After issuing a heath advisory for West Nile Virus earlier this week, the Department of Health in Pinellas County has confirmed its first case of the virus in a human since 2007. After issuing a heath advisory for West Nile Virus earlier this week, the Department of Health...

On the day my son, Ezra, was born 17 years ago, I vowed I would never embarrass him with statements like, "Remember when pennies were made of real copper?" For starters, the last time pennies were minted from 100 percent copper was in 1837. But you...

My baby boomer body is in the best shape it's ever been. I'm not as strong as I was when I downhill raced in the 1968 Grenoble Olympics and later was a world freestyle champion. But in the 40-plus years since, I've learned a lot...

Across the country, developers are re-imagining community life, creating holistic settings that will appeal to older people. “Traditional senior housing focuses more on immediate health care needs and fear of loss,” says Ryan Frederick, founder and CEO of Smart Living 360. “We’re focusing on asking people,...

For a gang of home repair scammers cruising Fairfax County, Va., the woman was a winning trifecta: She was living alone, had age-related memory loss and could write big checks. Over the course of six years they swindled her out of $400,000, doing the same unnecessary...

Jeremy Smith has written a new book called Epic Measures: One Doctor. Seven Billion Patients. It profiles the work of Christopher Murray, a Harvard-trained doctor and health economist who looked at a lot of numbers about how people live and die around the world and...

En espaNew post-op recovery techniques, introduced in Europe and now being adopted in many hospitals across the U.S., have made dramatic improvements in how fast patients recover from a major operation, including hip or knee replacement, heart, colorectal and abdominal surgery. Experts say these new procedures...

As Social Security celebrates its 80th birthday, the program remains as popular as ever among all age groups, although some people are skeptical and confused about its long-term financial outlook. Those are a couple of the findings in AARP’s new report “Social Security 80th Anniversary Survey...

 It’s a common complaint — if you spend a night in the hospital, you probably won’t get much sleep. There’s the noise. There’s the bright fluorescent hallway light. And there’s the unending barrage of nighttime interruptions: vitals checks, medication administration, blood draws and the rest. Peter Ubel,...