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

Maintain Your Oral Health to Avoid Periodontitis

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Maintain Your Oral Health to Avoid Periodontitis

You’ve heard since the time you were small that brushing your teeth is vital to stave off oral hygiene problems. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly half of all Americans aged 30 and older have some degree of periodontitis (gum disease). The number increases

Should You Try the Alkaline Diet?

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Should You Try the Alkaline Diet?

If you’re looking for just the right diet plan for your health, you might consider the alkaline diet. It’s based on the theory that some popular foods—including meat, dairy products, eggs, grains, and processed foods—cause your body to produce more acid. The aim of the alkaline diet is to avoid foods

What Is Chronic Bronchitis?

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What Is Chronic Bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis is one contributing factor to COPD signs and symptoms, but it also has its own distinct place on the lung diseases list. In order to properly answer the question, “What is chronic bronchitis?” it’s useful to know some basic facts about our lungs.

Inside the lungs, there is a

Erenumab: Is This Migraine Medication a Miracle Drug?

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Erenumab: Is This Migraine Medication a Miracle Drug?

If you suffer from migraine headaches, you will likely have tried a range of treatments to ease the pain and any other migraine symptoms you suffer. Now there is a new medication available: erenumab (Aimovig). Erenumab, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 17, is treatment that

Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins, Hemorrhoids, and More

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Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins, Hemorrhoids, and More

If you have unsightly varicose veins, self-help strategies—such as weight loss, physical activity, not standing up for long periods of time, elevating your legs when sitting down, and wearing compression stockings—can sometimes mitigate their appearance. However, if these approaches don’t help, and if you’re bothered by the appearance of your

Are You at Risk for Osteopenia? Symptoms May Not Tell the Story

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Are You at Risk for Osteopenia? Symptoms May Not Tell the Story

Osteopenia isn’t as serious as osteoporosis—see our posts defining bone loss test scores of osteoporosis -2.5 or osteoporosis -3.0. But it’s also not easy to detect; there aren’t any obvious osteopenia symptoms.

Certain factors, however, can make you vulnerable to osteopenia, meaning that it’s important to preserve your bone density. Specifically,

Kidney Pain: What’s Behind It?

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Kidney Pain: What’s Behind It?

Because kidney pain location is frequently focused in the upper back, it’s easy to mistake kidney pain for upper back pain. But kidney pain isn’t related to muscular issues, or to other causes of back pain, such as the pinched nerve that can trigger spinal stenosis symptoms. Kidney pain also

Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

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Hypothermia: Who’s Most at Risk for This Cold-Weather Danger?

Cold weather can be hazardous for anyone, but particularly for older adults, because falling temperatures can cause hypothermia and frostbite, particularly if there are multiple days in a row in which the temperature drops below freezing. This makes it crucial for older adults to protect themselves from adverse weather and

What Is a DEXA Scan?

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What Is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan (also written as DXA scan) is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. A test that measures the strength of your bones as you age, a DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older.

Research suggests that not