits are realized through “poses,” which are specific positions done while standing, sitting, or lying down. Breathing

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High Blood Pressure Is Associated With Heart Failure

Higher blood pressure is common as people get older because blood vessels naturally thicken and stiffen over time. This age-related trend might lead some seniors to believe that it’s OK to skip medications and to stop taking regular readings. Some people with elevated blood pressure may even feel fine. But,

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News Briefs: Blood Sugar Levels & Pancreatic Cancer; Depression & Brain Aging; Gut Bacteria & Pleasure Eating

Elevated Blood Sugar Levels Associated With Pancreatic Cancer
Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer can develop elevated blood sugar levels up to three years before their cancer diagnosis, according to the results of studies by Mayo Clinic researchers published in the journal Gastroenterology. “Pancreatic cancer is rapidly fatal after its diagnosis, with average

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Are You a Safe Driver?

Driving represents independence and freedom. It’s also a privilege and a responsibility that most people want to maintain for as long as possible. Age-related changes, however, affect your ability to drive safely. That doesn’t necessarily mean a leap to the extreme—giving up the car keys—but you’ll need to make some

Simple Breathing Exercises Bring Instant Calm

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Simple Breathing Exercises Bring Instant Calm

Relax and take a deep breath. It’s a common recommendation from physicians and friends who seek to help you reach a state of calm when you’re feeling frazzled. Breathing is an essential and automatic function.

But with deliberate focus on breathing, it’s a proven tool for healing and well-being. With breathing